Automotive News Columnists and Bloggers Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sun, 1 Mar 2015 06:00:00 EST Aston's clever distractions http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150227/BLOG15/150229905/astons-clever-distractions Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Aston Martin is cleverly covering up its biggest weakness -- its slow-selling, money-losing, aging lineup -- by creating headline-grabbing limited-edition models. Why does Ford race? Because it can http://www.autonews.com/article/20150227/BLOG06/150229858/why-does-ford-race-because-it-can Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:56:23 EST He's not yet taking orders from Jay Leno for the Ford GT and GT350R, but the head of Ford Performance, Dave Pericak, still has a full plate. The dream Mr. K offered in the Nissan 300ZX is alive and well http://www.autonews.com/article/20150226/BLOG06/150229884/the-dream-mr-k-offered-in-the-nissan-300zx-is-alive-and-well Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:44:05 EST 'If I had a Z #8230; ' That's the opening line to the car commercial that I most remember from my youth. It touted the Nissan 300ZX sports car. Toyota, Mazda bet against each other in quest for 94 mpg http://www.autonews.com/article/20150226/BLOG06/150229880/toyota-mazda-bet-against-each-other-in-quest-for-94-mpg Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:54:31 EST Japan's largest auto manufacturer and one of its smallest are betting against each other on divergent paths to the same goal -- an incredible fuel economy rate pushing 94 mpg. Lender groups want answers from the CFPB http://www.autonews.com/article/20150225/BLOG13/150229902/lender-groups-want-answers-from-the-cfpb Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:15:55 EST A letter sent last week by the American Financial Services Association and other trade associations to Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, was aimed at prodding the CFPB to publicly respond to a study AFSA... De Nysschen, 'Dare' I say, needs a better plan to rebuild Caddy's image http://www.autonews.com/article/20150224/BLOG06/302249968/de-nysschen-dare-i-say-needs-a-better-plan-to-rebuild-caddys-image Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST An open letter to Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen: Fixing Cadillac will be the biggest challenge of your career, a far larger task, even, than breathing new life into Audi. My brother is a perfect example why. A no-holds-barred online QandA with Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen http://www.autonews.com/article/20150223/BLOG06/150229950/a-no-holds-barred-online-qa-with-cadillac-boss-johan-de-nysschen Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:46:00 EST Jalopnik beckoned its readers this afternoon to 'Ask Cadillac President de Nysschen anything.' They were more than happy to oblige. Car stores could be just like Apple stores, right? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150223/OEM06/302239966/car-stores-could-be-just-like-apple-stores-right Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST "How's it going?" I asked my friend Gene-Erik Marketer. I hadn't seen him since the NADA convention. "Great!" he replied. Now everyone wants to build cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20150223/OEM01/302239973/now-everyone-wants-to-build-cars Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Much like Preston Tucker, John DeLorean and Malcolm Bricklin, there are lots of people with lots of money interested in becoming automakers. Elon Musk notwithstanding, the number of success stories in this business is fairly limited. Year of the Recall wasn't all GM's fault http://www.autonews.com/article/20150223/OEM11/302239977/year-of-the-recall-wasnt-all-gms-fault Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST The final tally is in. In 2014, automakers sent out some 64 million recall notices in the United States, more than double the previous calendar-year record. GM was a big part of that, but plenty of others also contributed. Is an identity crisis the reason behind the Ram pickup's new styling? