Automotive News Columnists and Bloggers Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Thu, 18 Oct 2018 06:00:00 EST For small dealership groups, what's the key to compliance? http://www.autonews.com/article/20181017/BLOG13/181019633/for-small-dealership-groups-whats-the-key-to-compliance Wed, 17 Oct 2018 11:00:00 EST Implementing compliance software may be a no-brainer for large dealership groups, but some smaller groups lack the infrastructure and capital to install those same systems. Could Jaguar become an EV-only brand? http://europe.autonews.com/article/20181017/BLOG15/310179990/could-jaguar-become-an-ev-only-brand Wed, 17 Oct 2018 00:01:00 EST Could Jaguar become an EV-only brand? That's the strategy under consideration by company leaders, one in which the British luxury marque would replace its conventional vehicles with battery-electric models over the next five to seven years. Tesla's Supercharger network is the template for the hydrogen era http://www.autonews.com/article/20181016/BLOG06/181019674/teslas-supercharger-network-is-the-template-for-the-hydrogen-era Tue, 16 Oct 2018 11:45:00 EST A Tesla-like nationwide network of hydrogen fueling stations could help reduce the time it will take for fuel cell vehicles to become economically viable to manufacture. Why Cadillac's New York move failed http://www.autonews.com/article/20181015/OEM01/181019813/cadillac-new-york-detroit-carlisle Mon, 15 Oct 2018 00:01:00 EST No one who has ever worked in Detroit's auto manufacturing sector could possibly be surprised by GM bringing Cadillac back home after a four-year foray in trendy Manhattan. Tariff's slow Chinese manufacturers' U.S. plans http://www.autonews.com/article/20181015/GLOBAL/181019837/keith-crain-tariff-chinese-manufacturing-commentary Mon, 15 Oct 2018 00:01:00 EST Tariff's have slowed Chinese auto manufacturers' plans for U.S. markets, but uncertainties remain about the future. GM's 2019 Silverado has the wrong engine http://www.autonews.com/article/20181015/OEM01/181019817/general-motors-silverado-four-cylinder Mon, 15 Oct 2018 00:01:00 EST It's hard to answer the "why buy" question about General Motors' 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, with its four-cylinder engine and weak fuel economy ratings. German automakers' opposition to CO2 goal may backfire http://europe.autonews.com/article/20181011/BLOG15/181019856/german-automakers-opposition-to-co2-goal-may-backfire Thu, 11 Oct 2018 04:03:13 EST German-led efforts to water down calls for a 40 percent cut in new-car CO2 emissions by 2030 may have immediate benefits for the country's automakers, but in the future it could result in them suffering much more drastic measures as the country... GM's 2.7-liter turbo engine is in the wrong truck http://www.autonews.com/article/20181010/BLOG06/181019878/gms-2-7-liter-turbo-engine-is-in-the-wrong-truck Wed, 10 Oct 2018 09:17:14 EST I'll give General Motors' new four-cylinder exactly one year in the redesigned Silverado before it fades into the Colorado and becomes a big success. A misfire of this magnitude is rare for GM these days. FandI product reviews: Rare but a potential sales tool http://www.autonews.com/article/20181010/BLOG13/181019875/fi-product-reviews-rare-but-a-potential-sales-tool Wed, 10 Oct 2018 11:00:00 EST An FandI product sales boost may lie in the keystrokes of existing customers. The autonomous police car: RoboCop or reverse ATM? http://www.autonews.com/article/20181009/BLOG06/310109997/the-autonomous-police-car-robocop-or-reverse-atm Tue, 9 Oct 2018 00:01:00 EST Motorola's patent for an autonomous police car packs quite a few functions of the criminal justice system into a vehicle, enough not only for Uber drivers but for police officers to worry about job security in the age of autonomy. Daimler should consider Porsche exec as next finance chief http://europe.autonews.com/article/20181009/BLOG15/181009652/daimler-should-consider-porsche-exec-as-next-finance-chief Tue, 9 Oct 2018 08:29:13 EST Lutz Meschke, Porsche's finance chief has done a remarkable job at the automaker, ensuring double-digit margins even in dark days of 2009 when he was a fresh senior executive. In NAFTA update, Trump rebuilt what he wrecked in TPP http://www.autonews.com/article/20181009/BLOG30/310099952/trump-nafta-blog-kulisch-usmca Tue, 9 Oct 2018 07:14:29 EST Most of what's in the trilateral USMCA was already accomplished in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement with 11 other nations. In NAFTA update, Trump rebuilt what he wrecked in TPP http://www.autonews.com/article/20181009/BLOG06/181009654/trump-nafta-blog-kulisch-usmca