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, 24 Aug 2016 06:00:00 EST EPA signals it will start looking at mandating higher octane gasoline http://www.autonews.com/article/20160823/BLOG06/160829969/epa-signals-it-will-start-looking-at-mandating-higher-octane-gasoline Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:00:00 EST Raising the octane in gasoline looks like it will get some attention from the EPA. That's the good news. Now for the bad: It's going to take a while. Love affair is alive and well http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/OEM03/308229996/love-affair-is-alive-and-well Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST If you're lucky enough to attend the annual Woodward Dream Cruise outside Detroit or the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance a couple thousand miles west, you're treated to an automotive event that demonstrates that people love cars. Ghosn's life-changing post-Christmas offer http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/BLOG06/308229909/ghosns-life-changing-post-christmas-offer Mon, 22 Aug 2016 05:37:47 EST Carlos Ghosn's powers of persuasion are very hard to resist, Nissan Brazil's current boss learned on Dec. 26. 2011. Francois Dossa remembers the exact day of the meeting because it changed his life. Ghosn's life-changing post-Christmas offer http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160822/BLOG15/160829994/ghosns-life-changing-post-christmas-offer Mon, 22 Aug 2016 05:37:47 EST Carlos Ghosn's powers of persuasion are very hard to resist, Nissan Brazil's current boss learned on Dec. 26. 2011. Francois Dossa remembers the exact day of the meeting because it changed his life. Uber's hard lesson: China is different http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/GLOBAL03/308229995/ubers-hard-lesson-china-is-different Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Uber's problematic business model has forced it out of China, not its 9.6 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) cash burn. Automakers face uncertainty over key Chinese government policies http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160819/BLOG15/160819824/automakers-face-uncertainty-over-key-chinese-government-policies Fri, 19 Aug 2016 06:24:37 EST Auto executives in China are worried these days. They are not concerned about consumer demand, but rather the uncertainty surrounding key industry policies set by the Chinese government. Why dealers' role in lending should tamp subprime fears http://www.autonews.com/article/20160817/BLOG13/308179999/why-dealers-role-in-lending-should-tamp-subprime-fears Wed, 17 Aug 2016 12:30:00 EST The fear of a subprime auto loan bubble persists despite the industry's insistence over the past few years that the worries are unwarranted. For automakers, Detroit's Dream Cruise should be prime turf to recruit engineers, designers http://www.autonews.com/article/20160816/BLOG06/308169999/for-automakers-detroits-dream-cruise-should-be-prime-turf-to-recruit Tue, 16 Aug 2016 11:00:00 EST For an industry struggling to attract top engineers and designers, automakers are making a mistake by letting events such as the Woodward Dream Cruise pass them by each year. Will industry trends undercut Unifor's mission? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160816/BLOG06/160819878/will-industry-trends-undercut-unifors-mission Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:48:03 EST If Unifor has trouble persuading the Detroit 3 to invest in Canada, it will largely be due to factors out of its control. The alliance that shook the auto world http://www.autonews.com/article/20160815/GLOBAL03/308159959/the-alliance-that-shook-the-auto-world Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Twenty years ago this summer, the most significant joint venture in the history of the auto industry was just getting started when GM partnered with with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. When the driver is gone, things get interesting http://www.autonews.com/article/20160815/OEM10/160819958/when-the-driver-is-gone-things-get-interesting Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Delphi Automobile's Aug. 1 announcement of plans to launch a ride-hailing service were an attention grabber. Let&'s not talk ourselves into a downturn http://www.autonews.com/article/20160815/OEM/308159966/let-s-not-talk-ourselves-into-a-downturn Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST We are seeing record auto sales in the U.S. as well as record profits. Automakers, dealers and suppliers are sharing in this strong financial period. Yet there are some who think that we are about to fall off a cliff. Economists are right – until they&'re not http://www.autonews.com/article/20160815/RETAIL01/308159965/economists-are-right-until-they-8217-re-not Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Times are good, the economists argued, and they're likely to remain good for automakers and suppliers and dealers for the foreseeable future. Or at least until something unforeseen happens to make times, well, bad. Hitting numbers, or giving customers reasons to return? