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.

General Motors Through June

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 25, 2016 at 5:41 AM

One of the things that General Motors is emphasizing of late is that it has a “retail-focused strategy.” This means that rather than selling to rental companies, it is focusing on selling to consumers.

The Car-Shoe Continuum

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 22, 2016 at 5:39 AM

Back in 2008, BMW revealed a concept vehicle that is still revolutionary all these years later: It was called the GINA Light Visionary Model, with the acronym standing for “Geometry and Functions In ‘N’ Adaptions.” Fundamentally, the vehicle is based on a moveable substructure and a flexible textile outer cover.

Cue the Anthem-Like Music

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 20, 2016 at 5:37 AM

If this wasn’t the Summer of the Superhero—Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; Capital America: Civil War; X-Men: Apocalypse—we might not have written about this, but given this image: how could we not?

2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Limited

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 19, 2016 at 5:36 AM

According to an estimate from Inside EVs, a web publication dedicated to all things electric vehicle, there were an estimated 1,360 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrids delivered during the first half of 2016.