Tue, 9 Oct 2018 07:14:29 EST Most of what's in the trilateral USMCA was already accomplished in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement with 11 other nations. Are EV makers listening to their customers? http://www.autonews.com/article/20181008/OEM01/181009756/keith-crain-paris-auto-show-ev Mon, 8 Oct 2018 00:01:00 EST GM seems to have the right approach #8212; making available both a plug-in and a hybrid at the bottom of the range rather than developing very expensive vehicles with no idea about the market volume. Ten years later, Dodge dealer tells his story http://www.autonews.com/article/20181008/RETAIL07/181009723/great-recession-doug-wilson-dodge Mon, 8 Oct 2018 00:01:00 EST Doug Wilson's survival plan in 2009 called for a massive sale that would liquidate six months' worth of Dodge inventory within three weeks. Before he knew it, the sale was under way. Jason Stein: A new era for auto shows http://www.autonews.com/article/20181008/RETAIL03/181009713/paris-jason-stein-column-auto-shows Mon, 8 Oct 2018 00:01:00 EST Was this Paris show good? Was it too quiet? Does this mean shows are dead? The arguments around auto show relevance were endless last week, and the jury is still very much out. U.S. suppliers face casualties from China trade war http://www.autonews.com/article/20181008/GLOBAL03/181009809/china-trade-war-tariffs-evonne-xu Mon, 8 Oct 2018 00:01:00 EST While some higher-tier suppliers will have little difficulty enduring the trade war, increased costs resulting from the tariffs will place a significant and harmful burden on small and medium-size lower-tier suppliers. Elon Musk's short-seller obsession goes off the rails http://www.autonews.com/article/20181005/BLOG06/181009727/elon-musk-twitter-controversy-litigation Fri, 5 Oct 2018 14:22:32 EST Even with the U.S. regulators pursuing further investigations of Elon Musk and Tesla, the electric automaker's CEO seems unable to put the open-and-shut case against his "funding secured" tweets behind him. How women are tackling the industry's glass ceiling http://europe.autonews.com/article/20181005/BLOG15/181009767/how-women-are-tackling-the-industrys-glass-ceiling Fri, 5 Oct 2018 07:28:51 EST To say that the automotive industry is male-dominated is an understatement. According to various studies, women make up about 15 percent of total employment #8212; and at the executive level, that figure is even lower. Why China is by far the world's largest market for full-electric cars http://europe.autonews.com/article/20181005/BLOG15/180929837/why-china-is-by-far-the-worlds-largest-market-for-full-electric-cars Fri, 5 Oct 2018 00:01:00 EST China is the largest market for EVs in the world after finding the simple formula for success: Combine hefty purchasing subsidies with a vast recharging network and sales will take off almost immediately. Poor credit? Get the reason in writing http://www.autonews.com/article/20181003/BLOG13/181009846/poor-credit-get-the-reason-in-writing Wed, 3 Oct 2018 11:47:39 EST Everyone has a story for why they have bad credit. The current state of EV charging: More work needed http://www.autonews.com/article/20181002/BLOG06/181009891/the-current-state-of-ev-charging-more-work-needed Tue, 2 Oct 2018 12:15:00 EST Early EV adopters may have to change their routines as the nation's charging infrastructure develops. Cadillac's new CEO, Steve Carlisle, faces tough road http://www.autonews.com/article/20181001/OEM02/181109999/keith-crain-cadillac-detroit Mon, 1 Oct 2018 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Editor-In-Chief Keith Crain says Cadillac made the right decision coming back to Detroit, but new CEO Steve Carlisle faces a tough road ahead. Updated NCAP could boost AV safety http://www.autonews.com/article/20181001/OEM11/181009989/ncap-safety-avs-accidents Mon, 1 Oct 2018 00:01:00 EST The proposal for a newly updated New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) addresses important safety concerns in consumers' minds. Cadillac's return to Michigan was no surprise http://www.autonews.com/article/20181001/BLOG06/181009925/cadillac-wayland-michigan-newyork-move Mon, 1 Oct 2018 15:19:27 EST Like the appointment of Steve Carlisle, the move to Michigan was part of an effort to bring Cadillac back into the fold after executives soured on the idea of allowing the brand to operate somewhat independently. Aston Martin's growth plan has downside http://www.autonews.com/article/20181001/OEM01/181009973/aston-martin-growth-plan Mon, 1 Oct 2018 00:01:00 EST Aston Martin's expectation that it will double production to beyond 10,000 by 2021 means NHTSA