Automotive News Columnists and Bloggers Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:00:00 EST Shanghai show to measure progress of China's would-be Teslas http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170324/BLOG15/170329909/shanghai-show-to-measure-progress-of-chinas-would-be-teslas Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:19:10 EST At least six startups funded by Chinese backers have hatched plans to develop high-performance EVs and become the next Tesla. Why VW patriarch Piech's parting will be bitter http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170322/BLOG15/170329949/why-vw-patriarch-piechs-parting-will-be-bitter Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:16:48 EST Ferdinand Piech's plan to burn all bridges to his life's work and sell his indirect stake in VW Group shows that he has become increasingly embittered, family members believe. Why VW patriarch Piech's parting will be bitter http://www.autonews.com/article/20170322/BLOG06/303229943/piech-vw-porsche-sell-off Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:16:48 EST Ferdinand Piech's plan to burn all bridges to his life's work and sell his indirect stake in VW Group shows that he has become increasingly embittered, family members believe. Keep FandI simple and fast, no matter the tools http://www.autonews.com/article/20170322/BLOG13/303229994/keep-fi-simple-and-fast-no-matter-the-tools Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST It's important to remember that each consumer's priorities are different when it comes to the FandI process. Mexico stops sweating over fate of NAFTA http://www.autonews.com/article/20170321/BLOG06/170329969/mexico-stops-sweating-over-fate-of-nafta Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:48:53 EST There's renewed hope in Mexico that trade negotiators will find the right mix of concessions to keep NAFTA alive for another quarter century. Trump has a natural ally in car dealers http://www.autonews.com/article/20170320/RETAIL07/170319841/trump-has-a-natural-ally-in-car-dealers Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST America's car dealerships are the paragon of successful Main Street businesses on which Trump heaped praise during his campaign, Mack McLarty writes. Betting billions on unproven tech http://www.autonews.com/article/20170320/OEM06/303209960/betting-billions-on-unproven-tech Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST It is amazing how boards of directors allow their executives to invest billions in unproven technology for which no one even knows if there is a market, Keith Crain writes. Normal job shuffling gets Trumpified http://www.autonews.com/article/20170320/OEM01/303209977/normal-job-shuffling-gets-trumpified Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST It happened again last week. President Donald Trump turned his attention to the auto industry, and, sure enough, an automaker coughed up plans to add jobs in the U.S. Sort of. Leadership diversity is vital for innovation http://www.autonews.com/article/20170320/OEM02/303209988/leadership-diversity-is-vital-for-innovation Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST Automakers need diverse and creative thinking to solve problems and take advantage of opportunities to innovate, writes Randy Miller, global automotive and transportation sector leader at EY. Can Hyundai's Ioniq make inroads against Prius? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170319/OEM05/303209992/can-hyundais-ioniq-make-inroads-against-prius Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST Since the Toyota Prius went on sale in 2000, nameplates such as Ford's C-Max and Honda's Insight have tried to mount a serious challenge to its domination of the hybrid market. And they have fallen woefully short. Why city mayors may dictate which cars will rule the roads http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170318/BLOG15/170319959/why-city-mayors-may-dictate-which-cars-will-rule-the-roads Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares is scared that the mayors of the world's biggest cities -- especially those in Europe -- will have a powerful say in which powertrains will rule the road because they can dictate which types of vehicles will be allowed... How Aston Martin could help make your life better http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170317/BLOG15/170319915/how-aston-martin-could-help-make-your-life-better Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST Aston Martin is playing a key role in reducing CO2 and giving back a huge amount of lost time to car owners. Here's how. Audi CEO's polished exterior shows cracks amid diesel scandal http://www.autonews.com/article/20170317/BLOG06/303179963/audi-ceos-polished-exterior-shows-cracks-amid-diesel-scandal