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RICHARD TRUETT

Sizing up the field for 2015 Car, Truck of Year honors

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
A look at select and notable candidates for 2015 Car and Truck of the Year honors from the twisting roads of western Michigan.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Why Wrangler’s Toledo decision may depend on keeping the money spigot flowing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014
It’s been just over two weeks since Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne casually revealed that he might have to move Jeep Wrangler production out of its historic home in Toledo, Ohio. Why? Because it might cost too much to shut down the plant long enough to convert it for the use of aluminum parts.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

In praise of the Best Dealerships To Work For

3:07 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2014
The stores honored this week as the Best Dealerships To Work For retain employees at a rate that puts the industry to shame.... Read More »

 

YANG JIAN

Why Audi, BMW and Mercedes dominate China's luxury market

8:25 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2014
Brands such as Cadillac, Lexus and French newcomer DS are trying -- but failing -- to loosen the tight grip German automakers have on China's luxury car market.... Read More »

 

RICHARD JOHNSON

Hyundai scrambles for more crossover turf

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
Hyundai's no longer growing by leaps and bounds in the United States, in part because it's only a bit player in the crossover boom.... Read More »

 

RICHARD JOHNSON

The joy of being a Jeep dealer in 2014

3:35 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
Holy Toledo, what's it like to be a Jeep dealer in 2014? Andy Shaver, president of the Shaver Group, just smiles when I ask. A smile that says: "Awesome and then some."... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Visions of a paper-free auto finance world

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
What will auto finance look like in 2020? Chase Auto Finance exec Bill Jensen did some speculating recently at the Auto Finance Summit in Las Vegas.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Volvo's new engine: Turbocharger? Supercharger? What is this thing?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Volvo's experimental engine -- a 2.0-liter gasoline-powered four-cylinder -- cranks out an amazing 450 horsepower. But how? At 225 horsepower per liter, it would be one of the most power-dense engines ever produced, if Volvo decides to build it.... Read More »

 

DAVID BARKHOLZ

Why Dale Pollak recommends a call center that employs blind workers

6:42 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Near the end of a conference in Chicago, vAuto founder Dale Pollak made a very personal appeal to the 170 hand-picked dealers present. Please consider, Pollak said, signing up for call center services from a nonprofit in Florida that employs blind and visually impaired people to handle calls for private companies.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Crash recorder video craze hits Japan

11:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
Count Japan as the latest entrant to the dash cam craze. Across the country, drivers are uploading and swapping video footage taken through their vehicle crash data recorders.... Read More »

 

DAVID BARKHOLZ

In Chicago, Cox execs hear dealers' concerns -- and praise

10:26 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2014
vAuto's Access: Velocity conference has been an eye-opening experience for the senior management of Cox Automotive -- formerly the AutoTrader Group -- as well as the dealers attending.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Sergio has been the glue that kept Fiat Chrysler intact

3:16 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2014
Sergio Marchionne's declaration that he will leave his job as head of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles at the end of 2018 sent my memory back nearly a decade to an ornate love fest in Las Vegas.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Subprime is no runaway train

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2014
There it goes again, as Ronald Reagan might have said. The New York Times is still hammering a theme that subprime auto loans will endanger the U.S. economy in the way that subprime mortgages helped bring about the Great Recession.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

What's in a name? Cadillac CT6 creates fervor

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
What's the big deal with the endless wave of alphanumeric car and light truck names? If a vehicle has the performance, style, quality, value and safety consumers are looking for, it will sell regardless of the badge.... Read More »

 

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Carlos and Dieter show goes from strength to strength

5:34 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Dieter Zetsche and Carlos Ghosn dispelled speculation that the industrial partnership between Daimler and the Renault-Nissan alliance could crumble once they are not around to instill a sense of unity in their teams.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Wrangler is so engrained in its DNA, the city should be spelled Toledo, OIIIIIIIO

12:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
My hometown completely freaked out Thursday. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne disclosed the next-generation Jeep Wrangler might have to be manufactured somewhere else other than in its historic home in Toledo.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Why U.S.-European auto harmony is still just a dream

1:06 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
Wolfgang Schneider remembers when French cars had yellow-tinted headlights and German cars had white lights.... Read More »

 

BRUCE GAIN

Tavares brings PSA back in the race

5:56 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
PSA CEO Carlos Tavares is already achieving positive results with his turnaround plan at the money-losing automaker. So much so, that one analyst believes the operating targets Tavares has set for the automaker to hit by 2018 are way too conservative.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Musk's mysterious 'D' is probably an awd Model S

2:53 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
With his 1 million-plus Twitter followers and his celebrity status, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has a tendency to act like a one-man marketing department.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Will the customer buy what governments demand?

7:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler says that after a global wave of new emissions and fuel economy regulations, the automotive industry needs a break. In doing so, he's warning about the unintended consequences of rapid regulatory change.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

XC90 boosts Volvo CEO's belief in e-commerce

6:41 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson's belief in e-commerce got a huge boost because of the XC90.... Read More »

 

DIANA T. KURYLKO

Making a splashy entrance in Paris

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
Land Rover pulled the wraps off its new compact Discovery Sport at a pre-show event for journalists, hauling it up the Seine River on a massive barge.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

What the new Opel Corsa and next-gen Chevy Volt have in common

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
It wasn't long ago when the smallest engine in one of General Motors' smallest European cars wouldn't have stood a chance of showing up under hoods in the United States. But times have changed, thanks to tightening fuel-economy and emissions standards.... Read More »

 

RICHARD JOHNSON

Ghosn's take on being on the front lines in battle for auto talent

5:53 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
How does Carlos Ghosn feel about the high-level executives who have left Renault-Nissan of late? He takes it all in Ghosn-like stride, which is to say: analytically, not emotionally.... Read More »

 

RICHARD JOHNSON

The Nissan Leaf's top-selling town?

10:31 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
It's true that sales of Nissan's Leaf have picked up momentum this year in the United States, but what is the geographic mix across the country? Where is the Leaf doing well?... Read More »

 

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