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SHANGHAI, China -- If you listen to the industry experts -- and in this country there are more than a few who claim to know how the future will unfold -- they'll tell you that the good times in China are over.
The industry has hit a wall -- and it's not a great outcome.
No, not for the fore ... Continue reading "The (domestic) auto industry hits a wall in China" » Apr 19, 2013 2:53 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
ORLANDO -- The location is unknown at this point (let’s get crazy and assume it’s Las Vegas). The state of the industry is unclear (here’s hoping it’s healthy). But when the 2025 National Automobile Dealers Association convention rolls around, the vision for retail is: The big winners will have service as their middle name.Continue reading "Look for innovation overdrive in the service drive" » Feb 10, 2013 5:12 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
A lifetime ago -- like, way back in the bad old times of early 2010 -- you could have shot a cannon down one side of the Orange County Convention Center and not hit a soul.
This convention's last trip to Orlando was a wake. Deals were being made, but with admittedly hushed tones. General Motors wasn’t here. And nearly 2 ... Continue reading "Mood swing in Orlando: This year, deals are everywhere" » Feb 9, 2013 6:43 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
The year is off to a sizzling beginning, jump-started by a hot January for sales. Profits are near all-time highs across the dealer landscape. And, if you listen closely to those who escaped the winter blizzard and made it to Orlando, business is downright rocking.
"The industry is in a very healthy place," said AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson at Friday's J.D ... Continue reading "How's business? Dazzling -- but we're keeping an eye on it" » Feb 8, 2013 5:47 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
What was that old joke about fuel cell vehicles? Wait 20 years, and you'll be only 20 more from driving one.
This week Toyota shot a hole through that cathode.
The Japanese automaker has ambitious plans, announcing Wednesday that it plans to sell a fuel cell vehicle in 2015, or about tw ... Continue reading "The bottom line on alternatives" » Aug 8, 2012 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
On a day when industry sales forecasts dropped, confidence about the recovery drooped and even Dodge slipped out of NASCAR racing, suppliers could still find a silver lining at a standing-room only morning session here.
If you're a North American supplier, focused on technology and a good balance sheet, there's good news: Y ... Continue reading "Modest growth is fast enough" » Aug 7, 2012 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
Just a year ago, the troubling stories that were 6,000 miles and an ocean away seemed like distant thunder. Twelve months later, on a picture-perfect August day in Traverse City, the financial storm in Europe is here.
"There are ominous signs," Jay Baron, CEO of the Center for Automotive Research, said just before Monday's ... Continue reading "Industry feels Europe's pain" » Aug 6, 2012 5:00 pm U.S. ET Post Comment