GM management must earn respect of shareholders

General Motors is being challenged by Harry Wilson and his hedge fund partners to return more of its $25 billion cash hoard to shareholders. Returning value to shareholders is a good thing in theory, but the $8 billion buyback Wilson is demanding ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23

A sweet fleet deal

The U.S. Postal Service is looking to buy a new generation of delivery vehicles. The specifications call for up to 180,000 vehicles at as much as $35,000 a pop, a contract potentially worth $6.3 billion. That's some fleet order. But not an easy one. ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23

Don't overreact

It's overlooked sometimes, but currency exchange is a major factor in shaping the global strategies of automakers. The question is how should automakers and suppliers react when exchange rates shift dramatically. For decades, a weak U.S. dollar ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16

Nissan's quest for share reshapes U.S. auto industry

Nissan North America is shaking up the status quo by helping Mexican retailers purchase dealerships in U.S. markets with large Hispanic populations. It's a clever move. Nissan is tapping high-performing and fast-growing dealership groups ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16

The goal must be 100% recall notification, repair

On Jan. 18, Carlos Solis IV died in a crash of his 2002 Honda Accord. Metal from the driver's side airbag struck him in the neck, according to a police report cited in a lawsuit filed by Solis' family. When Solis bought the vehicle in April 2014 at ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9

New players are changing rules of retailing game

U.S. auto retailing isn't an exclusive club of insiders anymore. If the deal by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway to buy the Van Tuyl Group wasn't enough of a signal, certainly the agents of billionaire George Soros' investment fund and other ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2

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

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