Standard of the World

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 11, 2016 at 5:32 AM

Those of you of a historic bent will recognize “Standard of the World” as the slogan once used by Cadillac.

2016 Honda Pilot AWD Elite

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 09, 2016 at 5:22 AM

One of the better ways to get a sense of the overall segment competitiveness of a vehicle is to talk with someone who makes his or her living selling vehicles of a different brand.

Sparking Toward 2025

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 08, 2016 at 5:08 AM

When it comes to the electrification of vehicles, there are few people who have the insights to say nothing of the first-hand knowledge of MaryAnn Wright.

How VW Is Going Electric

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 05, 2016 at 5:15 AM

According to Dr. Matthias Erb, chief engineering officer and executive vice president, Engineering and Planning, Volkswagen of America, his company is focused on a strategy for 2025, although there is recognition that they’ve got to get there by doing some things that are essentially traditional.

Economist vs. Economist

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 03, 2016 at 4:39 AM

On the day that General Motors announced its July 2016 sales—down 1.9 percent for the month compared to 2015; 1,706,173 sold year-to-date, off 4percent—Dr.

Power of the People

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 02, 2016 at 5:06 AM

Listen to Wil James, president, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK), at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars.

Car of the Year Awards for Designers Announced

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 01, 2016 at 6:49 AM

While there is an array of awards handed out each year for production cars, trucks and SUVs, these are primarily for cars that exist in a way such that you can actually go to a dealer and get one of them for your very own garage.

Honda Through June

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 29, 2016 at 5:44 AM

Often when there are vehicles that have ceased production and are in the process of being completely moved out of the system there are sales numbers that look like this: Honda Insight: June 2016, 9; June 2015, 126; % change: 93.1% Sometimes there is a vehicle that has just gone into production and it catches the sales at just the right time so that there are numbers that look like this: Honda Ridgeline: June 2016, 2,472; June 2015, 7; % change: 33,856% OK.

Toyota Through June

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 28, 2016 at 5:44 AM

Paul Holdridge, Vice President of Sales Operations of the Toyota Division, said during a discussion of June 2016 sales, “We remain optimistic. . .And look forward to the 2nd half of 2016.” That’s probably because the first half of 2016 was a bit off for Toyota Division (including Scion, but excluding Lexus). That is, through the first half, its sales were down 2.5%, and they were off 6.2% for June.

FCA Through June

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 27, 2016 at 5:43 AM

“In spite of some severe stock market volatility in June, the American consumer stayed focused on buying new vehicles and propelled FCA to six vehicle sales records last month,” said Reid Bigland, Senior Vice President, Sales, FCA–North America.