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, 19 Aug 2018 06:00:00 EST Tesla struggles with too much reliance on troubled CEO Elon Musk http://www.autonews.com/article/20180818/OEM02/180829945/tesla-elon-musk-ceo Sat, 18 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST Tesla's story has been such a soap opera that it's hard to know which twists and turns are worth heeding. Selling service contracts after the vehicle sale is a winner http://www.autonews.com/article/20180815/BLOG13/180819883/selling-service-contracts-after-transaction-jackie-charniga Wed, 15 Aug 2018 11:58:21 EST Selling service contracts post-transaction to customers can be a lucrative profit booster, FandI experts say. 2019 Chevy Silverado excels in engineering; lacks flare for nontraditional truck buyers http://www.autonews.com/article/20180814/BLOG06/180819897/did-chevy-move-needle-enough-with-19-silverado Tue, 14 Aug 2018 12:22:40 EST The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado may set a new industry standard for engineering and ride, but it does little to attract nontraditional truck and luxury buyers. A look inside the Chevy Silverado's techy 4-cylinder engine http://www.autonews.com/article/20180814/BLOG06/180819896/a-look-inside-the-chevy-silverados-techy-4-cylinder-engine Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:38:31 EST In the auto industry, imitation is a very high form of flattery, and many automakers copy each other's technologies, adding just enough of their own proprietary design and unique features to keep the patent attorneys from sending the... Trump administration's fuel efficiency plan would hurt industry, consumers http://www.autonews.com/article/20180813/OEM11/180819978/trump-emissions-epa-cafe-regulation Mon, 13 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST None of the diverse stakeholders that supported an Obama era program that sought to establish a single national emissions policy are supportive of the Trump administration's CAFE proposal. New proposed fuel standards offer greater consumer choices http://www.autonews.com/article/20180813/OEM11/180819957/keith-crain-fuel-standards-economy Mon, 13 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST Proposed new fuel economy standards may cause plenty of hand-wringing, but they offer greater choices to American consumers. Why BMW, not Tesla, is the real deal for a buyout http://www.autonews.com/article/20180810/COPY01/308109979/why-bmw-not-tesla-is-the-real-deal-for-a-buyout Fri, 10 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST Elon Musk's tentative proposal to take Tesla private isn't a bad idea for an automaker, it is just that the money-losing U.S. company is the wrong choice. BMW is a far better candidate for a buyout. Why BMW, not Tesla, is the real deal for a buyout http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180809/ANE/180809766/why-bmw-not-tesla-is-the-real-deal-for-a-buyout Thu, 9 Aug 2018 04:27:51 EST Elon Musk's tentative proposal to take Tesla private isn't a bad idea for an automaker, it is just that the money-losing U.S. company is the wrong choice. BMW is a far better candidate for a buyout. Why no auto executive will temper autonomous vehicle expectations http://www.autonews.com/article/20180807/BLOG06/180809813/autonomous-driving-tempered-expectations-truett Tue, 7 Aug 2018 11:00:00 EST Is any C-level executive at an automaker going to have the guts to put the brakes on autonomous driving randd? I doubt it. Why no auto executive will temper autonomous vehicle expectations http://www.autonews.com/article/20180807/BLOG30/308079943/autonomous-driving-tempered-expectations-truett Tue, 7 Aug 2018 11:00:00 EST Is any C-level executive at an automaker going to have the guts to put the brakes on autonomous driving randd? I doubt it. Audi will bring PB 18 e-tron supercar concept to Monterey Car Week http://www.autonews.com/article/20180807/BLOG06/180809809/what-is-audi-signaling-with-supercar-concept-coming-to-moneterey Tue, 7 Aug 2018 10:45:57 EST What is Audi signaling with the supercar coming to Monterey Car Week? 2018 J.D. Power study lauds vehicle quality http://www.autonews.com/article/20180806/RETAIL03/180809900/j-d-power-study-vehicles-2018 Mon, 6 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST The J.D. Power 2018 Initial Quality Study marked the fifth year in a row that we have seen the industry improve. So all is good, right? Well, driver-assistance system problems increased 57 percent in 2017. Automotive News