Detroit 3 should skip scare tactics in CAFE debate
Citing the most alarming possibility on CAFE seems like a throwback to the days when the industry trotted out scary statistics whenever any fuel economy, emissions or safety regulation was proposed.
‘America first’ doesn't fit the auto industry
"America first." That slogan would fill out a bumper sticker nicely, but, otherwise, it's a bad fit for the auto industry.
Dealers must tend to their own profits
In light of last year's record 17.5 million light-vehicle sales in the U.S., it's distressing to see how many brands' dealer council leaders are concerned about their dealers' weak profitability.
VW case starts new era of accountability
In a complicated industry using advanced technology that is governed by Byzantine rules and regulations, will this have a chilling effect on executives as they seek to do their jobs? We hope so.
Compelling EVs show what the industry can do
A year ago electric vehicles looked like a lost cause.
Resolutions 2017: The promises of a new year
We could use this space to tell the industry's heavyweights what to do. Or we could let them tell you what they know they must do.
DARPA races offer model for government-industry relations
On the eve of a new presidential administration, those searching for a more fruitful and enduring model of government-industry relations might look nine years back to 2007, when the Pentagon's research arm invited auto companies and academics to complete an urban obstacle course with unmanned vehicles and compete for a $2 million prize. The money was pocket change, but the impact was profound.
Don't quit trying to fix recall system
The very crisis that illustrated the dangers of the used-car loophole - the gigantic Takata airbag recall - is the same one that has confounded all attempts to close it. Still, must the industry acquiesce to the sale of potentially unsafe vehicles?
Same old song from VW. Or is it?
It would be hard to count the number of times in the last 30 years that Volkswagen sought to rekindle its long-ago magic in the U.S., the magic that Carl Hahn fostered with the original Beetle.
Ideals are at stake in the Trump era
We may have gotten ahead of ourselves this month by sounding off on globalization and deregulation without stopping to comment on the tenor of the U.S. election campaign we just witnessed or the character of the man who won it.