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, 29 Aug 2015 06:00:00 EST E-contracting needs standard definition http://www.autonews.com/article/20150826/BLOG13/308269994/e-contracting-needs-standard-definition Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:15:00 EST Although electronic contracting has gained traction, itandrsquo;s still not widely embraced by dealers. Will another Fiat Chrysler star, or two, bow in Vegas? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150825/BLOG06/150829941/will-another-fiat-chrysler-star-or-two-bow-in-vegas Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:30:00 EST For the third time in six years, Fiat Chrysler dealers are gathering -- in private and without cellphones or cameras -- to get their first glimpses of the vehicles they soon will be asked to sell. Why autonomous cars should drive the way we do http://www.autonews.com/article/20150824/OEM06/308249986/why-autonomous-cars-should-drive-the-way-we-do Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST As drivers, we're never as comfortable as when we or someone with the same risk tolerance and driving style is at the wheel. Why autonomous cars should drive the way we do http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150824/BLOG15/308249943/why-autonomous-cars-should-drive-the-way-we-do Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST As drivers, we're never as comfortable as when we or someone with the same risk tolerance and driving style is at the wheel. MandA fever's hefty toll on talent http://www.autonews.com/article/20150824/OEM02/308249989/ma-fevers-hefty-toll-on-talent Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Throughout Automotive News' Industry on Trial series, we've looked at wasted capital, duplicated engineering and how economies of scale drive the urge to merge. Let's set aside the corporate chessboard to focus on people. Tesla strikes again at Pebble Beach http://www.autonews.com/article/20150824/OEM03/308249988/tesla-strikes-again-at-pebble-beach Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST If there is one constant as of late at the 65-year-old Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance it is this: Everyone wants to talk about Tesla. Why the Chinese market rout is hitting global auto brands http://www.autonews.com/article/20150821/BLOG06/308219980/why-the-chinese-market-rout-is-hitting-global-auto-brands Fri, 21 Aug 2015 05:04:32 EST The Chinese government's decision to allow small- and medium-sized businesses to list on the stock market produced a rout that wiped out the wealth of middle-class consumers, the main customers for global automakers. Why the Chinese market rout is hitting global auto brands http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150821/BLOG15/150829979/why-the-chinese-market-rout-is-hitting-global-auto-brands Fri, 21 Aug 2015 05:04:32 EST The Chinese government's decision to allow small and medium-sized businesses to list on the stock market produced a rout that wiped out the wealth of middle-class consumers, the main customers for global automakers. Why industry's trudging tech rep no longer applies http://www.autonews.com/article/20150819/BLOG13/308209997/why-industrys-trudging-tech-rep-no-longer-applies Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:15:00 EST Auto dealers and lenders have a reputation of resisting change, especially when it comes to technology. But maybe that reputation is undeserved now. How to solve global emissions rift, without dealing in reality http://www.autonews.com/article/20150818/BLOG06/308189998/how-to-solve-global-emissions-rift-without-dealing-in-reality Tue, 18 Aug 2015 11:30:00 EST A single, global standard for emissions would be ideal, and can't be overstated enough, because the auto industry is burning precious capital at what may turn out to be an unsustainable rate. Why Jaguar Land Rover picked 'Detroit East' http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150817/BLOG15/308179947/why-jaguar-land-rover-picked-detroit-east Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Jaguar Land Rover's selection of Nitra, Slovakia, for its next assembly plant dashed hopes in the U.S., Mexico and Poland. Was Slovakia's pick just another low-wage choice? Hardly. China's currency move a setback, not a calamity http://www.autonews.com/article/20150817/GLOBAL03/308179964/chinas-currency-move-a-setback-not-a-calamity Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST China's devaluation of the yuan will certainly squeeze global automakers' profits -- and it should give a mild boost to Chinese auto exports -- but it's not going to blow up