Ditching quirky Scion is the right call for Toyota

Toyota's decision to pull the plug on Scion should come as no surprise. It was at the very least a distraction to busy Toyota dealers and probably a drain on engineering and marketing resources.Toyota will stop selling five Scion models in August, ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8

Cheap fuel forces industry to make tough choices

Fiat Chrysler's product shift to more trucks and fewer cars rests on the conclusion that low oil prices are permanent. Set aside considerations of why FCA made such a strong commitment. Focus on a larger question: Is it certain that oil prices will ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1

Monthly reports should give fleet, retail sales details

Auto manufacturers and suppliers complain that Wall Street consistently undervalues the industry, arguing that automotive stocks unfairly trade at earnings multiples below those of companies in other sectors. Yet automakers undercut their case every ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25

VW must do better than this to fix scandal

Volkswagen leadership needs to get serious about resolving its emissions scandal. The future of the Volkswagen brand in the U.S. is at stake. Violating U.S. emissions laws was wrong. The violations are even more serious because they continued for ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18

Rule-breakers' costs go far beyond the fines

Many of the world's automakers appear to have a problem following the rules. It's a situation that must be addressed in the new year. In 2015, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, American Honda and Volkswagen were found to have violated U.S. auto safety or ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11

Enjoy good times, and keep an eye on the road ahead

It is easy to look back at a robust 2015 across much of the auto industry and conclude that the same good fortunes also must lie ahead in 2016. Forecasters are expecting modest but continuing U.S. sales growth this year, after all. But further ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4

And for 2016, I do solemnly resolve to ...

New Year's resolutions we may or may not hear for 2016: Martin Winterkorn, former Volkswagen AG CEO: I will not cheat on engine technology (if I ever get back into the auto industry).Sergio Marchionne, Fiat Chrysler CEO: Buy General Motors. (I ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 28

Fed's interest rate hike not a threat to autos just yet

Last week's decision by the Fed to boost its discount rate by a quarter of a percent will slightly increase consumer and corporate borrowing costs. But it seems unlikely to derail U.S. auto demand as light- vehicle sales close a sixth straight year ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21

VW can't afford to turn its back on dealers now

Volkswagen AG must continue its internal investigation of the diesel emissions scandal. At the same time, it needs to make sure it does not neglect its increasingly restive U.S. dealer network. It's appropriate to take an internal deep dive to ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14

Labor pacts give the auto industry what it needs

The just-completed four-year U.S. labor agreements between the UAW and Detroit 3 generated little enthusiasm. They barely got by UAW members. UAW leadership had to renegotiate at Fiat Chrysler, override a skilled-trades rejection at General Motors ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7

FCA's degrees program a smart move all around

Fiat Chrysler and its U.S. dealers are innovatively tackling a real need by taking the Degrees@Work free-college program national and expanding it to include employees' spouses and children. Dealers always struggle to attract and retain good ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30

Harmonized tailpipe rules are worth the fight

The Volkswagen cheating scandal has created an important opportunity to forge a single global standard for auto emissions. Dan Nicholson, General Motors' global powertrain chief, says he'll use his upcoming presidency of the International Federation ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23

NHTSA finally puts foot down on propellant

Federal regulators are taking over efforts to recall 19 million U.S. vehicles and replace 23 million potentially faulty airbag inflators. But they are going beyond that. Regulators also set a deadline for halting the use of ammonium nitrate as an ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16

Winners and losers in VW scandal

Volkswagen Group's diesel emissions scandal is so complex and wide-reaching that it will take months -- if not years -- before the company settles all matters related to its cheating on diesel emissions tests. VW is not the only one feeling the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9

Sage advice: Mind people, cash

U.S. auto sales rocked again in October, but I didn't sense much glee in the dealership folks I met. Their fear: This streak won't last forever. Things can go south in a hurry. We could be heading to 2008-09 all over again. Could we? For some ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9

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