Automotive News Columnists and Bloggers Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:00:00 EST If dealers don't weigh in, they can't gripe http://www.autonews.com/article/20150325/BLOG13/303259993/if-dealers-dont-weigh-in-they-cant-gripe Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:30:00 EST Dealers have a chance right now to weigh in on what they like and donandrsquo;t like about their lenders, and they shouldnandrsquo;t miss the opportunity. The latest tech is great -- until you have to replace it http://www.autonews.com/article/20150324/BLOG06/150329954/the-latest-tech-is-great-until-you-have-to-replace-it Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST There is a downside to rapidly advancing automotive technology: Break something, and you'll pay an eye-popping amount to get it fixed. Is cheap fuel permanent or a blip? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150323/OEM05/303239984/is-cheap-fuel-permanent-or-a-blip Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Lots of smart folks in the automobile industry are betting huge amounts of money that alternative-fuel vehicles will capture an important part of the market. But it is going to be difficult to displace gasoline for mainstream vehicles in the U.S. Fiat Chrysler may find perfect partner is from Asia http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150323/BLOG15/303239932/fiat-chrysler-may-find-perfect-partner-is-from-asia Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Sergio Marchionne wants a dance partner for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The financial media keep trying to fix him up with VW, but I think Marchionne has his eye on a mate in Asia. FCA may find perfect partner is from Asia http://www.autonews.com/article/20150323/OEM/303239973/fca-may-find-perfect-partner-is-from-asia Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Sergio Marchionne wants a dance partner for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The financial media keep trying to fix him up with Volkswagen, but I think Marchionne has his eye on a mate in Asia. That vroom-vroom #8230; is it real or digital? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150320/BLOG06/150329992/that-vroom-vroom-is-it-real-or-digital Fri, 20 Mar 2015 11:03:28 EST The sound of a car's exhaust is its sonic signature. But there's something about outright digitally manufactured sound that crosses a line in the sand for those who like their tailpipes to sound pure and natural. Porsche boss Mueller, 62, says he's young enough to be VW Group CEO http://www.autonews.com/article/20150320/BLOG06/303209970/porsche-boss-mueller-62-says-hes-young-enough-to-be-vw-group-ceo Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller says he's young and fit enough to succeed Martin Winterkorn as head of the VW Group. Winterkorn's successor is perhaps the biggest question mark surrounding the midterm future of the multibrand automaker. Why March 30-31 might be the greatest two days of deals at FCA dealerships http://www.autonews.com/article/20150320/BLOG06/150329979/why-march-30-31-might-be-the-greatest-two-days-of-deals-at-fca Fri, 20 Mar 2015 15:52:32 EST Monday and Tuesday, March 30-31, probably will be the most advantageous days of the foreseeable future for US consumers to buy a new Fiat Chrysler vehicle. Why? Because of the "Iron Man" sales streak. Porsche boss Mueller, 62, says he's young enough to be VW Group CEO http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150320/BLOG15/150319884/porsche-boss-mueller-62-says-hes-young-enough-to-be-vw-group-ceo Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller says he's young and fit enough to succeed Martin Winterkorn as head of the VW Group. Winterkorn's successor is perhaps the biggest question mark surrounding the midterm future of the multibrand automaker. India's Mahindra stills wants to sell in the U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20150319/BLOG06/150319827/indias-mahindra-stills-wants-to-sell-in-the-u-s Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:24:17 EST Pawan Goenka has not given up on the idea of entering the US auto market. China and cutting CO2 tough tasks for incoming BMW CEO Krueger http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150319/BLOG15/150319831/china-and-cutting-co2-tough-tasks-for-incoming-bmw-ceo-krueger Thu, 19 Mar 2015 07:15:43 EST BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer sees China and CO2 emissions as the biggest challenges facing incoming chief Harald Krueger when he takes over the top job from Reithofer on May 15. There is a ton of dealer profit riding on FCA's Wrangler decision http://www.autonews.com/article/20150318/BLOG06/150319842/there-is-a-ton-of-dealer-profit-riding-on-fcas-wrangler-decision Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:58:33 