Automotive News Columnists and Bloggers Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 13 Feb 2016 06:00:00 EST How Derek Zoolander raided FCA's Twitter feed http://www.autonews.com/article/20160212/BLOG06/160219934/how-derek-zoolander-raided-fcas-twitter-feed Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:19:29 EST Derek Zoolander is making history today in his own flamboyant way. GM's rising faith in Opel http://www.autonews.com/article/20160212/BLOG06/302129979/gms-rising-faith-in-opel Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST GM CFO Chuck Stevens expects the U.S. automaker's long-struggling European arm will break even in 2016. Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann is more cautious. Even grease is too heavy for today's leaner vehicles http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160212/BLOG15/160209854/even-grease-is-too-heavy-for-todays-leaner-vehicles Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST The extent that automakers are going to make vehicles lighter and more fuel efficient knows no bounds. Even greases are at risk of being replaced. GM's rising faith in Opel http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160211/BLOG15/160209836/gms-rising-faith-in-opel Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST GM CFO Chuck Stevens expects the U.S. automaker's long-struggling European arm will break even in 2016. Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann is more cautious. Ford can boost Europe profits by adding upscale Vignale SUVs http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160211/BLOG15/160209837/ford-can-boost-europe-profits-by-adding-upscale-vignale-suvs Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Ford of Europe isn't saying which models will next get its upscale Vignale trimline but the brand's two largest SUVs are the top candidates as the automaker plans to expand its Vignale variants to at least five by 2017 from just two now. I agree with NHTSA: E-shifters stink, but they're not defective http://www.autonews.com/article/20160210/BLOG06/160219984/i-agree-with-nhtsa-e-shifters-stink-but-theyre-not-defective Wed, 10 Feb 2016 14:07:25 EST I have something in common with the fine folks at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: I don't like e-shifters, either. But let's be clear. This isn't an alleged defect. When a client dies, lender can make or break trust http://www.autonews.com/article/20160210/BLOG13/302109997/when-a-client-dies-lender-can-make-or-break-trust Wed, 10 Feb 2016 11:00:00 EST A consumer's death during his or her lease term isn't a common occurrence, but how the lender responds to the needs of the consumer's family members makes a lasting impression. Jeep joins Nissan, Honda and others getting big benefit from European production http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160210/BLOG15/160129884/jeep-joins-nissan-honda-and-others-getting-big-benefit-from-european Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler's decision to build the new Jeep Renegade in Italy is paying off, helped by strong demand from local customers. Ford's Mexico expansion plans amount to a nice gift for Trump http://www.autonews.com/article/20160209/BLOG06/160209819/fords-mexico-expansion-plans-amount-to-a-nice-gift-for-trump Tue, 9 Feb 2016 15:12:46 EST So as it turns out, Donald Trump was right about Ford. Sort of. That's after news has leaked out that Ford is, in fact, planning to build a big, new assembly plant in Mexico. It's time to fully embrace the gasoline-electric powertrain http://www.autonews.com/article/20160209/BLOG06/160209863/its-time-to-fully-embrace-the-gasoline-electric-powertrain Tue, 9 Feb 2016 11:00:00 EST Hybrid powertrains and battery packs have proven their durability, and now it is time to make them standard. Ford faces tough decision on B-Max http://www.autonews.com/article/20160209/BLOG06/302109996/ford-faces-tough-decision-on-b-max Tue, 9 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST When Ford of Europe President Jim Farley says that the automaker must be even more selective on the segments where it competes it makes me think that the B-Max's days are numbered. Ford faces tough decision on B-Max http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160209/BLOG15/160209853/ford-faces-tough-decision-on-b-max Tue, 9 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST When Ford of Europe President Jim Farley says that the automaker must be even more selective on the segments where it competes it makes me think that the B-Max's days are numbered. Canada, fixed ops: Here we come! http://www.autonews.com/article/20160208/RETAIL/302089970/canada-fixed-ops-here-we-come Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Twenty years ago this week, Automotive News Europe was born. Now we are opening new doors, this time on this continent and in two very different sides of the industry. Hyundai's Super Bowl blitz scored big http://www.autonews.com/article/20160208/BLOG06/160209846/hyundais-super-bowl-blitz-scored-big Mon, 8 Feb 2016 16:00:35 EST Hyundai wanted to make a splash in its first Super Bowl as the NFL's automotive sponsor, but it didn't just throw money around with reckless abandon. 