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

Dealers, automakers and suppliers enter the new year on an investment kick. Dealership merger and acquisition activity is strong. More dealers are refurbishing their stores or building new ones. Automakers are rolling out redesigned and refreshed ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26

Go global; think local

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. For growth, profit potential and a shot at millions of first-time buyers still developing brand ... 9:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26

Body shop shakeup

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. With that and the introduction of aluminum ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19

Autonomous car rivalry is good for the industry

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. Those that prevail will be in pole position for what Boston ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19

A 'world car' that works for buyers and automakers

The concept of a "world car" has been an elusive goal for decades, with lots of false starts. It has been extraordinarily difficult for a single platform to be big enough for North Americans, nimble and compact enough for Europeans, prestigious ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12

Picking up the pace

Some traditional automotive suppliers are reinventing themselves to keep up with Silicon Valley's blistering pace of product development. Heavyweight suppliers, including Robert Bosch and Delphi, are trying new ways to spot emerging technologies and ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12

Rosekind's agenda

The U.S. Senate's Dec. 16 confirmation of Mark Rosekind to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration fills a post left vacant far too long. David Strickland, the previous administrator, resigned 12 months earlier, leaving Deputy ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5

Fixing the recall process is a top priority this year

The U.S. auto industry enters the New Year on a roll with widespread optimism that 2015 will bring a sixth straight year of sales and production growth. But it must meet several challenges to achieve that lofty goal. For automakers, it's finding a ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5

An invigorated market

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. Daimler and Nissan have challenged the General Motors, Ford Motor ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29

In Russia, it's wise to think long term

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 ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29

Another game changer

The original Toyota Prius remade the automaker's image. The next one may, too. Before the Prius, Toyota Motor Corp. was known as a maker of extremely reliable if uninspired cars -- the best transportation appliances on wheels. Practically ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22

You try doing business with New York City

Imagine trying to do business under the circumstances Nissan has faced in New York. After a public bidding process, the city awarded Nissan a juicy contract to supply all of New York City's taxis for 10 years. But even as Nissan tooled up a factory ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22

Revolving doors

Last year sales staff turnover at the average auto dealership rose to 66 percent, up 4 percentage points from 2012. At that rate, for every three showroom sales positions, the typical dealership must hire and train two new people a year. That's ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15

Diversity builds a better pickup

Female engineers and product developers are becoming more common these days. That's a positive development for auto companies and their customers. But it's even more welcome to see women in the perceived men-only realm of pickups. It's a signal that ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15

Time to turn off threat and disable recalled airbags

Dealerships should prepare to turn off potentially explosive airbags. And the government should support that. Currently, it's illegal for dealerships to disable a functioning airbag. But Toyota let dealers disable Takata Corp. airbags, with the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8

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