Saturday, Dec 9


Podcast: Howes on auto-tech fusion


Daniel Howes: The bright line separating cars from high-tech is blurring, and Detroit is right in the center of it.


New world order: Jeep is a sales titan

The Detroit News

Under Fiat Chrysler, Jeep has grown from a niche brand to an international money machine


Foreign cars edge out Americans in safety lists

Very few American vehicles make the cut in insurance group’s safety lists

Friday, Dec 8


Toyota to reveal all-new Avalon at Detroit auto show

Toyota will unveil a new Avalon, Lexus to reveal crossover concept at NAIAS


Half of deadly Takata air bags still not fixed

The Detroit News

22 million recalled Takata air bags on U.S. highways are in danger of exploding in a crash

Thursday, Dec 7


Ford partners with Alibaba Group in China

It’s the latest in a series of recent moves in China


Ford ups investment at Flat Rock, moves EV to Mexico

The Detroit News

Ford will build its electric SUV in Mexico so it has more room at Flat Rock Assembly for self-driving cars

Car Culture: More street-legal race cars than ever

Tire and chassis technologies have made production-based racing cars much easier to drive off the track, Berg writes

‘Alexa: Why can’t you control everything in my car?’


Customers want a seamless, universal voice experience in the car


Payne: The Kia Rio gets back to basics

Basic ain’t so bad when a car is executed as nicely as the Kia Rio


UAW restricts charities amid federal probe

Nonprofits run by union executives unusual in board makeup, scope

Wednesday, Dec 6


VW exec gets maximum sentence, fine for Dieselgate role

Oliver Schmidt sentenced to 7 years in prison and fined $400,000 for complicity in VW emissions cheating


Lyft offers self-driving car rides in Boston


The ride-hailing company Lyft is now sending self-driving cars to pick up passengers in a Boston neighborhood.


Nissan plans fully self-driving cars in 2022

Autonomous ride-hailing service will be tested by Nissan on Japan roads in March


Exotic cars return to the Detroit auto show in '18

The Detroit News

Exotic car gallery returns after hiatus; AutoMobili-D opens to public for first time


Howes: Mich. closing perception gap in bid for Auto 2.0

Perceptions of growth up, evidence that mobility, autonomy, electrification are changing Old Economy industry’s image

Tuesday, Dec 5



BMW guns for 50% increase in EV sales next year


BMW and other carmakers are spending record amounts on electric cars to kickstart sluggish consumer sales

FCA plans hydrogen-engine partnership with Hyundai


Marchionne said there is no likelihood of a merger with Hyundai

More SUVs coming from Maserati?


Maserati exec doesn’t rule out the possibility of something smaller than the Levante

Lamborghini joins the boom in supercar SUVs

Lamborghini’s Urus enters a crowded luxury field


Ford to bring 50 new vehicles to China by 2025

Those could be new vehicles, or next generation models as the company commits to grow in the world’s largest auto market


GM rolls out Marketplace shop-and-drive app

New app will allow drivers of GM cars to order a Starbucks or find the nearest Shell station

Howes: Delphi split aiming to reckon technology, value

Aptiv, Delphi Technologies exploit transportation mega-trends in connectivity, autonomy, electrification, clean engines

Monday, Dec 4


Patterson wants Oakland Co. at center of auto future

Oakland County officials want proposals to develop an infrastructure that can talk to cars on the road

Four Tops at Detroit auto show Charity Preview

Motown legends will headline glitzy night in Detroit


Hardwired habits hamper electric cars

Early adopters enjoy eking out every electric mile from their battery cars, but most drivers just want to stomp it

Saturday, Dec 2


Podcast: Howes on winning in La-La Land

GM used the LA Auto Show and a swing through SF to show they're outpacing Tesla in the race to field driverless cars.


California nixes plan to limit carmaker liability

California regulators have nixed a plan to let self-driving car manufacturers evade liability for crashes