Editorials

EDITORIAL

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 »

EDITORIAL

Toyota's Mexico move

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

Production capacity is shifting rapidly to Mexico. Last week, Toyota was the latest automaker to announce plans to build or expand a plant there.... Read More »

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All in all, rescue of automakers was a success

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

Certainly, the governmental bodies and their respective taxpayers lost some money on the rescue of General Motors and Chrysler. But it was far less than what the cost to them and the North American economy would have been if the automakers had been allowed to fail in 2009.... Read More »

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Time to prune, time to sow

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

Automakers constantly search for new product niches, but it's a daunting process. Many product ideas never see the light of day.... Read More »

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2 key ideas to fix the recall process could save lives

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

Two bills in Congress would direct states to notify auto owners of unrepaired recalls. But there's no reason why all states could not share basic auto registration data -- vehicle identification number, owner name and address -- on a regular basis with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

2-tier wages have outlived their usefulness

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

The 2007 emergency agreements that created two-tier union wage scales let U.S. automakers hire new employees for lower pay than existing ones. That huge UAW sacrifice was key to the survival of the Detroit 3 during the Great Recession. The crisis has long since passed, and the system should be shelved.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Automakers must learn to be better supplier customers

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

It's no secret that automakers are striving to obtain advanced features from suppliers before their rivals get them.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Hot water over Hellcats

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

Dealers operate in a retail market where information on the Internet often helps consumers shave thousands from a vehicle's sticker price.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Pickup leasing is lucrative but carries big risks

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

Lease rates for pickups are climbing as the workhorses add capabilities and features that rival those of more traditional luxury vehicles.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Takata airbag crisis must be solved ASAP

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

Public safety must be the paramount concern. The auto industry and regulators must work to solve the immediate airbag recall crisis as rapidly as possible. And both must prepare to intensify efforts if the current recall expands.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Industry recruiters think tech-savvy, flexible, visionary

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

Recruiters must expand beyond the familiar disciplines as emerging technologies reshape not only the vehicles themselves but how they are built and sold. Flexibility is more precious than ever.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

GM management must earn respect of shareholders

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

General Motors is being challenged to return more of its $25 billion cash hoard to shareholders, which is a big lift in an industry where huge reserves are required just to operate. But the only way for GM to attract more patient investors is to deliver superior long-term performance.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

A sweet fleet deal

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

The victor of the next Postal Service fleet contract wins a ubiquitous showcase of its innovation, utility and durability for years to come. This is a deal that would be well worth the effort.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Don't overreact

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

It's overlooked sometimes, but currency exchange is a major factor in shaping the global strategies of automakers. The question is how should automakers and suppliers react when exchange rates shift dramatically.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Nissan's quest for share reshapes U.S. auto industry

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

Nissan North America is shaking up the status quo by helping Mexican retailers purchase dealerships in U.S. markets with large Hispanic populations.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

The goal must be 100% recall notification, repair

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

It's clear that the U.S. auto recall system failed Carlos Solis IV, who was killed in a car crash in January when he was struck by metal from a faulty air bag. It has failed others before. That's unacceptable.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

New players are changing rules of retailing game

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

If the deal by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway to buy the Van Tuyl Group wasn't enough of a signal, certainly the agents of billionaire George Soros' investment fund and other investor groups prowling the floors of the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in San Francisco last month removed all doubt. Bigger players have checked into the game.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Go global; think local

9:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015

China is the world’s largest and fastest growing auto market, and so for product planners at many companies it has become the main focus.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Be bold, spend big -- and don't go overboard

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 »

EDITORIAL

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 »

EDITORIAL

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 »

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