Fri, 17 Mar 2017 05:53:30 EST There are few German top managers as practiced as Audi CEO Rupert Stadler. This week however the polished veneer began to wear away in the steady flow of questions related to his role in the lead up to VW's diesel-emissions scandal. Audi CEO's polished exterior shows cracks amid diesel scandal http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170317/BLOG15/170319862/audi-ceos-polished-exterior-shows-cracks-amid-diesel-scandal Fri, 17 Mar 2017 05:53:30 EST There are few German top managers as practiced as Audi CEO Rupert Stadler. This week however the polished veneer began to wear away in the steady flow of questions related to his role in the lead up to VW Group's diesel-emissions scandal. There are some things you just don't buy online http://www.autonews.com/article/20170316/BLOG06/170319866/there-are-some-things-you-just-dont-buy-online Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:11:03 EST Some industry experts predict consumers are ready to jump into online car buying. Oh, really? Use the midterm review to keep progress on track http://www.autonews.com/article/20170315/BLOG06/170319889/use-the-midterm-review-to-keep-progress-on-track Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:06:16 EST It's fortunate that auto industry officials have enjoyed a seat at the table in the Trump White House, and that they'll now have an opportunity to make their case with regard to the greenhouse-gas and fuel-economy programs. Who puts the customer first? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170315/BLOG13/170319919/who-puts-the-customer-first Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:30:00 EST Very few customers say the FandI manager put their interests first. Really? As VW exits crisis, the press spins next chapter like pirate radio http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170315/BLOG15/303159975/as-vw-exits-crisis-the-press-spins-next-chapter-like-pirate-radio Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST When the financial and automotive press gathered Tuesday in Wolfsburg, home to a leading automaker, were they at a VW press conference or at a pop concert? Mitsubishi gets a lot more European http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170315/BLOG15/170319918/mitsubishi-gets-a-lot-more-european Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST Mitsubishi is becoming a lot more European as Chairman Carlos Ghosn fills key posts with trusted French and British executives. As VW exits crisis, the press spins next chapter like pirate radio http://www.autonews.com/article/20170314/BLOG06/170319916/as-vw-exits-crisis-the-press-spins-next-chapter-like-pirate-radio Tue, 14 Mar 2017 17:00:00 EST When the financial and automotive press gathered Tuesday in Wolfsburg, home to a leading automaker, were they at a VW press conference or at a pop concert? Will Jeep Wrangler pickup be forged from a Ram platform? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170314/BLOG06/170319948/will-jeep-wrangler-pickup-be-forged-from-a-ram-platform Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:00:00 EST Might Fiat Chrysler's long-awaited Wrangler-based pickup show up on dealer lots as a Ram in Jeep's clothing? Interiors have no limits, but there are risks http://www.autonews.com/article/20170313/OEM06/303139969/interiors-have-no-limits-but-there-are-risks Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST If future drivers don't have to steer, brake or watch the road, their brand preference will be at risk. And that's where interior suppliers have a chance to shine. Does Marchionne understand GM-PSA deal lessons? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170313/OEM/303139946/does-marchionne-grasp-lessons-of-gm-psa Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST The GM-PSA deal comes as vindication for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne, who for years has been preaching about the need for consolidation. But does he grasp the broader lesson of the deal? A new powerhouse emerges http://www.autonews.com/article/20170313/OEM/303139977/a-new-powerhouse-emerges Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST To say that Carlos Tavares has surprised everyone would be an understatement. Tavares is a bold leader. It will be very interesting to watch PSA. I don't think he is finished. The Smart way to grow http://www.autonews.com/article/20170309/BLOG06/303109998/the-smart-way-to-grow Thu, 9 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST When Smart announced that it would sell only electric vehicles in the U.S. and Canada some wags wondered whether it was the beginning of a broader retreat for the brand. Perseverance