EST Deep in the bowels of Fiat Chrysler headquarters in Auburn Hills -- or Turin, or London -- the automaker's brain trust is making its final call about what to do with the Wrangler plant in Toledo, Ohio. Size of average tax refund makes a decent down payment http://www.autonews.com/article/20150318/BLOG13/303189987/size-of-average-tax-refund-makes-a-decent-down-payment Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:45:00 EST For anybody keeping track -- which is to say, anybody interested in subprime auto lending #8211; U.S. tax refunds have fallen a bit more behind than they were a few weeks ago. Small utility vehicles' big payoff http://www.autonews.com/article/20150317/BLOG06/303189998/small-utility-vehicles-big-payoff Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:30:00 EST Tiny crossovers and SUVs could be immune to America's long-standing love-hate relationship with small cars. We love 'em when gasoline is expensive and shun 'em when it's cheap. 2016 Mazda MX-5 curb weight: 2,332 pounds http://www.autonews.com/article/20150317/BLOG06/150319881/2016-mazda-mx-5-curb-weight-2332-pounds Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:00:00 EST It's hard for manufacturers to continually lighten and shrink cars, especially with changing safety and efficiency regulations. But Mazda's still fighting the good fight -- and winning. Why suppliers need to think differently or face extinction http://www.autonews.com/article/20150316/BLOG06/150319888/why-suppliers-need-to-think-differently-or-face-extinction Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:56:17 EST Auto suppliers need to have a plan that accounts for likely scenarios 10 years from now that may include Silicon Valley giants engineering cars that drive themselves. This is no small change. Keeping the passion alive for 20 years http://www.autonews.com/article/20150316/OEM/303169982/keeping-the-passion-alive-for-20-years Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST If you have doubts about America's love affair with the automobile, go to a local car show. A JLR plant in N. America? Do it already http://www.autonews.com/article/20150316/OEM01/303169976/a-jlr-plant-in-n-america-do-it-already Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Do not hesitate to build that North American vehicle assembly plant, Jaguar Land Rover. You will be amazed. Trust me on this one. How Michelin may give Europe's SUV craze even more traction http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150313/BLOG15/150309844/how-michelin-may-give-europes-suv-craze-even-more-traction Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Michelin has developed a tire that could give even more traction to Europe's SUV craze. Why Land Rover leads among China's second-tier luxury brands http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150313/BLOG15/150319974/why-land-rover-leads-among-chinas-second-tier-luxury-brands Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Land Rover has remained China's fourth-largest luxury brand behind Audi, BMW and Mercedes for two years in a row. Why the F-150 pricing 'gravy train' will eventually slow down http://www.autonews.com/article/20150312/BLOG06/150319941/why-the-f-150-pricing-gravy-train-will-eventually-slow-down Thu, 12 Mar 2015 15:35:31 EST Even Ford executives admit being surprised at how fast transaction prices on pickups keep rising. Not that they're complaining, of course. Let the car-hacking lawsuits begin http://www.autonews.com/article/20150311/BLOG06/150319962/let-the-car-hacking-lawsuits-begin Wed, 11 Mar 2015 15:29:11 EST Fear often outpaces reality, and the issue of car hacking is no exception. But if you ask experts if any ordinary car has ever been hacked, they'll tell you no. Congressmen get testy with CFPB chief Cordray http://www.autonews.com/article/20150311/BLOG13/303129999/congressmen-get-testy-with-cfpb-chief-cordray Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:45:00 EST The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and its critics on the House Financial Services Committee traded jabs in a tense session last week as CFPB Director Richard Cordray presented the bureau's semiannual report. Ford's Farley feels the squeeze in Europe's middle http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150311/BLOG15/150309848/fords-farley-feels-the-squeeze-in-europes-middle Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST The squeeze in the middle of the European car market is getting worse for volume automakers, Ford of Europe CEO Jim Farley says, but he's confident the automaker has the right solution to the problem. Why it's hard to tally Sergio's pay