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, 17 Dec 2017 06:00:00 EST How China plans to create giant state-owned carmaker http://www.autonews.com/article/20171217/GLOBAL03/171219798/china-state-owned-auto-manufacturer Sun, 17 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST In recent years, Beijing has forced the consolidation of state-owned industries such as steelmaking, railway equipment and coal mining. Now it's the auto industry's turn. New Chevrolet Silverado http://www.autonews.com/article/20171216/BLOG06/171219766/new-chevrolet-silverado Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:28:06 EST Technical details are few but early photos actually do reveal a lot about the next Chevrolet Silverado and what it's made of. Rising Stars finish year with a flourish http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171215/BLOG15/171219811/rising-stars-finish-year-with-a-flourish Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:36:17 EST Three members of Automotive News Europe's Rising Stars family are finishing the year on high notes, putting themselves and their companies in position for future success. A look to the past, to see the future without personal car ownership http://www.autonews.com/article/20171214/BLOG06/171219840/human-experience-car-ownership-ends-lareau Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:46:20 EST The dawn of ride-hailing and autonomous driving signals the end of a time when owning a car was part of the human experience. Lenders need to stay diligent http://www.autonews.com/article/20171213/BLOG13/171219864/lenders-need-to-stay-diligent Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:25:25 EST This year was full of relatively positive, consistent auto finance trends. Next year will likely follow suit, but the upswing won't last forever. Is this the next Shelby GT500 engine? http://www.autonews.com/article/20171212/BLOG06/312139999/is-this-the-next-shelby-gt500-engine Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Keeping potent performers under wraps is getting harder for automakers thanks to sneaky smartphone usage and social media. How China plans to create a giant state-owned automaker http://www.autonews.com/article/20171212/BLOG06/312129960/how-china-plans-to-create-a-giant-state-owned-automaker Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST In recent years, Beijing has forced the consolidation of state-owned industries such as steelmaking. Now it's the auto industry's turn. How China plans to create a giant state-owned automaker http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171212/BLOG15/171209796/how-china-plans-to-create-a-giant-state-owned-automaker Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST In recent years, Beijing has forced the consolidation of state-owned industries such as steelmaking and mining in a bid to cut costs, develop new products and turn a profit. The industry's future reads like a science-fiction novel http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/INDUSTRY_REDESIGNED/171219961/automotive-industry-future-lutz Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Discussing the future, even with Jim Lentz of highly successful Toyota, can be a deeply disorienting task. Dealerships are not dead, but the way we buy vehilces is http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/RETAIL/171219984/mike-burgiss-column-vehicle-buying Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Dealerships need to build bridges that connect the online and in-store experience, says Mike Burgiss, vice president of digital retailing at Cox Automotive. Looks like Lincoln got it right http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/RETAIL03/171219988/lincoln-marketing-north-america-keith-crain-column Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST I don't know how successful Lincoln will be in China, where it is starting a huge marketing and product push, but the luxury brand looks to be making the right moves in North America. BYD bets big on buses in Europe, cars can't be far behind http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171210/BLOG15/171209786/byd-bets-big-on-buses-in-europe-cars-cant-be-far-behind Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST China's BYD has built up a production network in Europe to make electric buses. How GM can gain from carbon fiber in trucks http://www.autonews.com/article/20171208/BLOG06/171209793/gm-carbon-fiber-gain-suppliers-richard-truett Fri, 8 Dec 2017 12:09:30 EST We've known for a long time that General Motors was going to respond in a big way to Ford's lightweight aluminum F-150. Here it comes. Schmidt's statement showed a broken man with misplaced faith in VW http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171207/BLOG15/312079926/schmidts-statement-showed-a-broken-man-with-misplaced-faith-in-vw Thu, 7 Dec 2017 15:49:26 EST Oliver Schmidt's vacant almost defiant stare has been the face of VW's $30 billion diesel emissions scandal. That wasn't the face seen in court on Wednesday. Schmidt's statement showed a broken man with misplaced faith in VW http://www.autonews.com/article/20171207/BLOG06/171209808/schmidts-statement-showed-a-broken-man-with-misplaced-faith-in-vw Thu, 7 Dec 2017 15:49:26 EST Oliver Schmidt's vacant almost defiant stare has been the face of VW's $30 billion diesel emissions scandal. That wasn't the face seen in court on Wednesday. Vendors that complement stores' operations stand out http://www.autonews.com/article/20171206/BLOG13/171209848/auto-dealerships-vendors-partnerships Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:30:00 EST How can effective vendors let dealers know they truly understand their business? Partner with them. Why an electric powertrain is all wrong for off-road vehicles http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171205/BLOG15/312059916/why-an-electric-powertrain-is-all-wrong-for-off-road-vehicles Tue, 5 Dec 2017 12:59:23 EST A hybrid powertrain adds hundreds of pounds of weight to a vehicle. A battery