Opinion

EDITORIAL

FCA US' education bet

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Fiat Chrysler's new program to provide free college education for dealership personnel addresses the urgent need for dealerships to stem appallingly high turnover and attract and retain quality employees.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

More work to do on road to safety

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Next year will be the 50th anniversary of the passage of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act and the Highway Safety Act. The reduction in road deaths and injuries has been substantial, but we still have more than 30,000 deaths a year and a comparable number of serious injuries in crashes.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Safetywise, recalls aren't all the same

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

The April 6 editorial, "2 key ideas to fix the recall process could save lives," favors having states notify vehicle owners of outstanding safety recalls. Notification: Yes -- if 50 different vehicle license-renewal processes can be reconfigured. Withhold registration: No.... Read More »

DAVID BARKHOLZ

Love 'em or hate 'em, handle call centers the right way

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Business development centers can help dealers handle prospects, but 90 percent are underperforming, says BDC authority.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Why Dodge should make the next Dart look like a baby Charger

4:12 pm U.S. ET | May 8, 2015

The Dodge Dart set an all-time sales record in April. So, if you're Dodge, do you need to fix a car that's doing well three years after its launch? Why, yes. Yes, you do.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: BMW's days of easy money in China are over

6:30 am U.S. ET | May 8, 2015

BMW executives are bracing the market for a profit-eroding performance in China as the automaker is weighed down by rising investment costs and an aging product lineup.... Read More »

MARK VAUGHN

BLOG: Longtime auto journalist, racecar driver Denise McCluggage dead at 88

10:02 am U.S. ET | May 7, 2015

Word came late Wednesday that our friend, colleague, mentor and favorite staff racecar driver Denise McCluggage had passed away. She was 88.... Read More »

JIM HENRY

BLOG: CFPB plays up auto finance complaints

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2015

A report released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau covering nearly 30,000 military service member complaints over a three-year period shows that although gripes about auto loans were a small part of the mix, they were a large part of the CFPB's enforcement actions.... Read More »

JAMIE LaREAU

BLOG: Lithia reaches out to women in step toward industry evolution

12:13 pm U.S. ET | May 6, 2015

Lithia has about 10,000 employees -- a quarter of them are women. But Lithia wants to hire more women at every level and it's doing something about it.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Marchionne is so right and so wrong about consolidation

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2015

Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne is absolutely right in his call for industry consolidation. But he is absolutely wrong about what needs consolidating.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Marchionne is so right and so wrong about consolidation

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne is absolutely right in his call for industry consolidation. But he is absolutely wrong about what needs consolidating.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Piech's absence dominates VW annual meeting

6:43 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

Ferdinand Piech may cause VW's leadership more headaches than ever before. At VW's annual meeting today, the shadow of the VW patriarch seemed to follow CEO Martin Winterkorn wherever he went.... Read More »

DAVE BARKHOLZ

BLOG: GM sends another contract-year message to UAW

4:00 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

You know it's a UAW contract year when GM announces its US plant investment plan, as it did last week when it outlined $5.4 billion in spending over three years.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Piech's absence dominates VW annual meeting

6:43 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

Ferdinand Piech may cause VW's leadership more headaches than ever before. At VW's annual meeting today, the shadow of the VW patriarch seemed to follow CEO Martin Winterkorn wherever he went.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: How auto dealers can get behind safer driving, 1 teen at a time

1:46 pm U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

This weekend, I experienced a community service program, born out of tragedy, that is tailor-made for local auto dealer cooperation.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Hooray for GM's 500 millionth vehicle?

10:39 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

GM today is celebrating its 500 millionth vehicle. But GM knows -- perhaps better than any company on the planet -- that the ability to manufacture a lot of product, in and of itself, is no cause for celebration.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Good news for Europe's late arrivers in China

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Late-arriving European brands in China such as Renault, Fiat and Jaguar have reason to be optimistic because most Chinese customers are ready to leave their current brands.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Piech's out at VW -- for the moment

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Late last month, Ferdinand Piech resigned from his position as chairman of Volkswagen's supervisory board. Reportedly he was given the choice of resigning or being dismissed. For the first time in more than half a century, Piech is out of work -- for the moment.... Read More »

RICHARD JOHNSON

Piech's fall is a familiar tale in this industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Let's see, patriarch of giant auto group and acclaimed automotive genius late in life squabbles with members of his own family and is forced to give up power.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

Detroit has little to gain from free trade with Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Detroit's automakers have little to gain by having Japan in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade pact, even if the U.S. wins auto import concessions from Tokyo.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Industry learns how to manage in good times

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

The U.S. auto industry is in the midst of an unprecedented stretch of growth and prosperity.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Post-recession ripples

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

In December, General Motors delayed auctioning some retired rental-fleet vehicles because of depressed prices.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: April like a dry day at harvest time - no time to sit back

5:15 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

Solid. Profitable. Gratifying. And yeah, a bit boring of a sales month. Yet another month of just-fine-thanks.... Read More »

AMY WILSON

BLOG: Family takes Dave Smith name forward

1:58 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

Ken Smith wants his dad’s name to live on. And it’s about to, in a much bigger way.... Read More »

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Mercedes G class latest victim in China's clone wars

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

China's Beijing Automotive has introduced an SUV that is a near clone of a western SUV, the classic Mercedes G class. Mercedes executives reportedly tried but failed to get BAIC to back off building the SUV.... Read More »

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