Editorials

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 »

 

EDITORIAL

Factories should take long view using 1st refusal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Automakers are replacing dealership buyers in active deals with preferred purchasers more than ever before, say dealers, buy-sell advisers and dealer lawyers.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

An mpg report card

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
The pace of U.S. light-vehicle fuel economy gains slowed last year, the EPA said in an annual report. But even though the 0.5 mpg improvement in the 2013 model year was less than half the 2012 savings, the report contained encouraging signs.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Rural dealers need some heavy-duty help

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Vast rural areas of North America are being transformed by hydraulic fracturing, the controversial energy extraction process better known as fracking. The process is transforming rural auto dealerships as well. The dealers need some help, and automakers serious about selling pickups ought to jump in with both feet to assist.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Hard-won upgrades

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
As a business, General Motors is arguably better situated and better run than it was back when it lost its investment-grade ratings. GM's bean counters can make a case for getting an extra rung or two on the credit ratings scale.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Warren Buffett, the Oracle of Automotive

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Warren Buffett's investment is an endorsement of auto retailing and its prospects. And his statement that he's already looking to buy more dealerships will pour fuel on an already blazing buy-sell market.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

CPO program standards must be strictly enforced

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
It's unfortunate that automakers must sometimes temporarily bar an errant dealer from CPO participation, but it's a necessary step. General Motors and American Honda Motor Co. had no choice.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Cadillac's next move

8:48 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
If moving Cadillac headquarters to New York is a substitute for greater investment, it's bound to fail. But if it's the start of a long-term commitment to develop an independent global perspective, Cadillac may flourish in the Big Apple.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Be nice to suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Today, fewer and larger suppliers control many key technologies and can choose which automakers get their latest products first.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

GM has accepted blame -- why won't NHTSA?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
General Motors' ongoing recall saga is exposing a sharp contrast in behavior between the regulated and the regulators.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

The long road to autonomous cars is also lucrative

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Completely autonomous vehicles will come in stages, not by the imminent introduction of a complete door-to-door driverless system. That was clear at last week's Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress in Detroit. It was a welcome dose of reality, but the underlying message was upbeat.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Unfinished business

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Ford Motor Co. has reversed course and agreed to stop removing standard equipment from heavy-duty pickups to inflate the maximum payload capacities it advertises. That is a wise decision.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Cancel Chinese invasion; cue the Volvo sedan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Next year, the Volvo S60L long-wheelbase sedan will become the first mainstream vehicle built in China to be sold in the U.S. That's hardly the wave of inexpensive vehicles from China's domestic automakers that many feared just a half decade ago.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

GM clears the backlog

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
General Motors finally has a moment to catch its breath after working off a backlog of orders for ignition switches to replace defective ones in 2.6 million recalled vehicles worldwide.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

What a waste of human resources

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Women may make the final decision on most vehicle purchases worldwide, but few have a substantial voice in the workplaces of automakers. That's especially true for some Japanese vehicle manufacturers, which have few if any women in leadership roles.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Lesson not learned

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Didn't Cadillac learn anything from the botched launch of the Lincoln MKZ last year?... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Vehicle-to-vehicle network needs the industry to step up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
The Department of Transportation has said that, due to uncertain government budgets, it cannot take on the task of setting up and running a vehicle-to-vehicle communications network.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Slowdown ahead?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Five years into a long, steady auto sales recovery, economists and forecasters are seeing darker clouds on the horizon.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Loose lips can sink supplier-carmaker relationships

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne wants some of the profits that suppliers are getting.... Read More »

 

EDITORIALS

Who's to blame for luxury vehicle gray market? Planning for trouble

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
A booming gray market of mostly European luxury vehicles being exported from here to China is unnecessarily roiling the U.S. auto market.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Integrity matters much more than bragging rights

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
We might be willing to write off Ford Motor Co.'s payload math as merely the work of an overeager marketer. But it's not an isolated incident; it's the latest in a string of questionable Ford practices.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Toe the line on towing

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
On the cusp of the 2015 model year, rival automakers are still making pickup towing capacity claims that don't meet an industry standard they agreed to in 2009. It's a marketing war of words, with some combatants redefining the words to create an advantage. That must stop immediately.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Fields is off to good start with Lincoln

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Mark Fields' appointment of Kumar Galhotra, Ford Motor Co.'s top engineer, as president of Lincoln bodes well for the struggling luxury brand.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Good news in Tennessee

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
It has been a tumultuous year at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant, but VW ultimately decided to expand production there instead of in Mexico to build a crossover starting in late 2016.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Auto supplier consolidation: Caution advised

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
ZF Friedrichshafen's bid to acquire safety specialist TRW Automotive raises questions about where automotive suppliers are headed.... Read More »

 

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