Editorials


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.
Ghosn has spent the past 18 years stirring up change in the business. Sometimes, it was like a boisterous friend mussing up your hair on purpose.


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.


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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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DARPA races offer model for government-industry relations

On the eve of a new presidential administration, those searching for a more fruitful and enduring model of government-industry relations might look nine years back to 2007, when the Pentagon's research arm invited auto companies and academics to complete an urban obstacle course with unmanned vehicles and compete for a $2 million prize. The money was pocket change, but the impact was profound.

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Don't quit trying to fix recall system

The very crisis that illustrated the dangers of the used-car loophole - the gigantic Takata airbag recall - is the same one that has confounded all attempts to close it. Still, must the industry acquiesce to the sale of potentially unsafe vehicles?

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