Steve Finlay

Steve
Finlay
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

Editor of WardsAuto Dealer Business magazine, Steve writes about automobile dealers and retail practices.

Articles

Imagine a World Without Uber
If Uber and Lyft didn’t exist, surveyed people said they would take fewer rides and walk more.
Giddyup Call for Expediting Autonomous-Car Development
Adient’s advanced-development director offers guidelines for the industry effort of creating autonomous vehicles that will make today’s cars look Jurassic.
Vehicle Market Forecast: Partly Cloudy, Maybe Rain
In a WardsAuto Q&A, Blackbook’s Anil Goyal talks about weakening preowned vehicle values, the prospects of new-car vehicle incentives this year and the possibility of a car-segment comeback.
Predictive Analytics Company Expands Into Customer Conquesting
“Predictive analysis changes the way cars are sold,” automotiveMastermind co-CEO Marco Schnabl says. “It’s better for everyone, not just the customer.”
Buick Hopes Encore Owners Will Buy Up to Envision 1
“It’s for people moving on up,” says Rick Spina, executive chief engineer for the ’19 Envision CUV.
Automotive Lenders Warm Up to Alternative Credit Data
Consumers are not one-dimensional, and neither are their credit profiles,” says Peter Oburu of Equifax.
CDK: New Open Platform Set to Revolutionize Auto Retailing
In a WardsAuto Q&A, top executives describe how and why the company’s heralded Fortellis came into being.
Win at Auto Retailing? Become ‘Student of the Game’
Brian Finkelmeyer of vAuto offers three tips on how dealers can become more efficient during changing times.
Survey Says Consumer Desire to Own Vehicles High 1
Alternative transportation services will supplement not replace ownership, says NADA’s Jonathan Collegio.
Hyundai Intros EV That Doesn’t Try to Look Like One
“People can say, ‘Boy, for not a whole lot more money, I can get into a CUV electric,’” says Chief Operating Officer Brian Smith, predicting the Kona EV’s expected popularity.
In Unveiling All-New Altima, Nissan Touts Cars as Cool
In a WardsAuto Q&A, a Nissan design executive explains why, despite the popularity of SUVs, young people like cars.
Ford’s Farley: Dealers Great; Retail Changes, New Product Coming
For the franchised dealer system to succeed in the future, “it will have to evolve,” Jim Farley says after paying homage to Ford dealers.
All-New Lincoln Aviator Called ‘Seductive’ Not ‘Predatory’
Too often, vehicles in the upscale SUV market look like they are on the attack, says Lincoln design chief David Woodhouse.
Cadillac Eventually Will Intro Head-Turning Halo Car, Brand Prez Says
“Things are about to get very interesting at Cadillac,” Johan de Nysschen says.
Time Dealer of the Year Shares Honors With Wife
“My wife and I decided that we wanted to focus our philanthropic time and attention on three areas: animals in need, children in need and women in need,” says Jack Salzman.