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NICK BUNKLEY

Why Honda's John Mendel wants customers to buy a Treasury bond on wheels

3:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
Jittery stock market? Honda's John Mendel wants you to take your money out of Google, Apple and Tesla -- and put it in Hondas. Not Honda stock. Actual Hondas. They're like Treasury bonds on wheels, with cupholders.... Read More »

 

VINCE BOND JR.

The Rolls-Royce that took 8 months to build

1:56 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
Turn 10 Studios needed extra time to digitally translate the Rolls-Royce Wraith's craftsmanship into “Forza Motorsport 5” on the Xbox One.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Why Korea could be next to crack down on foreign brand pricing

8:55 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
Could China's crackdown on perceived price gouging by foreign automakers trigger a domino effect next door in South Korea, where sale of overseas brands are heating up?... Read More »

 

YANG JIAN

Why Beijing's antitrust crackdown has little to do with protectionism

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2014
Beijing's slew of antitrust investigations into the pricing practices of foreign automakers is more likely to harm Chinese brands than to protect them.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Why Americans are rediscovering Italian cars

8:52 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2014
Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Pagani, Zagato -- those luminary Italian brands barely add up to a percent of a percentage point worth of sales in America. But oh, the mystique.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Ford Fiesta, VW Polo make big moves in Web world

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
The Ford Fiesta and VW Polo were big Web winners during the second quarter. Other stars were the Land Rover Discovery, BMW X6 and Toyota Yaris, according to study.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Court ruling on telecommuting could affect dealerships

1:23 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014
What does a former Ford employee with irritable bowel syndrome have to do with car dealerships? Potentially, a lot, says a dealership lawyer.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Automakers to face intensified scrutiny over voice recognition

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014
The world's automakers are going to be doing a lot of cringing now that J.D. Power plans to criticize them for one of the most poorly executed technologies they offer to consumers -- voice recognition.... Read More »

 

MARK VAUGHN

Toyota redresses FT-1 concept

3:29 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
It's the second coming of the Toyota FT-1. Toyota is showing off the first and now a second FT-1 concept in California to gauge popular reaction to the car among people who might buy it.... Read More »

 

RYAN BEENE

Is this the next-generation MX-5 Miata roadster?

1:32 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
Ahead of its media reveal next month, an Instagram user in Japan may have snagged an early glimpse of the next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster.... Read More »

 

DIANA T. KURYLKO

Volvo teases XC90 that must raise the bar in luxury

3:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
Volvo again is pulling some of the wraps off the redesigned XC90 crossover before its formal reveal later this month in Stockholm.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

N.Y. Times' demands are misguided

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
Subprime auto loans have gotten most of the attention, but an editorial in The New York Times on Saturday makes other demands dealers and lenders are sure to dislike.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Lamborghini's special power to punctuate popularity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
Nothing can prepare you for the sudden popularity that comes with driving a Lamborghini. One minute you're as average as white bread, the next minute you're being photographed like a supermodel.... Read More »

 

YANG JIAN

Why China's NDRC has become country's antitrust watchdog

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2014
China's NDRC used to be very friendly toward foreign automakers, approving numerous factory projects. Now its is investigating global automakers for suspected monopolistic behavior. What prompted the change?... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

Toyota, supporter of Korean culture

12:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
Would you do a double-take if Volvo were the sponsor of the Country Music Awards? How about if BMW were the primary sponsor, and the only automotive sponsor, of a museum exhibit of Japanese samurai swords?... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

McDonald's and the dealer franchise system

3:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
A decision involving the McDonald’s fast-food chain could have dramatic implications for the franchised car dealer system going forward. Or not.... Read More »

 

NICK BUNKLEY

Why GM is re-engineering its 'political punching bag'

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
GM critics might think the company is wasting money -- a lot of which came from taxpayers who often moonlight as critics of GM -- by continuing to invest in the Volt. But the Volt may be GM’s most successful money-losing car ever.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Self-driving cars will still need human help

10:33 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Forget the hype. Self-driving vehicles are a long way off, and when they do arrive, what they actually do will probably be a lot less than our image of automated driving.... Read More »

 

DUSTIN WALSH

Nvidia continues quest to bring computer power to cars

9:27 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
A year after opening an office in Michigan, computer processor maker Nvidia continues its quest to bring modern computer power to the automobile.... Read More »

 

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Audi's war chest could buy Fiat Chrysler

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
If there is one thing that Audi's first-half results prove, it's that VW Group's premium brand earns so much cash it could easily swallow Fiat-Chrysler whole... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Will Marchionne's profits grab come up empty?

5:16 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne today seemed like a grizzly bear standing amid a stream of happily swimming salmon.... Read More »

 

DAVID SEDGWICK

ZF-TRW talks mean industry megadeals are possible

3:44 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Somehow, it always seems like a good time for mergers and acquisitions, at least as far as Wall Street is concerned. ZF’s proposed acquisition of TRW has put the entire industry on notice that mega-deals are possible.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

GM Financial subpoena shifts investigation away from dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
When dealers saw headlines saying the U.S. Department of Justice had subpoenaed GM Financial ast month to produce documents relating to its subprime auto loan contracts, they could be excused for worrying that this represented another threat to their arranging car loans for consumers.... Read More »

 

DUSTIN WALSH

How suppliers can gain from fuel efficiency push

11:55 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
In the era of regulation, fuel efficiency is king. Automakers, more than ever, are relying on suppliers to innovate fuel saving technology -- even incrementally.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Automakers to get rude wake-up call on voice recognition

11:41 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Check your pride at the door Wednesday afternoon when JD Power plans to lay into the auto industry for one of the most poorly executed technologies it peddles to consumers -- voice recognition.... Read More »

 

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