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160815/RETAIL05/308159989/hitting-numbers-or-giving-customers-reasons-to-return Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Getting service customers' repeat business demands a lot more than making the immediate sale. General Motors innovation could rewrite service business http://www.autonews.com/article/20160815/RETAIL05/308159979/general-motors-innovation-could-rewrite-service-business Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST A new OnStar feature, Protective Alerts, is designed to identify and repair vehicle problems before the check-engine light comes on; that GM innovation could rewrite the service business. How speed plays a role in CFPB's 'regulation by enforcement' http://www.autonews.com/article/20160810/BLOG13/308109999/how-speed-plays-a-role-in-cfpbs-regulation-by-enforcement Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:30:00 EST When some politicians accused the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau of regulation by enforcement in the spring, many auto insiders wondered why the regulator wouldn't make a rule that auto lenders would know they would have to follow. Harley's V-Rod offers glimpse of what Chevy faces with midengine Corvette http://www.autonews.com/article/20160809/BLOG06/308099997/harleys-v-rod-offers-glimpse-of-what-chevy-faces-with-midengine Tue, 9 Aug 2016 11:00:00 EST If Chevrolet product planners in Detroit want to know what they are facing in trying to lure younger buyers to the Corvette, all they need to do is look some 386 miles west to Milwaukee. FCA's 'musical factories' will vex suppliers http://www.autonews.com/article/20160808/OEM10/160809857/fcas-musical-factories-will-vex-suppliers Mon, 8 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Here's a fact few suppliers were likely to admit during the Management Briefing Seminars here last week: It can be downright difficult to be a supplier to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Why Trump's politics turn Detroit upside down http://www.autonews.com/article/20160808/BLOG06/160809822/why-trumps-politics-turn-detroit-upside-down Mon, 8 Aug 2016 16:04:19 EST As is often the case with Donald Trump, when he speaks, the world seems like it's upside down. Public groups show discipline in Q2 http://www.autonews.com/article/20160808/RETAIL07/308089975/public-groups-show-discipline-in-q2 Mon, 8 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST The six publicly traded dealership groups deserve a salute for a much better second quarter than the headline numbers indicate. Big changes afoot in U.S. market http://www.autonews.com/article/20160808/RETAIL01/308089995/big-changes-afoot-in-u-s-market Mon, 8 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Don't look so hard at the U.S. auto sales headline number that you miss the incredible evolution of the marketplace. Something is going very wrong http://www.autonews.com/article/20160808/OEM11/308089997/something-is-going-very-wrong Mon, 8 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Today we are looking at record recalls, millions more than ever before. Recalls are issued for defects when no parts are available and might not be for months or even years. A growing urgency over cybersecurity http://www.autonews.com/article/20160803/BLOG06/160809893/a-growing-urgency-over-cybersecurity Wed, 3 Aug 2016 18:23:30 EST The notion that bad people can #8212; or would #8212; electronically hack vehicles and cause havoc and destruction is not easy for an industry built on optimism. Datsun Redi-Go: A template for inexpensive cars in North America? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160803/BLOG06/160809894/datsun-redi-go-a-template-for-inexpensive-cars-in-north-america Wed, 3 Aug 2016 18:13:17 EST It has tiny 13-inch tires. Power comes from a motorcycle-sized 799cc engine. There's just one airbag, no carpet and an unremarkable gray plastic interior. Truck boom, car bust http://www.autonews.com/article/20160803/BLOG06/308029978/truck-boom-car-bust Wed, 3 Aug 2016 14:00:00 EST Every month it's more obvious that U.S. consumers want to sit up high in their next ride. Everything with a high seating position -- pickups, SUVs, vans, crossovers -- is jumping off the lot. 12-volt systems head into history http://www.autonews.com/article/20160803/OEM06/308049996/12-volt-systems-head-into-history Wed, 3 Aug 2016 14:00:00 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. A leasing pullback could benefit industry http://www.autonews.com/article/20160803/BLOG13/308039986/a-leasing-pullback-could-benefit-industry Wed, 3 Aug 2016 11:00:00 EST Last month, leasing fell to its lowest level since May 2015, but maybe an ease in leasing is favorable for automakers. Confessions of a diesel junkie http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160803/BLOG15/160729939/confessions-of-a-diesel-junkie Wed, 3 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST My plan to someday