Will new tariffs spike car prices?

February 16, 2018 David Zatz 0

The Commerce Department has recommended that Donald Trump put tariffs or quotes on imported aluminum and steel, after concluding that importing too much of these metals poses a national security threat. In this case, the issue is not that the country is subsidizing prices of steel and aluminum sent to […]

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Who’s most dependable? Hint: GM’s feeling its oats

February 14, 2018 David Zatz 0

Every year, J.D. Power tells us about problems with three-year-old cars, so we can get a basic idea of long-term reliability (or, as they put it, dependability — a word invented by Dodge Brothers marketers). Lately, GM has been doing quite well in these reviews, and this year was no […]

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Rolls: HEY, LOOK AT ME!!!

February 13, 2018 David Zatz 0

Generally, automakers try not to have their prototypes photographed by spy cameras. Rolls-Royce, on the other hand, actually provided “spy shots” to the media. They went so far as to leave the hood ornament in place, apparently trying to entice people into photographing their station wagon — I mean SUV […]

Should Detroit get out of the car business?

February 8, 2018 Bill Cawthon 0

For more than 100 years, Detroit, Michigan has been synonymous with the automobile. While it certainly wasn’t the only place car companies called home, it was the main attraction with Chrysler, Ford and General Motors. For the majority of those years, the pride of place went to passenger cars, like […]


Mercedes not allowed to quote the Dalai Lama

February 6, 2018 David Zatz 0

You’re not allowed to quote the Dalai Lama — at least, not if you want to make and sell cars in China. Reuters pointed out that Mercedes has issued an apology in China, because it showed a quote from the Dalai Lama in a social-media message. The company backed down […]

GM’s ironic loss and actual gain

February 6, 2018 David Zatz 0

The United States’ 2018 tax laws will dramatically favor corporations and the wealthy, and a handful of companies announced that they would share their benefits with employees for the first year. On the other side stands General Motors, which will have to take a $7.3 billion charge based on changes […]

Guess who the best selling automaker is?

February 5, 2018 David Zatz 0

Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi — all bound together now — jumped ahead of Volkswagen, Toyota, and General Motors to become the world’s largest automaker. For many years, that place belonged to GM. Volkswagen, though, having gained Audi, Skoda, Seat, and Porsche, started battling Toyota for first place when they grew […]

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What name should Trumpchi switch to?

January 29, 2018 David Zatz 0

Long ago, Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC), which builds cars with Fiat Chrysler in China, decided to sell in the United States. Their name, in Mandarin, was created to sound like passing good fortune, but the English transliteration didn’t work out so well — “Trumpchi.” According to Reuters, the company was […]


Is this the production BMW X7?

January 21, 2018 David Zatz 0

BMW has released some photos of the X7 iPerformance Concept, but not the production car itself. Today, those photos have surfaced from a location near BMW’s facility. The biggest vehicle ever made by BMW, the X7 is a full-size SUV, chasing sales where they seem strongest; it will have three […]