Editor-In-Chief Keith Crain says used cars key for retailers http://www.autonews.com/article/20180806/RETAIL04/180809882/keith-crain-used-vehicles-auto-retailers Mon, 6 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST As more and more cars come off short-term leases, there is a huge inventory of vehicles that is playing havoc with retailing. Covering the auto industry from Tokyo to Detroit http://www.autonews.com/article/20180805/OEM02/180809899/jim-treece-farewell-column Sun, 5 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST As I retire, the U.S. is in a trade war. How fitting. Trade disputes dominated much of my 42-year journalism career, including 32 on the auto beat. Autos inch ever closer to cellphones http://www.autonews.com/article/20180801/BLOG06/180809937/autos-inch-ever-closer-to-cellphones Wed, 1 Aug 2018 17:19:00 EST It's often said that cars are turning into smartphones on wheels. Continental is taking that comparison a step further. TRAVERSE CITY CONFERENCE BLOG: Why people want to talk about sexism http://www.autonews.com/article/20180801/BLOG06/180809962/automotive-sexism-pervasive-solutions Wed, 1 Aug 2018 12:52:15 EST The problem, I'm told, is that talking about sexism in the auto industry is like pitching a dog-bites-man story. It's not really surprising. But it is pervasive. GM I-4 engine performance will determine success http://www.autonews.com/article/20180801/OEM06/180809993/richard-truett-column-gm-i4-engine Wed, 1 Aug 2018 12:30:00 EST If consumers embrace General Motors' four-cylinder engine in the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups coming this fall, GM will have Ford to thank. Why Jaguar I-Pace may radically alter perceptions of the automaker http://www.autonews.com/article/20180731/RETAIL01/180809996/column-richard-truet-jaguar-i-pace Tue, 31 Jul 2018 12:00:00 EST The battery-powered I-Pace coming at the end of the month could be the vehicle that changes everything in the U.S. for Jaguar. TRAVERSE CITY CONFERENCE: Self-driving cars need the public's buy-in http://www.autonews.com/article/20180731/BLOG06/180739911/self-driving-cars-need-public-support Tue, 31 Jul 2018 12:15:05 EST What good are autonomous driving rules if John Q. Public is too scared to get inside a robocar in the first place? Why nobody wants to talk about Trump's tariffs http://www.autonews.com/article/20180731/BLOG06/180739902/supplier-executives-mum-trump-tariffs Tue, 31 Jul 2018 16:05:51 EST At one of the largest automotive business conferences in North America -- the CAR Management Briefing Seminars -- there's one glaring omission in the discussions. Tariffs. Stopping on MPG means falling behind http://www.autonews.com/article/20180731/BLOG06/180739897/stopping-on-mpg-means-falling-behind Tue, 31 Jul 2018 16:48:29 EST The Trump administration's proposal to freeze fuel economy standards could have unintended consequences for the U.S. auto industry. Sergio Marchionne was like a 'comet across the sky' http://www.autonews.com/article/20180730/OEM02/180739962/sergio-marchionne-jason-stein-column Mon, 30 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST "This is either gonna be magic or tragic," AutoNation boss Mike Jackson tells our publisher, reflecting on his first meeting with Sergio Marchionne. Suspicion blossomed into an enduring friendship that ended too quickly. Traverse City conference: Visions of the future are fine, but stay grounded in reality http://www.autonews.com/article/20180730/BLOG06/180739936/michael-wayland-gm-zero-fatalities-blog Mon, 30 Jul 2018 17:34:40 EST GM's vision of "Zero crashes. Zero emissions. Zero congestion" is its new guiding star for electrified and autonomous vehicles. But like a star, it's farther away than it appears. Traverse City conference: The next-gen supply chain http://www.autonews.com/article/20180730/BLOG06/180739938/lindsay-chappell-supply-chain-blog Mon, 30 Jul 2018 17:19:56 EST Supply chains have gotten pretty good over the last 20 years. But they can get much, much better. Tavares' success at PSA is a 'powerful incentive' for Renault to catch up http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180730/BLOG15/180739961/tavares-success-at-psa-is-a-powerful-incentive-for-renault-to-catch Mon, 30 Jul 2018 03:42:39 EST PSA's impressive performaance under CEO Carlos Tavares is a powerful incentive for his former company, Renault, to work hard to catch up, said Renault's No. 2, Thierry Bollore. Sergio Marchionne was star of the 2011 L.A. show, but a failure at market