Editorials

EDITORIAL

Be bold, spend big -- and don't go overboard Go global; think local

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Dealers, automakers and suppliers enter the new year on an investment kick.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Body shop shakeup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
It's getting more complicated for auto dealers to operate body shops. Repairs are increasingly complex as new designs add ultra high-strength steels and other new alloys and a broader range of material.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Autonomous car rivalry is good for the industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
In the battle to define the autonomous car, established automakers such as Mercedes-Benz and newcomers such as Google are slugging it out in labs and on the road. It's a big deal.... Read More »

 

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A 'world car' that works for buyers and automakers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
The concept of a "world car" has been an elusive goal for decades, with lots of false starts.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Picking up the pace

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Some traditional automotive suppliers are reinventing themselves to keep up with Silicon Valley's blistering pace of product development.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Rosekind's agenda

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
Rosekind faces stiff challenges at NHTSA.... Read More »

 

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Fixing the recall process is a top priority this year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
A top 2015 priority for the entire industry must be overhauling the broken auto recall system.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

An invigorated market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
The U.S. commercial van marketplace isn't the sleepy backwater it used to be. These days it's a lively place, a hotbed of innovation teeming with fresh products and new competitors.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

In Russia, it's wise to think long term

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
With the ruble collapsing and Russia's auto sales tumbling this year, automakers there are awash in red ink. Ford Motor Co. and BMW have raised prices to cope with a ruble that has lost more than 40 percent of its value against the U.S. dollar since Jan. 1. Several other automakers have temporarily halted or limited sales in Russia.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Another game changer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
The original Toyota Prius remade the automaker's image. The next one may, too.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

You try doing business with New York City

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Government deals and local politics make for an unsteady foundation for a long-term business.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Revolving doors

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
The challenges facing sales consultants are familiar: long and irregular hours, uncertain and variable pay and relatively low income.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Diversity builds a better pickup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Female engineers and product developers becoming more common these days is a positive development for auto companies and their customers.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Time to turn off threat and disable recalled airbags

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Dealerships should prepare to turn off potentially explosive airbags. And the government should support that.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Honda comes clean

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
American Honda Motor Co. belatedly reported that it failed to tell U.S. regulators about 1,729 claims of death or injury linked to possible safety defects in its vehicles since 2003. That's a lot to explain.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Discrimination? Share the data

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Did federal regulators use reliable data analysis to conclude that dealers may be discriminating in their lending practices? A new study commissioned by the American Financial Services Association, a lender group, challenges the statistical method used by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

More time for victims

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
General Motors is right to extend the deadline for victims of faulty ignition switches to apply for compensation. The cut-off date has been extended a month to Jan. 31.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Global companies should abide by the same rules

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Of all forms of price fixing, the practice of suppliers pre-arranging high and low bids on various contracts to share the business is distinctly Japanese. Nominally, it fits a national culture that values consensus and avoids conflict.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Takata must supply answers, replacement parts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
It's time for Takata to open up about airbags it manufactured that have prompted recalls of about 11 million vehicles in the United States since 2008.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

All aboard at GM

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
General Motors purchasing managers also must buy in to the importance of improving relations with suppliers.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Dealers must tailor technology to their needs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Sonic Automotive's One Sonic-One Experience pilot in Charlotte, N.C., is the latest effort to make car buying easier.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

A deeply flawed automotive recall system

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Even in a year with an unprecedented number of U.S. safety recalls, the effort to replace potentially defective airbags made by Takata Corp. in millions of autos stands out.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Moving the metal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Rail shipments of new vehicles to market are frustratingly slow and often delayed. Automakers suspect some other shippers are getting preferential treatment, but they haven't had the data to be sure.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Brace yourself for a flood of used vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Prices on used vehicles are falling and will keep falling as supplies of late-model used cars and trucks return to normal levels. We're seeing the end of a long drought of used vehicles caused by the recession. In 2009 and 2010, the number of new vehicles that were built and sold plummeted. Even fewer were leased back then because of the credit crunch that came with the slump.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

A long, painful trip

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
U.S. auto dealers have been on a difficult, painful journey for the past five years. But it has been a positive one -- at least in the aggregate. That qualifier is important.... Read More »

 

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