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, 26 Feb 2017 06:00:00 EST The skeptics didn't know Carlos Ghosn http://www.autonews.com/article/20170223/BLOG06/170229915/the-skeptics-didnt-know-carlos-ghosn Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:16:23 EST Bob Lutz didn't think Nissan could be saved. At that moment in the late 1990s, Nissan was on the brink of failure. Then entered Carlos Ghosn. FCA's quality woes are systemic http://www.autonews.com/article/20170222/BLOG06/170229952/fcas-quality-woes-are-systemic Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:30:00 EST Take a good look at today's J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study. Scroll down that long list of brands. There they are: FCA's brands, bringing up the rear. Looks familiar, doesn't it? Keep the buying process flexible http://www.autonews.com/article/20170222/BLOG13/302229995/keep-the-buying-process-flexible Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:45:00 EST In the evolution to the online car-buying process, it's important to remember there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Lexus electrifies LS 500 for Geneva auto show http://www.autonews.com/article/20170221/BLOG06/302229999/lexus-electrifies-ls-500-for-geneva-auto-show Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:30:00 EST Lexus will unveil the hybrid version of its LS 500 March 7 in Geneva. Lexus has said little about the vehicle, but the gasoline-powered LS 500, the last LS hybrid and the LC 500h offer a few clues. Feds don't need new powers over self-driving cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20170220/OEM11/302209959/feds-dont-need-new-powers-over-self-driving-cars Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Government regulations for highly automated vehicles will need to be limited and carefully crafted, lest they stand in the way of progress, writes Bill Kohler. Dealerships' service departments are leaving money on the table http://www.autonews.com/article/20170220/RETAIL05/302209974/dealerships-service-departments-are-leaving-money-on-the-table Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Why are dealerships leaving money from potential service business on the table? Monetizing the service drive is key to dealerships' survival http://www.autonews.com/article/20170220/RETAIL05/302209978/monetizing-the-service-drive-is-key-to-dealerships-survival Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Frank Ferrara, Hyundai Motor America's retired vice president of customer satisfaction, says the lack of a long-term focus and doing "crazy stuff" can get in the way of building stronger parts and service operations. Once upon a time, Opel was GM's little engine that could http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170220/BLOG15/302209897/once-upon-a-time-opel-was-gms-little-engine-that-could Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Europe has been a drain on General Motors for a long time, but Opel did have its glory days and at least once helped keep GM afloat. Automotive News Print Editor RIck Johnson was there when it happened. Self-driving vehicles: Why the rush? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170220/OEM06/302209966/self-driving-vehicles-why-the-rush Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST The idea that the public will share the roads with thousands of driverless vehicles being tested should put a shudder through everyone, writes Keith Crain. Opel was once the little engine that could http://www.autonews.com/article/20170219/OEM/302209940/opel-was-once-the-little-engine-that-could Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Europe has been a drain on General Motors for a long time, but Opel did have its glory days and at least once helped keep GM afloat. Automotive News Print Editor RIck Johnson was there when it happened. How sour dealer relations wreaked havoc on Audi's China sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20170217/BLOG06/302179955/how-sour-dealer-relations-wreaked-havoc-on-audis-china-sales Fri, 17 Feb 2017 03:48:00 EST Audi has lost its premium sales lead in China as the brand was finally overtaken last month by rivals Mercedes and BMW. Audi attributed this loss to its dealers, but it has only itself to blame. Will cockpits of tomorrow require one-stop suppliers? http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170217/BLOG15/302109998/will-cockpits-of-tomorrow-require-one-stop-suppliers Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST As automakers consider how to build self-driving vehicles, seat suppliers are reconsidering an old idea -- becoming one-stop cockpit integrators. How sour dealer relations wreaked havoc on Audi's China sales