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In Flint, helping is just what you do

I've seen Flint up. I've seen it down. I've never seen it like this. Of all the body blows it has endured, lead-laced drinking water is the cruelest. Flint was an unglamorous but prosperous town in my earliest memories. I would see it from the back ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8

A recall for wheel chocks? Maybe we've rolled off the deep end

In a sign of Fiat Chrysler's new hypersensitivity to safety -- its efforts to keep on the right side of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration -- the automaker said last week it would voluntarily supply owners of 441,578 Dodge Chargers ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8

Industry breaks trust, makes its bed

Has any industry ever done as much to violate and even destroy the public's trust in it as the auto industry in recent years? Recalls are a part of this industry, just as so-called software "upgrades" that are actually designed to fix faulty bugs ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1

Jeep Wagoneer? Where did that come from?

So here's a question to ponder: What's a Jeep Wagoneer? Amid a lengthy yet remarkably detail-free conference call last week about Fiat Chrysler's plans to "realign" its North American production plan, CEO Sergio Marchionne dropped this nugget: "I ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1

A driving enthusiast can't wait for self-driving cars

As a kid -- a full decade before he got his own driver's license -- my dad could name the make and model of any car that drove past his house just by the sound. The year he finally did get his license, he also managed to pull off one of the most ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25

Top '16 priority: Managing change

I'm endlessly fascinated by the path of the longest U.S. auto sales rally in almost a century. I can recite how long, how big, how many since the recovery began. The six years of growth finished in 2015 is the longest such string since the 1920s. ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25

The risk of being an auto pioneer

The din of pronouncements from automakers on apps, connectivity, electrification, autonomous driving, car-sharing and mobility has been almost nonstop this month. But automakers said little during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25

Nobody needs a safety-tech nanny

Automakers like to say they are transforming cars into rolling computers or rolling smartphones. In doing so, they should take care not to turn their products into rolling smoke detectors. Let me explain. Recently, I was awakened in the wee hours by ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18

Rosekind extends a hand. Take it

Mark Rosekind wants the U.S. auto industry and federal regulators to work together to make American roads safer. The auto industry should listen. It's rare for a fed, let alone the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18

Toyoda shows playful side at Lexus unveiling

DETROIT — Lexus unveiled the LC 500 with a debut as memorable and emotional as the sleek, sexy coupe. It opened with a video of Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda, the luxury brand’s self-appointed “master driver,” ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18

Training wheels come off for Barra & Co.

As a former human-resources executive, General Motors CEO Mary Barra is certainly familiar with the term "probationary period." Barra has survived hers. That's the underlying message in the decision announced last week by GM's board to add the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11

Cash can make VW's woes go away

Will anything ever get Volkswagen out of the scandalous pit it has thrown itself into? Yes. One thing will for sure. Cash. A lot of cash. And, yes, of course, there is flaming outrage around the world: protesters standing outside the company's front ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4

Industry's gain eclipses the pain

How will 2015 look in the rearview mirror? Pretty good, because, let's be honest, strong auto sales numbers outweigh everything else. And we have a shot at the all-time high for U.S. light-vehicle sales. It's been a busy year and mostly positive. ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 28

Cash can make VW's woes go away

Will anything ever get Volkswagen out of the scandalous pit it has thrown itself into? Yes. One thing will for sure. Cash. A lot of cash. And, yes, of course, there is flaming outrage around the world: protesters standing outside the company's front ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 28

Climate pact: Regulations are a given, attitudes aren't

It's too soon to see how the Paris climate agreement will affect the auto industry. But any time 195 countries agree to alter energy usage to prevent runaway climate change, it's clear the automobile's future is altered. Experience best prepares ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21

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