Monday, July 22, 2013 - 10:01

The key difference between the auto and bank bailouts is that GM and Chrysler executives and employees were forced to make sacrifices and change the way they their businesses operated. Key...

Friday, July 12, 2013 - 11:53

Thanks for commenting Chunka. I'm still surprised by how many folks in the automotive community do not understand how serious Silicon Valley is about self-driving technology.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 14:02

I rate your comment "truly exceptional."

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 11:14

I totally agree. But in some ways that makes being No. 1 even tougher. Bob Lutz talks about how GM's quality efforts used to be focused on internally generated metrics. My guess is that GM now has...

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 18:33

I will add "GM tops J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey" to my list of headlines I never thought I would see. I started out in journalism covering the GM V8-6-4 and diesel debacle. This is a proud...

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 13:08

Every major industrialized country has designated electric vehicles as the magic bullet to address climate change. McElroy's commentary points out that EVs are a flawed solution. Battery electric...

Friday, June 21, 2013 - 14:39

Criticism of auto bailouts usually is based on sound philosophy but erroneous assumptions.
The first wrong assumption is the bailouts began with President Obama. President Bush initiated the...

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 18:39

My facts are straight mzllrc. You did not read my commentary. For one, I clearly point out that Ford did not receive bailout money.
My blog is based on the study below and the fact that I...

Friday, June 14, 2013 - 16:45

The auto rescue was not the beginning of a new economic model, it was a successful bipartisan response to an economic emergency that other wise would have plunged the U.S. into a 1930s-style...

Friday, June 14, 2013 - 15:17

CAR does research for all sorts of auto makers, suppliers, state governments and other entities far removed from GM and Chrysler. It is unfair to suggest their conclusions are inaccurate based on...

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 10:07

Bush initiated the auto bailouts, not Obama. While he was philosphically opposed to the idea, his adivsors told him doing nothing would cause an economic disaster.
"The problem is, sometimes...

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 11:53

My comments are not based on conjecture. They are based on an extensive economic study by the Center for Automotive Research. I invite you to look at it:...

Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 13:12

We tested this issue last summer. If you tow a lot, you are better off with V-8. Benefit of V-6 EcoBoost is better efficiency in low-load commuting but still having stump-pulling torque for the...

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 18:11

Andrew, U.S. environmental policy clearly favors electric vehicles and hybrids over diesels, no argument from me. There are zero incentives in new CAFE requirements for diesels.
My point is...

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 09:35

Andrew, diesel emissions rules are much tougher in the U.S. than in Europe. Oxides of nitrogen and particulates have to be reduced to same level as gasoline engines, requiring expensive exhaust...

Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 17:51

Wireless charging stations could make charging hassel free, but that solution still is far away. It will be interesting to see data in a few years showing how many consumers buy or lease a second...

Monday, May 20, 2013 - 17:41

To those of you who have asked: "Exterior design" is listed in both "Pro" and "Con" categories because it is the first thing folks love or hate about the car.

Monday, May 20, 2013 - 17:33

Cut-and-past link below for a great story on BMW's belief in the future of the inline 6 engine.
However, it has nothing to do with helping do-it-yourselfers. Those days are gone forever....

Monday, May 20, 2013 - 13:05

Good news is new sparkplugs no longer have to be changed regularly. Bad news is it can cost a fortune to have them changed when the time eventually comes.

Friday, May 10, 2013 - 12:45

Well said is228979. Most all the new gasoline GDI turbos are getting roasted by consumer activistsfor for disappointing real-world fuel economy. A very light foot is required to come close to...

Friday, April 26, 2013 - 11:24

Interesting how motorcycles have provided the foundation for several great automakers who are known for great engines. The most notable other example being Honda.

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 10:54

Hey guys, profiteering is not to blame for high diesel option prices. U.S. has toughest diesel emissions standards in the world for both particulates and oxides of nitrogen. Diesel exhaust is...

Friday, March 22, 2013 - 15:34

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Monday, March 4, 2013 - 10:45

Brian, what do you think are the best interiors for this year? We're interested in reader opinions.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 14:58

That's what I get for skipping Latin class in high school. Thank you Christie, is228979 and ussauto1.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 10:48

So it's "Foci" instead of Focuses, "Prii" instead, of Priuses. Is it "Forti" instead of Fortes, "Geni" instead of Genesises? Who is making the rules now?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 10:27

Jef von Q, as an auto writer I resent you saying I'm like a 16-year-old boy when I talk about cars. I believe I'm at least at the 18- or 19-year old level.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 12:10

Discuss and register your vote about the future acceptance of the next-gen F-150 on the WardsAuto Tech Forum.


Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 10:47

There seems to be quite a bit of discussion about the branding, but the car has been very successful considering the narrow niche it inhabits.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 00:19

if EVs only are subsidized toys for the affluent, they will never catch on for mainstream buyers who need them for basic transportation. That will severely limit sales volume and positive...

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