The secrets behind all that camouflage
Posted 11:45 am U.S. ET, May 12
Is this the next-generation Buick Verano undergoing testing along Woodward Avenue in metro Detroit? (RICHARD TRUETT)
LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE:
This is a story about what you see and what you can’t see; what you’d like to see and what they don’t want you to see. And mostly, it’s a story about the lengths people go to make sure you can’t see what they don’t want you to see.
The Detroit 3 all operate test tracks in southeast Michigan. All have high-speed ovals, pavement that is purposely unev ...
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The evolution of the Hellcat logo
Posted 2:53 pm U.S. ET, May 11
VINCE BOND JR.:
The Hellcat was never meant to be a tame kitty.
Judging by the early sketches of the logo that now adorns the Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats, the attitude was there from the start.
While most of the logos show aggressive, roaring Hellcats that are befitting of the beastly 707-hp engine, one took on a more playful theme.
The sketch in the upper right-hand corner shows a Hellcat with a ...
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Why Dodge should make the next Dart look like a baby Charger
Posted 4:12 pm U.S. ET, May 8
Top: 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. Bottom: 2015 Dodge Dart.
LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE:
The Dodge Dart set an all-time sales record in April, and so far this year, the compact sedan is moving off dealer lots 52 percent faster than it was the year before.
So, if you’re Dodge, do you need to fix a car that’s doing those things three years after its launch?
Why, yes. Yes, you do.
According to Dodge’s five-year product plan that it presented in May 2014, the Dart wil ...
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Longtime auto journalist, racecar driver Denise McCluggage dead at 88
Posted 10:02 am U.S. ET, May 7
Denise McCluggage: 1927-2015
Autoweek's Mark Vaughn remembers his colleague Denise McCluggage.
Word came late Wednesday that our friend, colleague, mentor and favorite staff racecar driver Denise McCluggage had passed away. She was 88.
The news was something of a shock because we, and maybe you, too, always believed she would be with us forever. Indeed, she had been on staff at Autoweek and its predecessor Competition ...
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CFPB plays up auto finance complaints
Posted 11:00 am U.S. ET, May 6
| Jim Henry is a special correspondent for Automotive News.|
A new report released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau covering more than three years of complaints by military service members shows that although gripes about auto loans were a small part of the mix, they were a large part of the CFPB’s enforcement actions.
In the report released last week, which lists 29,500 complaints collected from July 2011 to Dec. 31, 2014, there’s n ...
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Lithia reaches out to women in step toward industry evolution
Posted 12:13 pm U.S. ET, May 6
| Jamie LaReau covers the automotive retail beat for Automotive News.|
Lithia Motors Inc. has taken a step in the right direction.
On May 11-14, the dealership group hosts its first Lithia Women’s Leadership Week. The company has invited 70 of its female managers to the conference at its Medford, Ore., headquarters.
“The primary motivation is to offer an enrichment opportunity to the women we already have,” said Tom Dobry, Lithia’s vice pres ...
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Marchionne is so right and so wrong about consolidation
Posted 11:30 am U.S. ET, May 5
Standards for bumpers, headlights and other safety features vary from market to market, adding to engineering costs for automakers. (BLOOMBERG)
Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne is absolutely right in his call for industry consolidation.
But he is absolutely wrong about what needs consolidating.
In a call with analysts last week to discuss Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ first quarter earnings, Marchionne went rogue and launched into a discussion further pressing his case for automaker megamergers. Car companies, he believes, must ...
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GM sends another contract-year message to UAW
Posted 4:00 pm U.S. ET, May 5
| David Barkholz is a reporter for Automotive News.|
How do you know UAW negotiations with the Detroit 3 have started in earnest?
If you’d asked me a week ago, I’d have said when the UAW completes its special bargaining convention held every four years so the rank and file can talk tactics and make desires known for the upcoming negotiations.
General Motors, though, has prompted me to add a corollary.
Now I’m convinced it’ ...
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Piech's absence dominates VW annual meeting
Posted 6:43 am U.S. ET, May 5
| Christiaan Hetzner is Automotive News Europe's Germany correspondent.|
Ferdinand Piech was absent from Volkswagen Group's annual meeting today after he quit as chairman last month, but he may cause VW's leadership more headaches than ever before.
Since May 4 was Star Wars Day, permit a small comparison. In the popular science fiction movie Obi-Wan Kenobi warned his protege, Darth Vader, before their fateful light saber duel on the Death Star, "strike me down and I s ...
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DETROIT -- General Motors CEO Mary Barra and other top brass are in Kansas City today to mark the company's 500th million vehicle.
It must be hard for GM to decide when to celebrate its considerable corporate heritage, and when to pretend that it doesn't exist pre-2009.
A GM press release ticks off an impressive list of innovations that have rolled off GM assembly lines among those half billion ...