Automotive News Columnists and Bloggers Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 25 Jun 2016 06:00:00 EST 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. Time for Chinese regulators to punish the copycats http://www.autonews.com/article/20160620/GLOBAL03/306209956/time-for-chinese-regulators-to-punish-the-copycats Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Over the years, most major Chinese carmakers have outgrown their copycat phase. They've built their own car design teams and tapped foreign design talents to lead them. Get ready: Change is coming http://www.autonews.com/article/20160620/RETAIL07/306209981/get-ready-change-is-coming Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST It has been great to be in the auto manufacturing and retailing business the past few years. Now it looks like the U.S. economy is going to change, which will make things even more exciting for dealers and manufacturers. Is Toyota's Alvark the worst. Basketball team name. Ever? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160617/BLOG06/160619889/is-toyotas-alvark-the-worst-basketball-team-name-ever Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:35:00 EST Ponder if you will, the word 'Alvark.' It's actually the name of the professional Japan-league basketball team owned by Toyota. Take a lesson from the top closers http://www.autonews.com/article/20160615/BLOG13/306159995/take-a-lesson-from-the-top-closers Wed, 15 Jun 2016 11:30:00 EST Choose your words wisely, dealers. Your email diction could make or break a deal. What's really behind Chevy's attacks: GM thinks the Ford F-150 is vulnerable http://www.autonews.com/article/20160614/BLOG06/160619952/whats-really-behind-chevys-attacks-gm-thinks-the-ford-f-150-is Tue, 14 Jun 2016 11:45:00 EST The rocks General Motors is dumping on Ford's aluminum-bodied F-150 were a long time coming. For the first time in decades, the F-150 looks vulnerable to GM. Inside one of the last of Ford's flatheads http://www.autonews.com/article/20160614/BLOG06/306159999/inside-one-of-the-last-of-fords-flatheads Tue, 14 Jun 2016 11:45:00 EST Through this time-lapse video, you can see the intricate, and often unseen, design of the Ford flathead. Meet Elon Musk, the seasoned auto exec http://www.autonews.com/article/20160613/OEM02/306139974/meet-elon-musk-the-seasoned-auto-exec Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST If you reading between the lines, Tesla CEO Elon Musk used the company's shareholders meeting to pump the brakes on expectations for both Tesla and its much-heralded Model 3. Americans want their new cars now http://www.autonews.com/article/20160613/RETAIL01/306139977/americans-want-their-new-cars-now Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Getting rid of inventory is a great idea, but build-to-order is not going to work and the dealer who keeps his inventory will get the business. Musk, in defense of Tesla, channels his inner Trump http://www.autonews.com/article/20160610/BLOG06/160619990/musk-in-defense-of-tesla-channels-his-inner-trump Fri, 10 Jun 2016 12:35:09 EST Elon Musk should be awarded an honorary degree from Trump University for his tendency to write off any negative story as a dishonest smear attempt regardless of the evidence. How Ford's European arm became a money maker again http://www.autonews.com/article/20160610/BLOG06/306109975/how-fords-european-arm-became-a-money-maker-again Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Ford of Europe's 6.3 operating margin in the first quarter and its $434 million pre-tax profit were impressive after the automaker lost $42 million during the same period last year. How Ford's European arm became a money maker again http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160610/BLOG15/160609892/how-fords-european-arm-became-a-money-maker-again Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Ford of Europe's 6.3 operating margin in the first quarter and its $434 million pre-tax profit were impressive after the automaker lost $42 million during the same period last year. Why GM and Ford shares languish http://www.autonews.com/article/20160609/BLOG06/160609816/why-gm-and-ford-shares-languish Thu, 9 Jun 2016 15:53:46 EST Executives at Ford and General Motors are chagrined that their genuinely impressive financial results have not won them more love on Wall Street. Instead, share prices are sluggish. Prime borrowers poised to reshape used leasing, financing http://www.autonews.com/article/20160608/BLOG13/306089995/prime-borrowers-poised-to-reshape-used-leasing-financing Wed, 8 Jun 2016 11:45:00 EST Prime borrowers, the most attractive candidates to auto lenders, aren't unusual. A low monthly payment is music to their ears, too. Employee care sets family businesses apart http://www.autonews.com/article/20160606/RETAIL07/306069973/employee-care-sets-family-businesses-apart Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Getting sick shouldn't result in getting fired. For some workers, that's exactly what happens if their illness requires taking a lot of time off work. The bean counter who could have changed auto history http://www.autonews.com/article/20160606/OEM02/160609934/the-bean-counter-who-could-have-changed-auto-history Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Fifty-six