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, 30 Jul 2015 06:00:00 EST AutoNation, Group 1 are neck and neck in FandI race http://www.autonews.com/article/20150729/BLOG13/307299995/autonation-group-1-are-neck-and-neck-in-fi-race Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:30:00 EST AutoNation overtook former frontrunner Group 1 Automotive for the top spot among the public retailers in FandI profit per vehicle in the second quarter. Or did it? It depends on how you measure. GM's new powertrain boss, with bases covered, aims for high batting average http://www.autonews.com/article/20150728/BLOG06/307289996/gms-new-powertrain-boss-with-bases-covered-aims-for-high-batting Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:00:00 EST Dan Nicholson is charged with ensuring GM Powertrain does its part to improve the fuel economy of the company's North American vehicles about 5 percent a year to reach the 2025 fleet average of 54.5 mpg target set by the U.S. Thinking outside the customers' box http://www.autonews.com/article/20150727/OEM10/307279979/thinking-outside-the-customers-box Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Innovation drives the automotive industry. Autonomous vehicle explosion brings challenges http://www.autonews.com/article/20150727/OEM06/307279976/autonomous-vehicle-explosion-brings-challenges Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Conundrum is defined by Webster's New World College Dictionary as a puzzling question or problem. The exploding autonomous vehicle phenomenon is presenting the automobile industry with a thicket of conundrums. A proving ground for collaboration http://www.autonews.com/article/20150727/OEM11/307279989/a-proving-ground-for-collaboration Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Could the smartphone -- the source of so many deadly driving distractions -- prove to be an auto safety device? That question has been in my head ever since I rode along on a Honda demonstration of a safety system that integrates connected-car and... Store renovation blues are back http://www.autonews.com/article/20150727/RETAIL07/307279978/store-renovation-blues-are-back Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST If you think you've just been transported to February 2012, you're right. Dealership renovations are hotter than the dealers who are steaming mad about them. The UAW (and Trump) cry foul as Ford runs for border http://www.autonews.com/article/20150723/BLOG06/150729938/the-uaw-and-trump-cry-foul-as-ford-runs-for-border Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:52:28 EST As GM and Ford run for the border, investing billions of dollars and creating thousands of jobs in Mexican plants, UAW leaders fume and gain an unlikely ally. Automakers should deploy mobile ads earlier in purchase cycle, Facebook study finds http://www.autonews.com/article/20150723/BLOG06/307239997/automakers-should-deploy-mobile-ads-earlier-in-purchase-cycle Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:00:00 EST A Facebook study finds automakers need to reach potential buyers in the digital realm, particularly on mobile devices, earlier in the purchase cycle. Group 1 makes terrific lemonade http://www.autonews.com/article/20150723/BLOG06/150729940/group-1-makes-terrific-lemonade Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:03:23 EST Don't feel sorry for Group 1 Automotive. They're doing just fine, thank you. More than fine, in fact. How Honda Finance's settlement could be a win for all retailers http://www.autonews.com/article/20150722/BLOG13/307229995/how-honda-finance-s-settlement-could-be-a-win-for-all-retailers Wed, 22 Jul 2015 11:30:00 EST At face value, the consent order between Honda Finance and the CFPB over lending practices doesn't seem like a gift to retailers industrywide, but it could be. Cadillac's product onslaught: Hurry up and wait http://www.autonews.com/article/20150721/BLOG06/150729976/cadillacs-product-onslaught-hurry-up-and-wait Tue, 21 Jul 2015 12:15:00 EST A glance at Cadillac's product-planning timeline shows that dealers and consumers will be waiting quite a while for much of the fresh sheet metal planned by the brand. Birthday wish for CFPB: Get real http://www.autonews.com/article/20150720/OEM11/307209996/birthday-wish-for-cfpb-get-real Mon, 20 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Five years after it was created, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau should seek additional information and better methodology to ensure it is really protecting consumers from discrimination. All self-driving cars will need V2V capability http://www.autonews.com/article/20150720/OEM06/307209997/all-self-driving-cars-will-need-v2v-capability Mon, 20 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Two SUVs on a California street try to merge into the same lane at the same time and get too close. Happens all the time. Except these two vehicles were self-driving cars. Is the DOJ auto parts price-fixing crackdown winding down? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150717/BLOG06/150719872/is-the-doj-auto-parts-price-fixing-crackdown-winding-down Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:35:43 EST After scouring the U.S. auto supply chain in a five-year crackdown on price-fixing, has the Department of Justice found something else to do? In dealer-reserve debate, CFPB, NADA and American Honda Finance strive to move ball http://www.autonews.com/article/20150715/BLOG13/307159995/in-dealer-reserve-debate-cfpb-nada-and-american-honda-finance-strive Wed, 15 Jul 2015 11:30:00 EST The debate over dealer-arranged auto loans has taken on new dimensions in recent weeks with various stakeholders seeking the upper hand. Sustained lower fuel prices upend product plans http://www.autonews.com/article/20150714/BLOG06/150719933/sustained-lower-fuel-prices-upend-product-plans Tue, 14 Jul 2015 12:30:00 EST Lower gasoline prices are starting to impact the product plans of leading automakers as consumers migrate back to larger vehicles. Time to rethink Detroit 3-UAW ties http://www.autonews.com/article/20150713/OEM01/307139939/time-to-rethink-detroit-3-uaw-ties Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Automakers have spent eight decades primarily treating the UAW first as a nuisance, then as an adversary, and only recently, as an occasional partner. Like the others, Nardelli learned the hard way -- or did he? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150713/OEM02/307139918/like-the-others-nardelli-learned-the-hard-way-or-did-he Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST I wouldn't be recalling these events had Bob Nardelli not attempted to rewrite history last week in a LinkedIn blog titled "What I Learned Leading a Company Like Chrysler Through Bankruptcy -- and Revitalization." Self-driving cars make ethical choices http://www.autonews.com/article/20150713/OEM06/307139936/self-driving-cars-make-ethical-choices Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Car companies don't usually get sucked into philosophical debates, but right now they're facing a big, thorny question: how the self-driving cars of the future will decide who will live and who will die. VW's Seat brand puts brakes on sportiness to lure family buyers http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150712/BLOG15/150719997/vws-seat-brand-puts-brakes-on-sportiness-to-lure-family-buyers Sun, 12 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST VW's Spain-based Seat brand is no longer the 'Spanish Alfa Romeo' after moving away from its sporty image, CEO Juergen Stackmann said. Nowadays, the marque aims to win family buyers, he said. Marchionne adds weight to Tuesday's UAW bargaining kickoff http://www.autonews.com/article/20150710/BLOG06/150709859/marchionne-adds-weight-to-tuesdays-uaw-bargaining-kickoff Fri, 10 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST The seriousness of this year's UAW contract negotiations with Fiat Chrysler just got more so. Minority dealers association celebrates 35th year http://www.autonews.com/article/20150710/BLOG06/150719979/minority-dealers-association-celebrates-35th-year Fri, 10 Jul 2015 15:31:48 EST The National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers celebrated its 35th birthday this week here at its annual conference. Lessons for Americans from Hamp's case http://www.autonews.com/article/20150710/BLOG06/150709858/lessons-for-americans-from-hamps-case Fri, 10 Jul 2015 12:00:00 EST A foreign national caught violating laws that are often flouted back home is not new. Germany's EV drive gets a supermarket's help http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150710/BLOG15/150709871/germanys-ev-drive-gets-a-supermarkets-help Fri, 10 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Aldi, a popular German-based discount supermarket chain, has introduced something that could help its home market get closer to an ambitious target of having 1 million EVs on the road by 2020: free charging. What do Julie Hamp and price fixing have in common? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150709/BLOG06/150709865/what-do-julie-hamp-and-price-fixing-have-in-common Thu, 9 Jul 2015 14:20:53 EST If the Japanese want to enforce their drug laws, they are perfectly entitled to do so. But they had better be prepared for other countries to enforce their own laws, too. Startups just keep coming in the used-car market http://www.autonews.com/article/20150709/BLOG06/150709873/startups-just-keep-coming-in-the-used-car-market Thu, 9 Jul 2015 07:14:15 EST In case you missed it, this week brought more reminders that the used-car market is in flux. Interiors sector will get smaller, but not too small http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150709/BLOG15/150709983/interiors-sector-will-get-smaller-but-not-too-small Thu, 9 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Grupo Antolin's planned purchase of most of Magna's interiors operations and JCI's possible sale of its seating business are just the beginning of the upheaval in the automotive interiors world. Alfa's last chance? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150708/BLOG06/307089921/alfas-last-chance Wed, 8 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne hopes that his 5 billion-euro ($5.3 billion) bet on Alfa Romeo will result in eight new models, a sales boost, and an end to financial losses at the brand. Alfa's last chance? http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150708/BLOG15/150639996/alfas-last-chance Wed, 8 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne hopes that his 5 billion-euro bet on Alfa Romeo will result in eight new models, a sales boost, and an end to financial losses at the brand. Has high court raised bar for CFPB in auto bias cases? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150708/BLOG13/307019990/has-high-court-raised-bar-for-cfpb-in-auto-bias-cases Wed, 8 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST From the outside, the Supreme Court's ruling last month upholding disparate impact claims in housing discrimination lawsuits may look like a headache for auto dealers, but a provision in the decision could give the Consumer Financial Protection... So far, F-150's rivals are mostly sticking with steel http://www.autonews.com/article/20150707/BLOG06/150709921/so-far-f-150s-rivals-are-mostly-sticking-with-steel Tue, 7 Jul 2015 11:45:00 EST The big switch from steel to aluminum may not happen. So far, other than Ford, automakers have shunned complete aluminum bodies for their pickups. No, Bob Nardelli. Just no. http://www.autonews.com/article/20150707/BLOG06/150709903/no-bob-nardelli-just-no Tue, 7 Jul 2015 12:23:39 EST In a column released this week on LinkedIn.com, former CEO Bob Nardelli takes credit for turning around Chrysler Corp. and guiding it back to where it is today. Did Piech's prodding revive Alfa? http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150707/BLOG15/150709918/did-piechs-prodding-revive-alfa Tue, 7 Jul 2015 04:56:56 EST So now that the Alfa Romeo plan is more fully hatched and the strategy is clear -- horsepower and hair-raising versions come first, and mainstream models follow -- here's a nagging question: Do we have Ferdinand Piech to thank for all of this? Did Piech's prodding revive Alfa? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150706/OEM02/307069980/did-piechs-prodding-revive-alfa Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST So now that the Alfa Romeo plan is more fully hatched and the strategy is clear -- horsepower and hair-raising versions come first, and mainstream models follow -- here's a nagging question: Do we have Ferdinand Piech to thank for all of this? Toyota must keep on pushing for diversity http://www.autonews.com/article/20150706/OEM02/307069976/toyota-must-keep-on-pushing-for-diversity Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota derives three-quarters of its sales from overseas. About 80 percent of its 338,875 employees are outside Japan. Yet only two non-Japanese are board members. A sales record not worth breaking http://www.autonews.com/article/20150706/RETAIL01/307069972/a-sales-record-not-worth-breaking Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST By the numbers, the U.S. auto industry just had its best spring selling season in a decade. But that's not the whole story. rather misleading. June 2015 was actually far better than June 2005. German carmakers are right: Grexit can save Europe http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150703/BLOG15/150709945/german-carmakers-are-right-grexit-can-save-europe Fri, 3 Jul 2015 03:39:24 EST German automakers are right to believe that Greece's exit from the Europe could save Europe. Why Ford stumbled with the EcoSport http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150703/BLOG15/150709981/why-ford-stumbled-with-the-ecosport