Automotive News Columnists and Bloggers Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:00:00 EST More dark days ahead for the diesel http://www.autonews.com/article/20170117/BLOG06/170119803/more-dark-days-ahead-for-the-diesel Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:15:00 EST Another black eye is the last thing the diesel engine needs right now. Moray Callum's retro ride http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM04/301169960/moray-callums-retro-ride Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Moray Callum, Ford chief designer, is cruising around in a 1976 Bronco SUV as he oversees design of the nameplate's 2020 revival. A transformative decade for the country, the industry and NADA http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/RETAIL06/161229943/a-transformative-decade-for-the-country-the-industry-and-nada Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST From 2001-2012, Phil Brady served as president of NADA. Here, in his own words, is an account of those years. At Detroit show, something for everyone http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM03/301169981/at-detroit-show-something-for-everyone Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST The consumer has spoken, and the auto industry has responded. Americans want SUVs and crossovers, and you'll see them at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Lots of them. Why automakers must respect the spirit of cooperation at auto shows http://www.autonews.com/article/20170113/BLOG06/170119839/why-automakers-must-respect-the-spirit-of-cooperation-at-auto-shows Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:36:13 EST Inside baseball? Or Ford's slap at the spirit of cooperation that holds big auto shows together? Hyundai takes (and makes) the Gold for eco cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20170113/BLOG06/170119876/hyundai-takes-and-makes-the-gold-for-eco-cars Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:15:00 EST There's no gold medal for the most fuel-efficient car. So, when Hyundai's new Ioniq Hybrid and EV eco-vehicles took top-of-class in EPA ratings, the boss decided to make one. Did a leading VW exec perfect defeat device rather than stop it? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170113/BLOG06/301139946/did-a-leading-vw-exec-perfect-defeat-device-rather-than-stop-it Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:56:41 EST While he didn't introduce the emissions-test-cheating defeat device into VW's 2.0-liter diesels, former brand development chief Heinz-Jakob Neusser appears to have perfected it, according to U.S. court documents.  Conti powertrain guru makes peace with 'different world' http://www.autonews.com/article/20170113/BLOG06/301139947/conti-powertrain-guru-makes-peace-with-different-world Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Continental powertrain chief Jose Avila says it has taken some time to make peace with the fast move the industry and the world are making toward cars that are powered by batteries and that can drive themselves. Did a leading VW exec perfect defeat device rather than stop it? http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170113/BLOG15/170119887/did-a-leading-vw-exec-perfect-defeat-device-rather-than-stop-it Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:56:41 EST While he didn't introduce the emissions-test-cheating defeat device into VW's 2.0-liter diesels, former brand development chief Heinz-Jakob Neusser appears to have perfected it, according to U.S. court documents.  Conti powertrain guru makes peace with 'different world' http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170113/BLOG15/170119926/conti-powertrain-guru-makes-peace-with-different-world Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Continental powertrain chief Jose Avila says it has taken some time to make peace with the fast move the industry and the world are making toward cars that are powered by batteries and that can drive themselves. The beautiful lives of Bugatti, Bentley buyers http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170112/BLOG15/170119920/the-beautiful-lives-of-bugatti-bentley-buyers Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Bentley and Bugatti buyers are rich, but there is a pretty significant wealth gap between the two, according to a man who has direct contact with both. The cost of not knowing your F&I products http://www.autonews.com/article/20170111/BLOG13/301119943/the-cost-of-not-knowing-your-fi-products Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:45:00 EST In a recent opinion piece, I was wrong in what I said extended service contracts cover. Smarter folks called me out on my error. The moral of the story: Know your FandI products inside out. The most important vehicles at the Detroit auto show