will no longer classify it as a small-volume manufacturer -- at which point penalties will occur for missing corporate average fuel economy targets. Ola Kallenius a new breed of CEO for Daimler http://www.autonews.com/article/20181001/OEM02/181009979/kallenius-daimler-ceo-zetsche Mon, 1 Oct 2018 00:01:00 EST This changing of the guard is intriguing not because Dieter Zetsche is leaving, but because his successor appears to be a new order of chief executive #8212; especially for a German car manufacturer. Pool of liability for autonomous vehicle accidents grows http://www.autonews.com/article/20181001/OEM11/181009988/liability-autonomous-vehicle-accidents Mon, 1 Oct 2018 00:01:00 EST As responsibility for autonomous vehicle accidents expands beyond drivers to include the companies that design, manufacture and maintain self-driving vehicles and the technology they rely upon, the pool of companies potentially liable for accidents... Why Russia's Rolls rival fails to impress http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180928/BLOG15/180929835/why-russias-rolls-rival-fails-to-impress Fri, 28 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Russia's luxury Aurus brand aspires to rival Bentley and Rolls-Royce, not just in Russia but in Europe and the rest of the world. But if its first model, the Senat, is anything to go by it falls short. $1 billion tariff hit would mean $1,000 hit to Ford workers http://www.autonews.com/article/20180927/BLOG06/180929770/-1-billion-tariff-hit-would-mean-1000-hit-to-ford-workers Thu, 27 Sep 2018 15:58:32 EST If Ford earns $1 billion less in North America because of tariffs, even though nearly all of the steel it uses is made in the U.S., its profit-sharing payouts to workers would drop by $1,000. JMandA pilot faces backlash http://www.autonews.com/article/20180926/BLOG13/180929806/jma-pilot-faces-backlash Wed, 26 Sep 2018 13:12:59 EST JMandA Group is testing a virtual FandI product sales service in two dealership groups. Riding in ZF's 'flying billboard' http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180925/BLOG15/180929863/riding-in-zfs-flying-billboard Tue, 25 Sep 2018 09:11:20 EST ZF Friedrichshafen began making gears for the Zeppelin airships back in 1900. Now, the supplier uses these aircraft for sightseeing trips above Germany and as mammoth billboards. If only General Motors still made the Hummer http://www.autonews.com/article/20180924/OEM01/180929920/general-motors-hummer-suv Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST If General Motors' Hummer was still in production, it would be a bonanza for the automaker in this SUV-crazed market. Tesla faces its first real competition, with lessons for the industry http://www.autonews.com/article/20180924/OEM01/180929944/tesla-musk-competition-luxury-keith-crain Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Audi, Mercedes and Jaguar are all launching production vehicles that will create some real competition for Tesla, and we are going to learn a few things as these new entries arrive. Clean power plan changes a conumdrum for automakers http://www.autonews.com/article/20180924/OEM11/180929942/eric-kulisch-blog-climate-change Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST It's unclear how much auto business will benefit from relaxing standards for tailpipe emissions. To some observers, the biggest winners are petroleum companies that will be able to sell more oil and gasoline. Time to scale up Auto Industry 4.0 http://www.autonews.com/article/20180924/OEM01/180929981/column-richard-kelly-mckinsey Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Industry 4.0 has similarities to lean manufacturing in the 1990s. The application of digital connectivity and collaboration offers that next level of performance potential. Rising Star starts new adventure http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180921/BLOG15/180929949/rising-star-starts-new-adventure Fri, 21 Sep 2018 05:50:41 EST Former Mazda Europe executive and 2017 Rising Star Christian Ohm is starting a new adventure this month. What Cadillac dealers can expect from Steve Carlisle http://www.autonews.com/article/20180919/BLOG30/309199951/cadillac-dealers-steve-carlisle Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Cadillac chief Steve Carlisle is mild-mannered and methodical when he speaks. The former head of GM Canada doesn't want or command attention, but that's not necessarily a weakness. Just different from what we've come to expect from Cadillac. Vendors should show they care http://www.autonews.com/article/20180919/BLOG13/180919686/vendors-should-show-they-care Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:21:09 