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DAVID BARKHOLZ

Strike shows restless UAW is going after two-tier wage system

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
The word “strike” has returned to the UAW lexicon. The union struck on Saturday at a Lear plant in Indiana that makes seats for Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant. Workers were back on the job a day later.... Read More »

 

NICK GIBBS

Vauxhall flexes its muscles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2014
Opel and Vauxhall's harmonious relationship was tested recently by the naming of their new minicar. Vauxhall fought against using a name that just wouldn't work in Britain -- and won.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Incentives prop up sedan-heavy strategies

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2014
Take a look at who's been increasing incentives lately and you will see a larger trend in vehicle strategy for the United States.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Smart dealers can make big bucks through smartphones

2:50 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
Car dealers are sitting on a gold mine: their idle inventories. The tool to turn that goldmine into gold is the smartphone.... Read More »

 

GILLES CASTONGUAY

Montezemolo's Ferrari departure no laughing matter

4:48 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
After Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo said he will no longer lead the sports car brand, he and Sergio Marchionne made a great show of being good friends, but they weren't fooling anyone.... Read More »

 

AMY WILSON

How two old friends made the AutoNation-Barrier deal happen

11:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
Jimmy Barrier's decision to sell his Seattle-area luxury-brand dealerships to AutoNation was more than 30 years in the making. That's how far back Barrier goes with AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Montezemolo's magic touch

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
When Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo officially steps down next month the supercar maker will lose its No. 1 salesman.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Montezemolo's magic touch

7:20 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
When Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo officially steps down next month the supercar maker will lose its No. 1 salesman.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Regulation forecast calls for rain, former CFPB exec says

11:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Rick Hackett, a former assistant director for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau who was the bureau's liaison to the auto finance industry, predicted the bureau would probably unveil a long-awaited rule next week, defining which nonbanks fall under the CFPB's jurisdiction.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

F&I wait times have virtual repercussions

11:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Dealerships know that customer satisfaction suffers if car buyers spend time sitting outside the F&I office. But there’s another reason why dealerships should slash F&I wait times: Most customers who use their mobile devices at dealerships use them to shop for other vehicles and better deals elsewhere.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

The connected car -- circa 1956

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
It turns out that the dream of self-driving connected cars is an old one. Back in the 1950s, GM futurists envisioned a highway system that included a “Safety Autoway” that contained metallic strips embedded in the road. Those strips would be read by cameras and sensors on the road and be used to help control a car's speed and direction.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

The self-driving car may be guided by emotion

5:46 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
No matter how mind-blowing the idea of the self-driving car might be, and no matter how huge its potential to change the world, it is still a product like any other. It needs a strong value proposition, not just a wow factor, to enter the mainstream.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

How Jim Harbour and David Power improved the U.S. auto industry

6:39 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
Jim Harbour, who died Saturday at age 86, was one of two men who dramatically improved the American auto industry at a time when Detroit was deeply in denial about how far short of world class it was.... Read More »

 

Mazda MX-5 restores love at first sight

6:28 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
The new Mazda MX-5 instantly reignited a fire in this longtime Miata co-owner. It's a feeling that the current model -- with its odd-shaped hood and gaping mouth -- could never muster.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

Get trucky, get lucky

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
What a bubbly month August turned out to be. Good news pretty much anywhere you look. U.S. auto sales up. Lotsa folks won big percentage gains. Average transaction prices rose more than incentives. And a Labor Day surprise pushed the month beyond merely matching last year's blowout August into the best monthly selling rate since January 2006.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Why more women are willing to haggle with dealers

2:57 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
Car dealers who believe that men like to haggle and women don't had better think again. A new study suggests that women are more keen than men to negotiate -- a reversal from just a couple of years ago.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

New rules for asset-backed securities could impact subprime lenders

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
The Securities and Exchange Commission last week laid out new rules for asset-backed securities, the financial practice in which lenders bundle loans and sell them off to investors to raise money to fund new loans.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Tough times for Carlos Ghosn

4:49 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has had three highly skilled leaders leave the alliance since last August. Nissan Chief Planning Officer Andy Palmer is the latest top-ranked executive to depart.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Tough times for Carlos Ghosn

4:49 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has had three highly skilled leaders leave the alliance since last August. Nissan Chief Planning Officer Andy Palmer is the latest top-ranked executive to depart.... Read More »

 

BRAD WERNLE

Mustang and Coors -- scarcity made fans want them more

4:33 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2014
Because Ford didn't make the Mustang with right-hand drive, the truly dedicated around the world could localize their cars only by using expensive right-hand-drive conversion kits. Scarcity only made fans want the Mustang more.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Fiat's cute cartoon characters suggest buying a 500 -- or else

3:38 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Since Fiat was reintroduced to the United States in 2011, the Italian brand has stretched the advertising envelope. But a new animated spot set to debut on Gas Station TV touting the fuel and ecological advantages of a Fiat 500 minicar may be the brand's most wry offering yet.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Is CFPB guilty of spin?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Remarks delivered by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray and language used in a bureau statement last week were a lot harsher than the dry legalese of the consent order signed this month by the CFPB and First Investors Financial Services Group.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

See the wild Lexus NX spot too retro for outside Japan

10:35 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Drifting cars, techno music, string bikinis and foam parties. At first glance, Lexus' new “Shampoo” TV spot seems tailor-made for the trendy young crowd the luxury brand craves. But the brilliant, visually enticing commercial for the new NX compact crossover won't air stateside.... Read More »

 

BRUCE GAIN

Hollywood glamour, Parisian chic and the Peugeot 308

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014
PSA is using the Hollywood film "Lucy" to give its Peugeot 308 a marketing boost in more than 50 markets around the world as the automaker strives to build sales outside Europe.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Dealers are missing an opportunity by not changing that tire

3:41 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014
A recent survey reported that 52 percent of American teens ages 15 to 17 do not know how to change a tire. This is where savvy car dealers have an opportunity to do community outreach and get consumers in their doors for new or repeat business.... Read More »

 

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