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, 19 Oct 2017 06:00:00 EST Why PSA is axing jobs at Vauxhall's Astra plant http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171019/BLOG15/171019673/why-psa-is-axing-jobs-at-vauxhalls-astra-plant Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Vauxhall and PSA have cited declining sales in the compact segment as a reason for cutting 400 jobs at the UK factory that builds Astra cars, which would make sense if customers were turning away from cars such as the Astra Sports Tourer built there. Why there's a need for protocol on self-driving car accidents http://www.autonews.com/article/20171018/BLOG06/171019653/autonomous-safety-accidents-mobileye Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:56:32 EST As fleets of robo-taxis start mixing on public roads with cars, motorcycles and pedestrians, accidents will be inevitable -- and so will be the need for a process to deal with them. Volvo's Polestar could become a credible BMW, Tesla rival http://www.autonews.com/article/20171018/BLOG06/310189967/volvos-polestar-could-become-a-credible-bmw-tesla-rival Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:24:03 EST Volvo's Polestar brand claimed some world firsts while unveiling its debut model, the Polestar 1. Polestar's technology could make it a credible rival to the BMW i subbrand and Tesla. What's in a name? A lot http://www.autonews.com/article/20171018/BLOG13/171019663/whats-in-a-name-a-lot Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:24:30 EST Brand recognition goes a long way -- even with FandI products. Auto industry cold on UK joining NAFTA post-Brexit http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171018/BLOG15/171019697/auto-industry-cold-on-uk-joining-nafta-post-brexit Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST The UK joining the North American Free Trade Agreement is an idea reportedly being floated as an alternative if the country crashes out of the EU in 2019 without a trade deal with the bloc. In practice, the idea is a nonstarter. Volvo's Polestar could become a credible BMW, Tesla rival http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171018/BLOG15/171019681/volvos-polestar-could-become-a-credible-bmw-tesla-rival Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:24:03 EST Volvo's Polestar brand claimed some world firsts while unveiling its debut model, the Polestar 1. Polestar's technology could make it a credible rival to the BMW i subbrand and Tesla. The VW Scirocco is dead (again) http://www.autonews.com/article/20171017/BLOG06/310189999/the-vw-scirocco-is-dead-again Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST On the occasion of the second departure of the Scirocco from the VW lineup, a brief look at all three generations of the sporty coupe. How GM forced Unifor to stand down http://www.autonews.com/article/20171016/BLOG30/310169911/how-gm-forced-unifor-to-stand-down Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:55:33 EST It isn't what Unifor's leadership was hoping for, but the new four-year labour contract at CAMI Assembly in Ontario is as good as they were going to get. How GM forced Unifor to stand down http://www.autonews.com/article/20171016/BLOG06/171019710/how-gm-forced-unifor-to-stand-down Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:55:33 EST It isn't what Unifor's leadership was hoping for, but the new four-year labor contract at CAMI Assembly in Ontario is as good as they were going to get. The ultimate test for a dealership http://www.autonews.com/article/20171016/RETAIL07/171019770/the-ultimate-test-for-a-dealership Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST In today's world, every dealership is under great pressure to take care of the customer. There are several effective strategies for winning new customers and keeping the old ones. Auto industry should resist Pruitt on EPA Clean Power Plan http://www.autonews.com/article/20171016/OEM11/171019813/resist-pruitt-epa-clean-power-plan Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST The auto industry should join the opposition to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's decision to scrap the agency's Clean Power Plan. UK not likely to join NAFTA http://www.autonews.com/article/20171016/RETAIL01/171019780/uk-nafta-trade-column Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Could the post-Brexit UK join NAFTA? There's talk about it across the pond, but don't count on it. Advice to dealers on managing used-car inventory http://www.autonews.com/article/20171015/RETAIL07/171019812/dale-pollak-like-i-see-it-excerpt Sun, 15 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST In this excerpt from his new book, Dale Pollak, founder of vAuto, offers two alternatives to managing the age of a dealership's used-car inventory. Best deal: Everybody wins http://www.autonews.com/article/20171012/RETAIL07/171019979/best-deal-everybody-wins Thu, 12 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST At the Best Dealerships To Work For, the cry "I got a great deal!" comes from the employees who know they have a sweet deal from their employers. It's a win-win. New Washington, new dialogue for industry, CFPB http://www.autonews.com/article/20171011/BLOG13/171019844/new-washington-new-dialogue-for-industry-cfpb Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:18:46 EST One clear benefit for retailers and lenders under the Trump administration? A better relationship between industry associations and the CFPB. No steering wheel? Not so fast, ZF CEO says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171011/BLOG15/171019863/no-steering-wheel-not-so-fast-zf-ceo-says Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST If you're not ready to trust a computer-driven vehicle that has no steering wheel you're not alone. ZF CEO Stefan Sommer is also reluctant -- in certain situations. Polestar's 'puzzling' first concept takes shape