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JAMES B. TREECE

In Canada, celebrating the classics

3:29 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
This week at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, an exhibit called “Art and the Automobile” includes a number of classics and historically significant concepts.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

This is no way to run a railroad

10:12 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
I had originally intended to write this piece about the Chicago Auto Show’s great untapped natural resource, it’s location near the travel hub of North America. Not going to happen today.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Japan automakers cut forecasts but enjoy slumping yen.

6:47 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
Japan's earnings season wrapped up this week on what would have been a sour note in any other auto market. Yet, Japan's automakers largely laughed it off because of the slumping yen.... Read More »

 

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Did VW pick the wrong U.S. state to build the Passat?

5:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015
Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear has a message for any German carmaker or supplier considering expanding into the South: Labor unions are welcome, at least in his state.... Read More »

 

VINCE BOND JR.

Brady handoff generates more publicity for Colorado

12:31 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015
Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady made his final handoff of the season Tuesday, a new Chevrolet Colorado for teammate Malcolm Butler. Brady's gesture gives Chevy another infusion of publicity for the Colorado.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

A positive outlook for e-contracting

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015
When it comes to e-contracting, maybe the glass is finally more half full than half empty.
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MIKE COLIAS

How much damage can GM's financial 'fortress' sustain?

1:54 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015
Marauders are storming GM's “fortress balance sheet.” Or at least, they're knocking loudly on the door.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

More black eyes for the diesel engine

11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015
The diesel engine is in trouble in Europe. Diesel's reputation is being blackened because air quality in many European cities is poor, and that is causing health problems. Fingers are pointing at diesel engines.... Read More »

 

NICK GIBBS

Ford Mondeo hybrid may benefit from diesel backlash

7:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015
Ford does not expect its Mondeo hybrid to be a big seller in Europe but the environmentally friendly car could benefit from a backlash in some countries against diesels due to health fears over particulate emissions.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

F-150 a winner? Too soon to tell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2015
Everybody wants to know if the launch of Ford's 2015 F-150 pickup is a success, and for good reason. In the auto industry, the rollout is high drama, indeed.... Read More »

 

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Has VW scored an own goal bankrolling its soccer club?

10:05 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2015
With Volkswagen looking to save 5 billion euros in costs at its core VW brand and key wage negotiations with its German workforce just starting, is it sensible to use shareholder money to subsidize a soccer club's ambitions for a top-flight title?... Read More »

 

VINCE BOND JR.

No big bucks for a Super Bowl ad? No problem

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2015
Mitsubishi, along with Volvo, didn't run ads during the Super Bowl's primary NBC broadcast. The small brands, lacking the deep ad budgets of their larger counterparts, relied heavily on social media to piggyback on Super Bowl hype.... Read More »

 

YANG JIAN

Qoros should ditch Europe ambitions and focus on China

5:47 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2015
China's Qoros is embarking upon an ambitious plan to reinvent itself as a global automaker with a new CEO, Phil Murtaugh, a former boss of GM China, and a lineup of new vehicles. But with limited resources and rising debts, the automaker would do better to focus on its home market.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

The magic number for Colorado and Canyon sales

4:14 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015
General Motors sold 8,147 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups last month. Is that good or bad? It depends whom you ask.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Infiniti gives a glimpse of Geneva's QX30

6:43 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015
Infiniti retailers face a product drought for most of 2015. And if most of them don't seem particularly worried about it, it is because of images like this one, released Thursday by Infiniti, teasing a peek of the upcoming QX30 crossover.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Does FCA have a new small turbodiesel coming to the states? Why, it's a mystery

1:19 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2015
Break out the Scooby Snacks, because I've got a mystery that might even stump Velma: Is Fiat Chrysler secretly developing a new 16-valve, 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine for its passenger cars? Jinkies.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Ally's Carpenter leaves on a high note

11:45 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2015
Michael Carpenter, who retired as CEO of Ally Financial on Monday, can leave saying, “Mission accomplished.”... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

The spare tire goes missing

11:45 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015
The spare tire has been squeezed out of many new vehicles, thanks to run-flat tires, inflator kits, efforts to reduce vehicle weight and a lack of storage space -- especially in hybrids and electric vehicles. The problem is many drivers don't know their spare isn't there... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

Chill it now, but hold the champagne for later

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015
Skip the headlines. Ignore the gaudy 14 percent gain. January was a solid auto sales month, not a great one.... Read More »

 

VINCE BOND JR.

How automakers fared capturing eyeballs during the Super Bowl

5:09 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Super Bowl advertisers used a variety of tactics to capture eyeballs Sunday night. It's about moving metal. But before they can do that, they need to draw consumers in.... Read More »

 

KRISHNAN ANANTHARAMAN

One vehicle that deserved a Super Bowl ad

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2015
Back in January 2009, GM didn't have money for a Super Bowl commercial, but if it could have scraped together the funds, it had a golden opportunity to introduce the masses to the Chevy Volt.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Ford's new F-150 and Transit face tough scrutiny from pundits, competitors

1:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
Ford now has two risky new high-profile vehicles on sale -- the aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup and the new Euro-styled Transit cargo van -- so pundits and competitors naturally are looking for weaknesses. And they found a few this week.... Read More »

 

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

German auto industry feels ripples from Paris terror attacks

5:53 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
The January killings of journalists at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris have brought home to Germany the difficult issue of Jihadi attacks, with the debate now reaching the economic pride of the country, its carmakers.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Volvo and the 'sweet hereafter'

12:59 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
Excruciatingly long product lead times have always challenged automakers, who have to figure out what will sell four or five years hence. But they’re tough on dealers, too, who face lengthy product droughts while hearing -- literally for years -- about the really sweet stuff that’s on the way.... Read More »

 

DIANA T. KURYLKO

Volvo's interception not likely to win the game

6:43 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
Volvo wants some of the attention the big boys with fat wallets will get during the Super Bowl.... Read More »

 

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