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, 30 Apr 2017 06:00:00 EST I damned the Demon http://www.autonews.com/article/20170428/BLOG06/170429806/i-damned-the-demon Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:33:02 EST Let the record show: I wrote the Automotive News editorial suggesting a ban on the legal registration of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. I don't regret it. China's bigger families are good news for minivan sales http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170428/BLOG15/170429861/chinas-bigger-families-are-good-news-for-minivan-sales Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST China's scrapping of its one-child per family policy has created an unexpected increase in minivan sales. Volvo exec says risk factor for XC60 exceeds XC90 http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170427/BLOG15/170429862/volvo-exec-says-risk-factor-for-xc60-exceeds-xc90 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:09:26 EST Volvo's randd boss says the new XC60 is even more of a high-risk model than the second-generation XC90. "This is a completely different ballgame because the XC60 is our most profitable car," said Henrik Green, adding that the car "has to deliver." Lenders are shifting. Keep up. http://www.autonews.com/article/20170426/BLOG13/304269995/lenders-are-shifting-keep-up Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:30:00 EST Early first-quarter data show that lenders aren't as full-throttle on auto loans as before. It behooves FandI managers to keep close tabs on who's pulling back. Is the world ready for an electric MG? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170425/BLOG06/304269998/is-the-world-ready-for-an-electric-mg Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:15:00 EST MG, the former British automaker once known in the U.S. for its affordable sports cars, is not only alive and well, it's reportedly about to introduce something far more advanced than the last car it's remembered for in the States. Why auto suppliers need war game thinking on NAFTA http://www.autonews.com/article/20170425/BLOG06/170429915/why-auto-suppliers-need-war-game-thinking-on-nafta Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:08:47 EST What should suppliers do about what may -- or may not -- happen to NAFTA, given President Trump's campaign promise to renegotiate the 23-year-old treaty? Germany's auto industry welcomes prospect of Macron presidency in France http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170424/BLOG15/170429941/germanys-auto-industry-welcomes-prospect-of-macron-presidency-in Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:34:28 EST Sunday's election outcome in France, in which a moderate Europhile investment banker won the first round of the presidential vote, was met with relief by German's auto industry. Time to pull the plug on EV subsidies http://www.autonews.com/article/20170424/OEM05/304249977/time-to-pull-the-plug-on-ev-subsidies Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST With the federal deficit looming high and just about everyone joining the EV marketing blitz, it is time to remove the monetary incentive for buying an electric car. Convenient, compelling EV charging http://www.autonews.com/article/20170424/OEM05/304249993/convenient-compelling-ev-charging Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST Anyone paying attention to mainstream news should notice a steady, growing stream of headlines about electric vehicles and EV charging. The space is accelerating in anticipation of the coming marketplace. China's storyline keeps getting rewritten http://www.autonews.com/article/20170422/GLOBAL03/304249954/chinas-storyline-keeps-getting-rewritten Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST Ride-sharing is taking over in Shanghai. But it's not the kind of ride-sharing you're thinking of. Bank programs could alter dealership-customer relations http://www.autonews.com/article/20170419/BLOG13/304199994/bank-programs-could-alter-dealership-customer-relations Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:45:00 EST New car-shopping programs from Bank of America and Chase aim to provide leads to dealerships. But what are the risks? The new whiz kids: High school engineering students are cool -- finally http://www.autonews.com/article/20170418/BLOG06/170419847/the-new-whiz-kids-high-school-engineering-students-are-cool-finally Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:45:00 EST With billions being invested in developing self-driving vehicles and stricter fuel economy and emissions targets still ahead, the need for computer programmers and engineers continues to increase. Service customers, equipment makers agree: Do the job right, fast http://www.autonews.com/article/20170417/RETAIL05/304179992/service-customers-equipment-makers-agree-do-the-job-right-fast Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST A look at Hunter Engineering's latest repair equipment designed to save shops time while maintaining quality and boosting service revenue. Amid rapid digital advances, don't forget the human touch http://www.autonews.com/article/20170417/RETAIL05/304179987/amid-rapid-digital-advances-dont-forget-the-human-touch Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST As service departments embrace digital tech, don't forget the human touch. Could Tavares cut one of PSA's brands? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170417/OEM02/304179907/could-tavares-cut-one-of-psas-brands Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST How will PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares manage to streamline his enlarged brand portfolio now that Citroen, Peugeot and Opel/Vauxhall all compete in Europe's saturated volume car market? Watch out for off-lease cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20170417/RETAIL04/304179952/watch-out-for-off-lease-cars Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST We are flooding the market with low-mileage used vehicles with warranties that could throw a monkey wrench into the new-car marketplace. Tesla surpassing GM? Only on Wall Street http://www.autonews.com/article/20170416/OEM/304179921/tesla-surpassing-gm-only-on-wall-street Sun, 16 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST It's important to remember how irrelevant Wall Street's arbitrary measure of a company's value is on every other street in America, where you're far more likely to see a GM vehicle in the driveway than a Tesla. What auto dealers can learn from United Airlines http://www.autonews.com/article/20170412/BLOG06/170419912/what-auto-dealers-can-learn-from-united-airlines Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:27:31 EST Car dealers, take note: The world is a stage, and reputations are destroyed (or gained) with the tap of a cellphone's record button. Why Einhorn's ploy to discredit credit rating agencies falls flat http://www.autonews.com/article/20170412/BLOG06/170419915/why-einhorns-ploy-to-discredit-credit-rating-agencies-falls-flat Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:49:22 EST Greenlight Capital's David Einhorn thinks SandP and other ratings agencies are staffed by cretins. I disagree. Criticism lingers over CFPB's handling of auto lending http://www.autonews.com/article/20170412/BLOG13/304129985/criticism-lingers-over-cfpbs-handling-of-auto-lending Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:00:00 EST Auto lending wasn't among the priorities set out in December by Patrice Ficklin, fair lending director at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, angering some members of Congress. It's time to ignite a woodgrain wagon renaissance http://www.autonews.com/article/20170411/BLOG06/304129996/its-time-to-ignite-a-woodgrain-wagon-renaissance Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:30:00 EST Fake-wood paneling is as timeless as it is fade-free, but if we had to narrow down Peak Woodgrain to just one year, that year would have to be 1991. Am I the only one mystified? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170410/OEM05/304109987/am-i-the-only-one-mystified Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST Editor-in-Chief Keith Crain says he cannot fathom the extraordinary appeal of Tesla Inc. stock. Tesla more valuable than Ford, GM? Crazy http://www.autonews.com/article/20170410/OEM/170409840/tesla-more-valuable-than-ford-gm-crazy Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST The stock market is a good banker but a lousy CEO, Staff Reporter Larry P. Vellequette writes. Collaboration is key against nontraditional rivals http://www.autonews.com/article/20170410/OEM10/304109969/collaboration-is-key-against-nontraditional-rivals Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST Barriers to entry in the auto industry are breaking down, and new competitors are challenging traditional business models. Tavares' tall task for PSA and Opel: brand management http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170407/BLOG15/170409992/tavares-tall-task-for-psa-and-opel-brand-management Fri, 7 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST The buzz at last month's Geneva auto show was what would PSA CEO Carlos Tavares do to streamline his enlarged stable of brands, given that Citroen, Peugeot and new addition Opel/Vauxhall all compete in Europe's saturated volume car market. In the business of the future, beware certainty http://www.autonews.com/article/20170406/BLOG06/170409878/in-the-business-of-the-future-beware-certainty Thu, 6 Apr 2017 12:06:03 EST When you're covering a technology such as self-driving cars that poses more questions than answers, reports such as last week's claiming to measure the progress of 18 companies can be tempting. After record high, UK's 'treasure island' status is set to end http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170406/BLOG15/170409891/after-record-high-uks-treasure-island-status-is-set-to-end Thu, 6 Apr 2017 04:32:21 EST After March new-car registrations hit an all-time high in the UK, analysts predict an end to the market's long run as a "treasure island" for profits. For some states, it's time to revamp CFPB structure http://www.autonews.com/article/20170405/BLOG13/170409915/for-some-states-its-time-to-revamp-cfpb-structure Wed, 5 Apr 2017 11:30:00 EST Last month 15 state attorneys general filed an amicus brief supporting the call to restructure the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Volvo CEO keeps his hiring promise http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170405/BLOG15/170409939/volvo-ceo-keeps-his-hiring-promise Wed, 5 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson promised to make the automaker 'younger, more diverse and more international.' He achieved all three with his latest hiring. Infiniti preps QX80 Monograph concept for New York http://www.autonews.com/article/20170404/BLOG06/304059997/infiniti-preps-qx80-monograph-concept-for-new-york Tue, 4 Apr 2017 09:30:00 EST Days after hinting of a big reveal at the New York auto show, Infiniti said it will introduce the QX80 Monograph concept to signal the brand's efforts to advance its standing in the large-SUV market. Will the quality ghosts of British Leyland haunt Tesla? http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170404/BLOG15/304049899/will-the-quality-ghosts-of-british-leyland-haunt-tesla Tue, 4 Apr 2017 11:28:24 EST Tesla's plan to skimp on testing the Model 3 in real-world driving is fraught with danger. British Leyland, once the General Motors of the UK, offers a case history. Piech's