http://www.autonews.com/article/20171010/BLOG06/310119999/polestars-puzzling-first-concept-takes-shape Tue, 10 Oct 2017 10:00:00 EST Polestar, Volvo's electric vehicle subbrand, is releasing small segments of its first concept car via its Instagram account. Marchionne fights tide on battery EVs http://www.autonews.com/article/20171009/OEM02/171009816/marchionne-fiat-electric-batteries Mon, 9 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne relied on alternative facts in decrying the industry's shift toward electric vehicles. A post-storm lesson in working smart http://www.autonews.com/article/20171009/RETAIL07/171009852/a-post-storm-lesson-in-working-smart Mon, 9 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Houstonians and other Texans simply skipped the traditional post-hurricane sales lull and rushed to dealerships to replace flooded-out rides in September, sparking 2017's first monthly U.S. auto sales gain. Are they betting the farm? http://www.autonews.com/article/20171009/OEM05/171009824/are-they-betting-the-farm Mon, 9 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Despite the red flags -- and there are more than a few -- car companies are pursuing electrification. This even without a market to support their efforts and investments. How Mercedes turned a 'crazy' idea into gold http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171006/BLOG15/310069998/how-mercedes-turned-a-crazy-idea-into-gold Fri, 6 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST A little more than 20 years ago, the Mercedes W163 rolled off the assembly line at the company's U.S. plant, launching the M class. It was a risky experiment that continues to pay big dividends. How Mercedes turned a 'crazy' idea into gold http://www.autonews.com/article/20171006/BLOG06/310069959/how-mercedes-turned-a-crazy-idea-into-gold Fri, 6 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST A little more than 20 years ago, the Mercedes W163 rolled off the assembly line at the company's U.S. plant, launching the M class. It was a risky experiment that continues to pay big dividends. Why Renault predicts big profits from EVs http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171006/BLOG15/171009837/why-renault-predicts-big-profits-from-evs Fri, 6 Oct 2017 06:38:08 EST Renault's investment in electric vehicles is already paying dividends and the automaker said today that its profits from EVs will rise significantly in the next five years, which is in big contrast to rivals. iPhones kill people, but they don't have to http://www.autonews.com/article/20171004/BLOG06/171009875/iphones-kill-people-but-they-dont-have-to Wed, 4 Oct 2017 16:00:39 EST It's time for cellphone makers such as Apple to take action to reduce the distracted driving, and deaths, that their products cause. An open letter to Sir James Dyson http://www.autonews.com/article/20171004/BLOG06/171009879/dyson-electric-vehicle-rd Wed, 4 Oct 2017 14:41:58 EST Dear Sir James: We heard you intend to spend $2.7 billion to enter the electric car business. I'd like to urge you to save your money. How lenders can help speed the FandI process http://www.autonews.com/article/20171004/BLOG13/171009881/how-lenders-can-help-speed-the-fi-process Wed, 4 Oct 2017 12:06:20 EST Speeding up the FandI process has been a goal of FandI managers for the past few years, and lenders can help with automated decisions. Why Marchionne thinks EVs threaten the planet http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171003/BLOG15/171009947/why-marchionne-thinks-evs-threaten-the-planet Tue, 3 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne believes that a widespread move to electric vehicles could be catastrophic. GM stealing Hackett's thunder before big date with Wall Street? Seems like it http://www.autonews.com/article/20171003/BLOG06/171009914/gm-ford-battle-jim-hackett-mary-barra Tue, 3 Oct 2017 13:53:36 EST General Motors appears to be using Ford CEO Jim Hackett's first time addressing Wall Street to reaffirm its own agenda. With fuel cells, first to make a profit tops being first to market http://www.autonews.com/article/20171003/BLOG06/171009918/with-fuel-cells-first-to-make-a-profit-tops-being-first-to-market Tue, 3 Oct 2017 12:37:41 EST Sometimes being first in the auto industry with new technology isn't best. Being first and making a profit is far better. But that is very hard to do. A good example: fuel cell vehicles. Industry shifts blame, again, for diesel woes http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171003/BLOG15/171009938/industry-shifts-blame-again-for-diesel-woes Tue, 3 Oct 2017 04:37:41 EST The industry's favorite tactic since the diesel has come under attack in Europe for excessive emissions has been to blame others. Now the target is the legislation itself. M-B's 'crazy' idea revived Alabama http://www.autonews.com/article/20171002/OEM01/171009979/m-bs-crazy-idea-revived-alabama Mon, 2 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Twenty years after Mercedes took the big risk of building an SUV in Alabama, it is underscoring that decision with a $1 billion investment. It never is their fault http://www.autonews.com/article/20171002/RETAIL07/171009987/it-never-is-their-fault Mon, 2 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST To sell new vehicles successfully in this country, you need a great line of desirable products that are priced right and backed by clever marketing. Loss of marketing exec Tina Mueller stings at Opel http://www.autonews.com/article/20171002/OEM02/171009992/loss-of-marketing-exec-stings-at-opel Mon, 2 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Tina Mueller was a bright spot in Opel's management, having revived what was perceived to be a bankrupt brand in Germany. CIO Randy Mott built GM's IT engine http://www.autonews.com/article/20171002/OEM06/171009988/randy-mott-gm-it-architect Mon, 2 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST General Motors has