'Autopia' future promoted by Google and Apple will hurt traditional carmakers http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160208/BLOG15/160209931/autopia-future-promoted-by-google-and-apple-will-hurt-traditional Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Industry disrupters such as Google and Apple are better funded than their potential rivals from the automotive field. That could be bad news for traditional auto companies, an industry analyst said. A recall for wheel chocks? Maybe we've rolled off the deep end http://www.autonews.com/article/20160208/OEM11/302089976/a-recall-for-wheel-chocks-maybe-weve-rolled-off-the-deep-end Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST In a sign of Fiat Chrysler's new hypersensitivity to safety, the automaker said last week it would voluntarily supply owners of 441,578 Dodge Chargers from the 2011-16 model years in the U.S. with free wheel chocks. Let that sink in a minute. In Flint, helping is just what you do http://www.autonews.com/article/20160208/OEM/302089971/in-flint-helping-is-just-what-you-do Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Dealers step up to help in Flint but don't talk about it. It's too personal. Of all the body blows it has endured, lead-laced drinking water is the cruelest. Automotive News Europe celebrates 20 years; watch this space for future trends http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160205/BLOG15/160209913/automotive-news-europe-celebrates-20-years-watch-this-space-for Fri, 5 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST In an industry reshaping at the speed of light, Automotive News Europe brings you reliable, relevant and unbiased coverage of the auto business. Now we have a special news item of our own: this year ANE is 20. How GM's 'shampoo princess' is restoring Opel's image http://www.autonews.com/article/20160204/BLOG06/302049967/how-gms-shampoo-princess-is-restoring-opels-image Thu, 4 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Opel marketing chief Tina Mueller, a former cosmetics executive dubbed the "shampoo princess," is playing a pivotal role in restoring the brand's battered image. How GM's 'shampoo princess' is restoring Opel's image http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160204/BLOG15/160209968/how-gms-shampoo-princess-is-restoring-opels-image Thu, 4 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Opel marketing chief Tina Mueller, a former cosmetics executive dubbed the "shampoo princess," is playing a pivotal role in restoring the brand's battered image. Chock this out: We may have jumped the shark on Recall-o-rama http://www.autonews.com/article/20160203/BLOG06/160209920/chock-this-out-we-may-have-jumped-the-shark-on-recall-o-rama Wed, 3 Feb 2016 12:58:14 EST In a sign of Fiat Chrysler's new hypersensitivity to safety, the automaker will voluntarily supply owners of 441,578 Dodge Chargers with free wheel chocks. FandI product add positions Cox for growth http://www.autonews.com/article/20160203/BLOG13/302049999/fi-product-add-positions-cox-for-growth Wed, 3 Feb 2016 11:45:00 EST By offering FandI products to its dealers, Cox Automotive is setting itself up for growth. Despite a quirky January, industry is on the right path http://www.autonews.com/article/20160202/BLOG06/160209949/despite-a-quirky-january-industry-is-on-the-right-path Tue, 2 Feb 2016 17:11:37 EST Better run down to the local Asterisks R Us store and load up. The industry always wants January U.S. auto sales to foretell the year ahead, but it's a lousy month for soothsaying. Sergio's plan to sell rebadged Dart, 200 replacements could work -- if he chooses wisely http://www.autonews.com/article/20160202/BLOG06/160209984/sergios-plan-to-sell-rebadged-dart-200-replacements-could-work-if-he Tue, 2 Feb 2016 11:00:00 EST FCA just may be able to replace the Dart and 200 with more salable vehicles. The key to success: The replacements must not be available here from any other manufacturer. In Daihatsu deal, Toyota zigs while Detroit zags http://www.autonews.com/article/20160201/BLOG06/160209992/in-daihatsu-deal-toyota-zigs-while-detroit-zags Mon, 1 Feb 2016 11:14:59 EST Toyota is zigging, while Detroit zags on a key strategy: How important are small cars and emerging markets to determining future winners and losers. Toyota placed its bet last week, agreeing to buy all of Daihatsu for a stronger foothold in both. Sales reporting transparency? Yeah, right http://www.autonews.com/article/20160201/RETAIL07/302019969/sales-reporting-transparency-yeah-right Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST After a nearly six-year run, AutoNation will stop reporting monthly sales. Why? 