problem: his 'small-minded' family http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170404/BLOG15/170409950/piechs-problem-his-small-minded-family Tue, 4 Apr 2017 05:29:32 EST Ferdinand Piech's decision to sell his stake in his family's holding company that owns a majority stake in VW Group ends a lifetime spent in almost constant conflict with relatives he saw little use for. Tavares has the tools to make PSA-Opel a success http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170404/BLOG15/170329885/tavares-has-the-tools-to-make-psa-opel-a-success Tue, 4 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST PSA's pending acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall has all the makings of a prime-time TV drama. So far, however, it appears that PSA CEO Carlos Tavares has most of the tools in place for success. Sergio's nonstop hard sell http://www.autonews.com/article/20170403/OEM02/304039966/sergios-nonstop-hard-sell Mon, 3 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST Sergio Marchionne is doing everything possible to get someone, anyone, interested in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Slow March proves power of spiffs http://www.autonews.com/article/20170403/BLOG06/170409961/slow-march-proves-power-of-spiffs Mon, 3 Apr 2017 17:00:00 EST Last month was a stark reminder that the current U.S. auto market is driven more by big incentives than demand. Why the U.S. auto industry would suffer in a trade war with China http://www.autonews.com/article/20170401/BLOG06/170409999/why-the-u-s-auto-industry-would-suffer-in-a-trade-war-with-china Sat, 1 Apr 2017 05:29:16 EST An all-out trade war between the U.S. and China would bruise both economies but also holds major pitfalls for the automotive industry. Volvo dealers get crash course on conquests http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170331/BLOG15/170329810/volvo-dealers-get-crash-course-on-conquests Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST Volvo's head of Europe says that his dealers have had to get used to something new: knowing how to cash in on conquest sales. Like Trumpcare, border tax could roil Congress http://www.autonews.com/article/20170331/BLOG06/170339951/like-trumpcare-border-tax-could-roil-congress Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:11:33 EST After being burned on health care, Trump may be a bit wary of another outing with Paul Ryan and his unorthodox economic ideas. How China dealer association resolved Audi's dealer crisis http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170331/BLOG15/170339962/how-china-dealer-association-resolved-audis-dealer-crisis Fri, 31 Mar 2017 03:59:32 EST Audi's dispute with some of its China dealers, that threatened to blow up into all-out war, finally came to an end this month. Trump's labor chief nominee once ruled in favor of UAW http://www.autonews.com/article/20170329/BLOG06/170329811/trumps-labor-chief-nominee-once-ruled-in-favor-of-uaw Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:02:23 EST President Donald Trump's pick to head the Labor Department once had the UAW's back in a dispute with DaimlerChrysler. Leave 'warranty' out of the service contract pitch http://www.autonews.com/article/20170329/BLOG13/303299993/leave-warranty-out-of-the-service-contract-pitch Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:30:00 EST FandI managers encourage customers to buy a service contract, not a 'warranty,' but does the sales team? Powertrain innovations rev ahead despite mpg, emissions review http://www.autonews.com/article/20170328/BLOG06/170329865/powertrain-innovations-rev-ahead-despite-mpg-emissions-review Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:00:00 EST Ford's new three-cylinder engine demonstrates engineers are nowhere near done innovating. Copycat cars continue to be a Chinese art form http://www.autonews.com/article/20170328/BLOG06/303299998/copycat-cars-continue-to-be-a-chinese-art-form Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:00:00 EST Britain's Autocar is out with a compilation of great clones from China. Lithium next German power play? http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170328/BLOG15/170329876/lithium-next-german-power-play Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST BMW, Daimler and VW came together to acquire Nokia's HERE high-definition mapping unit in 2015 so will the German companies join forces to secure a sufficient supply of lithium? BMW, for one, seems willing. Don't expect Piech to just vanish http://www.autonews.com/article/20170327/OEM02/303279992/don-t-expect-piech-to-disappear Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST Even as Ferdinand Piech approaches 80, Keith Crain cannot imagine that he will slow down. Don't look to China for discount cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20170327/GLOBAL03/303279988/the-cheap-chinese-cars-arent-coming Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST For years, American consumers have been wondering just when they would witness the arrival of ultra-low-priced Chinese cars. Turns out, maybe never. Next move for cruising JLR: Buy Vauxhall http://www.autonews.com/article/20170327/GLOBAL/303279960/next-move-for-cruising-jlr-buy-vauxhall Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST Here's a way JLR can grow annual global volume to 1 million vehicles: Buy Vauxhall from PSA Group. Mexico stops sweating over NAFTA http://www.autonews.com/article/20170327/OEM01/303279993/mexico-stops-sweating-over-nafta Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST So far, cooler heads on both sides of the border have prevailed on NAFTA, paving the way for negotiations later this year that might keep it alive for another quarter-century. 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. %]