leads to perfect iPad pockets in new XC60 http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170308/BLOG15/170309875/perseverance-leads-to-perfect-ipad-pockets-in-new-xc60 Wed, 8 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST Volvo's new XC60 has an iPad-friendly storage space that took a decade to make a reality. In Trump era, lenders could channel compliance resources to tech http://www.autonews.com/article/20170308/BLOG13/170309785/in-trump-era-lenders-could-channel-compliance-resources-to-tech Wed, 8 Mar 2017 11:13:46 EST Lenders are trying to determine the impact of technology throughout the car buying, financing and ownership process and how it will affect their business. For Italy's Giugiaros, a return to the Geneva spotlight http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170308/BLOG15/303089963/for-italys-giugiaros-a-return-to-the-geneva-spotlight Wed, 8 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST It would not be a Geneva auto show without Giorget#8206;to and Fabrizio Giugiaro up on a small stand, surrounded by hordes of onlookers and admirers, bathed in brilliant light, joyfully pointing out details of their latest concept, all the while... For Italy's Giugiaros, a return to the Geneva spotlight http://www.autonews.com/article/20170307/BLOG06/170309805/for-italys-giugiaros-a-return-to-the-geneva-spotlight Tue, 7 Mar 2017 18:00:00 EST It would not be a Geneva Motor Show without Giorget#8206;to and Fabrizio Giugiaro up on a small stand, surrounded by hordes of onlookers and admirers, bathed in brilliant light, joyfully pointing out details of their latest concept, all the while... XC60 forced Volvo designer to 'break free' http://www.autonews.com/article/20170307/BLOG06/303079903/xc60-forced-volvo-designer-to-break-free Tue, 7 Mar 2017 05:00:00 EST Volvo design boss Thomas Ingenlath knew when creating a successor for the XC60 he needed to preserve the features that made the car a success while still pushing hard to achieve more. 'At some point you just have to break free,' he said. Velar may signal new strategy at Land Rover http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170307/BLOG15/170309876/velar-may-signal-new-strategy-at-land-rover Tue, 7 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST The Range Rover Velar runs dangerously close to the Range Rover Sport in Land Rover's luxury lineup. Is this an error, or a clue as how the British brand will reposition the next Range Rover Sport and other models? Why Ford stands by its 'One Ford' philosophy http://www.autonews.com/article/20170307/BLOG06/170309831/why-ford-stands-by-its-one-ford-philosophy Tue, 7 Mar 2017 06:33:28 EST Ford of Europe product development chief Joe Bakaj isn't commenting on GM's retreat from Europe, but he's adamant that Ford sees no reason to step away from its "One Ford" philosophy. Why Ford stands by its 'One Ford' philosophy http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170307/BLOG15/303079932/why-ford-stands-by-its-one-ford-philosophy Tue, 7 Mar 2017 06:33:28 EST Ford of Europe product development chief Joe Bakaj isn't commenting on GM's retreat from Europe, but he's adamant that Ford sees no reason to step away from its "One Ford" philosophy. XC60 forced Volvo designer to 'break free' http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170307/BLOG15/170309877/xc60-forced-volvo-designer-to-break-free Tue, 7 Mar 2017 05:00:00 EST Volvo design boss Thomas Ingenlath knew when creating a successor for the XC60 he needed to preserve the features that made the car a success while still pushing hard to achieve more. 'At some point you just have to break free,' he said. Velar may signal new strategy at Land Rover http://www.autonews.com/article/20170307/BLOG06/303079905/velar-may-signal-new-strategy-at-land-rover Tue, 7 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST The Range Rover Velar runs dangerously close to the Range Rover Sport in Land Rover's luxury lineup. Is this an error, or a clue as how the British brand will reposition the next Range Rover Sport and other models? For engineering, the good and the bad of GM's move to unload Opel http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170307/BLOG15/170309836/for-engineering-the-good-and-the-bad-of-gms-move-to-unload-opel Tue, 7 Mar 2017 02:55:31 EST GM's sale of Opel/Vauxhall to PSA will have wide-ranging effects on the U.S. automaker as an engineering organization. Score One for 3rd-party certification http://www.autonews.com/article/20170306/RETAIL07/303069968/score-one-for-3rd-party-certification Mon, 6 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST Last month's hacking hoax shows the value of DMS companies knowing who is pulling what data through their systems. The incident could be seen as vindication of sorts for CDK and Reynolds. For engineering, the good and the bad of GM's move to unload Opel http://www.autonews.com/article/20170306/BLOG06/170309854/for-engineering-the-good-and-the-bad-of-gms-move-to-unload-opel Mon, 6 Mar 2017 15:00:00 EST The sale of GM's Opel and Vauxhall brands to PSA Group will have wide-ranging effects on General Motors as an engineering organization. And some will be positive. Can you fall in love with the car of the future? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170306/OEM06/170309900/can-you-fall-in-love-with-the-car-of-the-future Mon, 6 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST News editor Dave Guilford elucidates his vision of the car of the future. Tavares wins favorable terms with Opel takeover http://www.autonews.com/article/20170306/BLOG06/303069902/tavares-wins-favorable-terms-with-opel-takeover Mon, 6 Mar 2017 05:11:34 EST PSA's agreement to buy GM's Opel/Vauxhall unit in a transaction valued at 2.2 billion euros ($2. The incredible shrinking GM http://www.autonews.com/article/20170306/OEM/303069976/the-incredible-shrinking-gm Mon, 6 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST Not long ago General Motors was a juggernaut in the global automobile industry. Sadly, it appears that time has passed. To women of the auto industry: Be yourself http://www.autonews.com/article/20170306/OEM02/303069994/to-women-of-the-auto-industry-be-yourself Mon, 6 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST I'm often asked what it was that attracted me to the automotive industry. It was the heart and art of manufacturing, the people and challenges of every day that had me. Renault's big gamble on Alpine http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170305/BLOG15/170309948/renaults-big-gamble-on-alpine Sun, 5 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST Renault picked a difficult time to launch the A110 two-seat coupe from its revived Alpine brand. Europe's sports car sales are in the doldrums and the shrinking niche is dominated by well-established premium brands. Opel comes to its senses on Crossland X http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170305/BLOG15/170309953/opel-comes-to-its-senses-on-crossland-x Sun, 5 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST Opel has come to its senses. The brand planned to focus on the wrong product at the Geneva auto show -- its second-generation Insignia -- while leaving its all-new Crossland X small crossover behind. Thankfully, the company changed its mind. McLaren aims to shake up carbon fiber output http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170304/BLOG15/170309929/mclaren-aims-to-shake-up-carbon-fiber-output Sat, 4 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST McLaren's 650S replacement, which will debut this week at the Geneva auto show, is poised to benefit from the British automaker's aim to revolutionize the production of carbon fiber reinforced plastic. BMW helps fill free time given by piloted cars http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170302/BLOG15/170229903/bmw-helps-fill-free-time-given-by-piloted-cars Thu, 2 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST As autonomous driving becomes a hot topic, BMW provided a peek at the opportunities drivers will have when they don't have to worry about steering their car. Running out of levers to pull http://www.autonews.com/article/20170301/BLOG06/170309965/running-out-of-levers-to-pull Wed, 1 Mar 2017 16:45:00 EST Did February's auto sales results seem familiar? For millennials, it's all about the payment http://www.autonews.com/article/20170301/BLOG13/170309973/for-millennials-its-all-about-the-payment Wed, 1 Mar 2017 11:55:04 EST As millennials age, the vehicles they choose to buy may change, but the way they look at affordability will likely remain consistent. Small still beautiful in Japan with latest Suzuki minicar http://www.autonews.com/article/20170228/BLOG06/170229843/small-still-beautiful-in-japan-with-latest-suzuki-minicar Tue, 28 Feb 2017 11:30:00 EST The latest iteration of the Suzuki Wagon R minicar, for a long time the best-selling vehicle in all of Japan, is more irrefutable proof -- if any were still needed -- that small is beautiful in Japan. Not on the outside, but definitely on the inside. We don't need mechanics anymore http://www.autonews.com/article/20170227/RETAIL05/302279996/we-dont-need-mechanics-anymore Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST As automotive systems get more and more complex, it will become even more important to have service techs who are really good at using diagnostic tools and making sure that they know what really needs replacing, writes Keith Crain. %]