http://www.autonews.com/article/20150310/BLOG06/150319988/why-its-hard-to-tally-sergios-pay Tue, 10 Mar 2015 10:27:44 EST Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne's compensation package is wildly confusing given the structure and how it is reported. There's the conversion of euros to dollars to consider, the value of stock options and other variables. Why McLaren can be profitable without an SUV http://www.autonews.com/article/20150310/BLOG06/303119998/why-mclaren-can-be-profitable-without-an-suv Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:45:00 EST McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt says the supercar maker doesn't need an SUV to generate the cash required to keep renewing its range. A test drive converts a Cadillac skeptic http://www.autonews.com/article/20150310/BLOG06/303119999/a-test-drive-converts-a-cadillac-skeptic Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:30:00 EST There's one last item to address before we close the book on my recent column about GM's latest efforts to reposition Cadillac. Why McLaren can be profitable without an SUV http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150310/BLOG15/150309850/why-mclaren-can-be-profitable-without-an-suv Tue, 10 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt says the supercar maker doesn't need an SUV to generate the cash required to keep renewing its range. Lexus' ideas about entry cars changing? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150309/OEM03/303099963/lexus-ideas-about-entry-cars-changing Mon, 9 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST One of the most perplexing cars at the Geneva auto show is the Lexus LF-SA minicar concept. The Japanese luxury brand has said repeatedly that it won't dabble in the sub-$30,000 zone, yet that's exactly what the LF-SA is. Barra's management style signaled in Wilson negotiations http://www.autonews.com/article/20150309/BLOG06/150309841/barras-management-style-signaled-in-wilson-negotiations Mon, 9 Mar 2015 16:03:31 EST General Motors' swift, tidy resolution of Harry Wilson's advance on its board and balance sheet has GM CEO Mary Barra's fingerprints all over it. Dealership groups give soft sell a Hollywood twist http://www.autonews.com/article/20150309/RETAIL03/303099954/dealership-groups-give-soft-sell-a-hollywood-twist Mon, 9 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Waikem Auto Family expects to fill a century-old theater in Massillon, Ohio, with 150 customers and guests for the premiere of a new family film, Little Boy. Let's ensure recalled vehicles get fixed http://www.autonews.com/article/20150309/OEM11/303099970/lets-ensure-recalled-vehicles-get-fixed Mon, 9 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST The idea that each state should set its own standards for licensing drivers is ridiculous. Why GAAP and the bottom line matter http://www.autonews.com/article/20150309/RETAIL07/303099968/why-gaap-and-the-bottom-line-matter Mon, 9 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, is how accountants keep score across highly different industries. By agreeing to tally the figures in a consistent way, accountants provide scorecards that investors can review with confidence. Jaguar will discover the magic of U.S. production http://www.autonews.com/article/20150307/BLOG06/150309868/jaguar-will-discover-the-magic-of-u-s-production Sat, 7 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Do not hesitate to build that North American vehicle assembly plant, Jaguar Land Rover. Lexus gets lucky on House of Cards http://www.autonews.com/article/20150306/BLOG06/150309866/lexus-gets-lucky-on-house-of-cards Fri, 6 Mar 2015 17:11:19 EST When a fictional Russian president says, 'I want the Lexus' while reminiscing about copulating with his ex-wife in one, it is either genius product placement or incredibly fortuitous for Toyota's luxury arm that the writers of... Tesla is all smiles on 'gigafactory' progress http://www.autonews.com/article/20150306/BLOG06/150309873/tesla-is-all-smiles-on-gigafactory-progress Fri, 6 Mar 2015 15:00:08 EST For most car companies, a construction delay is an annoyance. But for Tesla, which is betting the company on a $5 billion 'gigafactory' for lithium ion batteries in Nevada, it's an existential fear. Why Renault should plan a U.S. return http://www.autonews.com/article/20150306/BLOG06/150309875/why-renault-should-plan-a-u-s-return Fri, 6 Mar 2015 14:07:50 EST France's Renault brand will eventually return to the US market, I do predict. Not any time soon, I will concede. But sooner or later. No German-driven 'rat race' for Volvo http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150305/BLOG15/150309904/no-german-driven-rat-race-for-volvo Thu, 5 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Volvo randd boss Peter Mertens is not impressed with the proliferation of models at the Swedish brand's bigger German rivals. 