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, 18 Aug 2017 06:00:00 EST Ford ups capability, convenience on F-150 http://www.autonews.com/article/20170816/BLOG06/170819879/ford-ups-capability-convenience-on-f-150 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EST The freshened F-150 pickup enters a market in which the competition is expected to significantly increase, with redesigned pickups from top rivals. Why this Tesla fan thinks the company is losing its way http://www.autonews.com/article/20170815/BLOG06/170819883/why-this-tesla-fan-thinks-the-company-is-losing-its-way Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:59:45 EST Call me an early adopter. I bought the 892nd Tesla roadster to come off the line in 2010. There were problems. Then I bought a second, and a third. Should Barra join CEOs quitting Trump panels? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170815/BLOG06/170819878/should-barra-join-ceos-quitting-trump-panels Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:53:47 EST As President Trump seemingly stumbles from one crisis to another, GM and CEO Mary Barra find themselves mired in a major public-relations dilemma. Are we coping with falling used-car prices? Depends whom you ask http://www.autonews.com/article/20170815/BLOG06/170819872/are-we-coping-with-falling-used-car-prices-depends-whom-you-ask Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:56:28 EST Declining used-vehicle prices bludgeoned second-quarter profits at Hertz and Avis Budget. Here's what they're doing about it. Infiniti Prototype 9 pays homage to '40s-styled racers http://www.autonews.com/article/20170815/BLOG06/308169999/infiniti-prototype-9-pays-homage-to-40s-styled-racers Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EST Infiniti may not have a vaunted motorsports pedigree but that hasn't stopped designers from creating a retro-looking race car and showcasing it at the year's most elevated celebration of automotive engineering, performance and design. For Fiat Chrysler, anybody but a Cerberus http://www.autonews.com/article/20170814/BLOG06/170819909/for-fiat-chrysler-anybody-but-a-cerberus Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EST Chinese ownership of FCA is far more desirable #8212; in terms of the U.S. economy and employment #8212; than the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and General Motors that FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne unsuccessfully tried to engineer in 2015. BMW knows what it doesn't know http://www.autonews.com/article/20170814/OEM01/170819970/bmw-knows-what-it-doesnt-know Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EST BMW is planning combustion, hybrid and electric versions of its key nameplates and will make them all capable of rolling off the same assembly line. BMW is smart enough to admit that it does not know, and so it is trying to maintain its flexibility. A peek inside's VW's secret fortress http://www.autonews.com/article/20170810/BLOG06/308109949/a-peek-insides-vws-secret-fortress Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EST VW opened up to reporters its secretive proving grounds near Wolfsburg. Here's what we saw. A peek inside's VW's secret fortress http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170810/BLOG15/170809722/a-peek-insides-vws-secret-fortress Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EST VW opened up to reporters its secretive proving grounds near Wolfsburg where the company's brightest minds are working on solutions to the industry's most daunting challenges. It's time for J.D. Power to re-examine its definition of quality http://www.autonews.com/article/20170808/BLOG06/170809748/its-time-for-j-d-power-to-re-examine-its-definition-of-quality Tue, 8 Aug 2017 10:00:00 EST Not long after I bought a new Chevrolet Cruze hatchback last year, J.D. Power sent me its initial quality survey and a crisp new dollar bill to guilt me into filling it out. For Toyota, it's all about newcomer status http://www.autonews.com/article/20170807/BLOG06/170809764/for-toyota-its-all-about-newcomer-status Mon, 7 Aug 2017 10:40:36 EST Some governors probably shouldn't bother making a quick call to Toyota City or Plano, Texas, home to Toyota's new North American headquarters, to land America's newest auto factory. Data make clear that auto lending is sound http://www.autonews.com/article/20170807/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/170809845/trust-data-auto-lending-sound Mon, 7 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EST Cox Automotive's Jonathan Smoke takes stock of automotive lending's resilience and health. The transition to electric is inevitable. Let's begin it. http://www.autonews.com/article/20170807/OEM05/170809836/transition-electric-inevitable Mon, 7 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EST Old-fashioned gasoline-powered vehicles commanded somewhere north of 95 percent of the U.S. vehicle market last year. But Americans don't love the internal combustion engine any more than an Iowa cow loves to eat corn. Major changes in the wind http://www.autonews.com/article/20170807/OEM06/170809839/major-changes-in-the-wind Mon, 7 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EST Whether you're manufacturing vehicles or supplying components or in the business of retailing automobiles, your world is about to change profoundly. Used sales bring FandI opportunity http://www.autonews.com/article/20170802/BLOG13/170809891/used-sales-bring-fi-opportunity Wed, 2 Aug 2017 11:54:11 EST Most of the six public new-car dealership groups focused on the growing used-vehicle market in their second-quarter earnings calls. That could be a plus for their FandI results. Access is future mobility's biggest challenge http://www.autonews.com/article/20170802/BLOG06/308039999/mobility-challenge-access Wed, 2 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EST It's going to take more than a bike-sharing venture for automakers to pivot to mobility. Progress on road