Harmonized tailpipe rules are worth the fight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

The Volkswagen cheating scandal has created an important opportunity to forge a single global standard for auto emissions.... Read More »


NHTSA finally puts foot down on propellant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Federal regulators are taking over efforts to recall 19 million U.S. vehicles and replace 23 million potentially faulty airbag inflators. But they are going beyond that. Regulators also set a deadline for halting the use of ammonium nitrate as an airbag propellant.... Read More »


Winners and losers in VW scandal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Volkswagen Group's diesel emissions scandal is so complex and wide-reaching that it will take months -- if not years -- before the company settles all matters related to its cheating on diesel emissions tests.... Read More »


Sage advice: Mind people, cash

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

U.S. auto sales rocked again in October, but I didn't sense much glee in the dealership folks I met. Their fear: This streak won't last forever.... Read More »


CEO revelations increase burden on JCI's board

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

The Johnson Controls board must be diligent and engaged as the company executes an audacious strategy to exit its primary industry to focus on another.... Read More »


How will VW use energy unleashed by diesel crisis?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

Once a crisis has passed for a car company -- that is, once public condemnation and humiliation are endured, penalties are assessed, root causes identified, new policies put in place and a new executive team is installed (maybe) -- the automaker has an opportunity.... Read More »


A new breed of dealership buyer fits the industry's needs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2015

The purchase of a majority interest in Morrie's Automotive Group in Minneapolis by the family behind construction giant Bechtel Corp. signals a new type of buyer, one that appears to fit the needs of automakers and the industry overall.... Read More »


VW strains shaky tie with regulators

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2015

The premeditated nature of VW's cheating has upset an uneasy but workable relationship between auto manufacturers and industry regulators because it violated the basic assumption that automakers are operating in good faith.... Read More »


Another urgent to-do for VW: Pay governments back

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Volkswagen AG has a long list of things to do after admitting it systematically cheated on emissions testing on 11 million diesel vehicles. One challenge to address quickly: VW must reimburse governments for subsidies they made to encourage citizens to buy “clean diesels” that weren't.... Read More »


As times change, it's time to do better

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Following last year's record number of safety recalls and now Volkswagen's emissions testing debacle, one thing has become clear: The auto industry needs to adopt higher standards for conducting business.... Read More »


Clarity on recalls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

AutoNation's decision not to sell any auto with an unrepaired recall is a good idea. But it's not an easy path. U.S. recalls aren't sorted by severity. AutoNation shouldn't have to hold a recalled vehicle that just needs its owner's manual updated.... Read More »


A more cooperative safety approach supplements rules

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Ten automakers voluntarily agreeing to make automatic emergency braking a standard feature is a blueprint for a more cooperative approach to improving auto safety for manufacturers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and independent watchdogs. This approach should only supplement normal rule making, but the benefits are worthwhile.... Read More »


Dealerships must police F&I -- it's too costly not to

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

Illegal finance and insurance activity at U.S. dealerships is decreasing. It's not gone, but it has been greatly reduced over the last decade or so. This positive development has been driven by a combination of carrot and stick.... Read More »


In an uncertain future, carmakers have choices

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2015

When one examines the challenges facing the auto industry in coming years, perhaps the most important finding is that companies are charting individual approaches to address them.... Read More »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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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