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Johan de Nysschen is barely a week into his new job as president of Cadillac. It will take some time to learn what he will attempt to do there.
But keep your eye on the small-vehicle end of the luxury spectrum. That will be de Nysschen’s most likely play for the American premium king.
As the global leader of Infiniti for the past two years, de Nysschen made clear a ... Continue reading "Will de Nysschen take Caddy into small cars?" » Jul 16, 2014 1:01 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
A Florida credit union’s ad campaign beating up dealers and auto lenders for “rate markups” is hard to look at, but dealers and lenders should check it out to see what they’re up against in terms of public perception and in case the approach catches on in other states.
The Space Coast Credit Union ads treat dealer reserve -- the small amount of int ... Continue reading "Credit union ads highlight misperceptions of dealer reserve" » Jul 16, 2014 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
Carmakers are always defining segments and claiming sales crowns for their own purposes, and here's the latest instance.
Acura is touting the MDX as “America's All-Time Best-Selling 3-Row Luxury SUV.”
It's certainly a nice SUV, we won't argue that. Acura released a statement late last week stating that the MDX is not only outselling all other luxury SUVs with ... Continue reading "Acura claims a sales honor with MDX" » Jul 15, 2014 11:55 am U.S. ET Post Comment
In economics, it’s known as the law of diminishing returns, the shrinking benefit you get when you pour ever-increasing resources toward achieving a singular goal.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Agency showed a good mathematical example of the principle today with a graphic it released about the consumer benefits of fuel economy.
For consu ... Continue reading "Why fuel economy faces law of diminishing returns" » Jul 11, 2014 3:02 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
TOKYO -- It’s unsettling when a newly-hired executive bolts for the door after a short stay, without achieving his goals.
Dealers and employees at Infiniti understandably may feel some unease following today's news that President Johan de Nysschen is leaving the brand after just two years to take over as president of Cadillac.
To be sure, de Nysschen's unexpe ... Continue reading "How Infiniti will move ahead without de Nysschen" » Jul 11, 2014 6:55 am U.S. ET Post Comment
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen’s future could be brighter following the departure of its influential former chairman Thierry Peugeot from the automaker’s supervisory board.
Thierry’s departure signals the end of dissent among Peugeot family members over the automaker’s capital tie-up with China’s Dongfeng Motor, industry watchers say.
Thierry publicly ... Continue reading "PSA may be better off without Thierry Peugeot" » Jul 11, 2014 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
WASHINGTON -- With its defeat at the ballot box in Chattanooga this February, the UAW lost what seemed to be its most winnable organizing battle at a Southern assembly plant.
But at Solidarity House, the war isn’t over.
Today’s surprising news that the UAW will set up a union local for Chattanooga’s Volkswagen AG factory -- despite losing the organizing ... Continue reading "How UAW can leverage minority support in Chattanooga and elsewhere" » Jul 10, 2014 2:15 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
Here’s an automotive exercise: Think of the most practical product you own, something you use every day.
Maybe it’s a pen you keep in your pocket, or a garment, a briefcase, a handbag -- whatever.
Do you like it? Probably, or you’d switch to an alternative. Is it stylish? Maybe, but it doesn’t really have to be in order to be practical. Yet, becau ... Continue reading "Minivans are too practical to have the reputation they have" » Jul 9, 2014 3:13 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
Even though broccoli is better for them, lots of people won’t eat it when they can have ice cream instead.
The scenario is playing out more often these days in the auto finance world, too.
That’s according to top executives of America’s Car-Mart, the giant buy-here, pay-here used-car retailer based in Bentonville, Ark., as more consumers pass on the bro ... Continue reading "Why buy-here, pay-here is losing some turf " » Jul 9, 2014 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
Editor's note: The Mirage’s EPA rating is 37 city/44 highway and 40 combined. Earlier versions of this blog transposed the numbers.
The Mitsubishi Mirage is one of the strangest cars I have ever driven -- and it’s one of the most polarizing new models of 2014.
Consumer Reports, The New York Times and others have savaged the small inexpensive hatchback. Y ... Continue reading "Is the maligned Mitsubishi Mirage a good value?" » Jul 7, 2014 12:40 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
Daryl Chansuthus bristled at the word “compensation” when we spoke on the phone this week.
Compensation doesn’t fill the void created on a rainy December night five years ago, when her 25-year-old daughter’s Chevrolet Cobalt SS hit a tree off Interstate 24 in Tennessee and no airbags deployed. More than compensation, Chansuthus wants accountability ... Continue reading "Compensation, yes, but no happy endings for GM crash victims' families" » Jul 3, 2014 3:07 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
The biggest problem with selling consumers on the idea of active safety technologies is that unless you experience what happens when they intervene, it’s hard to fully appreciate their potential.
Automatic braking systems, for example, are triggered only before a potential crash. Short of having a near miss during a test drive at a dealership -- which hopefully does ... Continue reading "Hyundai's safety tech video shows what a sales pitch can't" » Jul 3, 2014 2:16 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
Leasing’s not just for luxury brands anymore. It’s spreading to mass-market brands too, experts say.
That means F&I managers who are inexperienced or just rusty at leasing paperwork had better prepare for more customer demand for leases. That includes cobbling a menu of lease-friendly F&I products such as excess wear-and-tear protection or tire-and-whe ... Continue reading "Don't do much leasing? Better bone up" » Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
June turned out to be a great month for U.S. auto sales. Ignore that goofy 1 percent increase in units sold. It’s a calendar fluke. The 17 million selling rate tells the tale.
And the story, for June and the first half, is a good one. First half sales rose 4 percent to 8.2 million, overcoming horrible January and February weather and putting the U.S. auto industry b ...