Editorials

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 »

 

EDITORIAL

3 automakers' wise investments in dealerships

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Automakers keep asking more of their dealers. But lately some manufacturers seem to be focusing less on how dealerships look and more on how well they work.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

GM's false economy

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
It's not yet clear what the final tab will be on General Motors' unfolding recall mess, but it certainly will put a dent in the automaker's so-called fortress balance sheet.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Safety comes to the fore

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
As the General Motors recall crisis evolves, it's clear that the entire auto industry's approach to quality, safety, public disclosure and legal responsibility will change fundamentally.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Reducing driver distraction with a carrot, not a stick

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay disable the screen of the hand-held device while it's connected.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Who really benefits?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Lexus recently eased the limit on the number of its stores a single dealership group can own. Does limiting dealership concentration actually benefit an automaker's vehicle buyers?... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Lots of negative consequences for companies in crisis

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
A crisis such as the one General Motors is suffering through has all kinds of negative consequences. And not just the obvious ones.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Get real about mpg

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
Ford Motor Co. was apologizing this month when it lowered window-sticker mpg ratings for six vehicles. But all automakers should take note of Ford's problems.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Musk makes auto industry rethink basic assumptions

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is exerting an inordinate influence over the auto industry in many ways. But his biggest waves come in the area of factory-dealer relations.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Valukas report is required reading for the industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
The Valukas report is a damning indictment of misconduct, incompetence and inaction leading to great harm to General Motor's customers. It also can be a mirror for the rest of the auto industry.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Auto industry can pave the way or get out of the way

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
The auto industry faces increasing challenges to its established order -- fast and formidable ones, some from nonautomotive firms with new business models. To meet those challenges, the industry must resist the urge to defend its turf and instead push for more nimbleness and adaptability.... Read More »

 

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