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150220/BLOG06/150229981/is-an-identity-crisis-the-reason-behind-the-ram-pickups-new-styling Fri, 20 Feb 2015 12:14:52 EST It's been nearly two months since I got my first up-close looks at the Ram Rebel and Ram Laramie Limited. I'm not a fan of the styling of the two pickups' front fascias and tailgates, but I've developed a theory as to what motivated them. Cadillac has a new brand strategy involving subtlety and fashion http://www.autonews.com/article/20150220/BLOG06/150229979/cadillac-has-a-new-brand-strategy-involving-subtlety-and-fashion Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:05:25 EST Bet you never thought you'd utter the words "Anna Wintour" and "Cadillac" in the same breath. Well, think again. Japan Toyota dealer hits 2 million milestone http://www.autonews.com/article/20150220/BLOG06/150229988/japan-toyota-dealer-hits-2-million-milestone Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:28:48 EST Nagoya Toyopet sold its 2 millionth new Toyota vehicle on Monday, making it the first independent retailer from Japan's top manufacturer to reach that rarified stratosphere. Volvo captive finance's plan to help spur sales of Volvo's XC90 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150219/BLOG06/150219808/volvo-captive-finances-plan-to-help-spur-sales-of-volvos-xc90 Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:30:41 EST The redesigned 2016 Volvo XC90 is 'the big' launch facing Volvo's captive finance company. Just ask Dan Romagnoli. GM Financial-Chevy lease exclusivity seems likely http://www.autonews.com/article/20150218/BLOG13/302199999/gm-financial-chevy-lease-exclusivity-seems-likely Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:15:00 EST There wasn't much doubt, but General Motors disclosed for the first time in an SEC filing that it is considering plans to throw all Chevrolet lease incentives to GM Financial instead of sharing them among GM Financial, Ally Financial and U.S. Bank. Are flat finance fees inevitable? How to lessen the blow http://www.autonews.com/article/20150218/BLOG13/302199998/are-flat-finance-fees-inevitable-how-to-lessen-the-blow Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:30:00 EST Flat finance fees are coming. And if you now derive more than 40 percent of your FandI revenue per vehicle from a finance reserve, you're in trouble. Buyers make big bets on dealerships in a seller's world http://www.autonews.com/article/20150218/BLOG06/150219831/buyers-make-big-bets-on-dealerships-in-a-sellers-world Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:55:38 EST You know it is a seller's market when the seller can dictate all the shots, and I mean all the shots. I was speaking to a buy-sell adviser this week, who shared an unsolicited anecdote because this adviser was so awe struck by it. National Corvette Museum -- a year after the sinkhole http://www.autonews.com/article/20150217/BLOG06/150219873/national-corvette-museum-a-year-after-the-sinkhole Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:45:00 EST The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., seems well-positioned to recover from a devastating sinkhole and remain standing on firm ground. Have no fear, Hyundai cracks the fuel-cell code http://www.autonews.com/article/20150217/BLOG06/150219860/have-no-fear-hyundai-cracks-the-fuel-cell-code Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:00:00 EST The hydrogen fuel cell debate is no longer a chicken-and-egg conundrum. The fuel cell vehicle has arrived first. It works. Thanks, but no thanks, to an Apple car http://www.autonews.com/article/20150217/BLOG06/150219852/thanks-but-no-thanks-to-an-apple-car Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:18:18 EST I know some of you will accuse me of heresy against a Higher Power for saying it, but I don't like Apple. Never have. Has diesel peaked in Europe? http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150216/BLOG15/302169925/has-diesel-peaked-in-europe Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Pollution is one reason why the diesel engine has perhaps peaked at 50 percent of new-car sales in most of Europe. Driving into Paris a few years ago in a Peugeot diesel hatchback, I became lodged in a long line of traffic. Has diesel had its day in Europe? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150216/OEM/302169996/has-diesel-had-its-day-in-europe Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Pollution is one reason why the diesel engine has perhaps peaked at 50 percent of new-car sales in most of Europe. Everyone wants to be a dealer http://www.autonews.com/article/20150216/RETAIL07/302169987/everyone-wants-to-be-a-dealer Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST No one is clamoring for the stocks of global automakers -- with the exception of Wall Street darling Tesla. Nor is anyone driving up supplier stocks. Automobile dealerships are where everyone wants to be. Resist the temptation, Apple: Cars are a tricky proposition http://www.autonews.com/article/20150214/BLOG06/150219884/resist-the-temptation-apple-cars-are-a-tricky-proposition Sat, 14 Feb 2015 09:13:48 EST So if media reports are true, Apple wants to join Google in the car business. Apple, please resist -- for your own good. North of U.S. border, mixed blessings from oil's skid