Erik Derr


Based in Los Angeles, Erik writes about the California market, its dealers and politics.

Green Not Fading as Fisker Fulfills Need for Speed
It’s anybody’s guess whether Henrik Fisker – acclaimed for his designs of the Aston Martin DB9 and V-8 Vantage, BMW Z8 and his own Fisker Karma hybrid-electric vehicle – will put his new effort into a traditional combustion-based product or again pick up the green baton.
Rebate Cutoff Ups Cost of Uber Bid for Greener Fleet
EV dealer Doug Snower, who plans to buy 200 Chinese-made BYD e6 electric vehicles to lease to drivers for ridesharing service Uber, says his business model in part is based on the $4,000-a-vehicle rebates the state no longer offers.
BMW Infuses X-Series CUVs With Sports-Car Performance
BMW says the new M TwinPower Turbo engines for the X5 M and BMW X6 M are the most powerful unit ever developed by the automaker for an AWD vehicle.
Mini Bills New Cooper-Based Hardtop as 5-Door Hatch
The hardtop “is more than just a Mini with two additional doors,” BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer says. “It's a completely new Mini with a longer wheelbase, more space, more luggage volume, more functionality and flexibility and four doors.”
GM Korea Driving Career Opportunities for Women 1
GM Korea’s oasis of equality is showing the rest of the country a more enlightened way, communications director Jina Hwang says.
Honda Says New HR-V Subcompact CUV Fit for Gen Y
Due next year in showrooms nationwide, a HR-V mini-SUV was built and sold in Japan from the late 1990s until 2006.
GM Korea’s Changwon Plant Firing on All Cylinders
Improvements at the complex, which builds the Damas and Labo mini LCVs, the Chevrolet Spark minicar and electric vehicle, and 0.8L, 1.0L and 1.2L engines and transmissions, include a new body shop with enhanced robotic line technology.
'Car Guy' Rocha Hustles to Keep GM Korea Relevant
Sergio Rocha asserts he’s been able to break through the perceived walls separating GM Korea management and labor thanks to the kinship he feels with workers on the assembly line, where he started his career as an hourly apprentice at age 14.
For Subaru, Shared Values Outweigh Market Share
A top executive says the automaker strives to set itself apart as best it can with the resources it has, rather than join the fray near the top of the automotive leader board.
Mercedes Launches ‛Biggest Product Offensive’
The effort will result in the launch of 30 new models over the next seven years.
Connectivity Focus of Audi’s New A3 Compact Sedans
The lineup is anchored by the architecture of the new A3 sedan, which will be joined next year by an A3 Cabriolet, A3 TDI clean diesel, high-performance S3 sedan and, in early 2015, the A3 Sportback e-tron gasoline-electric hybrid.
Jaguar Unleashes Supercharged F-Type Coupes in L.A.
The F-Type Coupe is based on the automaker’s C-X16 concept, introduced at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show. Built on an all-aluminum platform, the model also takes many of its cues from the Jaguar F-Type Convertible.
China’s BYD Looking to Build Electric-Bus Plant in U.S.
After garnering abundant media attention in 2008 when Warren Buffett purchased a 10% stake in the company for $230 million, BYD has drawn a steady flow of criticism after repeatedly failing to deliver electric cars to the U.S.
Toyota Crunching Viewer Numbers for HSN Infomercial
The broadcast marked the first time in HSN’s 30-year history an auto maker has taken center stage.
JLR Designers Energize ’13 Models by Blending New Styling With Functionality
Together, the F-Type and Range Rover “make a powerful statement about our brands, as well as the vision and capabilities of Jaguar Land Rover as a company,” says Andy Goss, president-JLR North America.


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