years after leaving Ford Motor Co., Robert McNamara still symbolizes the great divide in the auto industry between 'bean counters' and 'car guys,' a chasm that McNamara may be personally responsible for. How Farley steered Ford's European turnaround http://www.autonews.com/article/20160606/OEM02/306069995/how-farley-steered-fords-european-turnaround Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Luca Ciferri says Ford of Europe's 6.3 percent operating margin and $434 million pretax profit in the first quarter were "impressive." Weird and wonderful May sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20160606/RETAIL01/306069955/weird-and-wonderful-may-sales Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Dave Versical offers some other oddities and observations following last week's release of May's U.S. sales -- not the least of which is all the handwringing generated by a 6.1 percent monthly decline. Bigland's in the crosshairs http://www.autonews.com/article/20160606/OEM02/306069956/biglands-in-the-crosshairs Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Adding global responsibility for Alfa Romeo and Maserati to an already full plate as head of FCA's U.S. sales and CEO of FCA Canada seems like a clear test of Reid Bigland's potential. Saying it's going to be tough is an understatement. Meet Elon Musk, seasoned auto executive http://www.autonews.com/article/20160604/BLOG06/160609926/meet-elon-musk-seasoned-auto-executive Sat, 4 Jun 2016 18:58:20 EST The Model 3 is at least a year away. In the meantime -- and in the absence of additional core products -- Elon Musk will have to walk that fine line between sustaining investor enthusiasm and tempering expectations. Planet M aims to shift Michigan's orbit from manufacturing to mobility http://www.autonews.com/article/20160603/BLOG06/160609936/planet-m-aims-to-shift-michigans-orbit-from-manufacturing-to-mobility Fri, 3 Jun 2016 12:38:45 EST Michigan, while still the world's largest automotive epicenter, is changing, and the state's leaders, business and political, must make way for an industry with shrinking labor needs and greater emphasis on talent and technology. Peugeot offers a two-wheel solution for congested cities http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160601/BLOG15/160609987/peugeot-offers-a-two-wheel-solution-for-congested-cities Wed, 1 Jun 2016 09:46:52 EST Peugeot's new 3008 SUV will offer owners a solution to the problem of getting around congested inner cities: an electric bicycle or an electric scooter that can fold up and be stowed -- and charged -- in the trunk. A bloodbath for passenger cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20160601/BLOG06/306019985/a-bloodbath-for-passenger-cars Wed, 1 Jun 2016 17:00:00 EST May was Carmageddon. It was an off month for U.S. auto sales overall -- down 6.1 percent in a month short on weekends and selling days -- but a bloodbath for passenger cars. Another reason to pitch the value of service contracts http://www.autonews.com/article/20160601/BLOG13/306019986/another-reason-to-pitch-the-value-of-service-contracts Wed, 1 Jun 2016 11:30:00 EST Most consumers weigh the cost of replacement parts in their vehicle purchase decision, a recent survey shows. That could mean an opportunity for FandI managers to sell more service contracts. Jaguar sees salvation in F-Pace http://www.autonews.com/article/20160531/BLOG06/160529882/jaguar-sees-salvation-in-f-pace Tue, 31 May 2016 11:00:00 EST The template for how Jaguar created the F-Pace, a midsize, five-passenger, high-performance utility, comes straight out of Porsche's playbook. Think of the F-Pace as Jaguar's take on the Porsche Cayenne and Macan. VW has lost a lot more than money http://www.autonews.com/article/20160530/OEM/305309980/vw-has-lost-a-lot-more-than-money Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST It's hard to measure exactly how much Volkswagen's enormous diesel emissions cheating will cost the company. Volkswagen has put the 2015 financial toll at about $18 billion. The real damage to VW is just starting. Who wants an autonomous vehicle? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160530/OEM06/305309983/who-wants-an-autonomous-vehicle Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Has anyone stopped to ask: Who wants a driverless vehicle? It would be sad if the industry were chasing a technology that no one wanted or was willing to pay for. McLaren goes to new heights with the 570GT http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160526/BLOG15/160529919/mclaren-goes-to-new-heights-with-the-570gt Thu, 26 May 2016 02:45:57 EST McLaren went to new heights for the media launch of its latest model. The 570GT was hoisted 95 meters to the 10th floor patio area of the Ritz-Carlton Abama on the Spanish island of Tenerife. Germany deserves rebuff from Italy and Fiat http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160525/BLOG15/160529931/germany-deserves-rebuff-from-italy-and-fiat Wed, 25 May 2016 10:20:39 EST No European government looks good when it comes to auto industry oversight, but Germany appears to be the worst. Now the country is deservedly paying a humiliating price after being