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YANG JIAN

Why China's NDRC has become country's antitrust watchdog

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2014
China's NDRC used to be very friendly toward foreign automakers, approving numerous factory projects. Now its is investigating global automakers for suspected monopolistic behavior. What prompted the change?... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

Toyota, supporter of Korean culture

12:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
Would you do a double-take if Volvo were the sponsor of the Country Music Awards? How about if BMW were the primary sponsor, and the only automotive sponsor, of a museum exhibit of Japanese samurai swords?... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

McDonald's and the dealer franchise system

3:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
A decision involving the McDonald’s fast-food chain could have dramatic implications for the franchised car dealer system going forward. Or not.... Read More »

 

NICK BUNKLEY

Why GM is re-engineering its 'political punching bag'

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
GM critics might think the company is wasting money -- a lot of which came from taxpayers who often moonlight as critics of GM -- by continuing to invest in the Volt. But the Volt may be GM’s most successful money-losing car ever.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Self-driving cars will still need human help

10:33 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Forget the hype. Self-driving vehicles are a long way off, and when they do arrive, what they actually do will probably be a lot less than our image of automated driving.... Read More »

 

DUSTIN WALSH

Nvidia continues quest to bring computer power to cars

9:27 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
A year after opening an office in Michigan, computer processor maker Nvidia continues its quest to bring modern computer power to the automobile.... Read More »

 

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Audi's war chest could buy Fiat Chrysler

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
If there is one thing that Audi's first-half results prove, it's that VW Group's premium brand earns so much cash it could easily swallow Fiat-Chrysler whole... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Will Marchionne's profits grab come up empty?

5:16 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne today seemed like a grizzly bear standing amid a stream of happily swimming salmon.... Read More »

 

DAVID SEDGWICK

ZF-TRW talks mean industry megadeals are possible

3:44 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Somehow, it always seems like a good time for mergers and acquisitions, at least as far as Wall Street is concerned. ZF’s proposed acquisition of TRW has put the entire industry on notice that mega-deals are possible.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

GM Financial subpoena shifts investigation away from dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
When dealers saw headlines saying the U.S. Department of Justice had subpoenaed GM Financial ast month to produce documents relating to its subprime auto loan contracts, they could be excused for worrying that this represented another threat to their arranging car loans for consumers.... Read More »

 

DUSTIN WALSH

How suppliers can gain from fuel efficiency push

11:55 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
In the era of regulation, fuel efficiency is king. Automakers, more than ever, are relying on suppliers to innovate fuel saving technology -- even incrementally.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Automakers to get rude wake-up call on voice recognition

11:41 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Check your pride at the door Wednesday afternoon when JD Power plans to lay into the auto industry for one of the most poorly executed technologies it peddles to consumers -- voice recognition.... Read More »

 

DAVID SEDGWICK

Why automakers can't beat up suppliers any more

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Remember the old days when automotive purchasing czars such as General Motors' Inaki Lopez and Ford's Carlos Mazzorin threw their weight around with suppliers? Those days are gone.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

How GM missed the truck fuel economy race, and how it will return

11:17 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
The pickup truck fuel economy race is between Chrysler’s Ram 1500 and the upcoming aluminum-bodied F-150 coming late this year. But the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra should’ve been contenders.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Why a squeeze is coming to auto dealers

10:28 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Take note: there is a squeeze coming to an auto dealer near you. Two important factors to new automotive sales -- low interest rates and relatively high values for used automobiles – are forecast to move in unwelcome directions.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Why the supplier price-fixing investigation looms large

9:40 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
There's three dozen people in the auto supply chain who should be on the mind of everyone attending the Management Briefing Seminars here this year.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

JLR still tops when it comes to aluminum

1:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Nobody in the world auto industry makes more aluminum-bodied vehicles than Jaguar Land Rover. Its latest, the Jaguar F-Type sports car, is a global hit, as are the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. All have aluminum bodies.... Read More »

 

DAVID SEDGWICK

How researcher quantifies the value of good supplier relations

10:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
What is it worth for an automaker to have good relations with its suppliers? For Honda and Toyota, quite a lot, according to a study published today by researcher John Henke.... Read More »

 

GILLES CASTONGUAY

For some investors, Fiat's meeting to approve Chrysler merger felt like a funeral

12:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2014
Fiat shareholders were in a resigned mood when they met to vote on the carmaker's merger with Chrysler.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

An impressive streak, locked and still going

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2014
With July U.S. sales volume up 9 percent and full-year forecasts ramping higher, 2014 is increasingly appearing locked in as the fifth straight year of U.S. auto sales growth.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

Eurofication of Buick lineup continues with … an imported Regal?

1:51 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
The Buick Regal already is the most Euro-looking vehicle in Buick's lineup. In a few years, it might literally be European.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Calif. ballot proposal misses cut for November vote

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
A California consumer advocacy group’s ballot initiative that would have outlawed dealer reserve in the state won’t make it on the November ballot this year.... Read More »

 

GUIDO REINKING

Fiat would find a safe haven in VW

4:59 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
Reports that VW may buy Fiat-Chrysler sound improbable, but the idea has appeal. It would allow VW to overcome its weakness in North America and offer Fiat Chrysler a safe haven.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Another hole-in-one gives California dealer a second chance

2:41 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
For eight years, Folsom Lake Kia and Folsom Lake Ford near Sacramento have sponsored charity golf tournaments without anyone ever hitting a hole-in-one. Yet for the second time this year, a golfer has put it in the cup, winning a new car.... Read More »

 

YANG JIAN

VW, Ford, Nissan eye China's entry-level market

4:35 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Global automakers have long been reluctant to sell cheaper vehicles in China as they seek to protect their healthy profit margins. But now foreign automakers are moving into China's entry-level segment in a quest for market share.... Read More »

 

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