Editorials

EDITORIAL

FCA's pursuit, GM's protest are built into DNAs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Neither Marchionne's aggressiveness nor GM's reticence should be surprising.... Read More »

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Is a merger the way to go? Automakers better know history

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Every auto merger is difficult. Every one is unique. Automotive News' Industry on Trial series demonstrates that many mergers flop or fall short of expectations. But it also shows that other some companies have found ways to make mergers or alliances succeed.... Read More »

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Industry must stop wasteful spending before it's too late

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

The auto industry must come to grips with its prodigious excess in capital spending. As explored in this week's installment of the Automotive News series "Industry on Trial", automotive companies keep reinventing their own versions of common hardware.... Read More »

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Conventional wisdom on industry needs rethinking

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Even in the midst of its best profitability in decades, the global auto industry faces a strategic threat to its existence. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said it: The industry makes meager profits while burning huge amounts of capital.... Read More »

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Sweet harmony: How trade pacts could pay off

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Harmonizing global auto standards and regulations is an elusive goal, but two pending trade pacts offer a window of opportunity.... Read More »

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Car hacking is real, and auto industry must respond

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

When two hackers took command of a Jeep Cherokee while journalist Andy Greenberg was driving it on public roads, an exploit revealed last week in a Wired magazine story, everything changed. Car hacking got real.... Read More »

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All states must get on board to close title-washing spigot

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

A critical tool in preventing vehicle title-washing fraud can't work as intended because some states don't participate. States should link into the federal vehicle title-checking system to protect motorists' lives and pocketbooks.... Read More »

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Both automakers and regulators can do better

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Federal agencies are taking a more aggressive approach to regulating the U.S. auto industry.... Read More »

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Chop chicken tax to lift competition and innovation

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

It's time to eliminate the so-called chicken tax. The onerous 25 percent U.S. tariff on imported pickups has stifled competition for a half century. Elimating the tariff would lead to greater competition among small pickups in the U.S. and spur innovation in a staid market segment.... Read More »

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How dealers can protect themselves from bad actors

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

A blot on auto retailing is developing in Birmingham, Ala. Eight former employees of Serra Automotive Group pleaded guilty to charges including falsifying documents and two managers are accused of cheating on Nissan North America's national sales incentive program.... Read More »

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Fixing NHTSA's flaws is not NHTSA's job alone

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has systemic flaws that undermine its ability to police auto safety. Improving NHTSA will take work, but the basics are simple.... Read More »

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Is IIHS raising safety standards too quickly?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

The decision by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to expand crash testing to more variants of pickups next year and beyond opens a broad re-examination of the best way to promote automotive safety.... Read More »

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JCI mulls future, raises questions for the industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Johnson Controls, the world's No. 1 supplier of automotive seats, says it may sell its seating unit. Not only would such a move have huge consequences in this crucial sector, it also raises a slew of questions for the auto industry.... Read More »

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Takata opens up, and it's terrifying

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

The deeper investigators dig into the Takata airbag recall, the worse it gets.... Read More »

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Industry gets limber

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

General Motors and its workers are showing the improved flexibility and responsiveness of modern auto manufacturing in how they boosted production of midsize pickups in Wentzville, Mo.... Read More »

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Contract talks: Put health care on the table?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Health care costs pose a stumbling block in upcoming labor contract talks between the UAW and the Detroit 3.... Read More »

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Vigor, vigilance are just what we need from NHTSA

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Federal auto regulators are cracking down. This month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has forced Takata Corp. finally to admit that its recalled airbags are defective and has set a July 2 public hearing to investigate Fiat Chrysler's performance in a series of 20 recalls.... Read More »

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Can GM regain trust?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Six months ago, GM introduced a new purchasing strategy -- dubbed the One Cost Model -- that aims to treat suppliers as partners rather than foes. Now the company has started to implement it.... Read More »

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A callous response to the airbag crisis

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

We're pleased to see that many auto-parts recyclers are cooperating with Honda's efforts to recover potentially deadly Takata airbags from America's salvage yards before they find their way into other vehicles. We wish we could say the same for their trade group.... Read More »

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Listening to dealers should help Nissan in its push for share

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Nissan is further adjusting its sales incentives for dealers, tweaking a program it heavily revamped a year ago. Jose Munoz, Nissan North America chairman, says he is working with dealers to address their concerns. Such cooperation is crucial in Nissan's drive for a 10 percent U.S. market share by March 2017.... Read More »

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FCA US' education bet

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Fiat Chrysler's new program to provide free college education for dealership personnel addresses the urgent need for dealerships to stem appallingly high turnover and attract and retain quality employees.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Industry learns how to manage in good times

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

The U.S. auto industry is in the midst of an unprecedented stretch of growth and prosperity.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Post-recession ripples

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

In December, General Motors delayed auctioning some retired rental-fleet vehicles because of depressed prices.... Read More »

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Succession plans: Be flexible and get started now

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Soaring values of automobile dealerships are a boon to hard-working entrepreneurs who have built successful businesses. But, increasingly, dealers whose succession plans rely on selling to family members or general managers are being forced to rethink options.... Read More »

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There's no need to come to blows over 2-tier wages

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

The Detroit 3 and the UAW are headed for conflict this fall over the controversial two-tier wage system that was put in place in 2007 and helped those companies return to profitability.... Read More »

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