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JIM HENRY

Inquiry into alleged CFPB bias picks up steam

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
The issue of whether, ironically, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau allegedly discriminates against its own employees has got legs.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Brace yourself for 'velocity'

1:06 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
There’s a new buzzword trending through the car business right now: velocity. It has been popping up in conversations and presentations for a while, and is on the lips of visitors here at the New York auto show. And it might be a good thing.... Read More »

 

RYAN BEENE

Mazda throws a big birthday party for Miata

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
Mazda is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the MX-5 Miata -- the roadster that has come to define the automaker's engineering DNA -- with an historic display at the New York auto show this week.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Why the Mustang II should get its due

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
One member of the Mustang family won't have a very high-profile role at this week's 50th anniversary celebrations: the 1974-78 Mustang II. But if you reconsider the case of the Mustang II, you may find it is time to give the car the respect it is due.... Read More »

 

PHILIP NUSSEL

A mixed message about GM's PR -- but why?

3:44 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
If a company changes its head of public relations in the midst of a public relations crisis that stems from a recall crisis, does that not send a certain message? Yes, unless the company is General Motors.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Waiting for Alfa. And waiting. And waiting. And waiting.

10:46 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
If you show up decades late for your own surprise party, are guests still expected to cheer your arrival? Maybe not for most. But it might be a different story if your name is Alfa Romeo.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Autos' enthusiasm for emerging markets hits brakes

2:11 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
Global automakers have jostled to position themselves for growth, particularly in the much-touted BRIC markets -- Brazil, Russia, India and China. But that growth formula has been looking a little less solid lately. Tension with Russia over the annexation of Crimea, with the prospect of stiffer trade sanctions, has rattled automakers' confidence.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

With SportWagen concept, VW mulls awd for North America

11:39 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
A certain type of person went gaga when Volkswagen released details on the Golf SportWagen that it will show at the New York auto show this week.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

PSA's recovery will be boosted by the 'Tavares factor'

9:52 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
PSA CEO Carlos Tavares admits that his turnaround plan for the struggling automaker isn't a wonder cure: "I cannot make miracles." His honest, no-nonsense approach is one of his strengths.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Mustang changed lives, inspired careers

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2014
Just like countless other kids around the world who were captivated by the original Mustang and decided they wanted to be mechanics, designers, engineers, race car drivers, etc., I knew I would have a future under the hood of cars.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Why new world Tesla needs old world factory relief

7:27 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2014
Despite all the ongoing Wall Street chatter about Tesla, there really is a larger issue closer at hand worth watching: How long will it take Tesla to sort out its manufacturing blocking and tackling?... Read More »

 

YANG JIAN

Compact SUVs to shine at Beijing show

5:58 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Ten years ago, many Chinese could not afford a car, but today not only can they afford one, they are getting picky about which vehicle to buy -- and they're increasingly opting for compact SUVs.... Read More »

 

YANG JIAN

Compact SUVs to shine at Beijing show

5:58 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Ten years ago, many Chinese families could not afford a car. Today, not only can they afford one, but they are getting picky about which vehicle to buy and they're increasingly opting for compact SUVs.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LAREAU

Subaru-sponsored study identifies safe dog harness

6:21 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
In the book Citizen Canine, author David Grimm examines whether dogs are on the edge of becoming legal “persons” in this country. For those who think the answer is, or is close to becoming, yes, Subaru of America has significant news: Only one of the 11 dog harnesses designed for use in cars can be rated “acceptable.”... Read More »

 

PHILIP NUSSEL

Why the UAW appeal at VW is a slippery slope

3:23 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
The UAW better be careful what it wishes for. If the union convinces President Barack Obama's National Labor Relations Board that it's an unfair labor practice for political leaders to be publicly involved in an organizing effort, then organized labor risks diluting the power of its best weapon: public pressure.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Misleading sales ads hurt F&I

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
State and federal regulators have cracked down this year on misleading dealership advertising. In just about every case, their complaint was that the advertising failed to adequately disclose financial terms or hidden costs.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Why GM dealers have a chance to shine

7:30 am U.S. ET | April 5, 2014
There's no getting around the fact that GM is taking a clubbing right now. A huge recall, several lawsuits, a blistering congressional hearing, apologies to consumers, potential criminal investigations -- it's all bad. But then there are the retailers.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

More Mercedes records to fall in 2014

8:55 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
Mercedes' new record for global sales in a single month -- 158,523 -- probably won't last long. Not with the arrival of the new-generation C class and the all-new GLA SUV this year.... Read More »

 

KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN

We need more bite from our safety watchdogs

3:59 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
Over the course of two blistering hearings, General Motors CEO Mary Barra proved she has a lot to learn about the optics and political dynamics of Washington. For a lesson, she might call up David Friedman.... Read More »

 

DIANA T. KURYLKO

Land Rover provides more clues to expanded Discovery family

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
Land Rover is taking its largest vehicle, the Discovery, and making a family of it.... Read More »

 

DIANA T. KURYLKO

Land Rover's vision of an expanded Discovery family

7:15 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
Land Rover is taking its largest vehicle, the LR4 in the United States and the Discovery elsewhere, and making a family of it. The story is unfolding in New York this week with the introduction of the Discovery Vision Concept SUV.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Lawmakers want heads to roll, and won't excuse Barra

5:56 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
Judging from the rough reception GM CEO Mary Barra encountered on Wednesday from the Senate Commerce Committee's consumer protection panel, it was clear that this is just the start of GM's reckoning on Capitol Hill.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

If you like paying MSRP, then Tesla/Apple is for you

4:44 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
The next time you’re in an Apple store, try this. When one of the product geniuses who work there approaches you, ask him or her, “So, how much below list price are you offering this iPhone 5 for this month?”... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Off-lease surge should spark even more leasing

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
Scheduled lease terminations are expected to grow again in 2014, providing a strong tailwind for additional leases this year and higher customer loyalty.... Read More »

 

BRUCE GAIN

With Tavares no longer involved, Renault divorces Alpine partner

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
Renault appears to be scaling back its ambitions for the sporty Alpine subbrand after ending plans with Caterham, its racing partner, to revive the marque. But a source says the project will still go ahead.... Read More »

 

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