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Let consumers decide on EVs

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

For EVs to be successful, the public is going to have to want to buy them in much larger quantities than today. Governments can't make that happen by fiat.



Labor gain and strain loom from EV shift

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

The auto industry's move toward electrification has been driven by the rising anti-diesel sentiment and tougher emissions goals and is seen as a positive move.



Why Volvo picked XC40 to launch VIP service

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:30:00 EST

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson knew long ago that he wanted to do something special with the XC40, which is the first expansion of the Swedish automaker's portfolio since the arrival of the XC60 in 2008.



Why Volvo picked XC40 to launch VIP service

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:30:00 EST

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson knew long ago that he wanted to do something special with the XC40, which is the first expansion of the Swedish automaker's portfolio since the arrival of the XC60 in 2008.



Volvo designer achieves rare feat with XC40

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:30:00 EST

With the XC40, Volvo designer Ian Kettle achieved a rare feat. The new SUV's look remains true to the original drawing Kettle did four years ago.



Volvo designer achieves rare feat with XC40

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:30:00 EST

With the XC40, Volvo designer Ian Kettle achieved a rare feat. The new SUV's look remains true to the original drawing Kettle did four years ago.



Against the clock, one approach doesn't fit all

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:31:52 EST

If a hybrid sales-FandI model isn't the answer to smoother, faster process, what is?



The complexity and engineering challenges of the electric motor

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:47:15 EST

The change from internal combustion engines to electric motors will be one of the biggest the industry has ever faced.



Ford to pull plug on Fiesta ST in North America, report says

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

The Ford Fiesta ST might be a favorite among enthusiasts and autocrossers, but it doesn't look like Ford sees enough demand to support the next-generation pocket rocket in North America.



Ratan Tata moves to secure his JLR prize

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:24:27 EST

Ratan Tata's move to consolidate power at Tata Sons and secure ownership of Jaguar Land Rover looks like one of those boring shareholder resolutions that would go unremarked upon in an ordinary, closely held firm.



Is Porsche plotting a Cayenne coupe?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

An old automotive industry maxim holds that if one German automaker fields something, it won't be long before all others follow suit.



Zetsche strikes a humble tone for German automakers

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 03:00:00 EST

These have not been the happiest of times for the German auto industry. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche recently conveyed that message.



Why GM and Unifor won't budge in negotiations

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:11:57 EST

Unifor President Jerry Dias said the strike at General Motors' Ingersoll, Ont., assembly plant could play out for "quite a while." He could be right.



Why GM and Unifor won't budge in negotiations

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:30:35 EST

Unifor President Jerry Dias says the Ontario strike could go on for "quite a while." Neither side has much incentive to move from its position.



Why Carlos, Dieter didn't perform in Frankfurt

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

The "Carlos and Dieter Show" did not take place at this year's Frankfurt auto show. That could be a sign of trouble.



Diesel: Whose fault is it?

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

The diesel disaster, made public two years ago today, has done more to move electric cars front and center than anything I can imagine



How Ghosn will push alliance to 14 million sales

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:49:58 EST

Renault-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn wants the alliance to increase vehicle sales by 33 percent to 14 million vehicles by 2022.



Why Ghosn wants 14M annual vehicle sales from the Renault-Nissan alliance

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:49:58 EST

Renault-Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn wants the alliance to increase vehicle sales by 33 percent to 14 million vehicles by 2022. Most of the growth will come from growing markets.



Ex-BMW design wunderkind Bangle resurfaces and riffs on 'banality'

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:01:38 EST

Chris Bangle, the Ohio boy who was all of 36 when he took over as head of BMW design in 1992, is once again fully engrossed in cars after a self-imposed exile from the automotive styling studio.



Ex-BMW design wunderkind Bangle resurfaces and riffs on 'banality'

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:01:38 EST

Chris Bangle, the Ohio boy who was all of 36 when he took over as head of BMW design in 1992, is once again fully engrossed in cars after a self-imposed exile from the automotive styling studio.



Tesla crash shows man and machine must cooperate

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:42:25 EST

It seems that both human drivers and Tesla's "Autopilot" system -- specifically the complex relationship between the two -- contributed to the fatality of a Tesla driver last year.



How long will terms stretch?

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:23:59 EST

With a third of new-vehicle loans now at 73 to 84 months, will even longer loans become commonplace?



Daimler reveals the dark secret behind EVs

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Daimler has revealed the dark secret that explains exactly why the German auto industry has been so loath to embrace EVs until now: lack of profit.



Don't let regulation put the brakes on autonomous vehicle innovation

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:11:35 EST

As we work to make autonomous driving a reality, one thing that has become clear is that innovation needs to be nurtured by policy, not regulation.



Mazda CX-9 doubles down on safety for 2018

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Even though the second-generation Mazda CX-9 is still fresh, it's already getting some tech-savvy updates.



Is the Audi R8 about to go rear-wheel drive?

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

A doughnut-friendly version of the Audi R8 is something that has not been in the cards since the nameplate's debut a distant 11 years ago. But Audi is hinting that something may be in the works.



