General Motors Co. and officials with the National Automobile Dealers Association say they've put their disputes behind them.
A bond between the two groups now "is nonnegotiable," says Mark Reuss, president of GM North America.
That's the right move.
The turmoil between the automaker and dealer association was a needless distraction and an unfair retribution by GM toward NADA. GM all but eliminated its participation in this month's Orlando convention after NADA supported legislation giving GM's rejected dealerships the right to independent binding arbitration.
At a crucial time in GM's recovery, the automaker needs to communicate fully with dealers.
It is time for the new GM to prove that it has learned the lessons of the old GM, where retribution, retaliation and arrogance often ruled.