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, 24 Jul 2016 06:00:00 EST When are humans still better than computers? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160723/BLOG06/160729928/when-are-humans-still-better-than-computers Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Letting technology drive our cars is a more nuanced issue than it may initially seem. At least at the current level of development, we're caught between conflicting realities. Car-hacking has the industry's highest level of attention, conference shows http://www.autonews.com/article/20160722/BLOG06/160729922/car-hacking-has-the-industrys-highest-level-of-attention-conference Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:16:32 EST If the 500-strong crowd at the Billington Global Automotive Cybersecurity Summit here today is any indication, cybersecurity now has the automobile industry's undivided attention. How dealerships can fix 'underselling' right away http://www.autonews.com/article/20160722/BLOG06/160729935/how-dealerships-can-fix-underselling-right-away Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:00:00 EST Dealerships that suffer from 'underselling' can take a few steps to quickly improve their sales performance, says the head of a mystery-shopping consultancy. How BMW learned the best product placement is a true story http://www.autonews.com/article/20160721/BLOG06/160729959/how-bmw-learned-the-best-product-placement-is-a-true-story Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:40:37 EST On Saturday, ABC's '20/20: In an Instant' featured the true story of a car accident involving a BMW sedan and an 18-wheel tractor-trailer rig. Is this form a hassle or a help? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160720/BLOG13/307209995/is-this-form-a-hassle-or-a-help Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:30:00 EST Each dealership must decide how much effort it wants to put toward compliance. Many, apparently, choose not to use NADA's dealer participation certification form, part of its Fair Credit Compliance Policy and Program. Why we shouldn't let the VW scandal kill diesel powertrains http://www.autonews.com/article/20160719/BLOG06/307209999/why-we-shouldnt-let-the-vw-scandal-kill-diesel-powertrains Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:45:00 EST Volkswagen's travails aside, modern diesel engines such as Fiat Chrysler's 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 still deserve a seat at the main table of automakers' fuel economy strategies. Jeep Wrangler concept 'salutes' original Willys http://www.autonews.com/article/20160718/BLOG06/307199999/jeep-wrangler-concept-salutes-original-willys Mon, 18 Jul 2016 15:00:00 EST Jeep produces a lot of special concepts. Moab, SEMA and auto shows usually get their fair share. But this one, this Wrangler 75th Salute concept is really, really the one it should build. Don't gamble on materials prices http://www.autonews.com/article/20160718/OEM10/307189973/dont-gamble-on-materials-prices Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Making car parts is hard enough - don't complicate life by gambling on future material prices, a consultant warns. Honoring 4 worthy hall of famers http://www.autonews.com/article/20160718/OEM02/307189988/honoring-4-worthy-hall-of-famers Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST The 2016 induction ceremony for the Automotive Hall of Fame takes place Thursday evening, July 21. This year, there is an interesting group of inductees. Each individual has made significant contributions to society as well. How Americans got to meet the Jeep in 1942 http://www.autonews.com/article/20160718/RETAIL03/307189990/how-americans-got-to-meet-the-jeep-in-1942 Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST In January 1942, Reader's Digest, then America's best-selling consumer magazine, introduced the public to the 'jeep' with a reprint of a Scientific American article. Even today, the article's praise of the car's virtues rings true. Fist bumps and shock installation, Ford 'co-bots' do it all http://www.autonews.com/article/20160715/BLOG06/307169999/fist-bumps-and-shock-installation-ford-co-bots-do-it-all Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:45:00 EST The "co-bots" have arrived at Ford's assembly plant in Cologne, Germany, and can do it all it seems. Small Minis take on massive road trip http://www.autonews.com/article/20160714/BLOG06/160719909/small-minis-take-on-massive-road-trip Thu, 14 Jul 2016 16:15:00 EST Mini USA isn't joking when it says its cars come standard with friends. This year's two-week 'Mini Takes The States' road trip for Mini owners crosses through 18 states through July 23. Look behind every door for F&I candidates http://www.autonews.com/article/20160713/BLOG13/307139996/look-behind-every-door-for-fi-candidates Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:30:00 EST Your next FandI guru might be your local bartender. Are 750-hp, Alfa Romeo-based Hellcats and a Barracuda in Dodge's future? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160712/BLOG06/307129999/are-750-hp-alfa-romeo-based-hellcats-and-a-barracuda-in-dodges Tue, 12 Jul 2016 09:00:00 EST Next-generation Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcats will be fixed to Fiat Chrysler's Alfa Romeo Giulia platform and in Hellcat trim will have at least 750 hp. Is Chevy about to supercharge the SS to battle the Hellcats? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160712/BLOG06/307139999/is-chevy-about-to-supercharge-the-ss-to-battle-the-hellcats Tue, 12 Jul 2016 09:00:00 EST The sleeper sedan Chevrolet SS could be getting a massive power boost in the form of a supercharger. Casting a longer car loan shadow http://www.autonews.com/article/20160711/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/307119928/casting-a-longer-car-loan-shadow Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST The average loan term has been on a continual climb. Why? Vehicle affordability -- or the lack thereof -- has driven the rise. Joshua Brown: A footnote in history http://www.autonews.com/article/20160711/OEM02/307119945/joshua-brown-a-footnote-in-history Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Joshua Brown is a name you probably won't forget. PSA bravely reveals industry's dirty secret http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160707/BLOG15/160709935/psa-bravely-reveals-industrys-dirty-secret Thu, 7 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Give credit to PSA for being bold enough to reveal in great detail something none of its rivals would publicly admit: That the CO2 numbers on the cars sold in Europe are bogus. Affordability drives longer loans http://www.autonews.com/article/20160706/BLOG13/307069992/affordability-drives-longer-loans Wed, 6 Jul 2016 11:30:00 EST The average loan term has been on a continuous climb. In retrospect, based on vehicle affordability, the rise seems to have been inevitable. How to push self-driving tech to the limits without the risks http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160706/BLOG15/160709950/how-to-push-self-driving-tech-to-the-limits-without-the-risks Wed, 6 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST There's a risk-free way to push autonomous cars to their limits. A simulator in the UK is going to do just that for Jaguar Land Rover and other automakers. A 5-point plan to make the most of VW's buybacks http://www.autonews.com/article/20160705/BLOG06/160709968/a-5-point-plan-to-make-the-most-of-vws-buybacks Tue, 5 Jul 2016 11:45:00 EST Volkswagen's settlement with U.S. regulators over diesel emissions violations requires the company to buy back certain cars from owners and presents the embattled company with a terrific opportunity to repair its battered image. Volvo defies gravity http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160705/BLOG15/160709955/volvo-defies-gravity Tue, 5 Jul 2016 08:33:46 EST Volvo doesn't consider itself a true global player in the premium segment. Its recent success, however, gives it a legitimate chance of rising to the top tier before the end of the decade. Virtual-reality headsets are cool, but can they help dealers boost sales? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160704/OEM06/307049985/virtual-reality-headsets-are-cool-but-can-they-help-dealers-boost Mon, 4 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST VR's wow and geek factors could be useful for auto retail, Jim Treece says, but barriers exist. Brexit looks bleaker than the worst-case scenarios http://www.autonews.com/article/20160704/OEM/307049959/brexit-looks-bleaker-than-the-worst-case-scenarios Mon, 4 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Ten days into the digestion of a United Kingdom vote for a separation from the European Union, and the analysis is crystal clear: Brexit is a flat-out mess. A quagmire. May cool heads prevail in Europe http://www.autonews.com/article/20160704/GLOBAL/307049982/may-cool-heads-prevail-in-europe Mon, 4 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Nobody likes uncertainty. When people and companies don't have the slightest idea what's going on, they panic. Do more to fight driver distraction http://www.autonews.com/article/20160704/OEM11/307049981/do-more-to-fight-driver-distraction Mon, 4 