http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170217/BLOG15/170219856/how-sour-dealer-relations-wreaked-havoc-on-audis-china-sales Fri, 17 Feb 2017 03:48:00 EST Audi has lost its premium sales lead in China as the brand was finally overtaken last month by rivals Mercedes and BMW. Audi attributed this loss to its dealers, but it has only itself to blame. Lenders, help borrowers break the subprime cycle http://www.autonews.com/article/20170215/BLOG06/170219901/lenders-help-borrowers-break-the-subprime-cycle Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:00:00 EST Americans have mostly recovered from the 2008-09 recession, but it can still be difficult for many subprime consumers to bounce back, especially when interest rates are high and auto insurance costs are almost as much as the loan itself. GM's talks to sell Opel are a blow to a strong management team http://www.autonews.com/article/20170214/BLOG06/302149921/gms-talks-to-sell-opel-are-a-blow-to-a-strong-management-team Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:19:29 EST GM's confirmation that it is discussing selling its Opel/Vauxhall business to PSA Group is a blow for Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann and the best management team the unit has had in years. Building a business case for GM's fuel cells http://www.autonews.com/article/20170214/BLOG06/170219946/building-a-business-case-for-gms-fuel-cells Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:30:00 EST Though General Motors has been beaten to the market with hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles -- Toyota, Honda and Hyundai are marketing them now in California -- GM has a shot at being a leader in another and more important way: the first to make a... Some cold water for Musk's UAW claims http://www.autonews.com/article/20170213/BLOG06/170219952/some-cold-water-for-musks-uaw-claims Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:32:27 EST Tesla CEO Elon Musk made some eyebrow-raising claims when he fired back against accusations that the company overworks and underpays workers at its California assembly plant. Dealers, consumers will pay for FCA store expansion http://www.autonews.com/article/20170213/RETAIL07/302139977/dealers-consumers-will-pay-for-fca-store-expansion Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST A manufacturer's power to create a new dealership location is the power to destroy any number of existing dealerships within the market, writes Jim Appleton president of the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers. A car-crazy kid remembers the Chicago show http://www.autonews.com/article/20170213/OEM03/302139984/a-car-crazy-kid-remembers-the-chicago-show Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST As a car-crazy lad born and raised in Chicago, the old Chicago auto show was something very special to me. That show was my first real taste of cars, and there was nothing quite like it. There still isn't. Melissa McCarthy's SNL cameo was a gift for Kia Super Bowl spot http://www.autonews.com/article/20170210/BLOG06/170219979/melissa-mccarthys-snl-cameo-was-a-gift-for-kia-super-bowl-spot Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:45:00 EST Melissa McCarthy's outrageous star turn on Saturday Night Live as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on the eve of the Super Bowl paid off for one of the game's biggest advertisers -- Kia. Renault starts to reflect its multifaceted boss http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170210/BLOG15/170219993/renault-starts-to-reflect-its-multifaceted-boss Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:27:15 EST Renault is starting to look and act a lot like its multifaceted, multinational boss, Carlos Ghosn. The Volvo numbers that stood out http://www.autonews.com/article/20170208/BLOG06/302089921/the-volvo-numbers-that-stood-out Wed, 8 Feb 2017 06:29:29 EST Volvo's latest financial results were full of positive numbers but a couple really stood out. Volvo finished 2016 with $5.55 billion in liquidity and a net cash position of $2.13 billion. Group 1's PVR bar will be tough to beat http://www.autonews.com/article/20170208/BLOG13/170209823/group-1s-pvr-bar-will-be-tough-to-beat Wed, 8 Feb 2017 11:15:39 EST Group 1 Automotive hit a record $1,636 in FandI gross profit per unit in the fourth quarter, likely becoming the new leader in the FandI race among the six largest publicly traded new-vehicle retail groups. The Volvo numbers that stood out http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170208/BLOG15/170209832/the-volvo-numbers-that-stood-out Wed, 8 Feb 2017 06:29:29 EST Volvo's latest financial results were full of positive numbers but a couple really stood out. Volvo finished 2016 with $5.55 billion in liquidity and a net cash position of $2.13 billion. Why