http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170111/BLOG15/301119799/the-most-important-vehicles-at-the-detroit-auto-show Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST The 2017 edition of the Detroit auto show won't go into the books for blockbuster introductions and eye-popping concepts. That said, a few vehicles in the show are important and significant. The most important vehicles at the 2017 Detroit auto show http://www.autonews.com/article/20170110/BLOG06/301119999/the-most-important-vehicles-at-the-2017-detroit-auto-show Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:30:00 EST The 2017 edition of the North American International Auto Show won't go into the books for blockbuster introductions and eye-popping concepts. But several vehicles in the show are important and significant. Lightning McQueen, Shinola watch bar, simulators among cool stuff at Detroit show http://www.autonews.com/article/20170110/BLOG06/170119975/lightning-mcqueen-shinola-watch-bar-simulators-among-cool-stuff-at Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:36:07 EST If you're even mildly into cars, for getting to work in an eco-friendly way or just cruising the boulevard in style, the Detroit auto show is a vast and dizzying array of automotive sights, sounds, steel, glass, and rubber. FCA shifts course, will make Jeep Grand Wagoneer body-on-frame http://www.autonews.com/article/20170109/BLOG06/301099448/fca-shifts-course-will-make-jeep-grand-wagoneer-body-on-frame Mon, 9 Jan 2017 13:30:00 EST Fiat Chrysler has dramatically altered its product course and will now bring its new Jeep Grand Wagoneer back to life as a body-on-frame SUV, after nearly two years of claiming that it would be unibody like almost all other luxury nameplates. Look out Jeep Wrangler, here comes the new Ford Bronco http://www.autonews.com/article/20170109/BLOG06/170109818/look-out-jeep-wrangler-here-comes-the-new-ford-bronco Mon, 9 Jan 2017 12:28:04 EST For the first time since the mid-1970s, Jeep's Wrangler is going to have some real and very likely tough competition. A warm sendoff by dealers for a classy guy http://www.autonews.com/article/20170109/BLOG06/170109838/a-warm-sendoff-by-dealers-for-a-classy-guy Mon, 9 Jan 2017 08:16:50 EST Eric Peterson, who retired last year as the vice president of corporate diversity at General Motors, received a lifetime achievement award from the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers on Sunday. Chrysler Portal holds promise, if it could get built http://www.autonews.com/article/20170109/OEM05/301099961/chrysler-portal-holds-promise-if-it-could-get-built Mon, 9 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST As with almost everything else about FCA, the question of whether the Portal is to be or not to be comes down to two issues: money and manufacturing capacity. In Trump era, NHTSA must lead on safety http://www.autonews.com/article/20170109/OEM11/301099984/in-trump-era-nhtsa-must-lead-on-safety Mon, 9 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST To get a hint at how 2017 will play out, we should take a look at what transpired when George W. Bush took office, regulatory affairs consultant Dale Kardos writes. Points for tweeter-in-chief to consider http://www.autonews.com/article/20170109/OEM01/301099989/points-for-tweeter-in-chief-to-consider Mon, 9 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST U.S. automakers are competing against very tough rivals in an intense, complex, global market. And global trade itself is replete with unintended consequences. In the future, there are several points that Team Trump ought to consider. The Motor City is the place to be http://www.autonews.com/article/20170109/OEM09/301099990/the-motor-city-is-the-place-to-be Mon, 9 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST More than 5,000 journalists are descending on Detroit this week to participate in the North American International Auto Show. Thousands of auto executives are coming to find out what car companies plan to offer the car-buying public. The ties that still bind Ford, Land Rover -- engines http://www.autonews.com/article/20170108/BLOG06/170109861/the-ties-that-still-bind-ford-land-rover-engines Sun, 8 Jan 2017 14:42:04 EST The diesel engine coming to the F-150 is already available in the U.S. in the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. The British SUVs give a good indication on what to expect from the diesel F-150 in terms of power and fuel economy. The German godfathers behind Kia's 'game changer' http://www.autonews.com/article/20170108/BLOG06/301089687/the-german-godfathers-behind-kias-game-changer Sun, 8 Jan 2017 21:00:00 EST It's the Korean car with the German godfathers. What's next for Mitsubishi in the U.S., now that Nissan is in control? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170108/BLOG06/170109862/whats-next-for-mitsubishi-in-the-u-s-now-that-nissan-is-in-control Sun, 8 Jan 2017 13:28:16 EST Turning a profit in the U.S. (and Europe) and then stabilizing in those markets would be a happy bonus for Mitsubishi, but neither the U.S. nor Europe was a growth market -- or the central focus -- for the three-diamonds brand. Is Nissan's Qashqai coming to U.S.? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170107/BLOG06/301089999/is-nissans-qashqai-coming-to-u-s Sat, 7 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST It's a wonder the compact-ish Nissan Qashqai crossover has managed to stay out of the U.S. this long, having been a best-seller in Nissan's lineup elsewhere in the world since 2006. When Trump turns to FCA -- and he will -- here's a response http://www.autonews.com/article/20170106/BLOG06/170109910/when-trump-turns-to-fca-and-he-will-heres-a-response Fri, 6 Jan 2017 10:30:00 EST In an effort to increase my efficiency, allow me to preemptively respond on FCA's behalf to the Twitter attack that hasn't yet come -- but probably soon will -- from President-elect Donald Trump. Behind a remarkable record, with the slimmest of margins http://www.autonews.com/article/20170104/BLOG06/301059998/behind-a-remarkable-record-with-the-slimmest-of-margins Wed, 4 Jan 2017 17:45:00 EST 2016 was a remarkable sales year for the U.S. auto industry. Remarkable for the rare close margin. Should car buyers pay with plastic? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170104/BLOG13/301049984/should-car-buyers-pay-with-plastic Wed, 4 Jan 2017 11:00:00 EST Credit card payments are convenient for the on-demand culture, but when it comes to purchasing a car, are they worth the risk for extra debt? Dealers would do well to provide customers the pros and cons of whipping out the plastic. Etios saga shows Toyota's sharpened focus on world's growth regions http://www.autonews.com/article/20170104/BLOG06/170109948/etios-saga-shows-toyotas-sharpened-focus-on-worlds-growth-regions Wed, 4 Jan 2017 11:58:46 EST Toyota is still playing catch-up in key emerging markets, such as Latin America. But the saga of its Etios pint-sized econo-car underscores how it is playing for keeps. London's new taxi blends tradition and tech http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170104/BLOG15/161229966/londons-new-taxi-blends-tradition-and-tech Wed, 4 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST The fifth generation of London's iconic Black Cab that will debut later this year will have 21st century upgrades that make it greener, roomier and more connected, but its design will stay firmly planted in the 1950s. How Ford finally turned the Trump tide on GM http://www.autonews.com/article/20170103/BLOG06/170109970/how-ford-finally-turned-the-trump-tide-on-gm Tue, 3 Jan 2017 16:04:59 EST Suddenly, Ford has become the American automaker investing in America, while GM is printing up layoff notices that will go out to 2,000 workers in Michigan and Ohio just as Trump is taking office. Why the convertible will survive, but not the way you think http://www.autonews.com/article/20170103/BLOG06/301049999/why-the-convertible-will-survive-but-not-the-way-you-think Tue, 3 Jan 2017 11:30:00 EST The convertible will survive, despite low sales. But the future convertible may be an SUV, not a roadster. Good product helps, but great people make the difference http://www.autonews.com/article/20170102/RETAIL/301029951/good-product-helps-but-great-people-make-the-difference Mon, 2 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST During the Christmas break, I had the chance to spend some time with folks who work in auto dealerships, and once again I observed just how important people are in the retail car business. Why Beijing won't punish U.S. automakers for Trump's sins http://www.autonews.com/article/20161228/BLOG06/161229901/why-beijing-wont-punish-u-s-automakers-for-trumps-sins Wed, 28 Dec 2016 08:17:38 EST Will Beijing vent its anger on U.S. companies whenever President-elect Donald Trump annoys it? Such fears are not totally groundless, but there are three reasons why U.S. automakers aren't likely to be singled out. Will the tone on compliance change under Trump? http://www.autonews.com/article/20161228/BLOG13/312289999/will-the-tone-on-compliance-change-under-trump Wed, 28 Dec 2016 10:30:00 EST A year ago, we wrote that compliance was the theme of industry conferences in 2015. The discussion continued in 2016, but in 2017, will the new presidential administration change the tone? A farewell and a look back at my years at Automotive News http://www.autonews.com/article/20161227/BLOG06/161229905/a-farewell-and-a-look-back-at-my-years-at-automotive-news Tue, 27 Dec 2016 16:05:51 EST Thirty-two years ago today, I walked in the door at Crain Communications as a newly hired reporter for a startup publication called Crain's Detroit Business. Why a tariff on Mexican auto imports could backfire