'They are in a rat race. We are not going to follow them,' he said. BYD heralds its vehicle sales in Japan http://www.autonews.com/article/20150304/BLOG06/150309915/byd-heralds-its-vehicle-sales-in-japan Wed, 4 Mar 2015 13:04:30 EST Can the Chinese succeed where the Koreans and Americans largely have failed: penetrating Japan's auto market? America, land of big spaces, spurs Hyundai Tucson redesign http://www.autonews.com/article/20150304/BLOG06/150309932/america-land-of-big-spaces-spurs-hyundai-tucson-redesign Wed, 4 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST How do you design a crossover with a name evoking the old West -- that cowboy, cactus, rugged desert terrain ethos? The auto fallout from tax refund delays http://www.autonews.com/article/20150304/BLOG13/303059999/the-auto-fallout-from-tax-refund-delays Wed, 4 Mar 2015 11:45:00 EST Tax refund season is typically the high point of the year for subprime auto lenders, but so far the early tax refund statistics are down slightly from a year ago. Leroy's Toyota Europe success brings reward http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150304/BLOG15/150309930/leroys-toyota-europe-success-brings-reward Wed, 4 Mar 2015 06:34:41 EST When Didier Leroy was promoted to head Toyota's European operations in April 2011, his goal was to return the region to sustainable profitability. In February snow, buyers want 4x4s http://www.autonews.com/article/20150303/BLOG06/303049996/in-february-snow-buyers-want-4x4s Tue, 3 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST So February U.S. auto sales came in lower than the forecasters figured just a week or two ago. Well yeah! Snow days. Whatever happens with a takeover, automakers always learn something http://www.autonews.com/article/20150303/BLOG06/150309970/whatever-happens-with-a-takeover-automakers-always-learn-something Tue, 3 Mar 2015 11:00:00 EST Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda and Volvo all have something in common today besides the fact that they were once owned or controlled by Ford. Ford, Farley hope for success in U.S.-Russian diplomacy http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150303/BLOG15/303039981/ford-farley-hope-for-success-in-u-s-russian-diplomacy Tue, 3 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Jim Farley, newly installed as head of Ford of Europe, on Monday vowed that the money-losing unit is 'going to make progress in spite of the headwinds.' Ford, Farley hope for success in U.S.-Russian diplomacy http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/BLOG06/150309961/ford-farley-hope-for-success-in-u-s-russian-diplomacy Mon, 2 Mar 2015 20:36:41 EST Jim Farley, newly installed as head of Ford of Europe, on Monday vowed that the loss-making unit is 'going to make progress in spite of the headwinds.' Russia, weak euro form backdrop for Geneva show http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/BLOG06/150309983/russia-weak-euro-form-backdrop-for-geneva-show Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:28:51 EST Automakers usually don't overreact to international tensions and currency fluctuations. That's why the comments coming from auto execs on the verge of the Geneva auto show are so striking. Could Toyota Mirai's hot demand and 2-year backlog undermine its success? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/BLOG06/150309994/could-toyota-mirais-hot-demand-and-2-year-backlog-undermine-its Mon, 2 Mar 2015 06:57:52 EST Would you buy a car if you had to wait two years for delivery? That's what Toyota is asking its customers to do with its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. Raise recall repair rates to prevent deaths, injuries http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/OEM11/303029969/raise-recall-repair-rates-to-prevent-deaths-injuries Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST In 2013, Stephanie Erdman, a resident of Florida, was seriously injured by a Takata airbag inflator in a 2002 Honda Civic. Rick Schostek is executive vice president of Honda North America. They have a shared mission. De Nysschen, 'Dare' I say, needs a better plan to reconstruct Cadillac's image http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/RETAIL03/303029949/de-nysschen-dare-i-say-needs-a-better-plan-to-reconstruct-cadillacs Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST It seems nothing gets people chattering these days like Cadillac, a brand in transition. So when reporter Richard Truett took to autonews.com last week with an "open letter" to Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen, reactions poured in. %]