automakers' long-term strategy. Why JLR picked 'Detroit East' http://www.autonews.com/article/20150817/OEM01/308179988/why-jlr-picked-detroit-east Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Jaguar Land Rover's selection last week of Nitra, Slovakia, for its next assembly plant dashed hopes in the U.S., Mexico and Poland. Was Slovakia's pick just another low-wage choice? Hardly. Digital maps are a precious resource http://www.autonews.com/article/20150817/OEM06/308179990/digital-maps-are-a-precious-resource Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST High-quality digital maps, which will play a crucial role in the connected, automated cars of the future, have basically become a critical resource to the auto industry -- the new oil. Why Mazda's Jim O'Sullivan is big on new subcompact CX-3 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150816/BLOG06/150819891/why-mazdas-jim-osullivan-is-big-on-new-subcompact-cx-3 Sun, 16 Aug 2015 18:52:59 EST Classic Car Week on the Monterey Peninsula is always extra-special for Mazda, what with the Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca being a main attraction. Autonomous cars will crash and be hacked ... and that's OK http://www.autonews.com/article/20150815/BLOG06/150819908/autonomous-cars-will-crash-and-be-hacked-and-thats-ok Sat, 15 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Cybersecurity and the threat of chaos is a new reality in the age of connected and autonomous cars. This is the reality we live. Cars can, and will, be hacked Turin auto show reboot provides hope http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150814/BLOG15/150729877/turin-auto-show-reboot-provides-hope Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Many European cities have lost or downsized their auto shows in recent years because they cannot compete with Europe's Big Three. Despite this, there was a promising innovation in June in Turin. Another car-hack issue to ponder: In-car eavesdropping http://www.autonews.com/article/20150814/BLOG06/150819914/another-car-hack-issue-to-ponder-in-car-eavesdropping Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:11:35 EST We have all seen the rash of reports about hackers taking control of connected cars, but could a hacker turn on a voice link without your knowledge and listen to your conversations? Tesla strikes while the iron's hot http://www.autonews.com/article/20150813/BLOG06/150819932/tesla-strikes-while-the-irons-hot Thu, 13 Aug 2015 13:11:23 EST At certain points in their lives, even obsessive billionaires like Elon Musk must come to terms with the fact that some things are beyond their control. Sales legend rings up with advice on cars, marriage, cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20150813/BLOG06/150819939/sales-legend-rings-up-with-advice-on-cars-marriage-cars Thu, 13 Aug 2015 10:03:59 EST From 1966-77, Joe Girard won the annual title as the world's No. 1 car salesman. He retired from selling cars at age 49 and launched a career as a speaker and writer. Today, at 86, Girard is still a speaker. Skoda is poised to profit from protecting dogs in cars http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150812/BLOG15/150819977/skoda-is-poised-to-profit-from-protecting-dogs-in-cars Wed, 12 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Skoda is one of the first automakers to offer a range of safety accessories to attract dog-loving motorists to the brand. The move could become a worthwhile moneymaker for the Czech brand. A case for using single staffer for sales, FandI http://www.autonews.com/article/20150812/BLOG13/308139999/a-case-for-using-single-staffer-for-sales-fi Wed, 12 Aug 2015 11:45:00 EST At Barry Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep- Ram in Ephrata, Wash., store owner Denver Morford wants customers to work with the same employee throughout the entire purchase process to build a relationship and customer retention. Audi's 605-hp S8 Plus dials the power up to 11 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150811/BLOG06/308119999/audis-605-hp-s8-plus-dials-the-power-up-to-11 Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:00:00 EST Audi is introducing an even more powerful version of the S8 sedan unimaginatively dubbed S8 Plus. CTS-V sticker reflects shift in Cadillac pricing http://www.autonews.com/article/20150811/BLOG06/308119998/cts-v-sticker-reflects-shift-in-cadillac-pricing Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:00:00 EST If you squint hard at the label on the Cadillac CTS-V high-performance sedan that hits showrooms soon, you will see a subtle but telling shift in Cadillac's pricing strategy. For Honda, technology isn't just for the young http://www.autonews.com/article/20150811/BLOG06/150809853/for-honda-technology-isnt-just-for-the-young Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:00:00 EST When it comes to the changes Honda made to its freshened 2016 Accord, it's what's on the inside that counts. July's secret sauce? There's 'Nothing bad happening' http://www.autonews.com/article/20150810/RETAIL01/308109957/julys-secret-sauce-theres-nothing-bad-happening Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Why did U.S. auto sales flourish in July? 