Automotive News Columnists and Bloggers Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:00:00 EST Fiat's cute cartoon characters suggest buying a 500 -- or else http://www.autonews.com/article/20140827/BLOG06/140829884/fiats-cute-cartoon-characters-suggest-buying-a-500-or-else Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:38:48 EST Since Fiat was reintroduced to the United States in 2011, the Italian brand has stretched the advertising envelope. Is CFPB guilty of spin? http://www.autonews.com/article/20140827/BLOG13/308279993/is-cfpb-guilty-of-spin Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EST Remarks delivered by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray and language used in a bureau statement last week were a lot harsher than the dry legalese of the consent order signed this month by the CFPB and First Investors... See the wild Lexus NX spot too retro for outside Japan http://www.autonews.com/article/20140827/BLOG06/140829896/see-the-wild-lexus-nx-spot-too-retro-for-outside-japan Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:35:02 EST Drifting cars, techno music, string bikinis and foam parties. At first glance, Lexus' new 'Shampoo' TV spot seems tailor-made for the trendy young crowd the luxury brand craves. Hollywood glamour, Parisian chic and the Peugeot 308 http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20140826/BLOG15/140829933/hollywood-glamour-parisian-chic-and-the-peugeot-308 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EST PSA is using the Hollywood film "Lucy" to give its Peugeot 308 a marketing boost in more than 50 markets around the world as the automaker strives to build sales outside Europe. Dealers are missing an opportunity by not changing that tire http://www.autonews.com/article/20140826/BLOG06/140829910/dealers-are-missing-an-opportunity-by-not-changing-that-tire Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:41:51 EST A recent survey reported that 52 percent of American teens ages 15 to 17 do not know how to change a tire. This is where savvy car dealers have an opportunity to do community outreach and get consumers in their doors for new or repeat business. China's government flexes its muscles http://www.autonews.com/article/20140825/GLOBAL03/308259988/chinas-government-flexes-its-muscles Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EST Nearly every automaker is at risk these days of doing something wrong in the eyes of China's government. Settlement allows Mercedes to award dealership to Alabama's Saban http://www.autonews.com/article/20140823/BLOG06/140829943/settlement-allows-mercedes-to-award-dealership-to-alabamas-saban Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EST Mercedes' plan to award a dealer franchise in Alabama to Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban and a business partner can move forward now that litigation with a longtime Mercedes dealer there has been settled. Is Ford rolling the dice with changes to 2015 Mustang? http://www.autonews.com/article/20140821/BLOG06/140829969/is-ford-rolling-the-dice-with-changes-to-2015-mustang Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:26:34 EST The new Mustang is bigger, heavier, thirstier and more expensive than the outgoing '14 model. It's a recipe for killing a sports car. Did dealers hurt themselves with the carve out? http://www.autonews.com/article/20140820/BLOG13/308209996/did-dealers-hurt-themselves-with-the-carve-out Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EST There's no mistaking that federal regulators are serious about policing auto lenders. By extension, auto dealers feel they've got a big target on their backs, too. Skipping wheel-and-tire was big mistake http://www.autonews.com/article/20140820/BLOG13/308209997/skipping-wheel-and-tire-was-big-mistake Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EST Wheel-and-tire insurance is a valuable product. There, I admit it. It's not the 'snake oil' that a cynical friend once espoused it and other FandI products to be. %]