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Driver distraction as a traffic safety problem is getting worse, and the auto industry must step up its response. What's the VW settlement about? Heavy-duty trucks, of course http://www.autonews.com/article/20160703/BLOG06/160709969/whats-the-vw-settlement-about-heavy-duty-trucks-of-course Sun, 3 Jul 2016 21:22:19 EST June 28 was not exactly a red-letter day for diesel technology. If you're in the diesel business, the headlines and the news coverage was not pretty. And the spin control was in overdrive. BMW CEO scores first big win with Intel, Mobileye deal http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160702/BLOG15/160709973/bmw-ceo-scores-first-big-win-with-intel-mobileye-deal Sat, 2 Jul 2016 10:40:39 EST Led by CEO Harald Krueger, BMW's strong push into autonomous driving with Intel and Mobileye could become the gold standard. Mercedes and Audi may be forced to join this alliance. No Brexit effect in U.S. (well, maybe a hint) http://www.autonews.com/article/20160701/BLOG06/160639988/no-brexit-effect-in-u-s-well-maybe-a-hint Fri, 1 Jul 2016 17:30:00 EST It looks like the industrywide race to establish a new U.S. sales record in 2016, topping 2015's tally, will come right down to the wire. Why Europe's car buyer categories need a shake-up http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160701/BLOG15/160709998/why-europes-car-buyer-categories-need-a-shake-up Fri, 1 Jul 2016 04:49:02 EST Johnson Controls says current car buyer categories aren't telling the full story. That's why the global seating leader created 15 new typologies such as Young Climbers, Beauty Enthusiasts and Connoisseurs of Cool. For one VW owner, satisfaction won't come easy http://www.autonews.com/article/20160629/BLOG06/160629821/for-one-vw-owner-satisfaction-wont-come-easy Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:45:00 EST Under Volkswagen's proposed $14.7 billion make-good for skirting U.S. diesel emissions rules, there won't be a quick and tidy resolution to the mess for many VW owners. Kudos to Ford Credit for trying something new http://www.autonews.com/article/20160629/BLOG13/306299990/kudos-to-ford-credit-for-trying-something-new Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:00:00 EST Piecing together the car sharing and profitability puzzle for the auto industry is exciting, but it's also a time to experiment. Goodbye, 12-volts http://www.autonews.com/article/20160628/BLOG06/306289996/goodbye-12-volts Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:45:00 EST With fuel economy regulations tightening and connectivity and autonomous-driving capability proliferating, the old-fashioned 12-volt automobile electrical system has reached the end of the road. 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R is a 577-hp German missile http://www.autonews.com/article/20160628/BLOG06/306299997/2018-mercedes-amg-gt-r-is-a-577-hp-german-missile Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:45:00 EST The latest weapon in the Mercedes-Benz arsenal takes what it's learned from the road-going GT and GT S coupes and race-ready GT3 and brings it all together. Nissan struggles to make sense of Sunderland shocker http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160628/BLOG15/160629861/nissan-struggles-to-make-sense-of-sunderland-shocker Tue, 28 Jun 2016 05:42:08 EST Nissan's team in the UK is 'shell-shocked' by the decision of the country's voters to leave the EU, a person close to the company told me. Why the new era of auto industry collaboration creates risks http://www.autonews.com/article/20160627/BLOG06/160629883/why-the-new-era-of-auto-industry-collaboration-creates-risks Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:23:27 EST Without proper management, automotive technology collaborations have the potential to result not only in fundamental structural changes to the traditional auto industry, but further diminution of its leadership and clout. Goodbye to the Europe I knew http://www.autonews.com/article/20160627/OEM/306279955/goodbye-to-the-europe-i-knew Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST I am deeply shocked and disappointed by the decision of British voters to leave the European Union. A place I loved called Britain may no longer be so great any more. Goodbye to the Europe I knew http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160627/BLOG15/307019995/goodbye-to-the-europe-i-knew Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST I am deeply shocked and disappointed by the decision of British voters to leave the European Union. A place I loved called Britain may no longer be so great any more. Cleveland got its trophy, and slam-dunk