Carlos and Dieter show takes a break

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

The 'Carlos and Dieter Show' will not take place this year at the Frankfurt auto show. It could be a sign of trouble for their alliance.



Carlos and Dieter show takes a break

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

The 'Carlos and Dieter Show' will not take place this year at the Frankfurt auto show. It could be a sign of trouble for their alliance.



Don't get stuck with bad cars

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Never in the history of the auto industry in this country has a natural disaster caused as much devastation to car dealers as the hurricane that struck Houston.



Six common misconceptions about fuel-economy policy

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Much of the media narrative surrounding the review of fuel economy policy is based on false beliefs. As a result, the national conversation about fuel efficiency is based more in myth than science.



Fast-changing Frankfurt

Sat, 9 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

At the 2015 Frankfurt auto show, Martin Winterkorn was leading VW and GM was predicting Opel was on the verge of finally being profitable. How things have changed.



Why Jaguar won't show the I-Pace at Frankfurt

Sat, 9 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Jaguar's I-Pace crossover will not make an appearance as a production model at next week's Frankfurt auto show. This looks like a missed opportunity after JLR announced an electric makeover for all its vehicles from 2020.



Zetsche first CEO to fulfill oft-broken F1 promise

Sat, 9 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche is the first CEO I know to fulfill a promise to transfer his company's F1 technology to a road-ready vehicle.



First impressions of Audi's self-driving system

Sat, 9 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

The Level 3 autonomous driving technology in the new Audi A8, which will be on display at the upcoming Frankfurt auto show, has some interesting highlights.



Dodge Avengers Assemble! (And Reassemble! Again!)

Fri, 8 Sep 2017 13:58:50 EST

Forget Cap and Thor and Iron Man, et al.; a real-life Avengers mystery is unfolding in Fiat Chrysler's monthly sales reports.



Future drivers may own just a steering wheel, Jaguar foresees

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 09:35:37 EST

Jaguar thinks future drivers may not own a car, but only a steering wheel that they attach to different self-driving vehicles from a car-sharing pool.



FandI providers unfazed by GM's new disclosure form

Wed, 6 Sep 2017 11:00:00 EST

While some expressed concern about GM's new disclosure form for non-GM service contracts, FandI providers were unfazed by the requirement and even applauded the automaker.



Why Volvo thinks you're a great driver, but still wants to help

Wed, 6 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Volvo estimates a person has a one in 54 million chance of causing an car accident, but it says there is simple a way to help people reduce crashes even more.



Why the auto industry gained Wall Street favor in storm's wake

Tue, 5 Sep 2017 15:09:25 EST

Hurricane Harvey did something for the auto industry that record profits failed to do: Make Wall Street happy.



GM gets e-shifter right with 2018 GMC Terrain

Tue, 5 Sep 2017 11:30:28 EST

The 2018 GMC Terrain may elevate General Motors into a design leader for the next generation of automatic transmission shifters.



700 hp? 700 mpg? Confused?

Mon, 4 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Do I want 700 hp or 700-mile range in my electric vehicle or 700 mpg with some miracle gasoline engine?



Post-Harvey race to restock is on

Fri, 1 Sep 2017 16:47:21 EST

Hurricane Harvey is a wild card that will test the industry's ability to manage a changing U.S. auto sales market.



Nontraditional no more

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:25:41 EST

Ford Credit's decision to use nontraditional approaches in assessing consumers means the industry needs to reconsider what it now considers traditional.



Audi's management shake-up is half-baked

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 03:41:34 EST

Audi has shaken up its top management but the promotion of internal candidates instead of bringing in outsiders means the changes won't be a new beginning for the automaker amid its emissions-cheating crisis.



Dealers will be disrupted, too

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EST

There has been a lot of conversation lately about autonomous vehicles, driving services and electric vehicles. Some of it has been civil and even informative and some of it has been close to hysterical.



Danger signs in the electronics supply chain

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EST

Automotive supply chain professionals have seen lead times on passive components such as resistors, capacitors, inductors and transformers stretch out to one year or more in some cases -- and it is a problem.



Why it makes sense for Great Wall to buy Jeep

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 03:16:45 EST

Fiat Chrysler should seriously consider an offer from Great Wall for the Jeep brand. A deal would make perfect sense for Great Wall, but also for FCA.



Why it makes sense for Great Wall to buy Jeep

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 03:16:45 EST

Fiat Chrysler should seriously consider an offer from Great Wall for the Jeep brand. A deal would make perfect sense for Great Wall, which would gain access to the North American market and valuable technology.



Car supermarkets are a step backward

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:56:05 EST

The future of vehicle retail and FandI could take a variety of forms, but another type of brick-and-mortar store would be an unexpected route. Advancements toward an online transaction would serve the industry better.



Jeep pickup to carry Scrambler badge, report says

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:00:00 EST

According to information obtained by the Jeep Scrambler Forum, Jeep's Wrangler-based pickup will be called the Scrambler -- recalling the original CJ-8 Scrambler, a long-wheelbase variant of the C-7 built from 1981 to 1986.