to autonomous vehicles http://www.autonews.com/article/20170802/MOBILITY/170809994/progress-on-road-to-autonomous-vehicles Wed, 2 Aug 2017 13:15:00 EST On a ride in an autonomous Ford Fusion at Mcity, I was impressed with how smoothly the car worked and how quickly it sensed and adjusted to its surroundings. Sharing is great -- if it's smooth http://www.autonews.com/article/20170801/BLOG06/170809931/sharing-is-great-if-its-smooth Tue, 1 Aug 2017 17:45:16 EST It's going to take more than a bike-sharing venture for automakers to pivot to mobility. Same game, new rules http://www.autonews.com/article/20170801/BLOG06/170809937/same-game-new-rules Tue, 1 Aug 2017 17:00:00 EST The U.S. auto industry has crossed over from expansion to contraction. The general U.S. economy is still strong and building, but for the folks who build or sell light vehicles, it's increasingly clear that seven years of sales growth is ending. How disruptive will the engine's demise become? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170801/BLOG06/170809958/how-disruptive-will-the-engines-demise-become Tue, 1 Aug 2017 11:47:14 EST There's a lot at stake, far more than just replacing a gasoline or diesel engine with an electric motor or a fuel cell powertrain, as governments around the world move to reduce emissions. German diesel summit must succeed in restoring confidence in fuel http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170801/BLOG15/170809971/german-diesel-summit-must-succeed-in-restoring-confidence-in-fuel Tue, 1 Aug 2017 05:25:19 EST What VW Group's emissions fraud failed to achieve, Stuttgart Mayor Fritz Kuhn may accomplish: turn Germans against their diesel cars as he pushes to ban most cars powered by the fuel from entering the city. Buyers may think new cars are more autonomous than they are http://www.autonews.com/article/20170731/BLOG06/170809975/autonomous-cars-driver-confusion Mon, 31 Jul 2017 17:08:32 EST There will be a lot of talk this week about what upcoming vehicles will be able to do. But let's keep that under wraps. There is legitimate concern that some car buyers think their new vehicles are more autonomous than they are. Supplier deals run hot -- but has Silicon Valley peaked? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170731/BLOG06/170809976/supplier-deals-run-hot-but-has-silicon-valley-peaked Mon, 31 Jul 2017 16:55:00 EST Automotive suppliers generated many of the mergers and acquisitions in the first half of 2017, as deal-makers sought to fill gaps in their technology portfolios. Is BMW hinting at the successor to the Z4? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170731/BLOG06/170739922/is-bmw-hinting-at-the-successor-to-the-z4 Mon, 31 Jul 2017 14:07:34 EST It appears like the BMW Z4 successor's silhouette made an advance appearance on the German automaker's Instagram account. High school engineering is cool #8212; finally http://www.autonews.com/article/20170731/OEM06/170809984/high-school-engineering-is-cool-finally Mon, 31 Jul 2017 10:30:00 EST More than 83,000 students participated this year in the FIRST Robotics Competition. And they had a blast. Governments taking over vehicle engineering http://www.autonews.com/article/20170731/OEM11/170739978/governments-taking-over-vehicle-engineering Mon, 31 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST These days, governments around the world seem to be reaching even further into the auto industry #8212; without regard to their impact. Why the FCA-UAW scandal looks like a rogue action http://www.autonews.com/article/20170727/BLOG06/170729759/why-the-fca-uaw-scandal-looks-like-a-rogue-action Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:03:26 EST If the FCA-UAW corruption charges are proven, it has to be seen as a rogue action taken by officials intent on enriching themselves. Lease falloff goes beyond customer apathy http://www.autonews.com/article/20170726/BLOG13/170729814/lease-falloff-goes-beyond-customer-apathy Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:01:20 EST Leasing fell in the first half of the year, the first such drop since January-June 2012, according to Edmunds. But lack of consumer interest was only part of the reason. Like it or not, signs signal change for auto retail http://www.autonews.com/article/20170725/BLOG06/170729853/like-it-or-not-signs-signal-change-for-auto-retail Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:49:32 EST Car dealers need to prepare for a new way of selling as consumers may not desire car ownership in the future. German industry fears image blow over cartel probe http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170725/BLOG15/170729874/german-industry-fears-image-blow-over-cartel-probe Tue, 25 Jul 2017 04:16:34 EST Germany's auto industry fears its image will suffer another severe blow after EU antitrust authorities said they would investigate claims that BMW, Daimler and VW Group operated a cartel for parts such as emissions treatment systems and convertible... Dealers are still missing from mobility conversation http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/RETAIL07/170729938/dealers-still-missing-mobility-conversation Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Data management and consumer behavior tracking companies will gather tons of user and vehicle information in the emerging ecosystem of mobility options. Missing from the forecasts is what role, if any, franchised dealerships will have. No fury like a bureaucrat scorned http://www.autonews.com/article/20170724/OEM11/170729955/no-fury-like-a-bureaucrat-scorned Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Governments get mad when you fail to comply with their rules and regulations, doubly so when you intentionally break them. The cost of 'out with the old' http://www.autonews.com/article/20170717/OEM01/170719819/keith-crain-column-gasoline-engine-vs-electric Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST In heavy manufacturing, you don't just dump all those machines and foundries and everything associated with an engine program. So what happens to all that money invested in internal combustion engines? Does Volvo's move suggest an irreversible shift to EVs? