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GERALD SCHORIN

Why Cadillac's New York move failed

No one who has ever worked in Detroit's auto manufacturing sector could possibly be surprised by GM bringing Cadillac back home after a four-year foray in trendy Manhattan.

RICHARD TRUETT

GM Silverado has the wrong engine

It's hard to answer the "why buy" question about General Motors' 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, with its four-cylinder engine and weak fuel economy ratings.

VINCE BOND JR.

Ten years later, more stories of survival

Doug Wilson's survival plan in 2009 called for a massive sale that would liquidate six months' worth of Dodge inventory within three weeks. Before he knew it, the sale was under way.

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COMMENTARY: Vince Bond Jr.
Ten years later, more stories of survival

Doug Wilson's survival plan in 2009 called for a massive sale that would liquidate six months' worth of Dodge inventory within three weeks. Before he knew it, the sale was under way.


COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Are EV makers listening to their customers?

GM seems to have the right approach — making available both a plug-in and a hybrid at the bottom of the range rather than developing very expensive vehicles with no idea about the market volume.


COMMENTARY: Evonne Xu
China trade war: Assessing the casualties

While some higher-tier suppliers will have little difficulty enduring the trade war, increased costs resulting from the tariffs will place a significant and harmful burden on small and medium-size lower-tier suppliers.


COMMENTARY: Nick Gibbs
Aston faces the downside of growing up

Aston Martin's expectation that it will double production to beyond 10,000 by 2021 means NHTSA will no longer classify it as a small-volume manufacturer -- at which point penalties will occur for missing corporate average fuel economy targets.


COMMENTARY: Richard Johnson
In Källenius, Daimler gets a new kind of CEO

This changing of the guard is intriguing not because Dieter Zetsche is leaving, but because his successor appears to be a new order of chief executive — especially for a German car manufacturer.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Cheryl Falvey, Laura Foggan and Elaine Panagakos
Autonomous vehicle incidents: Who's liable?

As responsibility for autonomous vehicle accidents expands beyond drivers to include the companies that design, manufacture and maintain self-driving vehicles and the technology they rely upon, the pool of companies potentially liable for accidents will deepen.


COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
What we'll learn as Tesla faces real competition

Audi, Mercedes and Jaguar are all launching production vehicles that will create some real competition for Tesla, and we are going to learn a few things as these new entries arrive.


COMMENTARY: Richard Kelly
Time to scale up Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 has similarities to lean manufacturing in the 1990s. The application of digital connectivity and collaboration offers that next level of performance potential. In lean manufacturing terms, you're still looking to eliminate waste, shrink time, improve productivity and boost the effectiveness of assets.


COMMENTARY: Yang Jian
Why China's auto sales are sagging

Industry trade groups and market research firms have produced various theories to explain why the market suddenly ran out of steam. But a website tracking peer-to-peer lending in China has provided one plausible factor.


GUEST COMMENTARY: William H. Noack
Trump mpg proposal is a step in the right direction

What the green groups fail to acknowledge is how mandates — particularly those that require technology changes — put upward pressure on prices while encouraging the development of products consumers might not want.


COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Maybe they got this trade deal right

Automotive News Editor-In-Chief Keith Crain says it looks like real progress is happening in the trade talks between the U.S. and Mexico.


COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
It seems alive and well

Automotive News Editor-In-Chief Keith Crain points to Detroit's Dream Cruise and other auto shows as evidence America's love affair with cars hasn't died.


COMMENTARY: Richard Truett
Automakers need to help dealers control tool costs

Our in-depth look at collision repair in the June issue of Fixed Ops Journal covered the problems dealers face competing in the body shop business. But what about the unnecessarily high cost of tools?


COMMENTARY: Michael Wayland
Function without the flair

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado may set a new industry standard for engineering and ride. It's a smooth and nimble V-8 tjat os a joy to drive. However, the new truck lacks features and amenities -- particularly on the interior -- that are key for attracting younger and luxury buyers.


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