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, 17 Sep 2014 06:00:00 EST Scrap Nissan's Leaf battery plant? Hardly http://www.autonews.com/article/20140917/BLOG06/140919855/scrap-nissans-leaf-battery-plant-hardly Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:23:06 EST News broke this week that Nissan and Renault are debating the future of their electric-vehicle battery technology sourcing. Frankly, it would be bigger news if the two automaker partners weren't debating it. The case for casting a wider net with credit apps http://www.autonews.com/article/20140917/BLOG13/309179993/the-case-for-casting-a-wider-net-with-credit-apps Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EST Auto lenders complain they hate it when dealership FandI managers send them credit applications outside their preferred range of credit scores. Strike shows restless UAW is going after two-tier wage system http://www.autonews.com/article/20140916/BLOG06/140919874/strike-shows-restless-uaw-is-going-after-two-tier-wage-system Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:30:38 EST The word 'strike' has returned to the UAW lexicon. The union struck on Saturday at a Lear plant in Indiana that makes seats for Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant. Workers were back on the job a day later. For GM, the self-driving car of the future is also a thing of the past http://www.autonews.com/article/20140915/OEM03/309159957/for-gm-the-self-driving-car-of-the-future-is-also-a-thing-of-the-past Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EST A close look at the Firebird II video shows GM made a lot of the right calls on the issues facing self-driving cars -- issues that are still being resolved. Why Google cars? The software, stupid http://www.autonews.com/article/20140915/OEM06/309159964/why-google-cars-the-software-stupid Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EST Does Google really want to become an automaker, or does it have some other goal for its driverless cars? How one pol championed China EV sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20140915/GLOBAL03/309159969/how-one-pol-championed-china-ev-sales Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EST Until recently, China's electric vehicle industry was nothing more than a hobby. This year, the industry shook off its torpor, producing 25,946 EVs and plug-in hybrids in eight months. Chairman's style was part of Ferrari http://www.autonews.com/article/20140915/OEM02/309159970/chairmans-style-was-part-of-ferrari Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EST Ferrari has been a unique brand. So far, it has not followed high-end competitors like Porsche into major volume expansions. Maintaining exclusivity was part of Luca di Montezemolo's vision. That will likely change now that he has resigned. Vauxhall flexes its muscles http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20140914/BLOG15/140919941/vauxhall-flexes-its-muscles Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EST Opel and Vauxhall's harmonious relationship was tested recently by the naming of their new minicar. Vauxhall fought against using a name that just wouldn't work in Britain -- and won. Incentives prop up sedan-heavy strategies http://www.autonews.com/article/20140913/BLOG06/140919914/incentives-prop-up-sedan-heavy-strategies Sat, 13 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EST Take a look at who's been increasing incentives lately and you will see a larger trend in vehicle strategy for the United States. Smart dealers can make big bucks through smartphones http://www.autonews.com/article/20140912/BLOG06/140919938/smart-dealers-can-make-big-bucks-through-smartphones Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:50:18 EST Car dealers are sitting on a gold mine: their idle inventories. The tool to turn that goldmine into gold is the smartphone. %]