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DAVID PHILLIPS

Honda aims to take 3D leap forward with advanced crash-test simulation software

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
It takes roughly 5 years, on average, to develop and launch an all-new vehicle today. Honda believes it's poised to take a major chunk of time out of the process.... Read More »

 

PHILIP NUSSEL

How smaller states can challenge Texas in the pickup wars

12:09 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
When it comes to selling pickups in the United States, the obvious centerpiece market is Texas. Last year, 322,000 new pickups were registered there -- or 15 percent of all 2.1 million pickups sold nationwide, according to IHS Automotive data.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Ally moves closer to independence, cheaper money

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
Ally Financial will move one step closer toward independence from government ownership next month when two of its three remaining board members nominated by the U.S. Treasury step down from the board.... Read More »

 

BRUCE GAIN

At PSA, Tavares echoes Renault's management template

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2014
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO Carlos Tavares's new executive committee structure is very much like the one he left behind at Renault when he was Carlos Ghosn's No. 2.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

In 1 day, Ford blitzes China with 88 stores

7:22 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
It must be some kind of record and speaks to the rampant pace of business in China and the bounding aspirations of Ford there.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Toyota exec ready to 'help' Nissan in Europe

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
Toyota Europe CEO Didier Leroy says he's ready to “help” Nissan achieve its stated goal of becoming the top-selling Japanese automaker in the region.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Despite Ford's apology, recent mpg downgrades are troubling

3:32 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2014
When Ford lowered window-sticker mpg ratings for six vehicles last week, it was refreshingly forthright. But, frankly, there's a troubling undercurrent in recent mpg downgrades.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Who makes irrational loans? Not Me

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2014
Are the gremlins at it again in auto loans? Maybe they're to blame for so-called irrational competition, presumably the result of lenders making unprofitable loans to gain market share.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

In India, torrential rains mean good business

10:42 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
We've all seen the stereotypical pictures of peak monsoon season in India: Throngs of people wading waist-deep through cities swamped with muddy water.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

With Gen Y, where is online selling headed?

8:07 am U.S. ET | June 14, 2014
Imagine buying a car while picking up milk and eggs. Bryan Murphy’s friend did that. His story illustrates how comfortable Gen Y buyers are buying anything online -- even cars.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Look who's leading the small-car mileage race

3:42 pm U.S. ET | June 13, 2014
Here's an interesting little irony from Ford's embarrassing restatement of its fuel ratings for six vehicles: The new, low-price Mitsubishi Mirage just pulled ahead of the Ford Fiesta SFE and is now the most fuel-efficient gasoline-powered small car in America.... Read More »

 

Walter de Silva: Italy's loss, VW's gain

6:37 am U.S. ET | June 13, 2014
Walter de Silva had to leave Italy to become a legend in the vehicle design world. It's a common story in a country that fails to nurture its best and brightest.... Read More »

 

KRISHNAN ANANTHARAMAN

The hidden brilliance of Barra's cliches

5:34 pm U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
Mary Barra has been frustrating. The best we've heard from GM's new CEO during the recall crisis is a bland, canned line about “putting the customer at the center of everything we do.”... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

U.S. House action on CFPB is symbolic

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
The auto finance industry, auto dealers, and their mostly Republican allies in Congress continue to make it clear they don’t like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or how it was set up in 2010.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

How electric vehicles could get cleaner without doing a thing

3:45 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2014
If the EPA’s proposed emissions rules withstand legal challenges, electric utilities will need to accelerate a switch from coal to natural gas, nuclear power and renewable energy sources. As a result, the average EV on roads in the United States will get significantly cleaner -- without any extra effort by the auto industry.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Why next year's GM-UAW handshake promises to be strikingly different

3:53 pm U.S. ET | June 6, 2014
The 2015 labor talks between the Detroit 3 and UAW will be unique. For the first time in history, the hands that reach across the negotiation table for GM and the union will each belong to a woman.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Lender consent order grants insight into FTC

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2014
Dealers and their legal counsels should check out last week's consent order between subprime auto lender Consumer Portfolio Services and the Federal Trade Commission, even though the case isn't about dealerships.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Toyota Europe boss shares secrets to his success

1:22 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2014
Toyota Europe CEO Didier Leroy says that to become a true leader you should not worry about making your boss happy.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

Ya gotta love those new models

5:38 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2014
Jeep is hot, hot, hot. Volkswagen is cold as ice. Nothing helps like fresh product on the floor. And nothing aches quite the way that an aging lineup does.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Zetsche sees speedy uptake of F1 tech in Mercedes cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2014
Dieter Zetsche foresees Mercedes models benefiting quicker than ever from the automaker's participation in Formula One.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Zetsche sees speedy uptake of F1 tech in Mercedes models

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2014
Dieter Zetsche foresees Mercedes models benefiting quicker than ever from the automaker's participation in Formula One.... Read More »

 

BRUCE GAIN

How PSA's DS division aims to sell French chic worldwide

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2014
PSA's Paris dealership dedicated to the upscale DS brand is much like a high-end French restaurant: cozy, understated but chic. PSA plans to replicate these traits around the world.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

NADA's take on 'The Fallacy of Flats'

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2014
The National Automobile Dealers Association has tried for months to impress upon the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that switching from dealer reserve to flat fees will not eliminate dealerships' ability to set their compensation for auto loans.... Read More »

 

NORA NAUGHTON

Mazda revs up teens' interest in math, science and auto careers

2:28 pm U.S. ET | May 28, 2014
With the ongoing shortage of engineers in the auto industry, Mazda is heading straight to the source.... Read More »

 

DIANA T. KURYLKO

Volvo hints at more polished XC90 for 2015

1:34 pm U.S. ET | May 27, 2014
Volvo released images and a video of the interior of the 2015 XC90, and it is decidedly more upscale than the outgoing model.... Read More »

 

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