'I've given up,' says CEO Mike Jackson. Jeep Wagoneer? Where did that come from? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160201/OEM03/302019970/jeep-wagoneer-where-did-that-come-from Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST So what's a Jeep Wagoneer? Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne referred to a Wagoneer last week during a conference call about FCA's plans to "realign" its North American production plan. But a lack of details leaves us to wonder. Woo suppliers with longer deals http://www.autonews.com/article/20160201/OEM10/302019989/woo-suppliers-with-longer-deals Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST As auto sales and production have climbed steadily over the past six years, so has capacity utilization among parts makers. Industry breaks trust, makes its bed http://www.autonews.com/article/20160201/OEM11/302019988/industry-breaks-trust-makes-its-bed Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Widespread safety recalls, information withholding and deceitful practices are damaging the auto industry's public credibility and sparking a regulatory reaction. Nissan claims win in Europe, but Toyota had more sales http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160129/BLOG15/160129857/nissan-claims-win-in-europe-but-toyota-had-more-sales Fri, 29 Jan 2016 00:01:00 EST Nissan claims it has achieved a long-stated goal of becoming the No. 1 Asian automaker in Europe by outselling Toyota last year. But Nissan's total was nearly 100,000 less than Toyota's. So which automaker won? Sales reporting transparency? Yeah, right http://www.autonews.com/article/20160128/BLOG06/160129840/sales-reporting-transparency-yeah-right Thu, 28 Jan 2016 17:32:54 EST After a nearly six-year run, AutoNation will stop reporting monthly sales. Why? 'I've given up,' CEO Mike Jackson says. Wait a minute. What? Jeep Wagoneer? Where did that come from? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160127/BLOG06/160129870/wait-a-minute-what-jeep-wagoneer-where-did-that-come-from Wed, 27 Jan 2016 18:17:38 EST Here's a question for you to ponder: What's a Jeep Wagoneer? Suzuki shares surge on report of talks with Toyota http://www.autonews.com/article/20160127/BLOG06/160129879/suzuki-shares-surge-on-report-of-talks-with-toyota Wed, 27 Jan 2016 12:55:25 EST Suzuki shares surged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange today amid speculation the minicar specialist is seeking a new alliance partner after its acrimonious breakup with Volkswagen. Beware the pitfalls of digital ads http://www.autonews.com/article/20160127/BLOG13/301279985/beware-the-pitfalls-of-digital-ads Wed, 27 Jan 2016 11:45:00 EST The industrywide push to put much of the car buying and financing process online, including ads, is a good thing. But dealers should make sure that online ads don't come back to haunt them. Why the time has come for a Takata bailout http://www.autonews.com/article/20160126/BLOG06/160129904/why-the-time-has-come-for-a-takata-bailout Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:02:54 EST It's time for Takata's largest customers to seize the company and ensure it can meet all of the legal and safety obligations arising from its faulty airbag inflators. Caddy CT6's lightweight body = big car, small engine http://www.autonews.com/article/20160126/BLOG06/301279996/caddy-ct6s-lightweight-body-big-car-small-engine Tue, 26 Jan 2016 12:30:00 EST Of the three engine choices available on the Cadillac CT6 sedan, it was the smallest that seemed to generate the most buzz during a recent media drive. Will Volvo's S90L land stateside? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160126/BLOG06/301279997/will-volvos-s90l-land-stateside Tue, 26 Jan 2016 11:30:00 EST Is an even more luxurious, longer variant of Volvo's S90 sedan in the cards for North America? GM shifts randd role to meet new realities http://www.autonews.com/article/20160126/BLOG06/301269997/gm-shifts-rd-role-to-meet-new-realities Tue, 26 Jan 2016 12:30:00 EST GM researchers, working in four locations around the globe, are focused more on developing products and technologies that can be put into production in years, not decades. A driving enthusiast can't wait for self-driving cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20160125/OEM06/301259982/a-driving-enthusiast-cant-wait-for-self-driving-cars Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:01:00 EST My love for cars is in my DNA. So why I am looking forward to the day I don't have to drive? How GM zoomed past VW in China http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160125/BLOG15/301259919/how-gm-zoomed-past-vw-in-china Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:01:00 EST The Volkswagen Group was China's largest automaker in 2013 and 2014, but last year, General Motors regained top billing. How did VW lose bragging rights as China's No. 1 automaker? How GM zoomed past VW in China http://www.autonews.com/article/20160125/GLOBAL03/301259969/how-gm-zoomed-past-vw-in-china Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:01:00 EST The Volkswagen Group was China's largest automaker in 2013 and 2014, but last year, General Motors regained top billing. How did VW lose bragging rights as China's No. 1 automaker? Top '16 priority: Managing change http://www.autonews.com/article/20160125/RETAIL/301259986/top-16-priority-managing-change Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:01:00 EST U.S. auto sales are headed toward the longest growth streak in a century, but what counts is how healthy profits can pay for profound changes in the industry's future. The risk of being an auto pioneer http://www.autonews.com/article/20160125/OEM06/301259985/the-risk-of-being-an-auto-pioneer Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:01:00 EST Some companies making the most noise about transforming the car have a poor record of delivering world-class vehicles when they are distracted. Eight things to know about the new Hyundai Ioniq hybrid http://www.autonews.com/article/20160122/BLOG06/160129944/eight-things-to-know-about-the-new-hyundai-ioniq-hybrid Fri, 22 Jan 2016 13:02:45 EST Hyundai is pitching its new Ioniq hybrid vehicle as the anti-hybrid hybrid: A green car with gusto and good looks. And the compact hatchback delivered on the promise during a recent test drive on the northern outskirts of Seoul. ZF executive 'remarkably comfortable' in one-on-one chat with Obama http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160121/BLOG15/301219940/zf-executive-remarkably-comfortable-in-one-on-one-chat-with-obama Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:21:07 EST The most commonly asked question I've received in the past 24 hours is: 'Were you nervous?' But I can honestly tell you that my 10-minute one-on-one conversation with the president was remarkably comfortable. ZF executive 'remarkably comfortable' in one-on-one chat with Obama http://www.autonews.com/article/20160121/BLOG06/160129960/zf-executive-remarkably-comfortable-in-one-on-one-chat-with-obama Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:21:07 EST The most commonly asked question I've received in the past 24 hours is: 'Were you nervous?' But I can honestly tell you that my 10-minute one-on-one conversation with the president was remarkably comfortable. Papa Uno hits the block http://www.autonews.com/article/20160120/BLOG06/160129982/papa-uno-hits-the-block Wed, 20 Jan 2016 14:00:00 EST A Fiat 500L made famous by a high-profile user is going on the auction block for charity this month in Philadelphia. Efficiency, compliance still trump shorter visits to FandI office http://www.autonews.com/article/20160120/BLOG13/301209995/efficiency-compliance-still-trump-shorter-visits-to-fi-office Wed, 20 Jan 2016 12:30:00 EST Speed in the FandI office, while a priority, may not be dealerships' No. 1 goal anymore. What Nissan learned from Mercedes for Infiniti Q30 production http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160120/BLOG15/160129996/what-nissan-learned-from-mercedes-for-infiniti-q30-production Wed, 20 Jan 2016 06:06:40 EST Nissan made some costly changes to build the Infiniti Q30 and QX30 compact cars at its UK factory. The models, which are based on Mercedes's architecture, are the first premium vehicles to be built there. The danger of being a pioneer http://www.autonews.com/article/20160119/BLOG06/160119734/the-danger-of-being-a-pioneer Tue, 19 Jan 2016 11:45:00 EST Some companies making the most noise about efforts to transform the car have a poor record of consistently delivering world-class vehicles when they become distracted from the core mission. %]