No one — and no company — is irreplaceable in the automotive ecosystem. That said, there are many companies — a vast majority, in fact — who are not QUICKLY or EASILY replaced. So even better than being irreplaceable: Be better than the alternative. Because after all, you don't have to outrun the bear — you just have… » 10/28/14 9:50am Tuesday 9:50am

Great post and guide, Jason. As a former cooling systems engineer for major automotive OEM, I appreciate what VW was doing by adding the louvers: trying to get more air into an engine compartment from what was essentially a low air pressure part of the vehicle. The main vents, just below the rear window, are not that… » 10/27/14 9:08pm Monday 9:08pm

MANY cops are good guys, and dog people, as well. TOO MANY are thugs with badges. Approach at night, without identifying yourself in the wilderness, discharge a firearm at a licensed, pet, and well, then you do what you have to do. "Under Color of Law" is what need to look up here. Those cops were complete assholes. » 10/26/14 11:14pm Sunday 11:14pm

Hey, Matt, you whiffed on the Honda quality reports — causing Honda to hire their first-ever quality czar (press description, not mine). Probably should have put the OE financials in a single gear; the Honda thing is a big deal and deserves mention. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, even the Japanese are having a bad year.… » 10/23/14 10:06am 10/23/14 10:06am

GM at this point reminds me of Major League Baseball during the '94-'95 strike. I swore I'd never attend another game until every last idiot was gone from that business. Some did leave, and the passage of time soothed other wounds. I've since returned to being a paying fan. And so it shall be with GM. The cars are… » 10/16/14 11:08am 10/16/14 11:08am