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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

How to humanize autonomous driving

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
Self-driving cars are coming, but few people will hand over control to the vehicle unless the computer can match the way they like to drive. That's why experts already envision a world in which drivers pick the kind of self-driving experience they want.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

Ford's Odell: Sharp, talented and respectful

7:17 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Ford of Europe boss Stephen Odell's focus on respecting the customer will be a good start when he becomes the automaker's global sales and marketing chief.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

What the rich and single drive these days

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2014
Apparently, sleek product redesign and TV spots featuring handsome movie star Matthew McConaughey are resonating among some wealthy singletons. Or something?... Read More »

 

AMY WILSON

Joe Herman's lessons about the business will live on

9:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 8, 2014
Joe Herman, even in the months before his death at age 72 in October, was focused on keeping his auto dealerships at the forefront of technology.... Read More »

 

BRUCE GAIN

Suzuki seeks BMW-like success -- on the seas

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2014
Suzuki is trying to emulate BMW's and Volvo's success on the seas by associating its brand with one of the world's most famous sailboat races. Partnering with Route du Rhum can only help Suzuki boost its small presence in Europe... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

Art program could help shape auto industry's next creative minds

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2014
Thursday night, I went to a fundraiser, called #onthefridge, for Art Road. The group's latest art on display was cool, but I was more drawn to some of the earlier years’ artworks, especially those related to cars.... Read More »

 

NICK GIBBS

New CO2 rules may benefit car design

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
Proposed changes to how fuel economy and emissions are measured could mean the end of useful-but-ugly side mirrors and other design changes on cars.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Lexus RC media test drive canceled in Japan -- for lack of interest

12:08 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
Well, this is embarrassing. For Toyota as well as Japan's so-called automotive press corps. Toyota notified journalists last week that a long-scheduled new-car test-drive event was scrubbed -- for lack of interest.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Cheaper gas led to increased light-truck and crossover sales? Not necessarily

11:51 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
Cheaper gas is being widely credited with October’s gains in the sales of crossovers, SUVs, pickups. And no doubt, lower pump prices are figuring into consumer thinking right now. But sometimes the easiest explanation of the month’s sales trends isn’t always the most satisfying.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Lower gas prices, longer alt-power payback

3:32 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
I've enjoyed seeing my gas tank fill-ups cost $10 to $15 less than usual. I'm sure that people selling bigger vehicles do, too. But one group probably isn't cheering: Anyone marketing alternative powertrain vehicles.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Looking for a new F&I product? Mull this

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
Consider this a free idea -- the kind that hopefully somebody out there takes and develops and uses to make a lot of money.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

SEC joins pile of regulators probing subprime loan securitization

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
It appears that when it comes to investigating the securitization of subprime auto loans, the bigger the mountain of regulators, the better.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

How Chrysler's Hellcat engine almost died

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2014
One of the year's hottest new engines almost never happened.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

Weep not for pickup makers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
October looked like a happy month for big pickups with sales rising 10 percent, outperforming a strong overall U.S. market. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find pickup manufacturers who are really, really, really happy.... Read More »

 

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Dissecting Daimler's motorcycle deal

12:53 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014
Daimler's purchase of a stake in motorbike brand MV Agusta is nothing like Audi's purchase of Ducati.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Is Ferrari worth 12 billion euros?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014
Ferrari is worth as much as 12 billion euros on the open market based on Chairman Sergio Marchionne's most optimistic blue-sky estimate. The true value will be a hot topic for months.... Read More »

 

NICK BUNKLEY

How the 'Chevy Guy' became, you know, a hit and stuff

10:51 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Late Wednesday night, General Motors introduced America to the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado -- the dependable, all-new pickup that comes with “you know, technology and stuff.”... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Ferrari will go public but remain private

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Soon it will be possible to own a stake in Ferrari, but even when it is publicly listed the Italian supercar maker probably will be controlled by a very select group.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Ferrari will go public but remain private

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Soon it will be possible to own a stake in Ferrari, but even when it is publicly listed the Italian supercar maker probably will be controlled by a very select group.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

The story behind that list of dealership slang

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
F&I managers -- mostly appalled, but at least partly amused -- recently passed around online a link to a “Car Dealer Dictionary” of dealership slang, including terms that are supposedly in use in F&I departments.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Why the stick shift's days may be numbered

9:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Two cars I have test driven recently finally convinced me the good old-fashioned manual transmission will soon be dead.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Why the XC90 can't come soon enough for Volvo dealers

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Some Volvo dealers are expecting the brand’s image to blossom this spring with the arrival of its redesigned flagship crossover. And they can’t wait to see what image emerges.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

New Subaru marketing could foreshadow upmarket push

10:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
If you liked the quality of Subaru cars before, you're going to love the “new” quality the brand aspires to. That's the marketing meme Subaru is cultivating in Japan under a “New Subaru Quality” push aiming to move its image upmarket.... Read More »

 

BRUCE GAIN

China has room for PSA's upscale DS brand

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2014
PSA's upscale DS brand is on track to be successful in China because of consumer demand for French luxury goods, but it is unlikely to be a serious rival to the popular German premium brands.... Read More »

 

ARLENA SAWYERS

Rick Case to sell first N.A. 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C for charity's sake

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2014
The first new Alfa Romeo to be sold in this country in 20 years will be auctioned next week for charity. That's thanks to Rick and Rita Case, owners of Rick Case Automotive Group in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.... Read More »

 

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