http://www.autonews.com/article/20150214/BLOG06/302149999/north-of-u-s-border-mixed-blessings-from-oils-skid Sat, 14 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST In the U.S., the drop in oil prices is seen as a boost for most of the economy, with some localized pain in the oil patch. In Canada, the view is reversed. In praise of consumer-focused auto shows http://www.autonews.com/article/20150213/BLOG06/302149998/in-praise-of-consumer-focused-auto-shows Fri, 13 Feb 2015 14:00:00 EST It was eye-opening to attend media day, and the VIP Night preshow gala, this week at the Toronto auto show, officially known as the Canadian International AutoShow. Why you can't blame only GM for the Year of the Recall http://www.autonews.com/article/20150213/BLOG06/150219903/why-you-cant-blame-only-gm-for-the-year-of-the-recall Fri, 13 Feb 2015 10:31:22 EST Don't blame General Motors for the Year of the Recall. At least not entirely. Sure, GM started it. In Canada, celebrating the classics http://www.autonews.com/article/20150212/BLOG06/150219917/in-canada-celebrating-the-classics Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:29:29 EST This week at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, an exhibit called 'Art and the Automobile' includes a number of classics and historically significant concepts. This is no way to run a railroad http://www.autonews.com/article/20150212/BLOG06/150219938/this-is-no-way-to-run-a-railroad Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:12:24 EST I had originally intended to write this piece about the Chicago Auto Show's great untapped natural resource, it's location near the travel hub of North America. Not going to happen today. Japan automakers cut forecasts but enjoy slumping yen. http://www.autonews.com/article/20150212/BLOG06/150219942/japan-automakers-cut-forecasts-but-enjoy-slumping-yen Thu, 12 Feb 2015 06:47:00 EST Japan's earnings season wrapped up this week on what would have been a sour note in any other auto market. Yet, Japan's automakers largely laughed it off because of the slumping yen. Did VW pick the wrong U.S. state to build the Passat? http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150211/BLOG15/150219976/did-vw-pick-the-wrong-u-s-state-to-build-the-passat Wed, 11 Feb 2015 05:48:14 EST Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear has a message for any German carmaker or supplier considering expanding into the South: Labor unions are welcome, at least in his state. Brady handoff generates more publicity for Colorado http://www.autonews.com/article/20150211/BLOG06/150219962/brady-handoff-generates-more-publicity-for-colorado Wed, 11 Feb 2015 12:31:03 EST Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady made his final handoff of the season Tuesday, a new Chevrolet Colorado for teammate Malcolm Butler. Brady's gesture gives Chevy another infusion of publicity for the Colorado. A positive outlook for e-contracting http://www.autonews.com/article/20150211/BLOG13/302119988/a-positive-outlook-for-e-contracting Wed, 11 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST When it comes to e-contracting, maybe the glass is finally more half full than half empty. How much damage can GM's financial 'fortress' sustain? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150210/BLOG06/150219988/how-much-damage-can-gms-financial-fortress-sustain Tue, 10 Feb 2015 13:54:35 EST Marauders are storming GM's 'fortress balance sheet.' Or at least, they're knocking loudly on the door. More black eyes for the diesel engine http://www.autonews.com/article/20150210/BLOG06/302119997/more-black-eyes-for-the-diesel-engine Tue, 10 Feb 2015 11:00:00 EST The diesel engine is in trouble in Europe. Diesel's reputation is being blackened because air quality in many European cities is poor, and that is causing health problems. Fingers are pointing at diesel engines. Ford Mondeo hybrid may benefit from diesel backlash http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150210/BLOG15/150219995/ford-mondeo-hybrid-may-benefit-from-diesel-backlash Tue, 10 Feb 2015 07:53:22 EST Ford does not expect its Mondeo hybrid to be a big seller in Europe but the environmentally friendly car could benefit from a backlash in some countries against diesels due to health fears over particulate emissions. When do we see price reductions? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150209/RETAIL01/302099976/when-do-we-see-price-reductions Mon, 9 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Right now, the U.S. has the hottest currency in the world and one of the hottest automotive markets as well. With a much stronger U.S. In the rush to digital, a defense of the old media http://www.autonews.com/article/20150209/RETAIL03/302099997/in-the-rush-to-digital-a-defense-of-the-old-media Mon, 9 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Digital, digital, digital was the clear, repetitive marketing message for auto dealers at this year's National Automobile Dealers Association convention. F-150 a winner? Too soon to tell http://www.autonews.com/article/20150207/BLOG06/150209868/f-150-a-winner-too-soon-to-tell Sat, 7 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Everybody wants to know if the launch of Ford's 2015 F-150 pickup is a success, and for good reason. In the auto industry, the rollout is high drama, indeed. Has VW scored an own goal bankrolling its soccer club? http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150206/BLOG15/150209883/has-vw-scored-an-own-goal-bankrolling-its-soccer-club Fri, 6 Feb 2015 10:05:21 EST With Volkswagen looking to save 5 billion euros in costs at its core VW brand and key wage negotiations with its German workforce just starting, is it sensible to use shareholder money to subsidize a soccer club's ambitions for a top-flight title? No big bucks for a Super Bowl ad? No problem http://www.autonews.com/article/20150206/BLOG06/150209876/no-big-bucks-for-a-super-bowl-ad-no-problem Fri, 6 Feb 2015 18:00:00 EST Mitsubishi, along with Volvo, didn't run ads during the Super Bowl's primary NBC broadcast. The small brands, lacking the deep ad budgets of their larger counterparts, relied heavily on social media to piggyback on Super Bowl hype. Qoros should ditch Europe ambitions and focus on China http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150206/BLOG15/150209888/qoros-should-ditch-europe-ambitions-and-focus-on-china Fri, 6 Feb 2015 05:47:12 EST China's Qoros is embarking upon an ambitious plan to reinvent itself as a global automaker with a new CEO, Phil Murtaugh, a former boss of GM China, and a lineup of new vehicles. The magic number for Colorado and Canyon sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20150205/BLOG06/150209891/the-magic-number-for-colorado-and-canyon-sales Thu, 5 Feb 2015 16:14:15 EST General Motors sold 8,147 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups last month. Is that good or bad? It depends whom you ask. Infiniti gives a glimpse of Geneva's QX30 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150205/BLOG06/150209913/infiniti-gives-a-glimpse-of-genevas-qx30 Thu, 5 Feb 2015 06:43:41 EST Infiniti retailers face a product drought for most of 2015. And if most of them don't seem particularly worried about it, it is because of images like this one, released Thursday by Infiniti, teasing a peek of the upcoming QX30 crossover. Does FCA have a new small turbodiesel coming to the states? Why, it's a mystery http://www.autonews.com/article/20150204/BLOG06/150209922/does-fca-have-a-new-small-turbodiesel-coming-to-the-states-why-its-a Wed, 4 Feb 2015 13:19:17 EST Break out the Scooby Snacks, because I've got a mystery that might even stump Velma: Is Fiat Chrysler secretly developing a new 16-valve, 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine for its passenger cars? Jinkies. Ally's Carpenter leaves on a high note http://www.autonews.com/article/20150204/BLOG13/302059997/allys-carpenter-leaves-on-a-high-note Wed, 4 Feb 2015 11:45:00 EST Michael Carpenter, who retired as CEO of Ally Financial on Monday, can leave saying, 'Mission accomplished.' The spare tire goes missing http://www.autonews.com/article/20150203/BLOG06/302039996/the-spare-tire-goes-missing Tue, 3 Feb 2015 11:45:00 EST The spare tire has been squeezed out of many new vehicles, thanks to run-flat tires, inflator kits, efforts to reduce vehicle weight and a lack of storage space -- especially in hybrids and electric vehicles. Chill it now, but hold the champagne for later http://www.autonews.com/article/20150203/BLOG06/302049999/chill-it-now-but-hold-the-champagne-for-later Tue, 3 Feb 2015 14:45:00 EST Skip the headlines. Ignore the gaudy 14 percent gain. January was a solid auto sales month, not a great one. How automakers fared capturing eyeballs during the Super Bowl http://www.autonews.com/article/20150202/BLOG06/150209977/how-automakers-fared-capturing-eyeballs-during-the-super-bowl Mon, 2 Feb 2015 17:09:58 EST Super Bowl advertisers used a variety of tactics to capture eyeballs Sunday night. It's about moving metal. But before they can do that, they need to draw consumers in. Why can't dealers shake the shady rep? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150202/RETAIL07/302029945/why-cant-dealers-shake-the-shady-rep Mon, 2 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Auto dealers are pillars of their communities. They sponsor Little League teams, fund scholarships, donate vehicles to first responders, pay their taxes and fly big flags. So why do so many consumers leave dealerships feeling uneasy. %]