Automotive News Columnists and Bloggers Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:00:00 EST N.Y. Times story on subprime offers feds ammunition http://www.autonews.com/article/20140723/BLOG13/307239995/n-y-times-story-on-subprime-offers-feds-ammunition Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A withering account of subprime auto lending in Sunday's New York Times reinforces bad stereotypes about used-car dealers, smears subprime lenders and their investors, takes out of context an increase in delinquencies and loan losses from record... Maybe the EPA should just hire Consumer Reports for mpg ratings http://www.autonews.com/article/20140723/BLOG06/140729955/maybe-the-epa-should-just-hire-consumer-reports-for-mpg-ratings Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:10:43 EST Maybe the federal government should adopt Consumer Reports as a model for fuel economy testing. Or just outsource the task to the magazine. Where U.S. shoppers draw the line on buying very small cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20140722/BLOG06/140729976/where-u-s-shoppers-draw-the-line-on-buying-very-small-cars Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:02:53 EST Daimler says it's giving the Smart car another go in the United States by rebuilding it from wheels to roof, complete with new powertrains. It may not help. Gobsmacked by Nick Scheele's kindness http://www.autonews.com/article/20140721/BLOG06/140729990/gobsmacked-by-nick-scheeles-kindness Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:34:43 EST I'll never forget the day Nick Scheele helped me clean the fresh paint off my suit. Golfer gets a hole-in-one; dealer whiffs http://www.autonews.com/article/20140721/RETAIL/307219967/golfer-gets-a-hole-in-one-dealer-whiffs Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A California Kia dealership was basking in the glow of its sponsorship of a hole-in-one challenge at an annual charity golf tournament when the unthinkable happened. No end in sight to GM mess http://www.autonews.com/article/20140721/OEM11/307219982/no-end-in-sight-to-gm-mess Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Last week brought more revelations about General Motors and the infamous ignition switch, and there was more grueling testimony, from executives at GM and Delphi. Pressure builds on suppliers to team up http://www.autonews.com/article/20140721/OEM10/307219993/pressure-builds-on-suppliers-to-team-up Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST If the ZF-TRW alliance is going to create a product portfolio for collision avoidance and driverless vehicles, the randd budget will make or break it. With its new minivan, BMW ditches rwd for practicality http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20140720/BLOG15/140719849/with-its-new-minivan-bmw-ditches-rwd-for-practicality Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Even BMW has to obey the laws of physics: a rwd car that is compact yet roomy is a paradox. But for traditional fans of the brand, the fwd 2-series Active Tourer is nothing less than a heresy on wheels. Let's hope for a litter of Hellcat kitties http://www.autonews.com/article/20140719/BLOG06/140719832/lets-hope-for-a-litter-of-hellcat-kitties Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Spend a few minutes with Chrysler's new monster power plant -- the 707-hp, 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8 -- and you will be left, as I was, with one overriding question. Hungry VW wants to devour Fiat Chrysler http://www.autonews.com/article/20140718/GLOBAL/140719840/hungry-vw-wants-to-devour-fiat-chrysler Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:28:07 EST What appears on the surface to be just another twist in the ego-driven soap opera between VW's visionary leader Ferdinand Piech and FCA's scrappy boss Sergio Marchionne may actually presage the next round of auto industry consolidation.