Read the August issue of Fixed Ops Journal, the parts,
service and collision magazine from Automotive News.



Function without the flair

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado may set a new industry standard for engineering and ride. It's a smooth and nimble V-8 tjat os a joy to drive. However, the new truck lacks features and amenities -- particularly on the interior -- that are key for attracting younger and luxury buyers.


A sizzling summer for vehicle prices

Used-vehicle prices are rising this summer, not declining as expected. What's going on?


Let's not make an exception

Automotive News Editor-In-Chief Keith Crain says granting a tariff exemption to GM for its China-made Buick Envision would be a bad idea

COMMENTARY: Edward Niedermeyer
Tesla too closely tied to its troubled CEO

Tesla's story has been such a soap opera that it's hard to know which twists and turns are worth heeding. Tesla CEO Elon Musk's pathos-laden interview last week with The New York Times might seem like just another distraction, but it's probably as important as anything to do with Tesla's manufacturing or sales.

COMMENTARY: Kristin Kolodge
Driver assistance systems a roadblock to AV adoption?

The J.D. Power 2018 Initial Quality Study marked the fifth year in a row that we have seen the industry improve. So all is good, right? Well, driver-assistance system problems increased 57 percent in 2017. And this year, the number of problems rose 17 percent. The industry has to get this right.

COMMENTARY: James B. Treece
Time to look back on a career

As I retire, the U.S. is in a trade war. How fitting. Trade disputes dominated much of my 42-year journalism career, including 32 on the auto beat.

COMMENTARY: Grace Macaluso
Windsor days were a 'high point' for Sergio

Sergio Marchionne, who pumped more than $1 billion into upgrading the FCA minivan plant in Windsor, Ontario, is credited as the area's economic savior. He wore his Canadian citizenship proudly.

Sergio: One of a kind

Anyone who met Sergio Marchionne could tell how witty, charming and intelligent he was. He also worked harder than anyone. Sergio was one of a kind and he will be missed.

When is enough, enough?

PSA North America plans to re-enter U.S. and Canadian markets. What will be the impact on dealers?

COMMENTARY: Hans Greimel
How this year's trade war is a different battle

Superficial similarities abound between the latest trade war with China and earlier, mostly failed campaigns against Japan. But striking differences also suggest Trump's gambit might have better leverage.

Did it sell any more cars?

For some reason, factory executives continue to want a whole string of dealership improvements, regardless of whether they add to the dealership's sales numbers.

We need some common sense

Instead of punishing companies that have invested billions in this country over the years, perhaps the United States should offer credits to automakers that export from the U.S.

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