EST To streamline operations, improve profits and satisfy customers, dealers look to vendors for innovation that can put them ahead of the competition. FCA working on a new inline-six engine, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20180918/BLOG06/309189996/what-is-audi-signaling-with-supercar-concept-coming-to-moneterey Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST The V-8 engine hasn't been the default choice for family vehicles for ages and it seems like it will be increasingly relegated to performance machinery for dedicated gearheads. Grand Basel: A new take on the car as art http://www.autonews.com/article/20180918/BLOG06/309199997/grand-basel-a-new-take-on-the-car-as-art Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Are cars art? Is art cars? The organizers behind Art Basel said yes to both those questions and held a big celebration last week of the car as art form in their home city. What Cadillac dealers can expect from Steve Carlisle http://www.autonews.com/article/20180918/BLOG06/180919708/cadillac-dealers-steve-carlisle Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:17:10 EST Cadillac chief Steve Carlisle is mild-mannered and methodical when he speaks. He doesn't want or command attention but that's not necessarily a weakness. Just different from what we've come to expect from Cadillac. Will automakers bear disproportionate burden for tackling climate change? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180918/BLOG06/180919720/eric-kulisch-blog-climate-change Tue, 18 Sep 2018 09:30:16 EST It's unclear how much automakers will benefit from relaxing standards for tailpipe emissions. To some observers, the biggest winners are petroleum companies. Why China's auto sales are suddenly declining http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/RETAIL01/180919822/china-auto-sales Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Industry trade groups and market research firms have produced various theories to explain why the market suddenly ran out of steam. But a website tracking peer-to-peer lending in China has provided one plausible factor. Take care of the fixed ops, Keith Crain advises http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/RETAIL/180919824/keith-crain-fixed-ops Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Dealers should keep a close eye on fixed operations, an important potential profit center in the coming year. Will rising interest rates affect dealership valuations? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/RETAIL/180919853/interest-rates-dealership-valuations-james-taylor-presidio Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Presidio Managing Director James Taylor considers the impact of higher interest rates on store valuations. How heir apparent Euisun Chung could change Hyundai http://www.autonews.com/article/20180914/BLOG06/180919798/hyundai-kia-euisun-chung-leadership Fri, 14 Sep 2018 11:50:46 EST Hyundai Vice Chairman Euisun Chung -- now Executive Vice Chairman Euisun Chung -- has taken a critical step toward succeeding his father, Chung Mong-koo, as chairman of the Hyundai Motor conglomerate. Switching to used isn't always a solution for negative equity buyers http://www.autonews.com/article/20180912/BLOG13/180919874/switching-to-used-isnt-always-a-solution-for-negative-equity-buyers Wed, 12 Sep 2018 12:35:54 EST With prices on the rise and supplies tightening, switching from new vehicles to used might not help enough for customers re-entering the market upside down in their loans. El nuevo Chevy Silverado ofrece una función sin estilo http://www.autonews.com/article/20180911/MEXICO/309119932/silverado-michael-wayland-column Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST El 2019 Chevrolet Silverado puede establecer un nuevo estándar industrial para ingeniería y conducción. Es un V-8 suave y ágil que es un placer conducir. Schaeffler group advances the art of the valvetrain http://www.autonews.com/article/20180911/BLOG06/180919907/schaeffler-group-advances-the-art-of-the-valvetrain Tue, 11 Sep 2018 11:57:54 EST Politics and government oversight aside, for automakers and suppliers it's still business as usual in raising the fuel efficiency of cars and light trucks. Struggling to recruit? Think FIRST first http://www.autonews.com/article/20180910/OEM10/180919968/first-robotics-richard-truett Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST At robotics competitions in school gymnasiums around the world, a talent pipeline is being assembled. Trump auto mpg rule is a step in the right