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170717/OEM04/170719815/volvo-move-suggest-irreversible-shift-ev Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST For Volvo and the industry, there may be no turning back from a future not based on internal combustion engines. The iPhone's influence on the auto industry http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170714/BLOG15/307149991/iphone-anniversary-auto-industry Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST We won't gush over the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, but on this occasion at least, we ought to acknowledge the profound influence this youthful product has had over the century-old auto industry. Bentley Bentayga plug-in taps VW Group parts bin http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170713/BLOG15/307149985/bentley-bentayga-plug-in-taps-vw-group-parts-bin Thu, 13 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST A prototype of Bentley's Bentayga plug-in hybrid has been testing with the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid's powertrain. Auto financing via smartphone is smart move http://www.autonews.com/article/20170712/BLOG13/170719869/auto-financing-via-smartphone-is-smart-move Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:29:35 EST Consumers have long been able to check their credit and get preapproved for financing through a dealership or lender website, but getting approved on-the-go through mobile devices may become many consumers' first choice when considering an auto loan. Dissecting Europe's automotive numbers http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170712/BLOG15/170719952/dissecting-europes-automotive-numbers Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST The latest Automobile Industry Pocket Guide from the European association ACEA, reveals some interesting, and often unexpected, trends from the region's auto industry. Tesla Model 3's margin for error? Zero http://www.autonews.com/article/20170711/BLOG06/170719915/tesla-model-3s-margin-for-error-zero Tue, 11 Jul 2017 12:33:33 EST Tesla has painted itself into a corner with the new Model 3 sedan, the company's first high-volume vehicle. Renault design boss knows which line matters most http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170711/BLOG15/170709874/renault-design-boss-knows-which-line-matters-most Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST When discussing automotive design, the word 'line' gets used often. Renault design chief Laurens van den Acker has his own take on the word. Volvo is either very smart, or very dumb http://www.autonews.com/article/20170710/OEM05/170719982/volvo-is-either-very-smart-or-very-dumb Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Volvo is betting big on electrified vehicles. Time will tell how it fares. The iPhone's influence on the auto industry http://www.autonews.com/article/20170710/OEM06/170719985/iphone-anniversary-auto-industry Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST We won't gush over the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, but on this occasion at least, we ought to acknowledge the profound influence this youthful product has had over the century-old auto industry. My nightmarish vision of auto retailing's future http://www.autonews.com/article/20170710/RETAIL05/170719999/dystopian-future-auto-retailing-sandler Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST I dreamed of a landscape pockmarked with empty collision shops -- all on account of buyers flocking to safer cars with collision-avoidance technology. Volvo sends message to suppliers http://www.autonews.com/article/20170706/BLOG06/307069909/volvo-sends-message-to-suppliers Thu, 6 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson says that the automaker's decision to electrify all its future powertrains provides a clear message to suppliers. "They can count on Volvo as a customer," he said. Rethinking flagship stores http://www.autonews.com/article/20170706/BLOG06/170709877/rethinking-flagship-stores Thu, 6 Jul 2017 14:18:44 EST Major retailers are rethinking the value of glitzy flagship stores. Should automakers follow suit? A flat tire taught me a warranty lesson http://www.autonews.com/article/20170705/BLOG13/170709903/a-flat-tire-taught-me-a-warranty-lesson Wed, 5 Jul 2017 10:41:23 EST One of the several lessons I learned from a flat-tire experience last week was be more aware of my warranty. Volvo sends message to suppliers http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170705/BLOG15/170709909/volvo-sends-message-to-suppliers Wed, 5 Jul 2017 08:40:28 EST Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson says that the automaker's decision to electrify all its future powertrains provides a clear message to suppliers. "They can count on Volvo as a customer," he said. Carlos Ghosn understands the significance of being No. 1 http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170705/BLOG15/307079991/carlos-ghosn-renault-nissan Wed, 5 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST The biggest volumes earn the attention of suppliers, technology innovators, deal-makers and governments. Carlos Ghosn understands the significance of being No. 1 http://www.autonews.com/article/20170703/RETAIL01/170709986/carlos-ghosn-renault-nissan Mon, 3 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST The biggest volumes earn the attention of suppliers, technology innovators, deal-makers and governments. Self-driving technology is here, but still being perfected http://www.autonews.com/article/20170703/MOBILITY/170709980/self-driving-autonomous-fusion Mon, 3 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST It's going to be many years, decades perhaps, until self-driving vehicles integrate safely onto the nation's roads.