ad http://www.autonews.com/article/20160627/RETAIL03/306279983/cleveland-got-its-trophy-and-slam-dunk-ad Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST When the Cleveland Cavaliers trailed the Golden State Warriors two games to one in the NBA Finals and things looked bleak, ad agency Tier10 shot an inspiring spot for the Northern Ohio Honda Dealers Association about the power of belief. Auto industry faces fight for airwaves http://www.autonews.com/article/20160627/OEM06/306279990/auto-industry-faces-fight-for-airwaves Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST An FCC commissioner's argument is a setback for the auto industry, which has struggled to defend its claim to a critical segment of the radio spectrum against competing claims from cable and Internet companies seeking more bandwidth for Wi-Fi... Le Mans a great win for Ford http://www.autonews.com/article/20160627/OEM06/306279970/le-mans-a-great-win-for-ford Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST This month at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ford won its class with a new-generation GT. And just as it did in 1966, Ford did it by beating Ferrari. International trade makes America work http://www.autonews.com/article/20160627/OEM/306279969/international-trade-makes-america-work Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST The established punching bag of this election cycle isn't just the Washington establishment, it's also international trade. Recapping Toyota's traumatic loss at Le Mans http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160623/BLOG15/160629930/recapping-toyotas-traumatic-loss-at-le-mans Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Toyota was reminded of how cruel motorsports can be when it lost the 24 Hours of Le Mans to Porsche during the final lap of the race. I was with Toyota's executive team members when their elation was transformed into complete deflation last weekend. Better, but still behind http://www.autonews.com/article/20160622/BLOG13/306229997/better-but-still-behind Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:45:00 EST Automakers trail lenders in the number of women in leadership positions, a study shows. VW's long day as shareholders quiz management http://www.autonews.com/article/20160622/BLOG06/306229935/vws-long-day-as-shareholders-quiz-management Wed, 22 Jun 2016 06:40:23 EST As Volkswagen's 56th annual shareholder meeting began there were still long lines of people waiting patiently to get into the hall at what promises to be an extraordinary and very lengthy gathering, during which the automaker is expected to face... VW's long day as shareholders quiz management http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160622/BLOG15/160629936/vws-long-day-as-shareholders-quiz-management Wed, 22 Jun 2016 06:40:23 EST As Volkswagen's 56th annual shareholder meeting began there were still long lines of people waiting patiently to get into the hall at what promises to be an extraordinary and very lengthy gathering, during which the automaker is expected to face... Acura NSX goes mountain racing in EV mode http://www.autonews.com/article/20160621/BLOG06/160629966/acura-nsx-goes-mountain-racing-in-ev-mode Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:00:00 EST Acura, looking to burnish its race engineering chops, will field a four-motor, all-electric NSX prototype at this year's Pikes Peak Hill Climb. Should NHTSA take another look at automatic transmission shifters? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160621/BLOG06/160629978/should-nhtsa-take-another-look-at-automatic-transmission-shifters Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:00:00 EST The days when you could seamlessly transition from one brand of car to another and shift the vehicle into gear without thinking about it are gone. Before the Cavs' big win, auto ad agency urged fans to believe http://www.autonews.com/article/20160621/BLOG06/160629953/before-the-cavs-big-win-auto-ad-agency-urged-fans-to-believe Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:40:51 EST When the Cleveland Cavaliers were down 2-0 to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, and things looked bleak, ad agency Tier10 shot an inspiring spot for Ohioans about the power of belief. Probe overshadows VW's annual meeting http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160621/BLOG15/160629969/probe-overshadows-vws-annual-meeting Tue, 21 Jun 2016 07:01:57 EST When VW shareholders gather for their annual meeting it is sure to be a turbulent event, not least because one of the executives on the podium is the official target of an investigation into criminal misconduct.