Automotive News Columnists and Bloggers Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Wed, 4 May 2016 06:00:00 EST For lease buyers, especially millennials, use the payment pitch http://www.autonews.com/article/20160504/BLOG13/305059999/for-lease-buyers-especially-millennials-use-the-payment-pitch Wed, 4 May 2016 11:30:00 EST How FandI managers can overcome the challenge of selling FandI products to buyers who lease. Why a PSA-FCA merger should happen - but won't http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160504/BLOG15/160429910/why-a-psa-fca-merger-should-happen-but-wont Wed, 4 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler has been actively seeking a merger partner since September 2014 and a possible combination with PSA Group has been a recurring rumor for years. The reason that the subject won't die is because the deal makes sense on a number of levels. Well, isn't this a rational marketplace? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160503/BLOG06/305049999/well-isnt-this-a-rational-marketplace Tue, 3 May 2016 17:30:00 EST This far into the U.S. sales expansion, everybody has done the easy, the obvious. But going forward, any growth will require more risk. Beyond GM and Ford on gearboxes, a dream list of joint ventures http://www.autonews.com/article/20160503/BLOG06/160509982/beyond-gm-and-ford-on-gearboxes-a-dream-list-of-joint-ventures Tue, 3 May 2016 11:00:00 EST If GM and Ford can work together to save time, money and engineering resources on transmissions, then other automakers could do the same thing on a number of important fronts. China: A maturing auto market that still has long road ahead of it http://www.autonews.com/article/20160502/GLOBAL03/305029966/china-a-maturing-auto-market-that-still-has-long-road-ahead-of-it Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 EST The Chinese market is fascinating, but it shows you how sophisticated our dealers are here in the U.S. If it's like everything else over there, they'll catch up quickly. Fixing the U.S. recall loophole is a job for 'someone else' http://www.autonews.com/article/20160502/OEM11/305029972/fixing-the-u-s-recall-loophole-is-a-job-for-someone-else Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Last year, AutoNation staked out a bold and admirable position on recalls, pledging to go beyond federal law and not sell new or used vehicles with pending recalls. Turns out, AutoNation couldn't live up to its promise. Publics hop on buyback bandwagon http://www.autonews.com/article/20160502/RETAIL07/305029971/publics-hop-on-buyback-bandwagon Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Several publicly traded dealership groups have reported strong, sometimes record, first-quarter earnings per share. Their net income didn't soar. Rather, they've been buying back their shares like crazy. Giulia's looks are not helping Alfa's case in U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20160502/OEM03/305029982/giulias-looks-are-not-helping-alfas-case-in-u-s Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 EST The Alfa Romeo Giulia looks good under the bright white lights of auto shows, but mixed in with traffic, the Giulia's styling comes across as dull and unimaginative. And that has to be the worst thing you can say about an Italian car. Why Tesla's long waiting list for Model 3 needed a caveat http://www.autonews.com/article/20160429/BLOG06/160429789/why-teslas-long-waiting-list-for-model-3-needed-a-caveat Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:04:59 EST It is certainly possible Tesla had 400,000 reservations from people who intend to buy a Model 3. But we at Automotive News had reservations of our own before CEO Elon Musk clarified the situation. Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160429/BLOG15/160429883/lightweighting-push-puts-pressure-on-leather Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Automakers' growing desire to cut weight from cars wherever they can is significantly boosting sales of an upmarket leather alternative, says the boss of the company that makes the substitute. Retailers need to see service as the hot money spot this year http://www.autonews.com/article/20160429/BLOG06/160429811/retailers-need-to-see-service-as-the-hot-money-spot-this-year Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Dealers are -- or should be -- preparing to take any sales slowdown in stride, by beefing up their service and parts operations. Some days, it's nice to be a Mitsubishi dealer http://www.autonews.com/article/20160428/BLOG06/160429812/some-days-its-nice-to-be-a-mitsubishi-dealer Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:36:35 EST Facing a scandal over emissions violations, how did Mitsubishi quickly provide the kind of clarity and closure that