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, 4 Dec 2016 06:00:00 EST Hyundai from inside Seoul headquarters http://www.autonews.com/article/20161201/BLOG06/161209990/hyundai-from-inside-seoul-headquarters Thu, 1 Dec 2016 11:00:00 EST For anyone with even a remote interest in the inner workings of Hyundai Motor at its Seoul headquarters, Frank Ahrens' recently published book, Seoul Man, is truly an essential read. Can trucks haul industry to victory lane? http://www.autonews.com/article/20161201/BLOG06/312029988/can-trucks-haul-industry-to-victory-lane Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:45:00 EST The U.S. auto industry is on the cusp of a historic accomplishment. We might yet wring growth out of 2016. Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail' http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161201/BLOG15/161209993/nissan-exec-remembers-when-evs-were-doomed-to-fail Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:21:21 EST Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. Discounting fears of an auto loan bubble http://www.autonews.com/article/20161130/BLOG13/311309996/discounting-fears-of-an-auto-loan-bubble Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:15:00 EST Auto lending is not pushing the economy into a downward spiral. BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car http://www.autonews.com/article/20161130/BLOG06/311309862/bmw-said-to-plan-performance-version-of-its-i3-electric-car Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that is calling it an "electric hot hatch." BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161130/BLOG15/311309985/bmw-said-to-plan-performance-version-of-its-i3-electric-car Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that is calling it an "electric hot hatch." Volvo S60 awaits SPA makeover http://www.autonews.com/article/20161129/BLOG06/311299999/volvo-s60-awaits-spa-makeover Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:00:00 EST We've written volumes covering Volvo's modular-chassis technology called Scalable Product Architecture, and for good reason: It holds great promise. BMW to pack i3 with performance variant, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20161129/BLOG06/311309999/bmw-to-pack-i3-with-performance-variant-report-says Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:30:00 EST BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a U.K. media report that is calling it an "electric hot hatch." Primer for the new president, if only he would listen http://www.autonews.com/article/20161128/OEM11/311289933/primer-for-the-new-president-if-only-he-would-listen Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST If you ask Donald Trump, he just saved thousands of U.S. jobs that big, bad Ford Motor Co. was about to move from Louisville, Ky., to Mexico. To borrow a line from his recent debate performances: Wrong. Toyota's 7-year, 130,000-mile worldwide quest to conquer the future http://www.autonews.com/article/20161128/BLOG06/161129907/toyotas-7-year-130000-mile-worldwide-quest-to-conquer-the-future Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Last week, Automotive News Asia Editor Hans Greimel for three days joined the Argentina leg of Toyota's Five Continents Drive, the automaker's audacious seven-year gambit to reboot its mindset toward making better cars for a new era. Isn't there a better idea than cash back? http://www.autonews.com/article/20161128/RETAIL01/311289984/isnt-there-a-better-idea-than-cash-back Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST I just saw an ad offering $11,000 in rebates. Another offered 20 percent off sticker. It would seem to be time for some creative genius to come up with something a little different. Make America's roads great again http://www.autonews.com/article/20161128/OEM11/311289983/make-americas-roads-great-again Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST If the Trump administration launches a massive U.S. infrastructure program, the U.S. auto industry must ensure that our roads and bridges get their fair share of the funding. Stadler was right to pick outsider for top Audi r&d post http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161125/BLOG15/161129920/stadler-was-right-to-pick-outsider-for-top-audi-rd-post Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Audi CEO Rupert Stadler did the right thing when he picked a non-VW Group executive to fill his key vacant randd position -- even if he has to wait an unknown number of months for Volvo's Peter Mertens to start. Pitch women on practicality, men on luxury http://www.autonews.com/article/20161123/BLOG13/311239992/pitch-women-on-practicality-men-on-luxury Wed, 23 Nov 2016 11:15:00 EST Women may be more practical lease shoppers than men. They secure lower monthly payments, and they tend to exit leases out of need, rather than want, more often than men. Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen http://www.autonews.com/article/20161123/BLOG06/311239958/why-vws-job-cuts-were-always-going-to-happen Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST VW Group's decision to save $3.9 billion in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has nothing to do with emissions cheating. Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161123/BLOG15/161129991/why-vws-job-cuts-were-always-going-to-happen Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has nothing to do with emissions cheating. Will Ford's 2018 Mustang get upgrades to battle Camaro 1LE? http://www.autonews.com/article/20161122/BLOG06/311239997/will-fords-2018-mustang-get-upgrades-to-battle-camaro-1le Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:45:00 EST The refreshed 2018 Ford Mustang is nearly upon us -- we might even see it at the Detroit auto show in January, and we now have some new information from our friends over at Mustang6G. Dealerships turning to veterans to ease shortage of technicians http://www.autonews.com/article/20161121/RETAIL05/311219973/dealerships-turning-to-veterans-to-ease-shortage-of-technicians Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:15:00 EST Audi and Jaguar Land Rover dealerships are turning to skilled military veterans to help ease the industry's chronic shortage of service technicians. Other brands should follow their lead. Leaders need to know business http://www.autonews.com/article/20161121/OEM11/311219951/leaders-need-to-know-business Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST In the next couple of months, President-elect Trump will fill a great many jobs in the executive branch. It is difficult to say which of those positions matter most to the auto industry, but several come to mind. There's room on the road for all ZEVs http://www.autonews.com/article/20161121/OEM05/311219949/theres-room-on-the-road-for-all-zevs Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Given the challenges we face progressing toward a cleaner transportation future, pitting fuel cell vehicles against battery electric vehicles is detrimental to advancing all zero emission vehicles and meeting greenhouse gas reduction goals. 5 survival keys for the industry disruption ahead http://www.autonews.com/article/20161121/OEM10/311219964/5-survival-keys-for-the-industry-disruption-ahead Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Automakers and suppliers need to open up and collaborate to avoid being swept aside by more agile companies. Why Ford made Trump look like a jobs savior http://www.autonews.com/article/20161118/BLOG06/161119824/why-ford-made-trump-look-like-a-jobs-savior Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:22:08 EST If you ask Donald Trump, he just saved thousands of U.S. jobs that big, bad Ford Motor was about to move to Mexico. To borrow a line from his recent presidential debate performance: 'Wrong.' Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161118/BLOG15/311189998/mopars-gorlier-has-the-makings-of-fcas-next-ceo Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. For Subaru, when and where to add capacity as U.S. sales streak rolls on http://www.autonews.com/article/20161116/BLOG06/161119866/for-subaru-when-and-where-to-add-capacity-as-u-s-sales-streak-rolls Wed, 16 Nov 2016 21:00:00 EST If you are Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent of Subaru, one of the hottest brands in the U.S., when do you take the next step, capacity-wise, and start gnawing away at the big numbers of the volume giants? Steer customers clear of negative equity with a lease http://www.autonews.com/article/20161116/BLOG13/311169997/steer-customers-clear-of-negative-equity-with-a-lease Wed, 16 Nov 2016 11:15:00 EST About a third of consumers who had negative equity on their vehicles traded them in for a new one so far this year, despite the fact that they were upside down. With nod to EPA, today's cars are faster, more powerful and more fun to drive http://www.autonews.com/article/20161115/BLOG06/161119909/with-nod-to-epa-todays-cars-are-faster-more-powerful-and-more-fun-to Tue, 15 Nov 2016 11:45:00 EST Last month, candidate Donald Trump pledged to 'get rid of the EPA in almost every form.' Now that he's won the election, President-elect Trump has softened his stance on many issues. But the EPA remains in danger. How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161115/BLOG15/161119922/how-li-shufu-will-weave-an-empire-around-volvo-geely Tue, 15 Nov 2016 05:04:07 EST Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marque's independence so that its image would not be tarnished. But in private, he soon started pushing the two brands to work together. Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO http://www.autonews.com/article/20161114/OEM02/311149970/mopars-gorlier-has-the-makings-of-fcas-next-ceo Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. Three big factory-dealer disconnects http://www.autonews.com/article/20161114/RETAIL07/311149993/three-big-factory-dealer-disconnects Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Most dealers and automakers are more than aware of changing times. However, there are three major disconnects between automakers and dealers. Bitterness in the industrial belt gave Trump just what he needed to win http://www.autonews.com/article/20161114/OEM02/311149986/bitterness-in-the-industrial-belt-gave-trump-just-what-he-needed-to Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST The last time Americans elected a new president, the U.S. auto industry was on the brink of collapse. Eight years later, U.S. auto sales are at near-record levels. Bullying doesn&'t attract auto jobs http://www.autonews.com/article/20161112/OEM/311149943/bullying-doesn-t-attract-auto-jobs Sat, 12 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST The incoming administration's desire to bring more auto manufacturing jobs to the U.S. might lead it to a hard discovery: Trade negotiators have never been particularly good at building auto factories. Good news for the industry, maybe http://www.autonews.com/article/20161112/OEM11/311149984/good-news-for-the-industry-maybe Sat, 12 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST The election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president will have a dramatic impact on the auto industry. It is impossible to predict exactly what the new president will do, but it's possible to anticipate some of the changes. Ditlow shaped safety laws -- with a grin http://www.autonews.com/article/20161111/BLOG06/161119963/ditlow-shaped-safety-laws-with-a-grin Fri, 11 Nov 2016 15:14:30 EST Clarence Ditlow wasn't as well-known as his mentor Ralph Nader. But mention Ditlow to an auto executive in the late 1980s, and you'd likely get a scowl. Markets diverge after Trump's win; what were traders thinking? http://www.autonews.com/article/20161110/BLOG06/161119988/markets-diverge-after-trumps-win-what-were-traders-thinking Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:37:09 