LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Great strides so far, but GM must keep its culture change on track
Wall Street still harbors its doubts about General Motors, but CEO Mary Barra's leadership team deserves credit for making considerable progress on one of the business world's most daunting challenges: fixing GM's deep-seated, dysfunctional culture.
VW confuses cooperation with transparency
Volkswagen's concept of responsibility for its misdeeds seems to tail off the further up the corporate ladder investigators go.
GM plays Moneyball
Today's GM can act more decisively because its finances are not only more stable, but also more transparent. Thanks to an accounting system overhaul that Dan Ammann spearheaded as CFO, GM has much clearer intelligence on the performance of its various markets, subsidiaries and product lines.
Even disruptors must play by the rules
There is a clear line between civil disobedience and criminal activity. Over the past several weeks, it has become clear that Uber is struggling to stay on the right side of that line.
Start talking, Volkswagen
Volkswagen hasn't yet publicly released the findings of an internal investigation. So much remains to be disclosed about who at the company enabled the conspiracy to cheat on diesel emissions tests.
Millennials aren't so car-averse after all
After years of hand-wringing on the part of automakers and dealers, the results are finally in: Millennials -- wait for it -- also like to buy new automobiles.
Post-Ghosn silence will take some getting used to
When Carlos Ghosn officially hands over the baton as CEO of Nissan next month, the car business is going to be a little quieter. Ghosn isn't retiring. He will still be chairman of Nissan, chairman of Mitsubishi, and CEO of Renault in Paris. But he won't have the day-to-day megaphone as Nissan's CEO.
To reduce distractions, bring back knobs
U.S. traffic deaths rose again in 2016 to an estimated 40,200, the highest number in a decade, according to figures compiled by the National Safety Council.
Buy American' is a tune for the bad old days
We believe in America. Don't question that for a moment. But UAW President Dennis Williams' talk of a "Buy American" ad campaign is one of those insipid '80s tunes we can't seem to tap our toes to.
Industry must accept r&d cost for cleaner air, then charge for it
Listening to the recent rhetoric from the Detroit 3, you'd think the auto industry had been bleeding red ink since striking the CAFE agreement with the Obama administration, sitting on acres of unsalable wind-powered golf carts and handing out pink slips by the millions.
Dealership reforms would make hiring easier
Almost every dealer we spoke to last month at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in New Orleans agreed that employee hiring and retention is the biggest headache facing today's auto retailers.
FCA's network expansion defies logic
FCA's network expansion is an attempt to build market share. But automakers should not seek to bolster their own fortunes at the expense of their dealers. They're a team.
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.