Volkswagen dealers still yearn for? On FandI front, AutoNation finds a groove http://www.autonews.com/article/20160427/BLOG13/304279999/on-fi-front-autonation-finds-a-groove Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:15:00 EST Branded FandI products are working in AutoNation's favor and the nation's largest dealership group sees even more room to grow. The rough road for Alfa, passionate fans and fast cars aside http://www.autonews.com/article/20160426/BLOG06/160429882/the-rough-road-for-alfa-passionate-fans-and-fast-cars-aside Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:45:00 EST The brutal auto industry has left no white space for a new entry such as Alfa Romeo to come in and offer something no one else has. Why public dealership groups are buying their own stock http://www.autonews.com/article/20160426/BLOG06/160429868/why-public-dealership-groups-are-buying-their-own-stock Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:47:20 EST Several publicly traded dealership groups have reported strong, sometimes record, first-quarter earnings per share. It's not that their net income soared. Rather, they've been buying back their shares like crazy. Going big for China's extended families http://www.autonews.com/article/20160425/GLOBAL03/304259974/going-big-for-chinas-extended-families Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Automakers discover the appeal that seven-seaters hold to accommodate China's traditional extended families. Forget a sales peak, disruption is the industry's real challenge http://www.autonews.com/article/20160425/OEM06/304259975/forget-a-sales-peak-disruption-is-the-industrys-real-challenge Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Exactly when sales and profitability hit maximum is important. But only because they are the resources auto companies need to transform themselves for a changing future. What FCA employees need to hear from their leaders http://www.autonews.com/article/20160424/OEM02/160429920/what-fca-employees-need-to-hear-from-their-leaders Sun, 24 Apr 2016 14:15:00 EST Fiat Chrysler's year-long obsession with a merger is taking a toll within the company in ways that don't show up on the balance sheet. At Ford Credit, a change of heart on long loans http://www.autonews.com/article/20160420/BLOG13/304209999/at-ford-credit-a-change-of-heart-on-long-loans Wed, 20 Apr 2016 11:30:00 EST Is heated competition forcing lenders to take up financing measures they wouldn't otherwise adopt? VW's other headache: workers' demand for a 5% pay hike http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160420/BLOG15/160429999/vws-other-headache-workers-demand-for-a-5-pay-hike Wed, 20 Apr 2016 04:06:52 EST Volkswagen has enough money to cover the costs of its emissions-rigging scandal. That's the good news, The bad news is that its workers in Germany are asking for a 5 percent pay increase. In race to 54.5 mpg, powertrains gain complexity #8212; at a cost http://www.autonews.com/article/20160419/BLOG06/160419880/in-race-to-54-5-mpg-powertrains-gain-complexity-at-a-cost Tue, 19 Apr 2016 11:45:00 EST As we get closer to the government's fleetwide 54.5-mpg fuel economy standard in 2025, engines and transmissions will become a whole lot more complex. You can take that to mean new cars are going to get a whole lot more expensive, too. A brave new world http://www.autonews.com/article/20160418/OEM06/304189976/a-brave-new-world Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST The new Automotive News online presence might not be perfect, but its timing is. Olympics could derail Tokyo show http://www.autonews.com/article/20160418/GLOBAL02/304189984/olympics-could-derail-tokyo-show Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST The autumn 2019 Tokyo Motor Show was supposed to be ideal for previewing Japan's advances in zero-emission and autonomous cars ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Instead, the games threaten to derail the motor show. Google and Apple can be good for industry, Renault-Nissan connectivity chief says http://www.autonews.com/article/20160415/BLOG06/304159939/google-and-apple-can-be-good-for-industry-renault-nissan Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Are Google and Apple enablers or disruptors? A little of both, says Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan's head of connected vehicles and mobility services. CFPB's settlement eligibility letters should have a perjury clause http://www.autonews.com/article/20160413/BLOG13/304139996/-cfpbs-settlement-eligibility-letters-should-have-a-perjury-clause Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:30:00 EST The CFPB should add a penalty of perjury clause in settlement eligibility letters to warn borrowers about the repercussions that come