Final Assembly

The inventory is too low? Oh, the irony

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Wall Street analysts tend to keep a wary eye on automakers' vehicle inventory. If it creeps up, it can be a sign that profit-eroding incentives are coming to help move the metal. So it felt like opposite day last week when an analyst asked General Motors executives during the company's fourth-quarter conference call whether they were concerned that inventories were running too lean.... Read More »

Suburban is the granddaddy of them all

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

When Land Rover built the last Defender off-roader on Jan. 29 at its Solihull plant in the U.K., it ended a production run spanning 68 years. But the Defender, originally named Series 1, wasn't the longest-running vehicle on the road. Not even close.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

A recall for wheel chocks? Maybe we've rolled off the deep end

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

In a sign of Fiat Chrysler's new hypersensitivity to safety, the automaker said last week it would voluntarily supply owners of 441,578 Dodge Chargers from the 2011-16 model years in the U.S. with free wheel chocks. Let that sink in a minute.... Read More »

A rocky start, but, hey, at least it's fast

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

The much drooled-over 2017 Ford GT revealed a few technical issues at its very public debut - the 24-hour Rolex endurance race in Daytona Beach last month.... Read More »

Just because rebadging hasn't worked so well before ...

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Fiat Chrysler's plan to replace the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 with vehicles built under contract by other automakers faces long odds. In fact, it's hard to think of a rebadged or “captive import” that has been successful.... Read More »

Sales reporting transparency? Yeah, right

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

After a nearly six-year run, AutoNation will stop reporting monthly sales. Why? “I've given up,” says CEO Mike Jackson.... Read More »

Say goodbye to the golden days, analyst says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Max Warburton, an analyst at Sanford Bernstein whose colorful client notes get lots of attention, authored one in January called “The End of an Era,” in which he paints a bleak portrait of the coming years.... Read More »

Historian's trove gets personal with GM founder

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Lawrence Gustin, automotive historian and retired General Motors public relations manager, has donated historical documents regarding the early days of GM to the Sloan Museum in Flint, Mich.... Read More »

Au revoir: Paris just doesn't do it for Ford this year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Ford will skip this autumn's Paris auto show, claiming the timing doesn't fit with its launch schedule.... Read More »

Zetsche: Apple, Google 'can do more' than we thought

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and other a handful of his senior execs met recently with around 70 companies in Silicon Valley, according to the German weekly Welt am Sonntag. Asked about Google and Apple's automotive pursuits, Zetsche told the newspaper: “Our impression was that these companies can do more and know more than we had previously assumed.”... Read More »

THE CANDOR MAN

Marchionne bumps head with designers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but Chrysler designers will probably think twice the next time they consider borrowing an idea from a rival carmaker.... Read More »

License to drive not such a big deal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Millennials are increasingly deciding they can get along just fine without driver's licenses, according to a study issued last week by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). But the study reveals something perhaps even more worrying for car companies: The percentage of people holding driver's licenses appears to be declining in all age groups.... Read More »

Montezemolo: Where's my thank you?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Luca di Montezemolo, Ferrari's former longtime chairman, says he was disappointed not to get a proper “thank you” when Ferrari's owner, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, took the supercar maker public last year.... Read More »

YANG JIAN

How GM zoomed past VW in China

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

The Volkswagen Group was China's largest automaker in 2013 and 2014, but last year, General Motors regained top billing. How did VW lose bragging rights as China's No. 1 automaker?... Read More »

Top designers share their top picks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

Toronto's Globe and Mail newspaper had a little fun recently with some of the industry's leading designers. The paper asked them to pick their favorite cars from other companies.... Read More »

A Rogue mission: Foil the Escape

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

This year, Nissan North America chief Jose Munoz says, the Rogue has a good chance to climb one more rung on the compact crossover ladder by overtaking the Ford Escape.... Read More »

China ripe for public groups, but where are they?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Global carmakers want the highly proficient U.S. public dealership groups to invest in China, but the publics simply aren't interested. Or so it seems.... Read More »

Big-bucks trucks are part of the luxury market, says Autonation CEO

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Extremely pricey pickups should be counted as premium vehicles, says AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson. And German luxury makers shouldn't try to get into that luxury segment, he adds.... Read More »

GM honors Welburn

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

General Motors last week honored its global design chief, Ed Welburn, with a ceremony at the Detroit Institute of Arts, rededicating the GM Center for African American Art in Welburn's honor.... Read More »

Ad could reopen old wounds for would-be Mahindra dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Topline India does a diverse business in packaging, marketing materials and branded auto dealership displays in India, and now it is reaching out for U.S. customers. But the company's initial approach could rub some dealers the wrong way.... Read More »

Ford skips flash, and media attention

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Without another supercar such as last year's GT or an aluminum pickup truck up its sleeve, Ford spent much of the Detroit auto show talking about mobility - a topic it sees as critical to its future but one that doesn't easily capture the attention of auto show media.... Read More »

Detroit 3 lost 3.5M in sales. Who found them?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

The last, and only time U.S. light-vehicle sales were in the neighborhood of 17.5 million vehicles, in 2000, the market was markedly different.... Read More »

Car wars: Fisker's Force 1 awakens Aston's legal troopers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Aston Martin has sent designer/car-builder Henrik Fisker a letter demanding that he not unveil his Force 1 concept car at the Detroit auto show this week, or else change the design to “avoid conflict with Aston Martin's rights.” Fisker responded with a $100 million lawsuit.... Read More »

Top designers share their top picks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Toronto's Globe and Mail newspaper had a little fun recently with some of the industry's top designers. The paper asked them to pick their favorite cars from other companies.... Read More »

Soon you'll be able to pick up some pickups at the post office

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Later this year, the U.S. Postal Service will issue its third set of stamps honoring classic vehicles. This time, American pickups are the subject.... Read More »

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