Fri, 3 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford stumbled with the EcoSport and was forced to make a quick redesign to address poor sales. So what went wrong? Swedish royalty and the XC90 http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150703/BLOG15/150709959/swedish-royalty-and-the-xc90 Fri, 3 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST The Volvo XC90 has become synonymous with the Swedish royal family on multiple levels. Citroen CEO sees positive changes for women in auto industry http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150702/BLOG15/150709989/citroen-ceo-sees-positive-changes-for-women-in-auto-industry Thu, 2 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST One year into her role as Citroen CEO Linda Jackson says she hasn't encountered any prejudice as a woman working a man's world. In fact, she says it's an advantage. Look out! Still water ahead http://www.autonews.com/article/20150701/BLOG06/307019988/look-out-still-water-ahead Wed, 1 Jul 2015 16:30:00 EST June was another good sales month. We've had a good first half, and a great six-year run-up. But expect to start seeing some separation among competitors. The (technology) pluses and minuses of a GM-FCA deal http://www.autonews.com/article/20150630/BLOG06/306309996/the-technology-pluses-and-minuses-of-a-gm-fca-deal Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:15:00 EST GM and FCA could benefit from each other's technology. Instead of a full-blown merger, maybe some small side-deals is all Sergio needs. Why Toyota can set the car-tech agenda http://www.autonews.com/article/20150629/BLOG06/150629890/why-toyota-can-set-the-car-tech-agenda Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:28:29 EST Alix Partners assessed the ability of automakers to pay for the cool but expensive technology about to flood into vehicles. Perhaps to no one's surprise, Toyota was by far the best-positioned. Is Marchionne right? Let's find out http://www.autonews.com/article/20150629/OEM/306299998/is-marchionne-right-lets-find-out Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST We were fascinated a few weeks ago when FCA boss Sergio Marchionne made his now-famous PowerPoint presentation to the analyst community. Whatever his motivation, we have decided to take Marchionne seriously. Self-driving cars already have ethics http://www.autonews.com/article/20150628/BLOG06/150629912/self-driving-cars-already-have-ethics Sun, 28 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Car companies aren't usually involved in philosophic debates, but right now they're facing a big, thorny question: how the self-driving cars of the future will decide who will live and who will die. Colorado, Canyon target 'best' marketing claim http://www.autonews.com/article/20150626/BLOG06/150629913/colorado-canyon-target-best-marketing-claim Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:00:00 EST Soon, Chevrolet and GMC will gain a coveted marketing claim: Best fuel economy of any pickup. 2005 vs. 2015 -- similar SAAR, different story http://www.autonews.com/article/20150626/BLOG06/150629914/2005-vs-2015-similar-saar-different-story Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:13:49 EST By the numbers, the U.S. auto industry just had its best spring selling season in a decade. But that's rather misleading. June 2015 is far better than June 2005. Renault Espace's Tesla-like touchscreen could be a winner http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150625/BLOG15/150629963/renault-espaces-tesla-like-touchscreen-could-be-a-winner Thu, 25 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Renault's large, vertically mounted touchscreen on its new Espace large minivan seems like a smart move as connectivity increasingly becomes a key selling point for new vehicles. 3 steps to regulatory compliance http://www.autonews.com/article/20150624/BLOG13/306259999/3-steps-to-regulatory-compliance Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:15:00 EST To stay out of trouble with regulators, clean up compliance. It sounds like an obvious solution, but what do dealers need to do to be sure compliance is up to par? 'Multiphysics': Engineering's new frontier http://www.autonews.com/article/20150623/BLOG06/306239998/multiphysics-engineerings-new-frontier Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:30:00 EST The creation process that was once fairly simple -- design blueprints to prototypes to testing to validation to production -- now is often extremely complex, involving engineers from several disciplines who must think in areas outside of their... %]