'There's nothing really special about July except there's really nothing bad happening," said AlixPartners' Mark Wakefield. Fore! A full recovery takes flight http://www.autonews.com/article/20150809/OEM/308109984/fore-a-full-recovery-takes-flight Sun, 9 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST The Center for Automotive Research celebrated a half century of its supplier-rich Management Briefing Seminars last week. CarMax dodges a bullet, thanks to NADA, NIADA and NAAA http://www.autonews.com/article/20150808/BLOG06/150809858/carmax-dodges-a-bullet-thanks-to-nada-niada-and-naaa Sat, 8 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST CarMax owes the National Automobile Dealers Association, the National Auto Auction Association and the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association an enormous thank you. When Johanna Quandt turned an ambitious Henry Ford II down http://www.autonews.com/article/20150805/BLOG06/150809893/when-johanna-quandt-turned-an-ambitious-henry-ford-ii-down Wed, 5 Aug 2015 17:45:00 EST Johanna Quandt looked like a character out of "The Sound of Music" as she greeted Henry Ford II at her home in Germany in the summer of 1987. Chris Grundler and the EPA hot seat http://www.autonews.com/article/20150805/BLOG06/150809914/chris-grundler-and-the-epa-hot-seat Wed, 5 Aug 2015 11:25:01 EST You think your job is tough? Try walking in Chris Grundler's shoes at the EPA. Sergio is right, but industry avoids consolidation http://www.autonews.com/article/20150805/BLOG06/150809907/sergio-is-right-but-industry-avoids-consolidation Wed, 5 Aug 2015 14:07:49 EST Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne set the industry on its ear recently when he said it has a dangerous problem: a chronic addiction to burning capital at an unsustainable rate. Why Hyundai sticks by its warranty offer http://www.autonews.com/article/20150805/BLOG06/150809927/why-hyundai-sticks-by-its-warranty-offer Wed, 5 Aug 2015 17:30:00 EST With Hyundai racking up awards for its quality and reliability, could the brand get away with watering down its industry-leading warranty coverage? Bill limiting CFPB has long road to becoming law http://www.autonews.com/article/20150805/BLOG13/308059982/bill-limiting-cfpb-has-long-road-to-becoming-law Wed, 5 Aug 2015 12:30:00 EST The U.S. House Financial Services Committee last week moved a bill that would limit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's guidance over auto lending. But dealers and lenders should hold off on the celebrations. The knock on higher octane http://www.autonews.com/article/20150805/OEM06/308069993/the-knock-on-higher-octane Wed, 5 Aug 2015 11:00:00 EST Expect the debate over raising the octane levels at U.S. gasoline pumps -- perhaps making 93 octane the new regular -- to get a lot louder between now and 2017. Back when Detroit had to learn efficiency from Japan http://www.autonews.com/article/20150805/BLOG06/150809919/back-when-detroit-had-to-learn-efficiency-from-japan Wed, 5 Aug 2015 09:26:03 EST People here at the Management Briefing Seminars are talking about the urgency to embrace new information technologies to run better factories, reduce wasteful practices and empower workers to make processes work better. Mel Farr still wows Detroit http://www.autonews.com/article/20150804/BLOG06/150809929/mel-farr-still-wows-detroit Tue, 4 Aug 2015 17:00:00 EST Mel Farr, who died Monday, was an automotive pioneer on two fronts: as a minority dealer and as a champion of subprime buyers, using leading-edge technology to enable sales to consumers who otherwise would have been turned away. Conti's Cruising Chauffeur: The beauty of 2 of everything http://www.autonews.com/article/20150804/BLOG06/150809936/contis-cruising-chauffeur-the-beauty-of-2-of-everything Tue, 4 Aug 2015 15:58:29 EST If Continental AG is right about driverless cars, the trick to the technology is to have at least two of everything. The race to find the perfect aluminum alloy http://www.autonews.com/article/20150804/BLOG06/308059990/the-race-to-find-the-perfect-aluminum-alloy Tue, 4 Aug 2015 12:00:00 EST Novelis is working on lighter, stronger aluminum and sees welding as the future of joining the metal. Is a 400-hp, quad-turbo diesel engine in BMW's future? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150804/BLOG06/308059989/is-a-400-hp-quad-turbo-diesel-engine-in-bmws-future Tue, 4 Aug 2015 12:15:00 EST Tri-turbos are so last season. Aiming to keep up with fashion BMW is reportedly working on quad-turbo engines. Why standard batteries are a tough sell for automakers http://www.autonews.com/article/20150804/BLOG06/150809945/why-standard-batteries-are-a-tough-sell-for-automakers Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:23:47 EST There's a simple way to reduce EV battery costs without using any exotic new technologies, but it's a tough sell for automakers. Honda's formula for recruiting assembly workers http://www.autonews.com/article/20150804/BLOG06/150809947/hondas-formula-for-recruiting-assembly-workers Tue, 4 Aug 2015 10:46:08 EST Jeff Tomko was one of the speakers who got deleted from the Monday program by the chaos of the local power outage. Sports cars: Launch 'em and leave 'em? No way http://www.autonews.com/article/20150804/OEM03/308059994/sports-cars-launch-em-and-leave-em-no-way Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:00:00 EST Launch it and leave it is a death sentence for sporty cars. And no company has been more successful at failing with sporty cars than Toyota. Dodge Challenger needs more internet horsepower http://www.autonews.com/article/20150804/BLOG06/150809952/dodge-challenger-needs-more-internet-horsepower Tue, 4 Aug 2015 07:44:46 EST We all know the Dodge Challenger can be ordered with an asphalt peeling 707-horsepower Hellcat Hemi V-8 engine. But Monday I found one area where the Challenger's performance can be greatly improved: The Uconnect system. HERE acquisition shows maps are the new oil http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/BLOG06/150809974/here-acquisition-shows-maps-are-the-new-oil Mon, 3 Aug 2015 16:31:28 EST High-quality digital maps, which will play a crucial role in the connected, automated cars of the future, have basically become a critical resource to the auto industry -- the new oil. Nissan wants you to know that size matters http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/BLOG06/150809986/nissan-wants-you-to-know-that-size-matters Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:26:02 EST Nissan executives have grown fond of telling audiences that their vehicle assembly plant in Smyrna, Tenn., is now North America's largest. Last year's output: 648,000 cars and SUVs. July's secret sauce? 'Nothing bad happening' http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/BLOG06/308049990/julys-secret-sauce-nothing-bad-happening Mon, 3 Aug 2015 16:45:00 EST Why did auto sales flourish in July? 'Nothing bad happening,' which as it happens, is my favorite explanation this month. GM's fuel cell ideas take on new relevance http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/BLOG06/150809987/gms-fuel-cell-ideas-take-on-new-relevance Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:11:16 EST When GM decided to own fuel cell technology about 15 years ago, one of the ways the company used to justify the massive investment in the technology was that the stacks could be used to generate electricity in emergencies. Why others aren't adopting Ford's aluminum strategy http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/OEM03/308049994/why-others-arent-adopting-fords-aluminum-strategy Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:15:00 EST It's starting to look like the switch to all-aluminum bodies for high-volume vehicles may not happen at all. Here's why: Ford's strategy for the change in metals doesn't apply to other automakers. Putting Sergio's thesis to the test http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/OEM01/308039953/putting-sergios-thesis-to-the-test Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News has devoted enormous time and resources and turned a mirror on the industry -- questioning whether the entire structure, the bones of the business, needs a rethink. Takata apology is a sign that accountability is new normal http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/OEM11/308039972/takata-apology-is-a-sign-that-accountability-is-new-normal Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Times have changed. Today, consumers hold the key to the economy. The Detroit 3 control less than half the U.S. market. Consumers expect greater corporate responsibility and accountability, particularly on health and safety. %]