selling more cars is bad news for GM http://www.autonews.com/article/20170207/BLOG06/170209841/why-selling-more-cars-is-bad-news-for-gm Tue, 7 Feb 2017 15:56:56 EST General Motors redesigned several of its top-selling cars in 2016, including the Chevrolet Malibu and Cruze. And unfortunately for GM, some people actually bought them. How automakers fared during the Super Bowl http://www.autonews.com/article/20170206/BLOG06/170209874/how-automakers-fared-during-the-super-bowl Mon, 6 Feb 2017 16:12:28 EST It appeared the metal-driven formula of traditional car ads wouldn't be used much this year -- and then Alfa Romeo came out of nowhere and burned rubber all over everybody's screens with three ads for the new Giulia sedan. The risks of moving at Trump speed http://www.autonews.com/article/20170206/OEM01/302069991/the-risks-of-moving-at-trump-speed Mon, 6 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST In Trump's headlong rush for a new wave of U.S. auto assembly plants, beware the Polish pitfall. Or the Sicily mess. Auto writer leaves lasting influence http://www.autonews.com/article/20170206/OEM02/302069940/auto-writer-leaves-lasting-influence Mon, 6 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Jim Mateja, one of the nation's most trusted auto writers, and a fixture at the Chicago Tribune for four decades, had that tough-as-nails Chicago persona. NADA looks ready for next century http://www.autonews.com/article/20170206/RETAIL06/302069956/nada-looks-ready-for-next-century Mon, 6 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST The most striking part of the National Automobile Dealers Association convention was the large number of vendors offering digital or electronic services to dealerships. Will cockpits of tomorrow require one-stop suppliers? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170206/OEM10/302069967/will-cockpits-of-tomorrow-require-one-stop-suppliers Mon, 6 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST As automakers consider how to build self-driving vehicles, seat suppliers are reconsidering an old idea -- becoming one-stop cockpit integrators. Daimler celebrations are muted as automaker conserves cash to fight off Uber, Google http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170203/BLOG15/170209942/daimler-celebrations-are-muted-as-automaker-conserves-cash-to-fight Fri, 3 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Record annual sales, revenue and profits, and Mercedes-Benz grabbing the global sales luxury crown from BMW #8211; last year truly belonged to Daimler. Toyota still has global bragging rights over VW in one important area http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170202/BLOG15/302029944/toyota-still-has-global-bragging-rights-over-vw-in-one-important-area Thu, 2 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Forget all the talk about Volkswagen ousting Toyota as the world's biggest automaker. Rest assured, Toyota is still No. 1 in sales and VW a far, far distant second. And by Toyota and VW, in this case, I mean the Toyota and Volkswagen brands. Citroen keeps faith in family vans http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170202/BLOG15/170129858/citroen-keeps-faith-in-family-vans Thu, 2 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Citroen CEO Linda Jackson says family vans will continue to play a part in Citroen's lineup despite a shift in demand to SUV/crossovers. A no-drama start to 2017 http://www.autonews.com/article/20170201/BLOG06/170209960/a-no-drama-start-to-2017 Wed, 1 Feb 2017 17:30:43 EST No big spike in demand. No calamitous drop in the month after the hottest December sales ever and back-to-back record years. What's my favorite part of January U.S. auto sales? No drama. Lenders gloat over CFPB's prospects -- then reconsider http://www.autonews.com/article/20170201/BLOG13/170209975/lenders-gloat-over-cfpbs-prospects-then-reconsider Wed, 1 Feb 2017 12:13:20 EST During the American Financial Services Association's auto finance conference, AFSA's leaders and their audience were practically gloating over the possibility that the Trump administration might gut the CFPB. Are fines lurking in your filing cabinet? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170201/BLOG13/302019986/are-fines-lurking-in-your-filing-cabinet Wed, 1 Feb 2017 12:15:00 EST Having a documented process in place can help dealers avoid expensive consequences. Toyota still has global bragging rights over VW in one important area http://www.autonews.com/article/20170201/BLOG06/170209993/toyota-still-has-global-bragging-rights-over-vw-in-one-important-area Wed, 1 Feb 2017 06:52:26 EST Forget all the hoopla this week about Volkswagen ousting Toyota as the world's biggest automaker. Rest assured, Toyota is still No. 1 in sales and VW a far, far distant second. VW will defrost your windshield with silver http://www.autonews.com/article/20170131/BLOG06/302019989/vw-will-defrost-your-windshield-with-silver Tue, 31 Jan 2017 10:30:00 EST Volkswagen has found a solution to foggy windows that does not require tiny wires implanted in the glass. Why China's new EV policy could cause a rift with Germany http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170131/BLOG15/170139963/why-chinas-new-ev-policy-could-cause-a-rift-with-germany Tue, 31 Jan 2017 03:57:15 EST Germany's ambassador to China, Michael Clauss, is a vocal opponent of Beijing's environmental plans to force foreign automakers to develop and build EVs under local joint ventures. Take a stand, Detroit http://www.autonews.com/article/20170130/BLOG06/170139971/take-a-stand-detroit Mon, 30 Jan 2017 13:42:24 EST Detroit's fake-news factories are humming again with announcements of massive new investments in American manufacturing. What happens if Mexican plants close? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170130/OEM01/301309980/what-happens-if-mexican-plants-close Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Over the course of my career, I have witnessed firsthand both the good and the horrible results of what is known as "free" trade. But in this brave new world we now find ourselves in, those demanding a "return of manufacturing" to the U.S. How manufacturers affect store values http://www.autonews.com/article/20170130/RETAIL07/301309981/how-manufacturers-affect-store-values Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST The complex and symbiotic relationship between dealers and manufacturers is a unique and challenging element of the U.S. auto retail industry. Get ready for a retail revolution http://www.autonews.com/article/20170130/RETAIL01/301309985/get-ready-for-a-retail-revolution Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Anyone who has spent time in January at CES, the Detroit auto show or the National Automobile Dealers Association convention will realize that things are changing in the auto world far more rapidly than anyone expected. NAFTA: An accounting can of worms http://www.autonews.com/article/20170130/OEM01/301309987/nafta-an-accounting-can-of-worms Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Auto parts cross the U.S.-Mexico border, sometimes more than once or twice, get added touches in one place and turned into modules at another. Subcomponents used in Illinois might rely on imported materials from Thailand or China or Mexico. Dealers' quest for the best retail approach http://www.autonews.com/article/20170127/BLOG06/301289972/dealers-quest-for-the-best-retail-approach Fri, 27 Jan 2017 16:22:54 EST If you truly believe that the franchised dealer system is the best way to sell cars, then get out there and prove it. VW compliance chief's departure is chairman Poetsch's failure http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170127/BLOG15/170129859/vw-compliance-chiefs-departure-is-chairman-poetschs-failure Fri, 27 Jan 2017 08:25:52 EST The departure of Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt as VW Group's compliance chief suggests her appointment was a cynical publicity stunt to profit from her "brand" as a former judge and from her success in helping to clean up a corruption scandal at... VW compliance chief's departure is chairman Poetsch's failure http://www.autonews.com/article/20170127/BLOG06/301279917/vw-compliance-chiefs-departure-is-chairman-poetschs-failure Fri, 27 Jan 2017 08:25:52 EST The departure of Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt as VW Group's compliance chief suggests her appointment was a cynical publicity stunt to profit from her "brand" as a former judge and from her success in helping to clean up a corruption scandal at... Renewing the push for careers in auto retailing http://www.autonews.com/article/20170126/BLOG06/301279958/renewing-the-push-for-careers-in-auto-retailing Thu, 26 Jan 2017 18:22:50 EST NADA in New Orleans. Right after a second straight year of 17 million U.S. auto sales. That's not just the backdrop for this year's convention. At 216 mph Ford GT is fastest car ever under the Blue Oval http://www.autonews.com/article/20170125/BLOG06/170129901/at-216-mph-ford-gt-is-fastest-car-ever-under-the-blue-oval Wed, 25 Jan 2017 10:55:03 EST The full spec sheet for the Ford GT is out, and the newest American supercar will be the fastest vehicle to wear a Ford badge. Automakers, digital deals hinge on you http://www.autonews.com/article/20170125/BLOG13/301259993/automakers-digital-deals-hinge-on-you Wed, 25 Jan 2017 11:45:00 EST The online car-buying experience has become a major industry focus as consumers expect the process to be as simple as buying a book on Amazon.