http://www.autonews.com/article/20161227/BLOG06/161229913/why-a-tariff-on-mexican-auto-imports-could-backfire Tue, 27 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Many, if not most, economists agree that the benefits of tariffs, no matter how well-intentioned, are temporary, if not illusory. Hyundai's year-end surprises not so surprising http://www.autonews.com/article/20161226/OEM02/312269976/hyundais-year-end-surprises-not-so-surprising Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Placed in the context of Korea's corporate culture, Hyundai Motor's abrupt firing of Dave Zuchowski is not that unusual. Autonomous cars need time on proving grounds http://www.autonews.com/article/20161226/OEM06/312269992/autonomous-cars-need-time-on-proving-grounds Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST All of a sudden, all the protocols that have served this industry for decades are being thrown out in the rush to produce self-driving vehicles. Dealerships bleed too much data http://www.autonews.com/article/20161226/RETAIL07/312269993/dealerships-bleed-too-much-data Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST The digital world challenges dealers' capabilities for gathering and analyzing market insight faster than other data acquirers. Every marketing company wants to have the customer information that's generated at the retail level. Korea Inc.'s year-end 'executive shuffle' http://www.autonews.com/article/20161221/BLOG06/161229956/korea-inc-s-year-end-executive-shuffle Wed, 21 Dec 2016 16:57:55 EST The firing of Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski -- coming as it does only a few days before Christmas -- is poorly timed and reinforces the image in the U.S. that Hyundai burns through American CEOs at an alarming rate. Gaining insight, theme by theme http://www.autonews.com/article/20161221/BLOG13/161229989/gaining-insight-theme-by-theme Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:00:00 EST One of my favorite parts of the FandI beat is choosing a theme to explore every quarter in our FandI Insight special sections for print and online. What makes America great? Our ability to make things. http://www.autonews.com/article/20161219/OEM01/312199993/what-makes-america-great-our-ability-to-make-things Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST The list of things that made America a great nation is long. Ideas like freedom, democracy and equal justice under the law formed the foundation. China tension poses threat to automakers http://www.autonews.com/article/20161219/GLOBAL03/312199925/china-tension-poses-threat-to-automakers Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST It's an uneasy time for automakers that have a lot of chips on the table in China in the wake President-elect Donald Trump's recent phone conversation with the president of Taiwan. Expect change in Washington to be slow http://www.autonews.com/article/20161219/OEM02/312199991/expect-change-in-washington-to-be-slow Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST When President-elect Trump takes office in January, we will see lots of new faces in Washington, including those of cabinet members and new heads of key agencies with auto industry oversight. VW's switch to English as its company language is a key reform http://www.autonews.com/article/20161215/BLOG06/312159512/vws-switch-to-english-as-its-company-language-is-a-key-reform Thu, 15 Dec 2016 05:55:21 EST In the future, VW Group will conduct its business in English. The change should improve the German automaker's ability to recruit international top performers. It could also mean an end to VW's insular corporate culture. VW's switch to English as its company language is a key reform http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161215/BLOG15/161219922/vws-switch-to-english-as-its-company-language-is-a-key-reform Thu, 15 Dec 2016 05:55:21 EST In the future, VW Group will conduct its business in English. The change should improve the German automaker's ability to recruit international top performers. It could also mean an end to VW's insular corporate culture. FCA, Hyundai promote online sales, offline financing http://www.autonews.com/article/20161214/BLOG13/161219943/fca-hyundai-promote-online-sales-offline-financing Wed, 14 Dec 2016 11:30:00 EST Last month, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Hyundai Motor America said they would offer an online car-buying experience. But in both cases, customers have to arrange financing at the dealership. Why GM should make Chevy's diesels handle like VW's http://www.autonews.com/article/20161213/BLOG06/161219989/why-gm-should-make-chevys-diesels-handle-like-vws Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:30:00 EST With Volkswagen out of the diesel market, the door is wide open for Chevrolet. Here's how the upcoming diesel versions of the Chevrolet Cruze and Equinox can win VW buyers.