EST Who was right? The stock market or the bond market? Renault's Zoe eclipses GM's EV claims for now http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161110/BLOG15/161029952/renaults-zoe-eclipses-gms-ev-claims-for-now Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST General Motors is touting the long-range and affordability of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car and its Opel Ampera-e sibling but for now Renault is ahead with its Zoe, which is Europe's best-selling EV. Second chances pay off http://www.autonews.com/article/20161109/BLOG13/311109999/second-chances-pay-off Wed, 9 Nov 2016 12:15:00 EST Giving second chances to consumers with credit profiles previously tainted with foreclosures and short sales is paying off. In Michigan and industrial belt, bitterness among working class propelled Trump http://www.autonews.com/article/20161108/BLOG06/161109838/in-michigan-and-industrial-belt-bitterness-among-working-class Tue, 8 Nov 2016 22:50:03 EST Donald Trump was elected president because he was able to harness the bitterness among working-class voters that had propelled his campaign all along. Handicapping the latest field for North America's best car, truck and utility vehicle http://www.autonews.com/article/20161108/BLOG06/161109848/handicapping-the-latest-field-for-north-americas-best-car-truck-and Tue, 8 Nov 2016 13:00:00 EST The finalists for North America car, truck and utility vehicle of the year will be announced at the L.A. auto show next week. Why I picked a dealership 2,355 miles from home http://www.autonews.com/article/20161107/RETAIL07/311079990/why-i-picked-a-dealership-2355-miles-from-home Mon, 7 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Six franchised BMW dealerships are within a reasonable drive from my home in Michigan. But I chose to lease my next car from a store 2,355 miles from my front door. Privately owned dealerships could be a thing of the past http://www.autonews.com/article/20161107/RETAIL07/311079982/privately-owned-dealerships-could-be-a-thing-of-the-past Mon, 7 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Dealers have enjoyed five or six great years. Recognizing the cycle has topped, many are peering into their crystal balls to evaluate their futures. Automakers shouldn't let their eyes wander http://www.autonews.com/article/20161107/OEM02/311079978/automakers-shouldnt-let-their-eyes-wander Mon, 7 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST At the moment, the auto industry is mad at Wall Street. CEOs sound like the comedian Rodney Dangerfield, who used to say: "I don't get no respect." The crossover had an early fan in Martin Leach http://www.autonews.com/article/20161103/BLOG06/161109931/the-crossover-had-an-early-fan-in-martin-leach Thu, 3 Nov 2016 16:22:37 EST I don't know if Martin Leach was a product visionary, but he was certainly capable of visionary analysis. Toyota, VW and Bosch lead Google in self-driving technology patents http://www.autonews.com/article/20161103/BLOG06/311039890/toyota-vw-and-bosch-lead-google-in-self-driving-technology-patents Thu, 3 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Based on the headlines you might think that Google single-handedly created the self-driving car, but when it comes to patents it is no match for Toyota, VW and Bosch when it comes to autonomous driving patents. Toyota, VW and Bosch lead Google in self-driving technology patents http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161103/BLOG15/161109994/toyota-vw-and-bosch-lead-google-in-self-driving-technology-patents Thu, 3 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Based on the headlines you might think that Google single-handedly created the self-driving car, but when it comes to patents it is no match for Toyota, VW and Bosch when it comes to autonomous driving patents. Dealers, take a big role in online financing http://www.autonews.com/article/20161102/BLOG13/311029994/dealers-take-a-big-role-in-online-financing Wed, 2 Nov 2016 11:45:00 EST Customers want to be in control of their vehicle purchase, but if they're in the car-buying driver's seat, dealers at least need to be the navigators. Why the pattern could be a problem for Unifor at Ford http://www.autonews.com/article/20161102/BLOG30/311029879/why-the-pattern-could-be-a-problem-for-unifor-at-ford Wed, 2 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST It was pattern bargaining that allowed Unifor to secure the most significant gains it has received from the Detroit Three in years during this year's labor negotiations. A sales race worth ignoring http://www.autonews.com/article/20161101/BLOG06/161109985/a-sales-race-worth-ignoring Tue, 1 Nov 2016 16:20:21 EST This year's U.S. auto sales probably won't beat the 2015 record of 17.5 million light vehicles. Why the pattern could be a problem for Unifor at Ford http://www.autonews.com/article/20161101/BLOG06/161109988/why-the-pattern-could-be-a-problem-for-unifor-at-ford Tue, 1 Nov 2016 14:43:13 EST It was pattern bargaining that allowed Unifor to secure the most significant gains it has received from the Detroit 3 in years during this year's labor negotiations. Fiat 124 Spider could be blueprint for a different kind of car-sharing http://www.autonews.com/article/20161031/OEM03/310319987/fiat-124-spider-could-be-blueprint-for-a-different-kind-of-car Mon, 31 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Usually, when automakers build cars for a partner, the changes are limited to different badges and perhaps a new front fascia and not much else. Don't leave money on the table http://www.autonews.com/article/20161031/RETAIL/310319986/dont-leave-money-on-the-table Mon, 31 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Car nuts from around the world are descending on Las Vegas for the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show. But many people who should be there will be missing.