direction http://www.autonews.com/article/20180910/OEM11/180919979/william-noack-gm-commentary Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST What the green groups fail to acknowledge is how mandates #8212; particularly those that require technology changes #8212; put upward pressure on prices while encouraging the development of products consumers might not want. Why Aston Martin's CEO expects automaker to be more profitable than Ferrari http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180910/BLOG15/180919946/why-aston-martins-ceo-expects-automaker-to-be-more-profitable-than Mon, 10 Sep 2018 04:40:35 EST As Aston Martin plans its London IPO, CEO Andy Palmer believes the company will be more profitable than Ferrari. Is California really becoming dealer-friendlier? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180910/RETAIL07/180919966/keith-crain-california-legislation Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Talk to dealers in California and all you hear is about the rules and regulations that go with running a retail car business. Avoid knee-jerk reactions to tax and tariff changes http://www.autonews.com/article/20180907/BLOG06/180909830/suppliers-tariff-trade-politics-advice Fri, 7 Sep 2018 15:56:14 EST Overseas and domestic automotive companies should think long and hard about buying or building plants to take advantage of recent tax cuts, tariff threats or the depressed euro. Volvo has autonomous vehicle safety covered like a blanket http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180907/BLOG15/180909848/volvo-has-autonomous-vehicle-safety-covered-like-a-blanket Fri, 7 Sep 2018 03:51:57 EST Leave it to Volvo to already be working on a patent for a solution that will keep passengers safe even as they sleep in their self-driving cars. Volvo has autonomous vehicle safety covered like a blanket http://www.autonews.com/article/20180907/BLOG06/309079966/volvo-safety-blanket Fri, 7 Sep 2018 03:51:57 EST Leave it to Volvo to already be working on a patent for a solution that will keep passengers safe even as they sleep in their self-driving cars. Chevy's next-gen Corvette: The best look yet http://www.autonews.com/article/20180904/BLOG06/309059996/chevys-next-gen-corvette-the-best-look-yet Tue, 4 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Photos of the next-generation, midengine Chevy Corvette, aka C8, have surfaced, showing the sports car in near-production form in what's by far the best view yet. Here's a quick recap of what we know. Tesla readies a surprise in Europe http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180904/BLOG15/309049917/tesla-readies-a-surprise-in-europe Tue, 4 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Tesla is expected to reveal a new vehicle at the Grand Basel auto show, according to an invitation sent to Tesla owners. Moving out of Sergio's shadow http://www.autonews.com/article/20180904/BLOG06/309049931/moving-out-of-sergios-shadow Tue, 4 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Mike Manley took the helm at FCA just four days before the death of former CEO Sergio Marchionne. That same day Manley had to present FCA's disappointing Q2 results and lower annual profit goals. Moving out of Sergio's shadow http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180904/BLOG15/180909946/moving-out-of-sergios-shadow Tue, 4 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Mike Manley took the helm at Fiat Chrysler just four days before the death of former CEO Sergio Marchionne. That same day Manley had to present FCA's disappointing second-quarter results and lower annual profit goals. Tesla readies a surprise in Europe http://www.autonews.com/article/20180904/BLOG06/309059997/tesla-readies-a-surprise-in-europe Tue, 4 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Tesla is expected to reveal a new vehicle at the Grand Basel motor show on Wednesday, according to an invitation sent to Tesla owners. Chinese real estate developers look to EV market http://www.autonews.com/article/20180903/GLOBAL/180909955/china-real-estate-ev-market-investments Mon, 3 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Limits on housing market investments in China have real estate developers looking to the EV market for new money-making opportunities. Keith Crain: Maybe U.S. and Mexico got this trade deal right http://www.autonews.com/article/20180903/OEM/180909982/keith-crain-nafta-mexico-wages Mon, 3 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Editor-In-Chief Keith Crain says it looks like real progress is happening in the trade talks between the U.S. and Mexico.