accomplished more with its information technology transformation in the last five years than many thought was possible. But it wouldn't have been possible without GM overcoming one its biggest challenges: talent acquisition. How much longer can Merkel shield automakers? http://www.autonews.com/article/20171002/OEM02/171009991/merkel-germany-automakers Mon, 2 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST Germany's ruling coalition is stalling class-action litigation reform #8212; to the benefit of German carmakers. Renault Alaskan shows how Europe's pickup segment is going upscale http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170929/BLOG15/170929918/renault-alaskan-shows-how-europes-pickup-segment-is-going-upscale Fri, 29 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST In many parts of Europe, you're as likely to see a high-end sports car like a Porsche Carrera as a pickup truck. In defense of a (paid off) Ford C-Max http://www.autonews.com/article/20170928/BLOG06/170929785/ford-cmax-blog-vellequette Thu, 28 Sep 2017 11:16:26 EST I did something this week that I've never done before: I carried an auto loan to its full term and paid off a car. Over the past five years, my Ford C-Max wasn't trouble-free, but damn close. Why new pickup producers can't ignore Texas http://www.autonews.com/article/20170928/BLOG06/170929780/pickups-texas-marketing-truett-blog Thu, 28 Sep 2017 12:45:34 EST Some advice for any automaker thinking about the U.S. pickup market: Don't ignore Texas. Let there be light for Genesis http://www.autonews.com/article/20170927/BLOG06/170929807/hyundai-genesis-luxury-sales Wed, 27 Sep 2017 15:09:39 EST Hyundai's luxury spinoff brand Genesis is off to a good start, despite a number of headwinds. The diesel class of 2018 is small but efficient http://www.autonews.com/article/20170926/BLOG06/170929847/the-diesel-class-of-2018-is-small-but-efficient Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:30:00 EST In the EPA's 2018 preliminary fuel economy guide, the listing of the model year's light-duty diesel-powered vehicles, is a pretty barren place. Let consumers decide on EVs http://www.autonews.com/article/20170925/OEM05/170929937/let-consumers-decide-on-evs Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST For EVs to be successful, the public is going to have to want to buy them in much larger quantities than today. Governments can't make that happen by fiat. Labor gain and strain loom from EV shift http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170924/BLOG15/170909815/labor-gain-and-strain-loom-from-ev-shift Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST The auto industry's move toward electrification has been driven by the rising anti-diesel sentiment and tougher emissions goals and is seen as a positive move. Why Volvo picked XC40 to launch VIP service http://www.autonews.com/article/20170921/BLOG06/309219967/why-volvo-picked-xc40-to-launch-vip-service Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:30:00 EST Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson knew long ago that he wanted to do something special with the XC40, which is the first expansion of the Swedish automaker's portfolio since the arrival of the XC60 in 2008. Why Volvo picked XC40 to launch VIP service http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170921/BLOG15/170929977/why-volvo-picked-xc40-to-launch-vip-service Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:30:00 EST Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson knew long ago that he wanted to do something special with the XC40, which is the first expansion of the Swedish automaker's portfolio since the arrival of the XC60 in 2008. Volvo designer achieves rare feat with XC40 http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170921/BLOG15/170929976/volvo-designer-achieves-rare-feat-with-xc40 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:30:00 EST With the XC40, Volvo designer Ian Kettle achieved a rare feat. The new SUV's look remains true to the original drawing Kettle did four years ago. Volvo designer achieves rare feat with XC40 http://www.autonews.com/article/20170921/BLOG06/309219968/volvo-designer-achieves-rare-feat-with-xc40 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:30:00 EST With the XC40, Volvo designer Ian Kettle achieved a rare feat. The new SUV's look remains true to the original drawing Kettle did four years ago. Against the clock, one approach doesn't fit all http://www.autonews.com/article/20170920/BLOG13/170929986/against-the-clock-one-approach-doesnt-fit-all Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:31:52 EST If a hybrid sales-FandI model isn't the answer to smoother, faster process, what is? The complexity and engineering challenges of the electric motor http://www.autonews.com/article/20170919/BLOG06/170919692/the-complexity-and-engineering-challenges-of-the-electric-motor Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:47:15 EST The change from internal combustion engines to electric motors will be one of the biggest the industry has ever faced. Ford to pull plug on Fiesta ST in North America, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20170919/BLOG06/309209996/ford-to-pull-plug-on-fiesta-st-in-north-america-report-says Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST The Ford Fiesta ST might be a favorite among enthusiasts and autocrossers, but it doesn't look like Ford sees enough demand to support the next-generation pocket rocket in North America. Ratan Tata moves to secure his JLR prize http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170919/ANE/170919709/ratan-tata-moves-to-secure-his-jlr-prize Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:24:27 EST Ratan Tata's move to consolidate power at Tata Sons and secure ownership of Jaguar Land Rover looks like one of those boring shareholder resolutions that would go unremarked upon in an ordinary, closely held firm.