Automotive News Columnists and Bloggers Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:00:00 EST Between Canada and a hard place http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM/309269973/between-canada-and-a-hard-place Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST The ongoing contract talks between the Detroit 3 and Canada's Unifor union expose a real dilemma. How Jerry Dias convinced GM to invest in Canada again http://www.autonews.com/article/20160922/BLOG30/309229950/how-jerry-dias-convinced-gm-to-invest-in-canada-again Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:47:18 EST Unifor President Jerry Dias' top goal in negotiations with General Motors was to buck a trend: the shift of auto investments away from Canada toward Mexico. On that, it appears he will be successful. But how? How Jerry Dias convinced GM to invest in Canada again http://www.autonews.com/article/20160922/BLOG06/160929925/how-jerry-dias-convinced-gm-to-invest-in-canada-again Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:47:18 EST Unifor President Jerry Dias' top goal in negotiations with General Motors was to buck a trend: the shift of auto investments away from Canada toward Mexico. On that, it appears he will be successful. But how? Mercedes takes another swing at EV van niche http://www.autonews.com/article/20160922/BLOG06/309229985/mercedes-takes-another-swing-at-ev-van-niche Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Mercedes will jump back into the battery-powered delivery van niche in 2018, a move that shows pressure is rising to reduce harmful emissions in Europe's congested cities. Mercedes takes another swing at EV van niche http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160922/BLOG15/160929959/mercedes-takes-another-swing-at-ev-van-niche Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Mercedes will jump back into the battery-powered delivery van niche in 2018, a move that shows pressure is rising to reduce harmful emissions in Europe's congested cities. For VW, it's not the crime, it's the coverup http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160922/BLOG15/309239988/for-vw-its-not-the-crime-its-the-coverup Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST I am not in the business of weighing sins, but I have noticed -- over the last year as the VW diesel emissions scandal has unfolded -- that all automotive sins are not created equal. Now I think I know why. As anti-CFPB legislation grows, so does opportunity for fair solutions http://www.autonews.com/article/20160921/BLOG13/160929983/as-anti-cfpb-legislation-grows-so-does-opportunity-for-fair-solutions Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:00:00 EST With multiple bills seeking to limit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's auto lending guidance scattered across legislators' desks, something's got to give. The car as a social evil: Author has hope for driverless future http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160921/BLOG15/309239991/the-car-as-a-social-evil-author-has-hope-for-driverless-future Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Is the automobile a social problem? In author and Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Humes's view, the car is worse than that -- it's a health and economic problem as well. Why GM should remember the fate of the EV1 http://www.autonews.com/article/20160920/BLOG06/160919835/why-gm-should-remember-the-fate-of-the-ev1 Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:30:00 EST Had GM nurtured the seeds it planted with the EV1 and continued to improve its technology, the company probably would have not been embarrassed two years later by the Toyota Prius. For VW, it's not the crime, it's the coverup http://www.autonews.com/article/20160920/BLOG06/160929970/for-vw-its-not-the-crime-its-the-coverup Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:14:19 EST I am not in the business of weighing sins, but I have noticed -- over the last year as the VW diesel emissions scandal has unfolded -- that all automotive sins are not created equal. Now I think I know why. Nissan's ProPilot system lightens the load of driving http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160920/BLOG15/309239993/nissans-propilot-system-lightens-the-load-of-driving Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Nissan's ProPilot semi-autonomous driving technology can steer around curves and slow down for traffic, but it requires some driver input to keep it going. ProPilot comes to Europe in the Qashqai crossover next year. Behind the wheel of Nissan's ProPilot http://www.autonews.com/article/20160919/OEM06/309199981/behind-the-wheel-of-nissans-propilot Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Nissan's ProPilot can steer around curves and