As times change, it's time to do better

Following last year's record number of safety recalls and now Volkswagen's emissions testing debacle, one thing has become clear: The auto industry needs to adopt higher standards for conducting business. Since 2010, the list of egregious safety ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5

Clarity on recalls

AutoNation's decision not to sell any auto with an unrepaired recall is a good idea. But it's not an easy path. U.S. recalls aren't sorted by severity. It's laudable not to sell a vehicle with an unfixed safety defect, but AutoNation shouldn't have ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5

A more cooperative safety approach supplements rules

Ten automakers voluntarily agreeing with regulators to make automatic emergency braking a standard feature on all future vehicles is a good idea. The agreement, announced Sept. 11, is also a blueprint for a more cooperative approach to improving ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21

Dealerships must police F&I -- it's too costly not to

Illegal finance and insurance activity at U.S. dealerships is decreasing. It's not gone, but it has been greatly reduced over the last decade or so. This positive development has been driven by a combination of carrot and stick. Regulations at all ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14

In an uncertain future, carmakers have choices

When one examines the challenges facing the auto industry in coming years, perhaps the most important finding is that companies are charting individual approaches to address them. Automotive News' six-part "Industry on Trial" series confirms the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7

FCA's pursuit, GM's protest are built into DNAs

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne's relentless pitch for a merger of his company with General Motors seems audacious. He continues, despite GM's lack of interest, to extol the virtues of combining resources, promising extraordinary ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31

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

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