research http://www.autonews.com/article/20180730/OEM02/180739981/sergio-marchionne-la-show-memory-column Mon, 30 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST A retired Automotive News reporter remembers the time Sergio Marchionne failed miserably in his audition as an entry-level market research intern. Sergio Marchionne's 'high point' in Windsor, Ontario http://www.autonews.com/article/20180730/OEM02/180739983/sergio-marchionne-university-of-windsor-canada-column Mon, 30 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Sergio Marchionne, who pumped more than $1 billion into upgrading the FCA minivan plant in Windsor, Ontario, is credited as the area's economic savior. He wore his Canadian citizenship proudly. Why Infiniti's new turbo engine in the 2019 Infiniti QX50 is such a big deal http://www.autonews.com/article/20180730/OEM06/180739992/new-infiniti-turbo-engine-first-of-kind Mon, 30 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST The carburetor has given way to fuel injection; electronic ignitions have replaced the points and condenser. Isn't it time to remake the camshaft? Sergio Marchionne's heart belonged to Canada, especially Windsor http://www.autonews.com/article/20180727/BLOG06/307279934/marchionne-canada-love Fri, 27 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST The investment in FCA's minivan plant sparked an economic revival in Windsor, Ont. Sergio Marchionne being Canadian isn't a coincidence. Keith Crain remembers Sergio Marchionne http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180725/COPY/307259898/sergio-marchionne-column-keith-crain Wed, 25 Jul 2018 10:14:36 EST Anyone who met Sergio Marchionne could tell how witty, charming and intelligent he was. He also worked harder than anyone. Sergio was one of a kind and he will be missed. Could subscription services put FandI product sales at risk? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180725/BLOG13/180729829/could-subscription-services-put-fi-product-sales-at-risk Wed, 25 Jul 2018 11:11:15 EST Where FandI products fit in the future of subscription services may be too soon to predict, but programs such as Ford's Canvas say business runs just fine without them. Keith Crain remembers Sergio Marchionne http://www.autonews.com/article/20180725/OEM02/180729833/sergio-marchionne-column-keith-crain Wed, 25 Jul 2018 10:14:36 EST Anyone who met Sergio Marchionne could tell how witty, charming and intelligent he was. He also worked harder than anyone. Sergio was one of a kind and he will be missed. Tavares may find it hard to maintain Opel's astonishing progress http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180724/BLOG15/180729874/tavares-may-find-it-hard-to-maintain-opels-astonishing-progress Tue, 24 Jul 2018 10:00:08 EST Opel's astonishing recovery under PSA left analysts swooning. But some of the levers that Tavares pulled to haul Opel into the black in the past year won't be available much longer. Fiat Chrysler, under Manley, should recharge electronics engineering chops http://www.autonews.com/article/20180724/BLOG06/180729871/fca-under-manley-should-recharge-electronics-engineering-chops Tue, 24 Jul 2018 10:43:59 EST Electronics are driving the evolution of light vehicles today, and new CEO Mike Manley should make FCA's North American electrical engineering operations the envy of the industry. 7 Fiat Chrysler models we wouldn't have without Sergio Marchionne http://www.autonews.com/article/20180724/BLOG06/307249953/7-fiat-chrysler-models-we-wouldnt-have-without-sergio-marchionne Tue, 24 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Fiat's at-first-shaky takeover of Chrysler and its collection of brands and technology, under Sergio Marchionne's leadership, proved to be a move that not only rescued some brands, but generated plenty of fascinating vehicles. Co-chairs of the Michigan Council on Future Mobility call for safe testing of self-driving vehicles http://www.autonews.com/article/20180723/OEM11/180729972/michigan-council-future-mobility-self-driving-vehicles-testing Mon, 23 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles must be done safely, but a laserlike focus on the technology is still needed. Peugeot's plans prompts questions for auto dealers http://www.autonews.com/article/20180723/RETAIL07/180729985/peugeot-keith-crain-dealers-us-markets Mon, 23 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST PSA North America plans to re-enter U.S. and Canadian markets. What will be the impact on dealers? Tesla's