slow down for traffic, but it requires some driver input to keep it going. The car as a social evil http://www.autonews.com/article/20160919/OEM06/309199974/the-car-as-a-social-evil Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Is the automobile a social problem? In author and Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Humes's view, the car is worse than that - it's a health and economic problem as well. How dealers can plug the money drain http://www.autonews.com/article/20160919/RETAIL07/160919890/how-dealers-can-plug-the-money-drain Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Dealers need to look long and hard at every dollar they spend. Here are some places to begin doing so. A new era in personal responsibility http://www.autonews.com/article/20160919/OEM11/309199990/a-new-era-in-personal-responsibility Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive executives facing indictments and jail? Remarkable. It is the first time I can recall executives in America who could conceivably go to jail for actions they took while performing their jobs. What Mr. Fields meant to say, and why http://www.autonews.com/article/20160916/BLOG06/160919870/what-mr-fields-meant-to-say-and-why Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:00:00 EST On Thursday, Ford CEO Mark Fields grappled live on CNN with Donald Trump's latest round of attacks on Ford's investment plans for Mexico. I wish he answered some of the questions differently. Why Tesla is a different story http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160916/BLOG15/160909992/why-tesla-is-a-different-story Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Tesla's ability to create desire for its products and to build fierce brand loyalty resembles what Apple has been able to do. European rivals can only look on with envy. Trump spins 'horrible' news that won't go away at Ford http://www.autonews.com/article/20160914/BLOG06/160919928/trump-spins-horrible-news-that-wont-go-away-at-ford Wed, 14 Sep 2016 16:29:01 EST Ford's plan to move small-car production from the U.S. to Mexico has become a yearlong debacle, right in the midst of the most divisive presidential election in history. Has lease penetration peaked? Experts are split. http://www.autonews.com/article/20160914/BLOG13/309149995/has-lease-penetration-peaked-experts-are-split Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:30:00 EST Lease penetration in August dropped from the year-earlier level, Manheim's preliminary numbers show. And the company says it could be the start of a pattern. Edmunds sees leasing differently. Mobility? Look past the apps and press releases http://www.autonews.com/article/20160914/BLOG06/160919935/mobility-look-past-the-apps-and-press-releases Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:40:49 EST When you look past the app upgrades, vehicle modifications and press releases filled with terms seemingly picked out of a Ph.D. Why GM won't sell 'breakthrough' EV in the UK http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160914/BLOG15/160919946/why-gm-wont-sell-breakthrough-ev-in-the-uk Wed, 14 Sep 2016 07:34:24 EST General Motors decided not to sell the Ampera-e, its first full EV, in the UK because the automaker was burned by the sales failure of the Ampera plug-in hybrid. Chevy's midengine Corvette C8: The best look yet http://www.autonews.com/article/20160913/BLOG06/309149997/chevys-midengine-corvette-c8-the-best-look-yet Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:30:00 EST If recent reports are to be believed, the long-rumored midengine Chevrolet Corvette could be here as early as 2019. Opel's Ampera bombed, but thankfully for its successor no one noticed http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160913/BLOG15/160919999/opels-ampera-bombed-but-thankfully-for-its-successor-no-one-noticed Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST One of the eco-friendly highlights premiering at the Paris auto show will be the Ampera-e, Opel's second foray into electrified powertrains. Yet the brand's marketing chief revealed that the model came close to getting a different name. Musk: Minimum-wage billionaire http://www.autonews.com/article/20160912/OEM02/309129968/musk-minimum-wage-billionaire Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Elon Musk takes pride in his Tesla Motors' salary of $37,584, minimum wage in California. But stock options incentivize Musk to aim high -- really high. This industry has gone a bit crazy http://www.autonews.com/article/20160912/OEM06/309129986/this-industry-has-gone-a-bit-crazy Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST I have never seen the auto industry become as obsessed with new technology as it has been recently with the autonomous vehicle and the electric car. Start prepping