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, 27 Jun 2017 06:00:00 EST FCA's recall campaign fails to impress safety advocate Claybrook http://www.autonews.com/article/20170627/BLOG06/170629796/fcas-recall-campaign-fails-to-impress-safety-advocate-claybrook Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:48:14 EST FCA cast itself as a noble corporate citizen with a campaign to reduce the huge number of open recalls across the industry. Safety advocate Joan Claybrook wasn't impressed. Progress on the road to autonomy http://www.autonews.com/article/20170627/BLOG06/170629787/progress-on-the-road-to-autonomy Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:43:46 EST It's going to be many years, decades perhaps, until self-driving vehicles integrate safely onto the nation's roads and transport passengers 100 percent safely 100 percent of the time. Camry ups its game without losing its soul http://www.autonews.com/article/20170627/BLOG06/170629789/camry-ups-its-game-without-losing-its-soul Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:22:43 EST The only thing the midsize sedan kept from the previous generation was the Toyota logo and its reason to be. Boardrooms can learn from Uber's woes http://www.autonews.com/article/20170626/MOBILITY/170629912/uber-cultural-boardroom Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST While Uber's woes make the news, they can also serve as a spark for making the support and advancement of women in your company a boardroom mission. Amazon's Europe project may signal its next move in autos http://www.autonews.com/article/20170626/OEM06/170629846/amazon-auto-europe-pilot Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Could Amazon decide to buy a dealership group or two to cover all automotive brands? It certainly has the cash. Whose fault is it anyway? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170626/OEM06/170629904/whose-fault-is-it-anyway Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST We are heading into a lot of uncharted waters with autonomous vehicles. Should we be worried about Big Brother? FCA tries to dodge Demon responsibility http://www.autonews.com/article/20170622/BLOG06/170629918/fca-tries-to-dodge-demon-responsibility Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:19:27 EST It seems I have some company when it comes to concern over how the general public will use/misuse the 840-hp Dodge Demon when it arrives later this year. Volvo's Ingenlath achieves rare feat http://www.autonews.com/article/20170621/BLOG06/306219928/volvos-ingenlath-achieves-rare-feat Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Volvo's Thomas Ingenlath is among a small number of designers who have been tapped to lead a brand. So far the results have been mixed. Volvo's Ingenlath achieves rare feat http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170621/BLOG15/170629973/volvos-ingenlath-achieves-rare-feat Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Volvo's Thomas Ingenlath is among a small number of designers who have been tapped to lead a brand. So far the results have been mixed. A case for recapping FandI http://www.autonews.com/article/20170621/BLOG13/170629951/a-case-for-recapping-fi Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:23:05 EST At the end of the car-buying process, many customers want to rush through FandI, get in their new car and drive away. It may pay off to visit FandI again later. At Honda, tease after tease for a franchise http://www.autonews.com/article/20170620/BLOG06/170629991/honda-releases-sketch-of-2018-accord Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:34:10 EST The American family sedan isn't going the way of the American family wagon any time soon, but Honda, like many rivals, is determined to make it fun again and keep its edge in a waning but still key segment. Chinese carmakers declare war on foreign rivals http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170619/BLOG15/170619745/chinese-carmakers-declare-war-on-foreign-rivals Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:59:42 EST Until recently, Chinese automakers were widely considered to be cheap, low-quality marques that were too weak to compete with global giants. But in the past two years, several Chinese brands have snatched market share from foreign rivals. A self-fulfilling prophecy http://www.autonews.com/article/20170619/RETAIL01/170619807/a-self-fulfilling-prophecy Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Right now it is being whispered: The recession is coming, the recession is coming. It may be a good time to take a look at your operation and see about cutting the fat. Investing principles for a new automobile era http://www.autonews.com/article/20170619/MOBILITY/170619832/investing-principles-for-a-new-automobile-era Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST For better or worse, many industries will feel the diminishing dominance of human-driven, gasoline-powered vehicles. Is self-driving data a gold mine or a land mine? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170619/OEM06/170619808/data-autonomous-self-driving-vehicles Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Does data generated by autonomous vehicles really provide carmakers with a '$1 trillion opportunity'? Practices of retired Lexus service chief endure among his disciples http://www.autonews.com/article/20170619/RETAIL05/170619893/practices-of-retired-lexus-service-chief-endure-among-his-disciples Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Though Dick Chitty retired from Toyota more than a decade ago, his parts and service principles still ring true at Lexus stores today. Don't be afraid to seek higher factory repayment for warranty parts http://www.autonews.com/article/20170619/RETAIL05/170619870/dont-be-afraid-to-seek-higher-factory-repayment-for-warranty-parts Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Many dealers know they can periodically apply to the factory for a service labor rate increase. Far fewer seem aware that most states' franchise laws also allow a retail parts markup. What dealership service department's can do to keep customers http://www.autonews.com/article/20170619/RETAIL05/170619929/why-customer-stray-and-what-your-dealerships-service-department-can Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST The future holds great potential for your shop to boost the number of repair tickets you write. Here' some hard data that can help you. Why VW will not sell its new Polo subcompact in the U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20170616/BLOG06/306169947/why-vw-will-not-sell-its-new-polo-subcompact-in-the-u-s Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:36:55 EST VW sees no profit in adding the Polo subcompact to a U.S. lineup dominated by SUVs and sedans. Why VW will not sell Polo in the U.S. http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170616/BLOG15/170619789/why-vw-will-not-sell-polo-in-the-u-s Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:36:55 EST VW sees no profit in adding the Polo subcompact to a U.S. lineup dominated by SUVs and sedans. The auto industry is losing its head over Uber http://www.autonews.com/article/20170616/MOBILITY/170619797/the-auto-industry-is-losing-its-head-over-uber Fri, 16 Jun 2017 06:39:36 EST Sergio Marchionne gets right to the point when it comes to one of the big trends sweeping the auto business: 'Contrary to what some of my colleagues believe, we are not in the mobility business." China's EV market: Something for everybody http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170616/BLOG15/170619879/chinas-ev-market-something-for-everybody Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST VW and Daimler soon will have a strong presence in the mass market for EVs in China. How engine gurus cope with the EV's rise http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170615/BLOG15/170619859/how-engine-gurus-cope-with-the-evs-rise Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Engine gurus at powertrain components provider BorgWarner have some interesting views on the rise of electric vehicles. Would you buy a car from Amazon? http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170614/BLOG15/170619906/would-you-buy-a-car-from-amazon Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST The automotive retail market is too big for Amazon to ignore. But the online shopping giant may find it difficult to compete with dealerships and automakers investing in e-commerce. At Waymo, it's lights out for 'Firefly' http://www.autonews.com/article/20170613/BLOG06/170619905/at-waymo-its-lights-out-for-firefly Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:06:55 EST Waymo is trading in the pod car for more practical wheels. Tesla Model 3: First detailed photos snapped at charging station http://www.autonews.com/article/20170613/BLOG06/306149997/tesla-model-3-first-detailed-photos-snapped-at-charging-station Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:45:00 EST The Tesla Model 3 has been captured undisguised and out testing a long way from home. GM, Tesla: A tale of two shareholder meetings http://www.autonews.com/article/20170612/OEM/170619968/a-tale-of-two-shareholders-meetings Mon, 12 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of mobility, it was the age of Wall Street foolishness ... Makeover mania won't go away http://www.autonews.com/article/20170612/RETAIL07/170619982/makeover-mania-wont-go-away Mon, 12 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST It does not make sense why all dealerships of a certain brand have to look the same like McDonald's, Keith Crain writes. Rethinking quality in the digital age http://www.autonews.com/article/20170612/OEM06/170619994/rethinking-quality-in-the-digital-age Mon, 12 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Without proper safeguards, the sophisticated components of autonomous systems could become the Achilles' heel of next-generation vehicle design. Women and FandI -- let's talk http://www.autonews.com/article/20170607/BLOG13/170609814/women-and-fi-lets-talk Wed, 7 Jun 2017 11:30:26 EST One finance director says most of the successful FandI managers she knows are women. Yet the assumption lingers that the FandI world is unwelcoming to women and mothers. Jaguar design boss keeps faith in a V-8-powered future http://www.autonews.com/article/20170606/BLOG06/306079997/jaguar-design-boss-keeps-faith-in-a-v-8-powered-future Tue, 6 Jun 2017 12:30:00 EST While unveiling his mural at the new National Transport Design Centre at Coventry University, Jaguar design boss Ian Callum talked with the British press about the sweeping change happening in the auto industry. Data: Gold mine or land mine? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170606/BLOG06/306069950/data-gold-mine-or-land-mine Tue, 6 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Fully autonomous cars are coming and many automakers believe that these highly connected vehicles will offer lucrative returns from data that they hope to sell to tech companies. Uber better watch out #8212; Didi is coming http://www.autonews.com/article/20170605/OEM06/170609934/uber-better-watch-out-didi-is-coming Mon, 5 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Here's why Uber should worry about Didi Chuxing, China's fast-growing ride-hailing service. Factory must take responsibility for customer satisfaction http://www.autonews.com/article/20170605/RETAIL07/170609933/factory-must-take-responsibility-for-customer-satisfaction Mon, 5 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Manufacturers and distributors profess