pack takes up storage room, reducing utility in a vehicle where it is crucial to haul lots of gear. An electric powertrain is all wrong for off-road vehicles http://www.autonews.com/article/20171205/BLOG06/171209875/an-electric-powertrain-is-all-wrong-for-off-road-vehicles Tue, 5 Dec 2017 12:59:23 EST A hybrid powertrain adds hundreds of pounds of weight to a vehicle. A battery pack takes up storage room, reducing utility in a vehicle where it is crucial to haul lots of gear. How Chevy's Corvette ZR1 packs 755 hp http://www.autonews.com/article/20171205/BLOG06/312069997/how-chevys-corvette-zr1-packs-755-hp Tue, 5 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST A ZR1 is a special thing. The engine that powers any ZR1 is even more special. VW Beetle could be reborn as electric car http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171205/BLOG15/171139989/vw-beetle-could-be-reborn-as-electric-car Tue, 5 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST VW is considering the future of the brand's iconic Beetle. Small, impractical two-doors coupes are losing favor with buyers, so the solution for the next Beetle may be an electric-only model. November sets the table for year-end sprint http://www.autonews.com/article/20171204/BLOG06/171209907/november-us-auto-sales-jesse-snyder Mon, 4 Dec 2017 13:00:49 EST November's solid auto sales set the table for annual decision about December's year-end marketing sprint. Dealers will survive, if they listen http://www.autonews.com/article/20171204/RETAIL07/171209992/dealers-will-survive-if-they-listen Mon, 4 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST Mike Jackson is right. The world is changing fast, but car dealers are not going to go away. Automakers should consider leaving automaking to others http://www.autonews.com/article/20171203/INDUSTRY_REDESIGNED/171209995/redesigning-the-industry-future-manufacturing Sun, 3 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST What if a car company outsourced its entire vehicle production operations to a secondary entity that would operate like an automotive version of Foxconn, Apple's gigantic manufacturing partner? The troubles with human and safety tech interaction http://www.autonews.com/article/20171129/BLOG06/171129719/driving-technology-safety-trouble Wed, 29 Nov 2017 10:12:15 EST What happens when a driver-assist system meets human indecision? Let's just say, it's not pretty. How an airport argument reinforced Lincoln's decision to kill the MK names http://www.autonews.com/article/20171129/BLOG06/171129727/why-lincoln-killed-mk-moniker Wed, 29 Nov 2017 07:10:48 EST Lincoln marketing chief Robert Parker received validation for the Lincoln moniker change following an argument he observed at the airport. In post-NAFTA planning, vengeance is a factor http://www.autonews.com/article/20171128/BLOG06/171129746/post-nafta-planning-vengeance-factor Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:03:08 EST Trump administration officials may believe leaving NAFTA is better for the economy than staying in, but it's not clear they've thought through all the knock-on effects. Tesla's first Roadster: A look back at the early adopter's EV http://www.autonews.com/article/20171128/BLOG06/311299997/teslas-first-roadster-a-look-back-at-the-early-adopters-ev Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST The original Roadster launched Tesla on the EV stage, but its successor will arrive in a different world. Don't buy in to "multiple of earnings" myth http://www.autonews.com/article/20171127/RETAIL07/171129895/dont-buy-in-to-multiple-of-earnings-myth Mon, 27 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Broker Moshe Stopnitzky says net profit does not impact the goodwill value of dealerships as much as you were led to believe. Why Congress should be concerned about floorplan interest http://www.autonews.com/article/20171127/OEM02/171129778/why-congress-should-be-concerned-about-floorplan-interest Mon, 27 Nov 2017 07:12:51 EST Congress is deep into the process of rewriting the tax code for a first time in a generation, and the stakes for our industry and the economy couldn't be higher. Musk's magic at Tesla can't last forever http://www.autonews.com/article/20171127/OEM02/171129906/musks-magic-cant-last-forever Mon, 27 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST I have nothing but admiration for Elon Musk. He is a remarkable entrepreneur who has achieved many remarkable things. But I believe he has bitten off too much with the Tesla Model 3. Tesla shows why VW, Daimler should keep their heavy trucks businesses http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171124/BLOG15/171129870/tesla-shows-why-vw-daimler-should-keep-their-heavy-trucks-businesses Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Tesla's punt at the heavy truck market shows VW and Daimler that there may be meaningful synergies between trucks and cars as the industry moves toward electrification and autonomy. Are leasing levels still too high? http://www.autonews.com/article/20171122/BLOG13/171129844/are-leasing-levels-still-too-high Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:11:31 EST Leasing levels have held steady in the past few quarters, but are they still dangerously high? AutoNation Inc. CEO Mike Jackson thinks so. Here's why. BMW's cycle 'hyperloop' is a vision for fast, pollution-free city travel http://www.autonews.com/article/20171122/BLOG06/311229953/bmw-mobility-china-traffic Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:14:51 EST As China seeks to restrict the use of private cars in its congested and polluted megacities, BMW sees an elevated cycleway as a way to encourage commuters to travel around urban areas on two wheels. BMW's cycle 'hyperloop' is a vision for fast, pollution-free city travel http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171122/BLOG15/171129869/bmws-cycle-hyperloop-is-a-vision-for-fast-pollution-free-city-travel Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:14:51 EST As China seeks to restrict