Editorials

EDITORIAL

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 »

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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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Is IIHS raising safety standards too quickly?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

The decision by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to expand crash testing to more variants of pickups next year and beyond opens a broad re-examination of the best way to promote automotive safety.... Read More »

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JCI mulls future, raises questions for the industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Johnson Controls, the world's No. 1 supplier of automotive seats, says it may sell its seating unit. Not only would such a move have huge consequences in this crucial sector, it also raises a slew of questions for the auto industry.... Read More »

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Takata opens up, and it's terrifying

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

The deeper investigators dig into the Takata airbag recall, the worse it gets.... Read More »

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Industry gets limber

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

General Motors and its workers are showing the improved flexibility and responsiveness of modern auto manufacturing in how they boosted production of midsize pickups in Wentzville, Mo.... Read More »

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Contract talks: Put health care on the table?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Health care costs pose a stumbling block in upcoming labor contract talks between the UAW and the Detroit 3.... Read More »

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Vigor, vigilance are just what we need from NHTSA

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Federal auto regulators are cracking down. This month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has forced Takata Corp. finally to admit that its recalled airbags are defective and has set a July 2 public hearing to investigate Fiat Chrysler's performance in a series of 20 recalls.... Read More »

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Can GM regain trust?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Six months ago, GM introduced a new purchasing strategy -- dubbed the One Cost Model -- that aims to treat suppliers as partners rather than foes. Now the company has started to implement it.... Read More »

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A callous response to the airbag crisis

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

We're pleased to see that many auto-parts recyclers are cooperating with Honda's efforts to recover potentially deadly Takata airbags from America's salvage yards before they find their way into other vehicles. We wish we could say the same for their trade group.... Read More »

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Listening to dealers should help Nissan in its push for share

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Nissan is further adjusting its sales incentives for dealers, tweaking a program it heavily revamped a year ago. Jose Munoz, Nissan North America chairman, says he is working with dealers to address their concerns. Such cooperation is crucial in Nissan's drive for a 10 percent U.S. market share by March 2017.... Read More »

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FCA US' education bet

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Fiat Chrysler's new program to provide free college education for dealership personnel addresses the urgent need for dealerships to stem appallingly high turnover and attract and retain quality employees.... Read More »

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Industry learns how to manage in good times

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

The U.S. auto industry is in the midst of an unprecedented stretch of growth and prosperity.... Read More »

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Post-recession ripples

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

In December, General Motors delayed auctioning some retired rental-fleet vehicles because of depressed prices.... Read More »

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Succession plans: Be flexible and get started now

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Soaring values of automobile dealerships are a boon to hard-working entrepreneurs who have built successful businesses. But, increasingly, dealers whose succession plans rely on selling to family members or general managers are being forced to rethink options.... Read More »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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