Elon Musk needs closer Detroit connection http://www.autonews.com/article/20180723/OEM01/180729940/tesla-detroit-elon-musk Mon, 23 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Tesla's Elon Musk might learn a lot from some time in Detroit, says Automotive News staff writer Richard Truett. Sergio Marchionne's flair for theatrics made him an exciting CEO to cover http://www.autonews.com/article/20180721/BLOG06/180729910/sergio-marchionne-fiat-chrysler-automobiles-ceo-rick-johnson Sat, 21 Jul 2018 18:38:22 EST Sergio Marchionne was the most remarkable fellow to ever run a global car company and, as far as I'm concerned, the one who did the most with the least. Nissan Leaf provides some twists on road to EV future http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180720/BLOG15/180719761/nissan-leaf-provides-some-twists-on-road-to-ev-future Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST A week spent testing Nissan's new Leaf was frustrating logistically but encouraging overall. 40 under 40 honorees take a winding road to FandI success http://www.autonews.com/article/20180718/BLOG13/180719777/40-under-40-honorees-take-a-winding-road-to-fi-success Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:14:17 EST FandI stars may come from unlikely places. How to fix Tesla's woes: Reach out to Detroit http://www.autonews.com/article/20180717/BLOG06/180719809/how-to-fix-teslas-woes-reach-out-to-detroit Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:15:00 EST One way Tesla can fix its myriad production woes is to hire retired automotive manufacturing engineers to overhaul its troubled California assembly plant. How China trade battle is different from 1990s Japan conflict http://www.autonews.com/article/20180716/GLOBAL/180719875/china-trade-war-japan-auto-imports Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Superficial similarities abound between the latest trade war with China and earlier, mostly failed campaigns against Japan. But striking differences also suggest Trump's gambit might have better leverage. Did dealership upgrades help sell any more cars? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180716/RETAIL07/180719897/keith-crain-dealer-showroom-car-sales Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST For some reason, factory executives continue to want a whole string of dealership improvements, regardless of whether they add to the dealership's sales numbers. How I became a diesel believer again http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180714/BLOG15/180629777/how-i-became-a-diesel-believer-again Sat, 14 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Like many other people, my faith in diesel has been challenged by revelations of emissions cheating. Why Ford execs are lobbying for the Focus sedan http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180713/BLOG15/180709951/why-ford-execs-are-lobbying-for-the-focus-sedan Fri, 13 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST The pride that two key Ford executives have in the Focus sedan is so strong that they petitioned journalists to persuade Ford country heads in Europe to include it their lineups. They were only half-joking. Goodwood turns up the heat on traditional auto shows http://www.autonews.com/article/20180711/BLOG06/307119963/goodwood-turns-up-the-heat-on-traditional-auto-shows Wed, 11 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST The Goodwood Festival of Speed has an edge that traditional auto shows in Paris, Detroit and Geneva struggle to match. Goodwood turns up the heat on traditional auto shows http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180711/BLOG15/180719964/goodwood-turns-up-the-heat-on-traditional-auto-shows Wed, 11 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST The Goodwood Festival of Speed has an edge that traditional auto shows in Paris, Detroit and Geneva struggle to match. Wave goodbye to walkarounds http://www.autonews.com/article/20180710/BLOG06/180719963/wave-goodbye-to-walkarounds Tue, 10 Jul 2018 14:49:38 EST Walkaround contests, where salespeople show off their deep knowledge of the vehicles on the showroom floor, are anachronisms and should go away. Fiat pays homage to Jolly beach car http://www.autonews.com/article/20180710/BLOG06/307119997/fiat-pays-homage-to-jolly-beach-car Tue, 10 Jul 2018 10:30:00 EST The Fiat "Jolly" Spiaggina turns 60 this month, and to celebrate the small cabriolet's anniversary Fiat is rolling out not one but two special edition models.