drive off into the sunset in a diesel-powered car at the conclusion of my career as a motoring journalist may no longer be realistic. GM's lightweight strategy is rocking http://www.autonews.com/article/20160802/OEM10/308039993/gms-lightweight-strategy-is-rocking Tue, 2 Aug 2016 14:00:00 EST There's more to lightweighting than shedding pounds. It's about getting the weight out of the vehicle and beating competitors on cost. Need talent? Women have the answer http://www.autonews.com/article/20160802/BLOG06/160809935/need-talent-women-have-the-answer Tue, 2 Aug 2016 18:12:54 EST Terry Barclay has a solution for the shortage of talent in the auto industry. Hire more women. To rebuild U.S. manufacturing base, consider education http://www.autonews.com/article/20160802/BLOG06/160809941/to-rebuild-u-s-manufacturing-base-consider-education Tue, 2 Aug 2016 15:35:55 EST Of all the hot topics discussed in the first two days of the seminars #8212; from lightweighting to connected cars #8212; one that was touched on only briefly hit closest to home for me: education. Vertical integration rears its head http://www.autonews.com/article/20160801/BLOG06/160809968/vertical-integration-rears-its-head Mon, 1 Aug 2016 18:16:40 EST Keep your ears open this week for three words that bode ill for future supplier revenues. Automaker vertical integration. FCA's plant shuffle to test suppliers' patience http://www.autonews.com/article/20160801/BLOG06/160809969/fcas-plant-shuffle-to-test-suppliers-patience Mon, 1 Aug 2016 18:00:37 EST Here's a fact few suppliers are likely to admit during the seminars this week: It can be downright difficult to be a supplier to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. EVs squeeze conventional engines http://www.autonews.com/article/20160801/OEM05/308029992/evs-squeeze-conventional-engines Mon, 1 Aug 2016 14:30:00 EST Yogi Berra is often credited with the expression: "The future ain't what it used to be." That phrase reminded Richard Truett of the changing future of the automobile. A long way to go on safety http://www.autonews.com/article/20160801/OEM11/308019981/a-long-way-to-go-on-safety Mon, 1 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Major changes in American history are made when very few people have the facts, have stamina, and represent, perhaps, the very quiet majority opinion. Abraham Lincoln said with public sentiment behind you, you can do anything. Don&'t use our highways as test tracks http://www.autonews.com/article/20160801/OEM06/308019982/don-t-use-our-highways-as-test-tracks Mon, 1 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST When the time comes that autonomous cars have been tested and proven with millions of miles of trouble-free operation, there will be a huge potential market for commercialization. Could Trump expose another UAW disconnect? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160727/BLOG06/160729861/could-trump-expose-another-uaw-disconnect Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:15:30 EST UAW President Dennis Williams faces another potential headache less than a year after a contentious contract ratification process with the Detroit 3: Donald Trump. Look beyond payment when structuring leases http://www.autonews.com/article/20160727/BLOG13/307279996/look-beyond-payment-when-structuring-leases Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:30:00 EST Monthly payments have become a significant factor in customers' financing decisions. But dealers should look beyond the monthly payment to offer customers the best lease deal. So sorry about your analysis http://www.autonews.com/article/20160726/BLOG06/160729882/so-sorry-about-your-analysis Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:15:00 EST FCA US' move to revise the methodology it has used to report U.S. sales for 30 years and restating monthly results since January 2011 is unsettling. A case for the spare tire&'s return http://www.autonews.com/article/20160726/BLOG06/307269997/a-case-for-the-spare-tire-s-return Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:00:00 EST Our safety may depend, legislatively, on correcting the weight-slashing, overzealousness that has eliminated spare tires from many new cars. Switch to 48 volts? Not so fast http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/OEM06/307259985/switch-to-48-volts-not-so-fast Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Every five years or so, you hear scuttlebutt that sometime soon a luxury car is about to replace its 12-volt electrical system with a battery capable of handling all the electronics now being developed for automobiles. It's not a quick change. Mexico's awakening is good all around http://www.autonews.com/article/20160725/OEM01/307259984/mexicos-awakening-is-good-all-around Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST The belated awakening of Mexico's new-vehicle marketplace is a big deal. It's good news all around, something that ought to put smiles on the faces of everybody in the global auto industry. 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.