Automotive News Columnists and Bloggers Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 18 Jun 2018 06:00:00 EST Stadler's words return to haunt him http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180618/BLOG15/180619748/stadlers-words-return-to-haunt-him Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:23:30 EST Audi CEO Rupert Stadler could not have been more prophetic when he said last month: "The diesel crisis is not yet over for us." Prepare for the next car-truck shift, consultants say http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM01/180619812/car-truck-agile-oliver-wyman Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST The move away from cars creates another level of uncertainty in a highly uncertain automotive landscape, one that places a premium on product agility and the ability to shift product portfolios quickly. Enjoy your performance vehicle, while you can http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/OEM11/180619817/keith-crain-column-performance-zev-mandate Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Whether governments like it or not, customers still have an obsession with performance. Dealerships need chat feature tailored to fixed ops http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL05/180619864/dealership-service-chat-app Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST The chat feature on most dealership websites, as it pertains to fixed ops, could use an overhaul. How to keep service customers coming back to your car dealership http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL05/180619888/how-to-keep-service-customers-coming-back-to-your-dealership Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Industry consultants offers five commandments to dealerships for boosting service customer loyalty, retention. Auto dealers face obstacles, see opportunities in collision repair http://www.autonews.com/article/20180618/RETAIL05/180619902/column-dave-kushma-fixed-ops Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Most new-vehicle dealerships in the United States don't run body shops. But hundreds more dealerships have gotten into the collision repair game in recent years -- even as others have dropped out -- and that trend appears likely to continue. Will Gary Jones reform the UAW? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180616/BLOG06/180619760/uaw-scandal-reform-jones-trump Sat, 16 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Well, that didn't take long. New UAW President Gary Jones took less than a day at the helm of his troubled union to attack journalists for doing their job. Appreciating the genius of Ferry Porsche, 70 years later http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180615/BLOG15/306159987/ferry-porsche-356-anniversary Fri, 15 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST We all know Ferdinand Porsche. But history has forgotten that it was his boy, Ferry, who created the magic of Porsche, beginning with the Porsche 356. Hey VW: Share your skateboard and change the world http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180613/BLOG15/306139915/vw-electric-blog-vellequette-diess Wed, 13 Jun 2018 15:34:46 EST Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess has plenty on his plate, but he should consider these three words: Share the skateboard. Hey VW: Share your skateboard and change the world http://www.autonews.com/article/20180613/BLOG06/180619855/vw-electric-blog-vellequette-diess Wed, 13 Jun 2018 15:34:46 EST Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess has plenty on his plate, but he should consider these three words: Share the skateboard. Tight budget? Don't forgo protective products http://www.autonews.com/article/20180613/BLOG13/180619867/tight-budget-dont-forgo-protective-products Wed, 13 Jun 2018 12:14:12 EST Those looking to whittle down monthly car payments could see FandI products as burdens, but investing in those products could be the key to avoiding a truly unmanageable cost later. Land Rover's Defender comes home http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180612/BLOG15/306129940/land-rover-sets-course-for-defender-to-come-home Tue, 12 Jun 2018 11:42:37 EST Authenticity is crucially important for the next Defender. Building the iconic off-roader in its spiritual home will add appeal to JLR's most important vehicle launch yet. Audi Q8: 4 key design cues http://www.autonews.com/article/20180612/BLOG06/306129999/audi-q8-4-key-design-cues Tue, 12 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST The big news is the new 2019 Q8's styling, with Audi calling it the "new face of the Q family." That includes the grille, rear light bar, big wheel arches and more. Let's take a look, piece by piece. Trump bungled opportunity to fix NAFTA http://www.autonews.com/article/20180611/BLOG06/180619927/trump-nafta-canada-mexico Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:17:51 EST The renegotiation of NAFTA initiated by the Trump administration last year was an opportunity to make needed changes. And yet all sides come away with nothing -- less than nothing, actually. Appreciating the genius of Ferry Porsche, 70 years later http://www.autonews.com/article/20180611/OEM03/180619969/ferry-porsche-356-anniversary Mon, 11 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST We all know Ferdinand Porsche. But history has forgotten that it was his boy, Ferry, who created the magic of Porsche. UAW President Dennis Williams leaves with a clouded legacy http://www.autonews.com/article/20180611/OEM01/180619973/uaw-dennis-williams-retirement-legacy Mon, 11 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Dennis Williams' legacy likely will not be what many expected it to be when he was elected to lead the union in June 2014. FCHEA chief says hydrogen fuel-cell revolution is already happening http://www.autonews.com/article/20180611/OEM05/180619981/morry-markowitz-hydrogen-fuel-cell Mon, 11 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Fuel cells are powering our commercial transportation space today in a range of applications, and all these burgeoning vehicle markets are leading to growth in the hydrogen infrastructure needed to support them. You'll need lots of insurance in a self-driving world http://www.autonews.com/article/20180611/OEM11/180619975/keith-crain-column-self-driving-cars Mon, 11 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Autonomous vehicles testing in real-world conditions have been in a number of accidents in recent months. It will take a long time before we fully understand liability and culpability in these cases. Volvo's Polestar commits to guiding light feature http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180609/BLOG15/180609781/volvos-polestar-commits-to-guiding-light-feature Sat, 9 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath says that the Volvo-controlled brand will extend a unique design feature found in its debut model to at least the next two cars in its lineup. Does publishing consumer complaint data harm or heal the auto finance industry? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180606/BLOG13/180609832/does-publishing-consumer-complaint-data-harm-or-heal-the-auto Wed, 6 Jun 2018 11:30:00 EST The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection's database of consumer complaints could vanish from public view. Could shielding consumer gripes from the public benefit the auto finance marketplace? Depends on whom you ask. Why BMW's new 3 series needs to up its game http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180606/BLOG15/180609966/why-bmws-new-3-series-needs-to-up-its-game Wed, 6 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST The BMW 3 series is still the benchmark against which all midsize sedans are measured, but the outgoing 'F30' model largely failed to live up to expectations. Now the automaker is acutely aware the forthcoming model needs to up its game. Trump's call for auto tariffs isn't an idle threat http://www.autonews.com/article/20180604/RETAIL07/180609992/aiada-cody-lusk-opinion-editorial Mon, 4 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Not a single manufacturer is asking for the White House to "help" them out by making their products unaffordable and more difficult to attain for millions of Americans. Why worry about Chinese vehicles? They're affordable http://www.autonews.com/article/20180604/OEM03/180609938/why-worry-about-chinese-vehicles-theyre-affordable Mon, 4 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST A day spent at a test track near Beijing driving 10 vehicles from local brands convinced me that European and American volume automakers should be aware of some cars and compact crossovers that could be coming soon from China's... Import tariffs make no sense http://www.autonews.com/article/20180604/OEM11/180609989/import-tariffs-make-no-sense Mon, 4 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST The U.S. may be running trade imbalances with many nations, but the auto industry is not the source of the problem. Suppliers don't want fuel economy rollback http://www.autonews.com/article/20180604/OEM10/180609996/fuel-economy-rollback-suppliers-boesel-calstart Mon, 4 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST If the U.S. government refuses to lead on fuel economy standards, American companies will have a hard time leading the world's rush toward cleaner, more efficient vehicles, says the CEO of Calstart. Why Chinese cars, crossovers should worry Europe's brands http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180602/BLOG15/180529757/why-chinese-cars-crossovers-should-worry-europes-brands Sat, 2 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Chinese cars are now on par with products from Europe's brands in terms of design, handling, performance, fit and finish and overall quality. FCA 5-year plan led by new Jeep, Ram, luxury products, but Chrysler, Fiat, Dodge future uncertain http://www.autonews.com/article/20180601/BLOG06/180539956/fca-5-year-plan-ram-pickup-jeep-marchionne Fri, 1 Jun 2018 04:30:00 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles signaled that it will have more cash on hand than debt on its books by the end of this month for the first time since the merger that created it in 2009 during a wide-ranging series of long-term plans presented in Balocco,... Is Sergio plotting to have a starved Chrysler whacked? Looks like it to me http://www.autonews.com/article/20180530/BLOG06/180539989/is-sergio-plotting-to-have-a-starved-chrysler-whacked-looks-like-it Wed, 30 May 2018 09:57:49 EST The Chrysler brand isn't weak because consumers abandoned it. It's weak because FCA did. Consider nontraditional loans to gauge creditworthiness http://www.autonews.com/article/20180530/BLOG13/180539980/consider-nontraditional-loans-to-gauge-creditworthiness Wed, 30 May 2018 12:02:37 EST As research reveals more ways that small pieces of information can increase a borrower's creditworthiness, what the industry considers relevant compared with what's "alternative" may change. We need to slow way down http://www.autonews.com/article/20180528/OEM06/180529827/self-driving-vehicles-evs Mon, 28 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Self-driving cars and electric vehicles may become popular in the future, but there is still a lot to be learned about both technologies #8212; and much to be proven. Can autonomous vehicles be developed without risking lives? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180528/OEM11/180529801/autonomous-vehicle-development-without-risking-lives Mon, 28 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Back on March 18, 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg was walking her bicycle across a street in Tempe, Ariz., when she was struck and killed by an Uber autonomous vehicle. I-4's performance, not size, will make or break its success for GM http://www.autonews.com/article/20180528/OEM06/180529830/gm-four-cylinder-engine-silverado-sierra Mon, 28 May 2018 00:01:00 EST If consumers embrace General Motors' four-cylinder engine in the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, GM will have Ford to thank. Why auto dealers will prosper during this time of transition http://www.autonews.com/article/20180528/RETAIL07/180529872/why-auto-dealers-will-prosper Mon, 28 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Former Toyota and Chrysler executive Jim Press takes issue with