now for mobility sea change http://www.autonews.com/article/20160912/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/160909858/start-prepping-now-for-mobility-sea-change Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Car ownership and financing are ripe for innovation over the next 25 years, with most changes leading to more options for consumers and decisions for dealers. Renault movie fishes for new Scenic buyers http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160908/BLOG15/160909868/renault-movie-fishes-for-new-scenic-buyers Thu, 8 Sep 2016 08:57:40 EST To give a modern take on its latest Scenic model, Renault has recruited an Italian movie maker to make a film that plays on how many different ways a minivan can be used. Unifor goes toe-to-toe with General Motors in contract talks http://www.autonews.com/article/20160907/BLOG30/309079862/unifor-goes-toe-to-toe-with-general-motors-in-contract-talks Wed, 7 Sep 2016 13:29:59 EST Unifor certainly isn't taking the easy way out. In selecting General Motors on Tuesday as its target company for pattern negotiations, the union is setting itself up for a fight as the Sept. 19 deadline approaches. Rising credit scores, volume on the used lot http://www.autonews.com/article/20160907/BLOG13/160909898/rising-credit-scores-volume-on-the-used-lot Wed, 7 Sep 2016 11:30:00 EST As a rising number of vehicles come off lease, used-vehicle sales are climbing. Reliable cars at lower cost are drawing more prime-quality customers to the used side of the showroom. Why Unifor picked a fight with GM http://www.autonews.com/article/20160907/BLOG06/160909885/why-unifor-picked-a-fight-with-gm Wed, 7 Sep 2016 13:29:59 EST Unifor certainly isn't taking the easy way out. In selecting General Motors on Tuesday as its target company for pattern negotiations, the union is setting itself up for a fight as the Sept. 19 deadline approaches. Young drivers need better training http://www.autonews.com/article/20160905/OEM11/309059971/young-drivers-need-better-training Mon, 5 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Even with the industry building the safest cars in history, auto-related fatalities are rising. One of the biggest concerns is still drinking and driving, but I think there is one main problem. Drivers don't have enough training. To get to driverless cars, fix the roads http://www.autonews.com/article/20160905/OEM06/309059970/to-get-to-driverless-cars-fix-the-roads Mon, 5 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST While automakers, suppliers and ride providers such as Uber race to develop and deploy self-driving technology, one point is seldom mentioned. U.S. A year later, VW's diesel cheat proves costly http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160902/BLOG15/160909961/a-year-later-vws-diesel-cheat-proves-costly Fri, 2 Sep 2016 05:52:33 EST A year ago Volkswagen Group confessed in private to U.S. authorities that it had rigged diesel engines to fool emissions tests. Two weeks later, VW's cheat was made public. The time in between cost some investors dearly. A year on, VW's diesel cheat proves costly http://www.autonews.com/article/20160902/BLOG06/309029961/a-year-on-vws-diesel-cheat-proves-costly Fri, 2 Sep 2016 05:52:33 EST A year ago Volkswagen Group confessed in private to U.S. authorities that it had rigged diesel engines to fool emissions tests. Two weeks later, VW's cheat was made public. The time in between cost some investors dearly. For 2016, record hangs on strength of last legs http://www.autonews.com/article/20160901/BLOG06/309029996/for-2016-record-hangs-on-strength-of-last-legs Thu, 1 Sep 2016 17:30:00 EST Despite the 3.5 percent decline in U.S. auto sales last month, the industry is still running ahead of last year's record pace. But will it finish the full year strong enough to set a new volume record? Start prepping now for mobility sea change http://www.autonews.com/article/20160831/BLOG13/308319999/start-prepping-now-for-mobility-sea-change Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:30:00 EST Car ownership and financing are ripe for innovation over the next 25 years, with most changes leading to more options for consumers and decisions for dealers. Chevy slots 8-speed gearbox, hikes V-6 power in 2017 Colorado http://www.autonews.com/article/20160830/BLOG06/308309998/chevy-slots-8-speed-gearbox-hikes-v-6-power-in-2017-colorado Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:00:00 EST Chevrolet is refreshing the midsize Colorado pickup truck for 2017 with a new version of its 3.6-liter V-6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Summer of success for ANE's Rising Stars http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160830/BLOG15/160829870/summer-of-success-for-anes-rising-stars Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST