Editorials

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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 »

 

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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 »

 

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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 »

 

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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 »

 

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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 »

 

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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 »

 

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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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Takata must supply answers, replacement parts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
It's time for Takata to open up about airbags it manufactured that have prompted recalls of about 11 million vehicles in the United States since 2008.... Read More »

 

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All aboard at GM

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
General Motors purchasing managers also must buy in to the importance of improving relations with suppliers.... Read More »

 

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Dealers must tailor technology to their needs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Sonic Automotive's One Sonic-One Experience pilot in Charlotte, N.C., is the latest effort to make car buying easier.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

A deeply flawed automotive recall system

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Even in a year with an unprecedented number of U.S. safety recalls, the effort to replace potentially defective airbags made by Takata Corp. in millions of autos stands out.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Moving the metal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Rail shipments of new vehicles to market are frustratingly slow and often delayed. Automakers suspect some other shippers are getting preferential treatment, but they haven't had the data to be sure.... Read More »

 

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Brace yourself for a flood of used vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Prices on used vehicles are falling and will keep falling as supplies of late-model used cars and trucks return to normal levels. We're seeing the end of a long drought of used vehicles caused by the recession. In 2009 and 2010, the number of new vehicles that were built and sold plummeted. Even fewer were leased back then because of the credit crunch that came with the slump.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

A long, painful trip

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
U.S. auto dealers have been on a difficult, painful journey for the past five years. But it has been a positive one -- at least in the aggregate. That qualifier is important.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Factories should take long view using 1st refusal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Automakers are replacing dealership buyers in active deals with preferred purchasers more than ever before, say dealers, buy-sell advisers and dealer lawyers.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

An mpg report card

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
The pace of U.S. light-vehicle fuel economy gains slowed last year, the EPA said in an annual report. But even though the 0.5 mpg improvement in the 2013 model year was less than half the 2012 savings, the report contained encouraging signs.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Rural dealers need some heavy-duty help

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Vast rural areas of North America are being transformed by hydraulic fracturing, the controversial energy extraction process better known as fracking. The process is transforming rural auto dealerships as well. The dealers need some help, and automakers serious about selling pickups ought to jump in with both feet to assist.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Hard-won upgrades

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
As a business, General Motors is arguably better situated and better run than it was back when it lost its investment-grade ratings. GM's bean counters can make a case for getting an extra rung or two on the credit ratings scale.... Read More »

 

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Warren Buffett, the Oracle of Automotive

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Warren Buffett's investment is an endorsement of auto retailing and its prospects. And his statement that he's already looking to buy more dealerships will pour fuel on an already blazing buy-sell market.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

CPO program standards must be strictly enforced

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
It's unfortunate that automakers must sometimes temporarily bar an errant dealer from CPO participation, but it's a necessary step. General Motors and American Honda Motor Co. had no choice.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Cadillac's next move

8:48 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
If moving Cadillac headquarters to New York is a substitute for greater investment, it's bound to fail. But if it's the start of a long-term commitment to develop an independent global perspective, Cadillac may flourish in the Big Apple.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Be nice to suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Today, fewer and larger suppliers control many key technologies and can choose which automakers get their latest products first.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

GM has accepted blame -- why won't NHTSA?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
General Motors' ongoing recall saga is exposing a sharp contrast in behavior between the regulated and the regulators.... Read More »

 

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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 »

 

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