Category Archives: Automotive Industry

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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Commentary: For The Love of The Big Cars

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern Here is something you should know about me…I have a soft spot for big sedans. Perhaps I always had. Of course, size being relative over the years I enjoyed the large car. My first … Continue reading

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Commentary: The New Chevrolet Blazer and The Future of the Crossover/SUV

Tweet You know what they say: “just when you least expect it…” At a private media event in Atlanta, Chevrolet rolled out their latest addition to its lineup of SUVs and crossovers. It was an ongoing rumor that the nameplate … Continue reading

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Commentary: Holding Firm on Cars

Tweet Photo by Randy Stern In the aftermath of Ford’s first quarter earnings conference call, all eyes were pointed to Renaissance Center and General Motors’ CEO Mary Barra’s office. We were wondering if GM would follow suit and trim their … Continue reading

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Commentary: Not The Final Mic Drop

Tweet This was rumored to be Sergio Marchionne’s curtain call at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The man was responsible for saving Chrysler from oblivion in the face of the Global Financial Crisis. Marchionne lead the integration of the company into Fiat … Continue reading

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#MAMA18SR – The Experience of It All

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern In 2013, I arrived at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin confident, but nervous as I attended my first Midwest Automotive Media Association Spring Rally. Each year yielded its own experience – both … Continue reading

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