Automotive News Columnists and Bloggers Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:00:00 EST German auto industry feels ripples from Paris terror attacks http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150130/BLOG15/150139995/german-auto-industry-feels-ripples-from-paris-terror-attacks Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:53:56 EST The January killings of journalists at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris have brought home to Germany the difficult issue of Jihadi attacks, with the debate now reaching the economic pride of the country, its carmakers. Volvo's interception not likely to win the game http://www.autonews.com/article/20150129/BLOG06/150129792/volvos-interception-not-likely-to-win-the-game Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:43:03 EST Volvo wants some of the attention the big boys with fat wallets will get during the Super Bowl. Auto lenders cite discipline with U.S. sales booming http://www.autonews.com/article/20150128/BLOG13/301299999/auto-lenders-cite-discipline-with-u-s-sales-booming Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:00:00 EST 'Discipline' was the watchword for auto lenders in panel discussions and interviews in and around the National Automobile Dealers Association convention. Zetsche done taking beating for Daimler double duty http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150128/BLOG15/150129824/zetsche-done-taking-beating-for-daimler-double-duty Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Dieter Zetsche has been the whipping boy of the German premium auto industry for years, but that should soon change. Can Dodge rebuild Pontiac excitement? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150127/BLOG06/301289994/can-dodge-rebuild-pontiac-excitement Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:00:00 EST General Motors has no plans to revive Pontiac, Hummer and Saturn, CEO Mary Barra says. So where do longtime Pontiac and Hummer buyers go if they are in the market? China dealers fight back as stock piles up http://www.autonews.com/article/20150126/GLOBAL03/301269952/china-dealers-fight-back-as-stock-piles-up Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST The China Automobile Dealers Association has been a weak and loose organization. Its main job was to produce an annual list of China's top 100 dealerships and to hold a few national conferences for dealers. Time to rethink auto safety http://www.autonews.com/article/20150126/OEM11/301269976/time-to-rethink-auto-safety Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Keith Crain is looking forward to seeing how new Administrator Mark Rosekind reshapes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A new Gold Rush sweeps over California http://www.autonews.com/article/20150125/BLOG06/301269942/a-new-gold-rush-sweeps-over-california Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:45:00 EST Like Warren Buffett and George Soros, so-called hybrid buyers -- private equity funds and super-wealthy families and combinations of the two -- are on the hunt for dealership deals. Spending billions but coming up short on the trust scale http://www.autonews.com/article/20150125/BLOG06/150129847/spending-billions-but-coming-up-short-on-the-trust-scale Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:00:00 EST To really make customers more comfortable while buying a new car, dealers should take a close look at every step of the transaction process they put a consumer through, and figure out where trust is leaking out. How to get a deal done http://www.autonews.com/article/20150125/BLOG06/150129843/how-to-get-a-deal-done Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:00:00 EST One of the reasons it might be a great time to sell your dealership? Some of the private equity groups scouting auto retail are so eager to put their investors' money to work, they'll overpay, says Tim York, managing partner of accounting firm Dixon... Money's cheap, so here come the store upgrades http://www.autonews.com/article/20150124/BLOG06/301259970/moneys-cheap-so-here-come-the-store-upgrades Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:30:00 EST One of the better indicators of the health of a business is its willingness -- and ability -- to make capital expenditures. By that measure, auto retailers are doing well. Lengthening loan terms get brokers', banks' attention http://www.autonews.com/article/20150124/BLOG06/301259958/lengthening-loan-terms-get-brokers-banks-attention Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST The best handicappers of the U.S. market may be the folks lining up to buy dealerships. They place bets in the form of the multiples of earnings they're prepared to pay for stores. Could a Super Bowl loss deflate car sales in New England or Seattle? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150124/BLOG06/301259960/could-a-super-bowl-loss-deflate-car-sales-in-new-england-or-seattle Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:45:00 EST Cars are emotional purchases for consumers. A Wisconsin dealer told me he got clear evidence of that this week, after the Green Bay Packers were eliminated from the NFL playoffs is heartbreaking fashion. Sometimes success comes from a loving push http://www.autonews.com/article/20150124/BLOG06/301249970/sometimes-success-comes-from-a-loving-push Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:00:00 EST SAN FRANCISCO -- A few months ago, I interviewed a West Virginia car dealer named North of U.S. border, big dealer groups emerge on 2 fronts http://www.autonews.com/article/20150124/BLOG06/301259969/north-of-u-s-border-big-dealer-groups-emerge-on-2-fronts Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:00:00 EST The United States generates far more new-vehicle sales than its northern neighbor, but Canada is looking more like America in one area: Dealer groups are getting bigger. Low gas prices - the good ... and bad for dealers http://www.autonews.com/article/20150123/BLOG06/150129869/low-gas-prices-the-good-and-bad-for-dealers Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:25:19 EST A lot of auto people can't seem to make up their minds about whether low gasoline prices are in the long-term best interest of the car industry, given that they may not be in the best interest of the economy at large. Where are you spending your dollars on digital? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150123/BLOG06/301249962/where-are-you-spending-your-dollars-on-digital Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:00:00 EST The impact of digital tools on dealerships' marketing has grown exponentially. Those tools have been a hot topic at the last few NADA conventions. But it may be time for the focus to shift. NADA, Tesla, pitchforks and torches -- a missed opportunity http://www.autonews.com/article/20150123/BLOG06/301249969/nada-tesla-pitchforks-and-torches-a-missed-opportunity Fri, 23 Jan 2015 01:00:00 EST If there's one thing many car dealers can't stand right now, it's Tesla. Yet here they are, thousands of them, spending a few days right in Elon Musk's backyard. Building a new fortress to protect data http://www.autonews.com/article/20150123/BLOG06/301249967/building-a-new-fortress-to-protect-data Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:00:00 EST When it comes to protecting sensitive data against hackers, the days of building thick digital walls and moat are over. Navigating the great digital divide http://www.autonews.com/article/20150123/BLOG06/150129881/navigating-the-great-digital-divide Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:30:00 EST Among the devotion to all things digital and data-driven in San Francisco, there are still some qualms over how today's shoppers want to kick the tires and take delivery of new wheels. Toyota channels Muhammad Ali for Camry Super Bowl spot http://www.autonews.com/article/20150123/BLOG06/150129878/toyota-channels-muhammad-ali-for-camry-super-bowl-spot Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:59:25 EST Toyota channels boxing legend Muhammad Ali in its Camry Super Bowl spot about overcoming obstacles. 'How Great I Am' was originally slated to run pre-game, but Toyota confirmed today that it will now run in the first quarter. The other side of the digital ad craze http://www.autonews.com/article/20150123/BLOG06/150129930/the-other-side-of-the-digital-ad-craze Fri, 23 Jan 2015 07:15:00 EST One veteran ad agency owner has some advice for dealers pondering a shift in their marketing outlays: Don't be so quick to change horses. Industry's rising chorus: Timing is everything http://www.autonews.com/article/20150122/BLOG06/150129903/industrys-rising-chorus-timing-is-everything Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:27:57 EST Dealers spoke. NADA listened. So this year's convention started a day earlier, to get you home for the entire last-week-of-the-month sales push. Fox, incoming chair, stumbles and takes on look of a prizefighter http://www.autonews.com/article/20150122/BLOG06/150129925/fox-incoming-chair-stumbles-and-takes-on-look-of-a-prizefighter Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:01:50 EST Bill Fox, NADA vice chairman and incoming NADA chairman, tripped and fell in San Francisco earlier this week, requiring five stitches in his chin and three trips to the dentist so far for repairs, outgoing NADA Chairman Forrest McConnnell III. Why Jeep executives might be praying for more snow days http://www.autonews.com/article/20150122/BLOG06/150129927/why-jeep-executives-might-be-praying-for-more-snow-days Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:48:22 EST For most of its life, Jeep has been at best an under-developed niche brand, relegated to an automotive sales backwater by a series of owners who always suspected it had sales potential -- they just couldn't figure out how to properly exploit it. Luddites? Really? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150122/BLOG06/150129974/luddites-really Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Maybe you saw this: Four states received a 'Luddite Award' from a think tank for laws preventing Tesla from opening its own stores. The four are Arizona, Michigan, New Jersey and Texas. Why VW is closer than ever to global No. 1 http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150121/BLOG15/150129968/why-vw-is-closer-than-ever-to-global-no-1 Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:26:19 EST Volkswagen Group has reason to celebrate. Toyota seemingly conceded the title of world's largest automaker to its German rival 21 days into the new year. Farewell to an auto PR legend http://www.autonews.com/article/20150121/BLOG06/301219946/farewell-to-an-auto-pr-legend Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:17:07 EST Nothing was impossible for automotive PR man Tom Kowaleski -- even literally crashing into an auto show. Why VW is closer than ever to global No. 1 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150121/BLOG06/301219939/why-vw-is-closer-than-ever-to-global-no-1 Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:26:19 EST Volkswagen Group has reason to celebrate. Toyota seemingly conceded the title of world's largest automaker to its German rival 21 days into the new year. The lesson of the pizza delivery man http://www.autonews.com/article/20150121/BLOG13/301219994/the-lesson-of-the-pizza-delivery-man Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:00:00 EST Here's a lesson for dealerships that run security cameras in the FandI office and elsewhere: Treat all store visitors well. Farewell to an auto PR legend http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150121/BLOG15/150129967/farewell-to-an-auto-pr-legend Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:17:07 EST Nothing was impossible for automotive PR man Tom Kowaleski even literally crashing into an auto show. Why tomorrow's sports cars will have mixed pedigree http://www.autonews.com/article/20150120/BLOG06/301209994/why-tomorrows-sports-cars-will-have-mixed-pedigree Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:00:00 EST It would have been unthinkable even a few years ago that Mazda would share the MX-5 Miata with another company. Why Marchionne's Wrangler conundrum will require creativity http://www.autonews.com/article/20150119/BLOG06/150119738/why-marchionnes-wrangler-conundrum-will-require-creativity Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:22:55 EST I truly believe that FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne would prefer to write a big check and keep the next generation Jeep Wrangler in its historic home in Toledo, Ohio. The problem? There's not much wiggle room right now in the corporate checking account. Acura exec drops the chalupa, runs for the border http://www.autonews.com/article/20150119/BLOG06/150119744/acura-exec-drops-the-chalupa-runs-for-the-border Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:00:30 EST Acura boss Mike Accavitti let a case of the Mexican munchies get the better of him when he conceded Taco Bell was a source of marketing inspiration for his luxury auto marque. Bentley joins VW's party of quirky names http://www.autonews.com/article/20150119/RETAIL03/301199923/bentley-joins-vws-party-of-quirky-names Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Now we can add a new head-scratcher name to the list: the Bentley Bentayga. That's what Bentley is christening its first-ever SUV, which will be introduced later this year and will go on sale in 2016. Week 1 down; now for Week 2 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150119/RETAIL/301199927/week-1-down-now-for-week-2 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST The opening days of the North American International Auto Show last week in Detroit were a spectacular success. And I am pleased to say that the 39th Automotive News World Congress was also a hugely successful event. What keeps leadership dealers awake at night? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150117/BLOG06/150119754/what-keeps-leadership-dealers-awake-at-night Sat, 17 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Even in good times, there are things that will keep most dealers awake at night. Jeep uses Paris boat show to gain traction http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150116/BLOG15/150119781/jeep-uses-paris-boat-show-to-gain-traction Fri, 16 Jan 2015 06:34:58 EST Jeep hopes its role as a marketing partner at the Nautic in Paris, one of Europe's biggest boat shows, will help it get a leg up in the fast-growing small SUV market. The U.S. Musk's $481 million paper loss in Detroit http://www.autonews.com/article/20150116/BLOG06/150119772/musks-481-million-paper-loss-in-detroit Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:10:48 EST In the world of Elon Musk, one off-hand remark can be expensive. On Tuesday, the Tesla CEO lost $481 million on paper after he mentioned "unexpectedly weak" sales in China. Auto show vet longs for toy cars and comes up with thumb drives http://www.autonews.com/article/20150115/BLOG06/150119797/auto-show-vet-longs-for-toy-cars-and-comes-up-with-thumb-drives Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:08:13 EST My fondest moments covering auto shows, after jostling with my peers at press briefings, have been collecting the swag -- toy cars, clocks, hats, even chairs emblazoned with logos of new models. I'm sorry to report, that era is over. How will the newest metal in Detroit hold up in the used market? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150115/BLOG06/150119796/how-will-the-newest-metal-in-detroit-hold-up-in-the-used-market Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:12:50 EST When analysts who examine used vehicles and establish prices for them look at an all-new or redesigned car or pickup, they study exterior styling, engine specs and technical innovations. Zetsche, Tesla's Musk have similar timetables for self-driving cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20150114/BLOG06/301159996/zetsche-teslas-musk-have-similar-timetables-for-self-driving-cars Wed, 14 Jan 2015 08:00:00 EST Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and Tesla CEO Elon Musk have very similar timetables for when they think autonomous cars will be on the road. So what is a Bentayga? http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150114/BLOG15/301149972/so-what-is-a-bentayga Wed, 14 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST When it comes to quirky names for SUVs, Volkswagen Group has the market pretty well cornered. Now we can add a new head-scratcher to the list: the Bentley Bentayga. Save up -- the future is a hungry beast http://www.autonews.com/article/20150114/BLOG06/150119823/save-up-the-future-is-a-hungry-beast Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:57:17 EST Anywhere on the Detroit auto show floor you can see healthy automakers branching out. Call it the vigor of health. These initiatives don't happen in hard times. Lending practices face new scrutiny: States http://www.autonews.com/article/20150114/BLOG13/301159997/lending-practices-face-new-scrutiny-states Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:30:00 EST State officials aren't far behind the federal government in the present crackdown on auto lenders, especially in the subprime segment. Downtown development mogul Gilbert sees missed opportunities with Detroit auto show http://www.autonews.com/article/20150114/BLOG06/150119828/downtown-development-mogul-gilbert-sees-missed-opportunities-with Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:58:23 EST Real estate mogul Dan Gilbert, the key player in the revival of downtown Detroit, thinks more can be done with the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center. Zetsche, Tesla's Musk have similar timetables for self-driving cars http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150114/BLOG15/150119847/zetsche-teslas-musk-have-similar-timetables-for-self-driving-cars Wed, 14 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and Tesla CEO Elon Musk have very similar timetables for when they think autonomous cars will be on the road. Drones fly at Ford and stir up drama http://www.autonews.com/article/20150113/BLOG06/301149995/drones-fly-at-ford-and-stir-up-drama Tue, 13 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST There's drone drama at the Detroit auto show. Honda's latest take on personal mobility http://www.autonews.com/article/20150113/BLOG06/150119860/hondas-latest-take-on-personal-mobility Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:40:41 EST The mobility movement that's spreading across the industry isn't limited to city streets. Can a 'driver's car' brand mission and driverless tech coexist? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150113/BLOG06/301209999/can-a-drivers-car-brand-mission-and-driverless-tech-coexist Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:17:10 EST If your calling card is 'The Ultimate Driving Machine,' what do you do when the machines drive themselves? How can you reconcile autonomous vehicles with your brand's deep-rooted mission? %]