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Is a merger the way to go? Automakers better know history

Every auto merger is difficult. Every one is unique. Automotive News' Industry on Trial series demonstrates that many mergers flop or fall short of expectations. But it also shows that some companies have found ways to make mergers or alliances ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24

Industry must stop wasteful spending before it's too late

The auto industry must come to grips with its prodigious excess in capital spending. As explored in this week's installment of the Automotive News series "Industry on Trial" (see Page 24), automotive companies keep reinventing their own versions of ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17

Conventional wisdom on industry needs rethinking

Even in the midst of its best profitability in decades, the global auto industry faces a strategic threat to its existence. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said it: The industry makes meager profits while burning huge amounts of ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10

Sweet harmony: How trade pacts could pay off

Harmonizing global auto standards and regulations is an elusive goal, but two pending trade pacts offer a window of opportunity. Both the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership include a goal to reduce ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3

Car hacking is real, and auto industry must respond

When two hackers took command of a Jeep Cherokee while journalist Andy Greenberg was driving it on public roads, an exploit revealed last week in a Wired magazine story, everything changed.Car hacking got real. This wasn't professors controlling ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27

All states must get on board to close title-washing spigot

Every year, flood-damaged and wrecked vehicles must be dealt with. In the unglamorous but busy sphere of repair, salvage and scrapping, it's critical to separate legitimate operators from those misrepresenting rebuilt vehicles as never damaged. One ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20

Both automakers and regulators can do better

Federal agencies are taking a more aggressive approach to regulating the U.S. auto industry. There’s merit in that, but the feds’ push will yield better results as it becomes clearer what practices the agencies won’t accept and how ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13

Chop chicken tax to lift competition and innovation

It's increasingly likely that a new wave of global trade pacts will eliminate an onerous 25 percent U.S. tariff on imported pickups. It's certainly time to do so. The so-called chicken tax has always been an inappropriate and venal tariff with a ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6

How dealers can protect themselves from bad actors

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

Fixing NHTSA's flaws is not NHTSA's job alone

he National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has systemic flaws that undermine its ability to police auto safety. A report from the Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General cites ineffective management, sloppy investigation ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29

Is IIHS raising safety standards too quickly?

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. We have been generally supportive of IIHS' ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22

JCI mulls future, raises questions for the industry

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. What does it ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15

Takata opens up, and it's terrifying

The deeper investigators dig into the Takata airbag recall, the worse it gets. Airbag inflator ruptures that have killed at least six people and injured more than 100 prompted the recall of as many as 34 million vehicles in the U.S. The Takata-built ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8

Industry gets limber

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. It used to be harder to match production to demand for ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8

Contract talks: Put health care on the table?

Health care costs pose a stumbling block in upcoming labor contract talks between the UAW and the Detroit 3. Here's the rub: UAW members receive generous health care coverage for which they pay little compared with most other workers in the United ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1

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