How not to run purchasing

Automaker-supplier relations have dipped, according to the latest North American Automotive OEM-Supplier Working Relations Index. But why?

Octane opportunity: Don't blow it

The prospect of reaching a consensus on setting a new national octane standard -- with benefits for the environment, fuel economy and vehicle performance -- is tantalizing indeed.

With subscriptions, industry can showcase its best

The industry's embrace of subscription models is a sign that it isn't paralyzed by the fear of what might happen if it dares to try something different.

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Trump can't be trusted on trade

We're relieved to see members of Congress voice concerns about President Donald Trump's destructive trade policy, but it will clearly take more voices of reason to get through to a man who thinks trade wars are "good, and easy to win."

Sergio's unfinished business: Cleaning up legal messes

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne will leave an indelible mark on the auto industry when he retires early next year. Still, he has some big messes to clean up with many global government regulators before he goes.

Don't expect Nissan to ditch stair-steps

Just as car dealership sales personnel are offered incentives to increase business, Nissan has offered its dealers incentives to reach higher. And in recent years, they did and sales climbed.

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