Bob Lutz's vision of the future of the auto industry. In race for self-driving cars, automakers turn tables on Apple, Waymo http://www.autonews.com/article/20180525/COPY01/305259968/in-race-for-self-driving-cars-automakers-turn-tables-on-apple-waymo Fri, 25 May 2018 00:01:00 EST A few years ago, Apple was in the driving seat as it sought to carve out self-driving deals with automakers including Volkswagen. Now the tables have turned. In race for self-driving cars, automakers turn tables on Apple, Google http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180525/ANE/180529849/in-race-for-self-driving-cars-automakers-turn-tables-on-apple-google Fri, 25 May 2018 00:01:00 EST A few years ago, Apple was in the driving seat as it sought to carve out self-driving deals with automakers including Volkswagen. Now the tables have turned. VW Group's new CEO Diess may have too much power http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180524/BLOG15/180519888/vw-groups-new-ceo-diess-may-have-too-much-power Thu, 24 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Former BMW executive Herbert Diess now heads both VW Group and its core VW brand, which may be concentrating too much authority in a single manager. Separate financial literacy messages from social media clutter http://www.autonews.com/article/20180523/BLOG13/180529885/separate-financial-literacy-messages-from-social-media-clutter Wed, 23 May 2018 11:30:00 EST How can auto lenders and dealers explain the ins and outs of vehicle financing to younger buyers? Meet them where they are. BMW envisions its iNext as an SUV http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180523/BLOG15/180519778/bmw-envisions-its-inext-as-an-suv Wed, 23 May 2018 00:01:00 EST BMW looks likely to follow Audi's e-tron and Mercedes's EQC with its own battery-powered full-size SUV, the heart of the premium EV market. Three steps to evolve auto retail marketing http://www.autonews.com/article/20180522/BLOG06/180529910/google-auto-ads-marketing-online-crm Tue, 22 May 2018 15:00:00 EST Auto brands need to get organized and aligned internally to allow for a complete view of the customer. This is especially important today. Aston Martin DBS Superleggera: A lighter, more powerful Vanquish successor http://www.autonews.com/article/20180522/BLOG06/305239999/aston-martin-dbs-superleggera-a-lighter-more-powerful-vanquish Tue, 22 May 2018 00:01:00 EST The Aston Martin Vanquish, the marque's muscular super-GT, is riding off into the sunset, but fear not: Its replacement will be here shortly. Teslas may be safe, but what about the rest of us? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180521/OEM11/180529973/tesla-musk-safety-regulation-crash-autopilot Mon, 21 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Elon Musk's responses to recent crashes involving Tesla's Autopilot software suggest a lack of regard for people who share the road with the cars his company sells. Industry can't escape responsibility for preventing CO deaths http://www.autonews.com/article/20180521/OEM11/180529965/keyless-ignition-carbon-monoxide Mon, 21 May 2018 00:01:00 EST People are erring and dying, and the auto industry can't disavow this risk any more than it could avoid fitting vehicles with seat belts and shatterproof glass. Why aren't automakers connecting better with green-minded consumers? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180521/MOBILITY/180529995/decicco-environmental-automotive-climate-op-ed Mon, 21 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Not enough attention is being paid to environmentally minded consumers and conventional vehicles that could cater to their needs and political values. Just-in-time manufacuring is not foolproof http://www.autonews.com/article/20180521/OEM01/180529999/keith-crain-column-manufacturing Mon, 21 May 2018 00:01:00 EST It does not seem that long ago that the world marveled at the Japanese system known as just-in-time manufacturing. As more troubles have occurred in supplier plants, its clear that the process isn't without problems. Audi hints at Q8 styling http://www.autonews.com/article/20180517/BLOG06/305189991/audi-hints-at-q8-styling Thu, 17 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Judging from the design study, the Q8 will be a two-row crossover with a focus on style and personal luxury rather than utility. Teslas may be safe, but what about the rest of us? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180516/BLOG30/305169957/tesla-musk-safety-regulation-crash-autopilot Wed, 16 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Elon Musk's responses to recent crashes involving Tesla's Autopilot software suggest a lack of regard for people who share the road with the cars his company sells. Lenders should embrace new financing models http://www.autonews.com/article/20180516/BLOG13/180519832/lenders-should-embrace-new-financing-models Wed, 16 May 2018 11:38:36 EST Could the convergence of two industry disrupters reshape the traditional auto lending model? Teslas may be safe, but what about the rest of us? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180515/BLOG06/180519850/tesla-musk-safety-regulation-crash-autopilot Tue, 15 May 2018 14:34:49 EST Elon Musk's responses to recent crashes involving Tesla's Autopilot software suggest a lack of regard for people who share the road with the cars his company sells. Will Ford drop a dual-clutch transmission in next Mustang Shelby GT500? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180515/BLOG06/305169998/will-ford-drop-a-dual-clutch-transmission-in-next-mustang-shelby Tue, 15 May 2018 00:01:00 EST The next Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 should be more driveable with an independent rear suspension and at least five years of extra software development. Can autonomous vehicles be developed without risking lives? http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180514/BLOG15/305149972/can-autonomous-vehicles-be-developed-without-risking-lives Mon, 14 May 2018 00:01:00 EST It's easy to become enamoured of the accident-free future with autonomous cars, but before that time arrives, we had better realize that we're playing with human lives as we develop driverless technology.