snubbed by Fiat and the Italian government. Toyota's Green Bonds provide the green for auto lending http://www.autonews.com/article/20160525/BLOG13/160529929/toyotas-green-bonds-provide-the-green-for-auto-lending Wed, 25 May 2016 10:58:33 EST Toyota Motor Financial's Green Bonds have proved to be a successful innovation and deserve a salute. GM lightweighting strategy starts to bear fruit http://www.autonews.com/article/20160524/BLOG06/160529964/gm-lightweighting-strategy-starts-to-bear-fruit Tue, 24 May 2016 11:30:00 EST There's more to lightweighting than shedding pounds. It's about getting the weight out of the vehicle and beating your competitors on cost. There's no beating Indy 500 in the '60s http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/OEM06/305239960/theres-no-beating-indy-500-in-the-60s Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST The most exciting era in the history of the Indianapolis 500 was the mid-1960s, when the Brickyard was shifting from front-engine, Offenhauser-powered roadsters to low-slung, rear-engine racers. Bo Andersson, out of the shadows http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/OEM02/305239973/bo-andersson-out-of-the-shadows Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST In a tucked-away corner of an empty restaurant, the familiar face emerges from the shadows, slipping into the room like a character from a John le Carré Russian spy novel. It's Bo Andersson. Yes, that Bo Andersson. Indy 500: Celebrate the automobile http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/RETAIL03/305239986/indy-500-celebrate-the-automobile Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend is a great time to celebrate the automobile and the spirit of innovation marking the race and the industry. In CFPB talks, Nissan's captive 'dedicated to protecting' consumers' right to negotiate rate http://www.autonews.com/article/20160518/BLOG13/305189993/in-cfpb-talks-nissans-captive-dedicated-to-protecting-consumers Wed, 18 May 2016 11:30:00 EST It's been more than three months since the CFPB settled with Toyota Motor Credit for potentially discriminatory auto lending. The bureau settled with America Honda Finance in July. But the CFPB isn't going anywhere. Entrusting my life to Audi's self-driving car http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160518/BLOG15/160519873/entrusting-my-life-to-audis-self-driving-car Wed, 18 May 2016 07:44:25 EST Having entrusted my life to quite a few frightening and potentially defective roller coasters in my time, being driven by Audi's A7-based piloted driving concept was not unnerving. Why most new hybrids are cars, not crossovers http://www.autonews.com/article/20160517/BLOG06/305189998/why-most-new-hybrids-are-cars-not-crossovers Tue, 17 May 2016 00:01:00 EST These are times of feast for crossovers and famine for cars. Meanwhile, automakers such as Hyundai and Honda are introducing new lines of green vehicles to meet global regulations -- and all of them are cars. VW pays out high rewards for failure http://www.autonews.com/article/20160517/BLOG06/305179933/vw-pays-out-high-rewards-for-failure Tue, 17 May 2016 06:15:00 EST UK hedge fund TCI says VW Group's top management together will have been paid about 400 million euros ($455 million) in salary and bonuses since 2011, a sum it condemned as "corporate excess on an epic scale." VW pays out high rewards for failure http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160517/BLOG15/160519897/vw-pays-out-high-rewards-for-failure Tue, 17 May 2016 06:15:00 EST UK hedge fund TCI says VW Group's top management together will have been paid about 400 million euros ($455 million) in salary and bonuses since 2011, a sum it condemned as "corporate excess on an epic scale." 30 million sales in China by 2020? That can't happen, right? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160516/GLOBAL03/305169935/30-million-sales-in-china-by-2020-that-cant-happen-right Mon, 16 May 2016 00:01:00 EST On the global automotive Geiger counter in 2016, Beijing registered more like the Barcelona show -- at least here in Detroit. Beijing had fewer big launches and fewer concepts, and a general nervousness wafted back over the ocean. Why most new hybrids are cars, not crossovers http://www.autonews.com/article/20160516/OEM05/305169917/why-most-new-hybrids-are-cars-not-crossovers Mon, 16 May 2016 00:01:00 EST These are times of feast for crossovers and famine for cars. Meanwhile, automakers such as Hyundai and Honda are introducing new lines of green vehicles to meet global regulations -- and all of them are cars. Who can fix the Takata mess? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160516/OEM11/305169939/who-can-fix-the-takata-mess Mon, 16 May 2016 00:01:00 EST The Takata recalls keep getting bigger and bigger and keep pulling more and more automakers and suppliers into the fray. Please, don't discard those old tools and diagnostic gear http://www.autonews.com/article/20160516/RETAIL05/305169995/please-dont-discard-those-old-tools-and-diagnostic-gear Mon, 16 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Service departments may no longer have the tools and diagnostic equipment to service older cars. That's a lost opportunity.