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Jun 09, 2014

Personal Responsibility Must Play Role in Auto Safety

Crash data show most deaths to motor-vehicle occupants are the result of drivers making mistakes or breaking the law, not defects, not Charles Manson....More
May 30, 2014

How Dave Power Became ‘Voice of the Customer’

In launching his firm, Power came up with a unique idea: Talk directly to customers about their problems, likes and complaints....More
May 28, 2014

As Seen in Automaker Conference Rooms

Watch-it-come-clean demos aren’t limited to TV spots....More
May 22, 2014

Love Affair With Cars Is Moving, Not Fading

Wherever else in the world enthusiasm for cars and trucks is waning, China will more than make up for it....More
May 20, 2014

No Worries, Europeans, EC’s Got Your Back – and Ears

Once enacted, the region's new noise-reduction regulation states, “The reduction of the number of highly annoyed people will be 25%.” I’ve met more....More
May 15, 2014

FCA 5-Year Business Plan Overreaching

The strategy calls for growing volume of all brands to 6.3 million units by 2018, up from 4.4 million in 2013....More
May 14, 2014

GM and NHTSA Need to Dig Deeper

I’m not convinced throwing more money at a government agency will fix anything....More
May 12, 2014

Carry Me Home, and Home

A Nissan NV200 arrives in the office just in time to help me with a move. How did it do? Read on to find out....More
May 09, 2014

RIP Dodge Caravan: 1984-2016

I’m so upset I may even donate, to the Salvation Army, my black crewneck sweater with the blue and white checkered shirt at the collar, the preferred....More
Apr 30, 2014

Ford’s Fields the Right Man for Top Job

Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields has been groomed his entire professional life to take the helm at Ford and has proved he is ready for the job....More
Apr 28, 2014

Toyota Texas Move: Do as I Say, Not as I Do

The industry’s self-professed greenest automaker is said to be uprooting its U.S. sales-and-marketing operations to the country’s least-green state....More
Apr 24, 2014

GM Profit Report Further Clouds Spotlight on CEO Mary Barra

The chief executive caps her first 100 days on the job by reporting a razor-thin profit of $125 million, down 86% from year-ago, and bruised by the....More
Apr 22, 2014

The Key to GM’s Recall

If it is determined top brass has been negligent, CEO Mary Barra could be joined in the searing spotlight by some heavyweights who have since....More
Apr 11, 2014

Venezuela President Plays With Fire as Auto Sales Plunge

New-vehicle deliveries tumbled 87% in January and 89.9% in February, marking the lowest level since 2003 when the country was ensnarled in a....More
Apr 04, 2014

Small Budget, Thin Skin Roadblocking Agency, Former NHTSA Head Says

Former U.S. safety chief Joan Claybrook says agency administrators “have to act like a cop on the beat,” but too often those at the top have been....More
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