Editorials

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 »

 

EDITORIAL

An invigorated market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
The U.S. commercial van marketplace isn't the sleepy backwater it used to be. These days it's a lively place, a hotbed of innovation teeming with fresh products and new competitors.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

In Russia, it's wise to think long term

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
With the ruble collapsing and Russia's auto sales tumbling this year, automakers there are awash in red ink. Ford Motor Co. and BMW have raised prices to cope with a ruble that has lost more than 40 percent of its value against the U.S. dollar since Jan. 1. Several other automakers have temporarily halted or limited sales in Russia.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Another game changer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
The original Toyota Prius remade the automaker's image. The next one may, too.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

You try doing business with New York City

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Government deals and local politics make for an unsteady foundation for a long-term business.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Revolving doors

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
The challenges facing sales consultants are familiar: long and irregular hours, uncertain and variable pay and relatively low income.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Diversity builds a better pickup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Female engineers and product developers becoming more common these days is a positive development for auto companies and their customers.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Time to turn off threat and disable recalled airbags

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Dealerships should prepare to turn off potentially explosive airbags. And the government should support that.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Honda comes clean

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
American Honda Motor Co. belatedly reported that it failed to tell U.S. regulators about 1,729 claims of death or injury linked to possible safety defects in its vehicles since 2003. That's a lot to explain.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Discrimination? Share the data

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Did federal regulators use reliable data analysis to conclude that dealers may be discriminating in their lending practices? A new study commissioned by the American Financial Services Association, a lender group, challenges the statistical method used by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

More time for victims

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
General Motors is right to extend the deadline for victims of faulty ignition switches to apply for compensation. The cut-off date has been extended a month to Jan. 31.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Global companies should abide by the same rules

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Of all forms of price fixing, the practice of suppliers pre-arranging high and low bids on various contracts to share the business is distinctly Japanese. Nominally, it fits a national culture that values consensus and avoids conflict.... Read More »

 

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