It has been a summer of success for executives identified by as Rising Stars by Automotive News Europe. Past winners Olivier Rabiller, Thomas Mueller and Bernard Bradley have made big career moves. NADA's 100 years: Quite a record http://www.autonews.com/article/20160829/RETAIL07/308299991/nadas-100-years-quite-a-record Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST In 2017, NADA will mark its 100th anniversary with an appropriate celebration during its dealer convention in New Orleans. Delphi, Mobileye deal may hasten decline of car brands http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160829/BLOG15/160829869/delphi-mobileye-deal-may-hasten-decline-of-car-brands Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:58:21 EST How do you create a meaningful brand experience when driving becomes only a means to an end? That is the question facing automakers as Mobileye and Delphi announced a technology deal that could accelerate the arrival of automated cars for the masses. Dealers must screen data partners http://www.autonews.com/article/20160829/RETAIL07/308299992/dealers-must-screen-data-partners Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST New sources of information about consumers are giving auto retail managers better potential tools to sharpen their brands and win customer loyalty. One key software challenge to autonomous car ownership http://www.autonews.com/article/20160826/BLOG06/160829902/one-key-software-challenge-to-autonomous-car-ownership Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:30:00 EST Despite the stampede to develop self-driving cars that can negotiate an entire trip door to door, it may be awhile before ordinary motorists are actually allowed to own one. In defense of service contracts http://www.autonews.com/article/20160824/BLOG13/160829950/in-defense-of-service-contracts Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:30:00 EST Consumer advocates who bad-mouth service contracts are off base. A cost-benefit analysis that relies only on actuarial logic misses the point. EPA signals it will start looking at mandating higher octane gasoline http://www.autonews.com/article/20160823/BLOG06/160829969/epa-signals-it-will-start-looking-at-mandating-higher-octane-gasoline Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:00:00 EST Raising the octane in gasoline looks like it will get some attention from the EPA. That's the good news. Now for the bad: It's going to take a while. Love affair is alive and well http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/OEM03/308229996/love-affair-is-alive-and-well Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST If you're lucky enough to attend the annual Woodward Dream Cruise outside Detroit or the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance a couple thousand miles west, you're treated to an automotive event that demonstrates that people love cars. Ghosn's life-changing post-Christmas offer http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/BLOG06/308229909/ghosns-life-changing-post-christmas-offer Mon, 22 Aug 2016 05:37:47 EST Carlos Ghosn's powers of persuasion are very hard to resist, Nissan Brazil's current boss learned on Dec. 26. 2011. Francois Dossa remembers the exact day of the meeting because it changed his life. Ghosn's life-changing post-Christmas offer http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160822/BLOG15/160829994/ghosns-life-changing-post-christmas-offer Mon, 22 Aug 2016 05:37:47 EST Carlos Ghosn's powers of persuasion are very hard to resist, Nissan Brazil's current boss learned on Dec. 26. 2011. Francois Dossa remembers the exact day of the meeting because it changed his life. Uber's hard lesson: China is different http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/GLOBAL03/308229995/ubers-hard-lesson-china-is-different Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Uber's problematic business model has forced it out of China, not its 9.6 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) cash burn. Automakers face uncertainty over key Chinese government policies http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160819/BLOG15/160819824/automakers-face-uncertainty-over-key-chinese-government-policies Fri, 19 Aug 2016 06:24:37 EST Auto executives in China are worried these days. They are not concerned about consumer demand, but rather the uncertainty surrounding key industry policies set by the Chinese government. Why dealers' role in lending should tamp subprime fears http://www.autonews.com/article/20160817/BLOG13/308179999/why-dealers-role-in-lending-should-tamp-subprime-fears Wed, 17 Aug 2016 12:30:00 EST The fear of a subprime auto loan bubble persists despite the industry's insistence over the past few years that the worries are unwarranted.