the use of private cars in its congested and polluted megacities, BMW sees an elevated cycleway as a way to encourage commuters to travel around urban areas on two wheels. In self-driving race, bet on Baidu over Waymo http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/MOBILITY/171129996/baidu-waymo-autonomous-driving-race Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Consultant Michael Dunne said he is betting on China's Baidu, known in the West as the Google of China, to outmanuever Waymo in the self-driving wars. Some early insight into Geely's Li http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/GLOBAL03/171129981/some-early-insight-into-geelys-li Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Few Westerners know more about the Chinese auto industry than Michael Dunne. End the wait for safety technology http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM11/171129985/end-the-wait-for-safety-technology Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST If an automaker has developed automatic braking and can install it as an option, then it can make the same technology standard on all its vehicles. The industry's second chance to be first in safety http://www.autonews.com/article/20171120/OEM11/171129997/industry-second-chance-first-safety Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST U.S. automakers failed to get out in front of the safety push of the 1960s, and paid a big price. They have a chance to take a different approach in the era of autonomous driving. Should Tesla stop building cars? http://www.autonews.com/article/20171117/BLOG06/171119792/should-tesla-stop-building-cars Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:45:15 EST Could Tesla have avoided "manufacturing hell" by sticking with what it's good at like Apple and not producing its own products? Why there might be hope for millennials renting cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20171115/BLOG06/171119846/millennial-rental-cars-future-blog Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:06:39 EST I rented a car for the first time and it wasn't bad, perhaps signaling hope that millennials will use rental cars. FandI managers' skills will continue to be critical http://www.autonews.com/article/20171115/BLOG13/171119843/fi-managers-skills-will-continue-to-be-critical Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:19:33 EST Creating one adviser role for sales and FandI doesn't necessarily call for the demise of the FandI manager. French tech company NAWA sees ultracapacitor battery breakthrough http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171114/BLOG15/171119889/french-tech-company-nawa-sees-ultracapacitor-battery-breakthrough Tue, 14 Nov 2017 05:53:41 EST French tech company NAWA believes it has found a way to boost the power of ultracapacitor batteries by creating a hybrid system with lithium ion units in what could be a major step forward in EV technology. Corvette legends vs. the new ZR1 http://www.autonews.com/article/20171114/BLOG06/311159999/corvette-legends-vs-the-new-zr1 Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST The new king Corvette is prompting a look back at a few other landmark moments in the nameplate's history. Turkey surges ahead with hybrid electric national car http://www.autonews.com/article/20171114/BLOG06/311149999/turkey-surges-ahead-with-hybrid-electric-national-car Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Turkey's national car project gained momentum with the purchase of Saab 9-3 technology in 2015 and with Tesla CEO Elon Musk's recent meeting with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Dealers should help their customers with consumer side of parts anti-trust case http://www.autonews.com/article/20171113/BLOG06/171119909/dealers-suppliers-antitrust-retail-consumer-litigation Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:44:24 EST There's an opportunity for dealers in regions of the country eligible to benefit from a massive auto parts antitrust class action settlement now being adjudicated. Why Vauxhall is likely to survive despite a steep sales slump http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171113/BLOG15/171119916/why-vauxhall-is-likely-to-survive-despite-a-steep-sales-slump Mon, 13 Nov 2017 04:56:48 EST PSA's strategy to reduce non-profitable car sales is harming Vauxhall, which saw sales plunge drop 35 percent last month. But reassuring words from PSA CEO Carlos Tavares and the arrival of two new SUVs will likely ensure Vauxhall's survival. WAYLAND: Chevy should follow Cadillac and go after Tesla http://www.autonews.com/article/20171113/OEM05/171119933/chevy-bolt-tesla-model-3-incentives Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Chevy appears to be doing little to nothing to attract the hundreds of thousands of consumers who could wait years for a Tesla Model 3 into a Chevrolet Bolt EV #8212; an actual all-electric car not from "manufacturing Hell." Maybe it's best to let NAFTA be http://www.autonews.com/article/20171113/OEM11/171119964/maybe-its-best-to-let-nafta-be Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Companies impacted the most should have the biggest say in what, if any, changes should be made to NAFTA. Volvo's subscription plan could be a boon for dealers too http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171112/BLOG15/171109838/volvos-subscription-plan-could-be-a-boon-for-dealers-too Sun, 12 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Volvo seems to have found a new way to get its vehicles into the hands of customers that is digital, transparent and hassle free. It also has benefits for dealers. Without PSA tech, Opel could have been killed by EU CO2 fines http://europe.autonews.com/article/20171110/BLOG15/171119977/without-psa-tech-opel-could-have-been-killed-by-eu-co2-fines Fri, 10 Nov 2017 06:08:10 EST The EU's target to reduce CO2 emissions from new-car fleets to a 95 gram per km average by 2020-2021 might have been the kiss of death for Opel/Vauxhall if PSA hadn't stepped in.