with misrepresenting race. VW's tone-deaf management http://www.autonews.com/article/20160413/BLOG06/304139886/vws-tone-deaf-management Wed, 13 Apr 2016 08:56:16 EST In view of Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal, it's amazingly tone-deaf and irresponsible that the automaker's top management had to be prodded by unions into accepting a major cut in their bonuses. VW's tone-deaf management http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160413/BLOG15/160419958/vws-tone-deaf-management Wed, 13 Apr 2016 08:56:16 EST In view of Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal, it's amazingly tone-deaf and irresponsible that the automaker's top management had to be prodded by unions into accepting a major cut in their bonuses. Google and Apple can be good for industry, Renault-Nissan connectivity chief says http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160413/BLOG15/160419994/google-and-apple-can-be-good-for-industry-renault-nissan Wed, 13 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Are Google and Apple enablers or disruptors? A little of both, says Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan's head of connected vehicles and mobility services. In Detroit, lots of EV talk, but no nod to Tesla http://www.autonews.com/article/20160412/BLOG06/160419965/in-detroit-lots-of-ev-talk-but-no-nod-to-tesla Tue, 12 Apr 2016 15:56:18 EST Something astounding happened in Detroit this week at the SAE world congress. It took a panel on EVs an hour and 53 minutes to finally mention the "T" word. Welburn's legacy: Transforming Chevrolet http://www.autonews.com/article/20160412/BLOG06/160419982/welburns-legacy-transforming-chevrolet Tue, 12 Apr 2016 11:45:00 EST Forget about the Cadillac Sixteen and Buick's Avista. Ed Welburn made Chevrolet look great again. 10 carmaker OKs, 4 months: How Fremont made it happen http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/RETAIL07/304119930/10-carmaker-oks-4-months-how-fremont-made-it-happen Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Scott Earthy, who runs Fremont Private Holdings, the Bechtel family office that last year bought Minneapolis dealer Morrie Wagener's 11-store chain, closed on the deal a month ago, having nailed down all 10 automaker approvals over a four-month... Glitz can't gloss over dealer fears http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/RETAIL07/304119946/glitz-cant-gloss-over-dealer-fears Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Life on the NADA convention floor was as frothy as the car washes that dotted the insides of the north and south halls in this surreal desert town. Everyone appeared to be on the Vegas monorail headed for great times. Floor it: Get up to speed at NADA http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/RETAIL06/304119945/floor-it-get-up-to-speed-at-nada Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Set aside the NADA convention's impressive slate of workshops. The exposition hall alone has become a must-attend chance for dealers to get up to speed on technologies and profit opportunities. Dissecting all those preorders for Tesla's Model 3 (and where the cash goes) http://www.autonews.com/article/20160409/BLOG06/160409786/dissecting-all-those-preorders-for-teslas-model-3-and-where-the-cash Sat, 9 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST More than 325,000 people around the world have put down a fully refundable $1,000 deposit to get in line for the Tesla Model 3. So what happens to all that deposit money? Will the Mercedes pickup truck be called X class? http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160408/BLOG15/304079999/will-the-mercedes-pickup-truck-be-called-x-class Fri, 8 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Mercedes will preview its upcoming pickup truck at the Paris auto show this autumn, according to a media report. Mercedes plans to sell the truck in Europe, Latin America, South Africa and Australia. Dad-vans are one thing, but 7-year loans for a Dodge Dart? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160407/BLOG06/160409819/dad-vans-are-one-thing-but-7-year-loans-for-a-dodge-dart Thu, 7 Apr 2016 16:09:15 EST You have to give Tim Kuniskis credit for one thing: He's not the guy who chooses the well-worn path when it comes to marketing. Bo Andersson shares lessons learned at Lada http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160407/BLOG15/160409860/bo-andersson-shares-lessons-learned-at-lada Thu, 7 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Bo Andersson, the departing CEO of Lada maker AvtoVAZ, used his farewell email to say he was 'proud' of what he and staff achieved and that the experience 'strengthened my belief in dealing with data and not opinions.' For some, a shift in