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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Why Jeep executives might be praying for more snow days

1:48 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
For most of its life, Jeep has been at best an under-developed niche brand, relegated to an automotive sales backwater by a series of owners who always suspected it had sales potential -- they just couldn't figure out how to properly exploit it.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

Luddites? Really?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Maybe you saw this: Four states received a “Luddite Award” from a think tank for laws preventing Tesla from opening its own stores. The four are Arizona, Michigan, New Jersey and Texas.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Why VW is closer than ever to global No. 1

5:26 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Volkswagen Group has reason to celebrate. Toyota seemingly conceded the title of world's largest automaker to its German rival 21 days into the new year.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Farewell to an auto PR legend

8:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Nothing was impossible for automotive PR man Tom Kowaleski -- even literally crashing into an auto show.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Why VW is closer than ever to global No. 1

5:26 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Volkswagen Group has reason to celebrate. Toyota seemingly conceded the title of world's largest automaker to its German rival 21 days into the new year.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

The lesson of the pizza delivery man

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Here’s a lesson for dealerships that run security cameras in the F&I office and elsewhere: Treat all store visitors well.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Farewell to an auto PR legend

8:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Nothing was impossible for automotive PR man Tom Kowaleski even literally crashing into an auto show.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Why tomorrow's sports cars will have mixed pedigree

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
It would have been unthinkable even a few years ago that Mazda would share the MX-5 Miata with another company.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Why Marchionne's Wrangler conundrum will require creativity

12:22 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
I truly believe that FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne would prefer to write a big check and keep the next generation Jeep Wrangler in its historic home in Toledo, Ohio. The problem? There's not much wiggle room right now in the corporate checking account.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Acura exec drops the chalupa, runs for the border

8:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Acura boss Mike Accavitti let a case of the Mexican munchies get the better of him when he conceded Taco Bell was a source of marketing inspiration for his luxury auto marque.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

What keeps leadership dealers awake at night?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2015
Even in good times, there are things that will keep most dealers awake at night. At the Detroit auto show last week, I sat down with the outgoing chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, Forrest McConnell, and the incoming chairman, Bill Fox, to talk about what gives them restless nights.... Read More »

 

BRUCE GAIN

Jeep uses Paris boat show to gain traction

6:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Jeep hopes its role as a marketing partner at the Nautic in Paris, one of Europe's biggest boat shows, will help it get a leg up in the fast-growing small SUV market. The U.S. off-road brand says it is considering partnering with the event this year after gaining “positive feedback” at last year's show in December.... Read More »

 

PHILIP NUSSEL

Musk's $481 million paper loss in Detroit

12:10 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
In the world of Elon Musk, one off-hand remark can be expensive. On Tuesday, the Tesla CEO lost $481 million on paper after he mentioned "unexpectedly weak" sales in China. But after his celebrity-like appearance here, it was clear that Detroit's love for Musk is only going to grow.... Read More »

 

GUEST BLOG -- JEFF GREEN

Auto show vet longs for toy cars and comes up with thumb drives

2:08 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
My fondest moments covering auto shows, after jostling with my peers at press briefings, have been collecting the swag -- toy cars, clocks, hats, even chairs emblazoned with logos of new models. I'm sorry to report, that era is over.... Read More »

 

ARLENA SAWYERS

How will the newest metal in Detroit hold up in the used market?

2:12 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
When analysts who examine used vehicles and establish prices for them look at an all-new or redesigned car or pickup, they study exterior styling, engine specs and technical innovations. The also weigh factors such as price, incentives, competitors and deliveries to rental fleets.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Zetsche, Tesla's Musk have similar timetables for self-driving cars

8:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and Tesla CEO Elon Musk have very similar timetables for when they think autonomous cars will be on the road.... Read More »

 

BRADFORD WERNLE

So what is a Bentayga?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
When it comes to quirky names for SUVs, Volkswagen Group has the market pretty well cornered. Now we can add a new head-scratcher to the list: the Bentley Bentayga.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

Save up -- the future is a hungry beast

11:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Anywhere on the Detroit auto show floor you can see healthy automakers branching out. Call it the vigor of health. These initiatives don't happen in hard times.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Lending practices face new scrutiny: States

11:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
State officials aren't far behind the federal government in the present crackdown on auto lenders, especially in the subprime segment.... Read More »

 

BILL SHEA

Downtown development mogul Gilbert sees missed opportunities with Detroit auto show

9:58 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Real estate mogul Dan Gilbert, the key player in the revival of downtown Detroit, thinks more can be done with the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Zetsche, Tesla's Musk have similar timetables for self-driving cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and Tesla CEO Elon Musk have very similar timetables for when they think autonomous cars will be on the road.... Read More »

 

NICK BUNKLEY

Drones fly at Ford and stir up drama

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
There's drone drama at the Detroit auto show.... Read More »

 

VINCE BOND JR.

Honda's latest take on personal mobility

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
The mobility movement that's spreading across the industry isn't limited to city streets.... Read More »

 

RICHARD JOHNSON

Can a 'driver's car' brand mission and driverless tech coexist?

11:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
If your calling card is “The Ultimate Driving Machine,” what do you do when the machines drive themselves? How can you reconcile autonomous vehicles with your brand's deep-rooted mission?... Read More »

 

BRADFORD WERNLE

So what is a Bentayga?

11:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
When it comes to quirky names for SUVs, Volkswagen Group has the market pretty well cornered. Now we can add a new head-scratcher to the list: the Bentley Bentayga.... Read More »

 

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