Category Archives: Automotive Industry

#MAMA18FR – More Than Just Getting “Out of The Office”

Tweet Perhaps a bit too much fun? – All Photos by Randy Stern Why do I still get excited about going to media events? It would be easy for me to say that it “gets me out of the office.” … Continue reading

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Commentary: So Long, Slug Bug

Tweet Photo by Randy Stern The first time around was an icon mired in global history and eventual conflict. The second time around was just for nostalgia’s sake. The Volkswagen Beetle had a shape that was simple, fun, joyous, and … Continue reading

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Commentary: Going Back To Its Roots

Tweet Photo by Randy Stern This was a move that should not have happened in the first place. When Johan De Nysschen was named the head of General Motors’ Cadillac brand, those of us who knew of his work with … Continue reading

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Commentary: Electrification or Just Electric Vehicles?

Tweet Photo by Randy Stern Electrification is more than just a buzzword. It has become a battle cry in the premium/luxury vehicle segment. This month alone witnessed the unveiling of two upcoming production full-battery electric SUV/Crossovers and a glimpse at … Continue reading

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Commentary: Protest and Consumerism

Tweet Photo by Randy Stern Sadly, I have to write another politically-based commentary on this website. And, yes, it has to do with a related topic involving the automotive industry. But, first, some lyrics from Peter Gabriel… You can blow … Continue reading

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What Would Randy Buy…the 2018 Edition

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern Welcome to my annual tradition of self-indulgence and absolute pining for the day I can buy a vehicle that I would truly enjoy and own. But, how? And, who’s money? Understand that for the … Continue reading

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Sergio Marchionne: 1952-2018

Tweet The following is a statement released by John Elkann, the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and its holding company EXOR NV: “Unfortunately, what we feared has come to pass. Sergio Marchionne, man and friend, … Continue reading

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Commentary: Much Ado About Trade and Tariffs

Tweet The United States of America has always had a long and complicated relationship with trade and tariffs. There are some basic principles that have been at the core of trade in this country. What do we need in terms … Continue reading

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Commentary: The Sudden Succession Plan

Tweet He was supposed to hang in there until 2019. Sergio Marchionne was set to retire next year. He would have left the CEO position at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. However, his position on the boards of CNH, Ferrari, and of … Continue reading

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Commentary: Cars vs. Crossovers…and The Debate Itself

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern Reality is setting in. Not a lot of us are liking it. The headline that has been on auto-repeat for the past few years has been the proliferation of the SUV/Crossover. They have been … Continue reading

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