a total commitment to customer satisfaction. They claim to hold themselves to the highest standards. Here's why it is hard to buy that claim. Data: Gold mine or land mine? http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170604/BLOG15/170529785/data-gold-mine-or-land-mine Sun, 4 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Fully autonomous cars are coming and many automakers believe that these highly connected vehicles will offer lucrative returns from data that they hope to sell to tech companies such as Apple and Google. Geely, a winner in China, faces uphill battle establishing itself overseas http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170602/BLOG15/170609954/geely-a-winner-in-china-faces-uphill-battle-establishing-itself Fri, 2 Jun 2017 04:01:21 EST Geely has emerged as the largest domestic carmaker in China this year, but despite its worldwide ambitions, the automaker still has a long way to go before becoming a truly global player, one that international brands have to reckon with. Sunshine on a dreary sales day http://www.autonews.com/article/20170601/BLOG06/170609963/sunshine-on-a-dreary-sales-day Thu, 1 Jun 2017 17:47:09 EST There's some good news tucked inside May's soft U.S. sales numbers: No price wars; no lunges to grab market share; no whiff of panic. Mr. President, you are wrong http://www.autonews.com/article/20170601/OEM/170609985/mr-president-you-are-wrong Thu, 1 Jun 2017 10:54:48 EST President Donald Trump has been making a lot of noise criticizing Germany and German auto manufacturers for all the cars they sell in the U.S. He is wrong. Watch out for month-end fraud http://www.autonews.com/article/20170531/BLOG13/170539961/watch-out-for-month-end-fraud Wed, 31 May 2017 11:01:54 EST The dealership fraud rate is 56 percent higher in the last week of the month than in the first week, PointPredictive says. The threat comes from outside and inside the dealership. Piech isolated at family gathering http://www.autonews.com/article/20170530/BLOG06/305309978/piech-isolated-at-family-gathering Tue, 30 May 2017 07:16:21 EST Ferdinand Piech attended Porsche SE's annual meeting for the first time since he fell out with the rest of the Porsche-Piech clan. It might have been his last appearance at the event. Piech isolated at family gathering http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170530/BLOG15/170539992/piech-isolated-at-family-gathering Tue, 30 May 2017 07:16:21 EST Ferdinand Piech made what may be the last appearance at his family's holding company that controls a majority stake in VW Group. Funeral for a friend: Wave goodbye to the light-duty diesel http://www.autonews.com/article/20170530/BLOG06/170539981/funeral-for-a-friend-wave-goodbye-to-the-light-duty-diesel Tue, 30 May 2017 11:46:07 EST With tightening global emissions standards increasing the cost to scrub tailpipe emissions of nitrogen oxide, or NOx, it may be one generation and done for many of the newest diesel vehicles. Auction safety is an industry responsibility http://www.autonews.com/article/20170529/RETAIL04/170529847/auction-safety-is-an-industry-responsibility Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Auto auction safety should not be a proprietary issue, a competitive issue or an economic issue #8212; it's an industry responsibility. How Lotus can thrive under China's Geely http://www.autonews.com/article/20170529/OEM04/170529809/how-lotus-can-thrive-under-chinas-geely Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST There's a vast difference between Geely's six-seat London taxicabs and a Lotus' two-seat sports car. But the two companies have something in common. After Fields, is anyone safe? http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170529/BLOG15/305299955/mark-fields-ford-jason-stein Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Former Ford CEO Mark Fields restored European profits, renegotiated labor agreements and started a movement to the world of mobility. That he was fired begs the question: Is anyone safe? After Fields, is anyone safe? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170529/OEM02/170529808/mark-fields-ford-jason-stein Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Mark Fields managed the F-150 pickup transformation, repositioned the Lincoln brand, restored European profits, renegotiated labor agreements and started a movement to the world of mobility. That he was fired begs the question: Is anyone safe? Connected-car future requires manufacturers to network http://www.autonews.com/article/20170529/OEM06/170529851/connected-car-future-requires-manufacturers-to-network Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST To realize the potential of connected and autonomous vehicles, vehicle manufacturers and technology providers must work together to integrate software and applications into the heart of the vehicle operating system. Job insecurity is part of Ford CEO position http://www.autonews.com/article/20170529/OEM02/170529825/job-insecurity-is-part-of-ford-ceo-position Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Mark Fields is not the first Ford CEO to be pushed out for vague reasons. Fields lesson: CEO has many masters http://www.autonews.com/article/20170529/OEM02/170529837/fields-lesson-ceo-has-many-masters Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Mark Fields is a nice guy, but being a nice guy didn't matter. Wall Street has decided that it is not in love with automotive stocks. Lotus can thrive under Geely http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170524/BLOG15/170529940/lotus-can-thrive-under-geely Wed, 24 May 2017 05:47:30 EST Geely's decision to take a majority stake in Lotus is great news for the unprofitable UK sports-car maker because the Chinese company has had great success in reviving Volvo's fortunes. %]