tone on CFPB http://www.autonews.com/article/20160406/BLOG13/304069992/for-some-a-shift-in-tone-on-cfpb Wed, 6 Apr 2016 11:00:00 EST Over the past few years, many auto lenders and dealers have considered the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau an enemy -- robbing dealers of their right to adjust retail margins on auto loans and charging lenders with claims of discriminatory... Is CNG the future? Yes, but#8230; http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160406/BLOG15/160329866/is-cng-the-future-yes-but Wed, 6 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of the fathers of the common-rail diesel, and a true powertrain guru, is someone whose opinion I trust when it comes to the future of vehicle propulsion. Tesla Model 3 fervor has flavors of Apple http://www.autonews.com/article/20160405/BLOG06/160409910/tesla-model-3-fervor-has-flavors-of-apple Tue, 5 Apr 2016 10:00:00 EST If you are an executive at a venerable automaker developing EV technology, seeing crowds waiting in line to lay down a deposit for a Tesla Model 3 had to be tough to watch. Bentley's Continental GT Speed adds power, Black Edition for '17 http://www.autonews.com/article/20160405/BLOG06/304069999/bentleys-continental-gt-speed-adds-power-black-edition-for-17 Tue, 5 Apr 2016 10:00:00 EST Bentley's flagship grand tourer, the Continental GT Speed, will get a modest bump in power for the next model year. Chevy's Bolt will have big head start on Tesla's Model 3. But will it matter? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160404/BLOG06/160409914/chevys-bolt-will-have-big-head-start-on-teslas-model-3-but-will-it Mon, 4 Apr 2016 12:15:00 EST On paper, Tesla's Model 3 and Chevrolet's Bolt EV are closely matched rivals. Both should go more than 200 miles on a single charge, offer head-snapping acceleration and cost around $30,000 after tax credits. Market what sets you apart -- your people http://www.autonews.com/article/20160404/RETAIL07/304049974/market-what-sets-you-apart-your-people Mon, 4 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Dealers should let online shoppers choose a salesperson in advance, just as they choose a vehicle, says DealerRater. Hey! Keep eyes on big picture http://www.autonews.com/article/20160404/RETAIL01/304049973/hey-keep-eyes-on-big-picture Mon, 4 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST When similar monthly sales numbers start getting as monotonous as driving through west Texas, it's time to focus on the big picture. Women auto leaders honored during NADA events http://www.autonews.com/article/20160403/BLOG06/160409926/women-auto-leaders-honored-during-nada-events Sun, 3 Apr 2016 15:45:17 EST Why aren't there more women in the auto industry? There is no simple answer, but it was nice to see several honored with 'atta girl' pats on the back at events held during the NADA conference, here in Las Vegas this weekend. The biggest number of all? One http://www.autonews.com/article/20160403/BLOG06/160409927/the-biggest-number-of-all-one Sun, 3 Apr 2016 11:56:12 EST Automakers love to talk about big numbers. Huge numbers. Massive numbers. But the only number that really matters in this industry, as Toyota's Bob Carter opined, is one. PSA demonstrates realistic way of measuring fuel economy http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160402/BLOG15/160409994/psa-demonstrates-realistic-way-of-measuring-fuel-economy Sat, 2 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST PSA says it aims to win back trust from consumers in the wake of VW's emissions-cheating scandal by giving them a much clearer idea of how much fuel their cars use -- and how much CO2 their cars emit -- during everyday driving. A special breed of cool cat http://www.autonews.com/article/20160402/BLOG06/160409953/a-special-breed-of-cool-cat Sat, 2 Apr 2016 11:45:33 EST Automotive News' latest ranking of the top 150 dealers, published last month, was notable for the rise of so many aggressive, acquisitive private dealership groups. Special generation of auto retailers is stepping aside http://www.autonews.com/article/20160402/BLOG06/304039975/special-generation-of-auto-retailers-is-stepping-aside Sat, 2 Apr 2016 20:52:51 EST Lithia CEO Bryan DeBoer says prime time for dealer consolidation was 1998-2003. The publics were rockin' -- and rolling up stores. But these are superheated times, too. Employees -- not technology -- keeps stores safe http://www.autonews.com/article/20160402/BLOG06/160409942/employees-not-technology-keeps-stores-safe Sat, 2 Apr 2016 17:35:12 EST Dealership security is not a technology, says the technology vendor, who is presenting workshops on security concerns at this year's NADA convention. It comes from employees being clearly trained on what to do and what not to do.