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, 30 Jul 2014 06:00:00 EST Calif. ballot proposal misses cut for November vote http://www.autonews.com/article/20140730/BLOG13/140729837/calif-ballot-proposal-misses-cut-for-november-vote Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A California consumer advocacy group's ballot initiative that would have outlawed dealer reserve in the state won't make it on the November ballot this year. Another hole-in-one gives California dealer a second chance http://www.autonews.com/article/20140729/BLOG06/140729839/another-hole-in-one-gives-california-dealer-a-second-chance Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:41:01 EST For eight years, Folsom Lake Kia and Folsom Lake Ford near Sacramento have sponsored charity golf tournaments without anyone ever hitting a hole-in-one. Yet for the second time this year, a golfer has put it in the cup, winning a new car. Fiat would find a safe haven in VW http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20140729/BLOG15/140729857/fiat-would-find-a-safe-haven-in-vw Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:59:47 EST Reports that VW may buy Fiat-Chrysler sound improbable, but the idea has appeal. It would allow VW to overcome its weakness in North America and offer Fiat Chrysler a safe haven. VW, Ford, Nissan eye China's entry-level market http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20140728/BLOG15/140729879/vw-ford-nissan-eye-chinas-entry-level-market Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:35:02 EST Global automakers have long been reluctant to sell cheaper vehicles in China as they seek to protect their healthy profit margins. But now foreign automakers are moving into China's entry-level segment in a quest for market share. It was one heck of a night http://www.autonews.com/article/20140728/OEM02/307289960/it-was-one-heck-of-a-night Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Last week, the Automotive Hall of Fame celebrated its 75th anniversary and inducted four people. I was very honored to be one of them I have had a front-row seat for the most exciting industry on the planet with the most interesting executives. Road to mythical 54.5 mpg not likely to change http://www.autonews.com/article/20140728/OEM06/307289951/road-to-mythical-54-5-mpg-not-likely-to-change Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Automakers have proved effective at wringing efficiencies out of internal combustion drivetrains, along with weight reduction and aerodynamics. Scheele wasn't too big to solve a paint problem http://www.autonews.com/article/20140728/OEM02/307289954/scheele-wasnt-too-big-to-solve-a-paint-problem Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Former Ford Motor Co. President Nick Scheele, who died this month at age 70, left warm memories throughout the auto industry. Where U.S. shoppers draw the line on buying very small cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20140728/OEM03/307289979/where-u-s-shoppers-draw-the-line-on-buying-very-small-cars Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 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. GM, Manheim kiss and make up http://www.autonews.com/article/20140725/BLOG06/140729891/gm-manheim-kiss-and-make-up Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:15:23 EST About four years after a spat strained their business relations, GM and auction company Manheim are starting to kiss and make up. 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...