A long, painful trip

U.S. auto dealers have been on a difficult, painful journey for the past five years. But it has been a positive one -- at least in the aggregate. That qualifier is important. Because the renewed health of the overall dealer body has come at a cost -- ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20

Factories should take long view using 1st refusal

Automakers are replacing dealership buyers in active deals with preferred purchasers more than ever before, say dealers, buy-sell advisers and dealer lawyers. Except in states such as Florida and North Carolina, franchise agreements have long given ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20

An mpg report card

The pace of U.S. light-vehicle fuel economy gains slowed last year, the EPA said in an annual report. But even though the 0.5 mpg improvement in the 2013 model year was less than half the 2012 savings, the report contained encouraging signs. For ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13

Rural dealers need some heavy-duty help

Vast rural areas of North America are being transformed by hydraulic fracturing, the controversial energy extraction process better known as fracking. The process is transforming rural auto dealerships as well. The dealers need some help, and ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13

Hard-won upgrades

General Motors exited junk-bond status Sept. 25 when Standard & Poor's upgraded the automaker's credit rating to the lowest level of investment grade. S&P also raised GM Financial, GM's captive lender, to investment grade. Moody's Investors ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6

Warren Buffett, the Oracle of Automotive

Nearly two decades ago, trash-hauling entrepreneur Wayne Huizenga saw an opportunity in cars and created the new-car giant we know today as AutoNation. Success wasn't automatic. Huizenga's Republic Industries started out as a used-car retailer. But ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6

CPO program standards must be strictly enforced

General Motors and American Honda Motor Co. are among the automakers closely monitoring dealership compliance with their certified pre-owned programs and sometimes cracking down on those that don't follow their rules. It's unfortunate that ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29

Cadillac's next move

General Motors has decided to create a separate headquarters for its luxury Cadillac brand in New York City. The idea is to separate senior managers and the marketing staff from a Detroit corporate culture focused on the mass market. Cadillac's ... 8:48 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26

Be nice to suppliers

ZF Friedrichshafen's $13.5 billion acquisition of TRW Automotive Holdings last week is the latest megadeal in a consolidating auto supply chain. Merging operations of Germany-based ZF with U.S.-headquartered TRW will create the world's second- ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22

GM has accepted blame -- why won't NHTSA?

General Motors' ongoing recall saga is exposing a sharp contrast in behavior between the regulated and the regulators. After a decade delay in fixing a major safety flaw in millions of General Motors vehicles, executives are restructuring the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22

The long road to autonomous cars is also lucrative

Vehicles that can fully navigate themselves from place to place without human intervention are still a long way off. Completely autonomous vehicles will come in stages, not by the imminent introduction of a complete door-to-door driverless system. ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15

Unfinished business

Ford Motor Co. has reversed course and agreed to stop removing standard equipment from heavy-duty pickups to inflate the maximum payload capacities it advertises. That is a wise decision. Subtracting the weight of items such as center consoles, ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8

Cancel Chinese invasion; cue the Volvo sedan

The Chinese are coming to America finally. Next year, the Volvo S60L long-wheelbase sedan will become the first mainstream vehicle built in China to be sold in the U.S. That's hardly the wave of inexpensive vehicles from China's domestic automakers ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8

GM clears the backlog

General Motors finally has a moment to catch its breath after working off a backlog of orders for ignition switches to replace defective ones in 2.6 million recalled vehicles worldwide. GM has delivered enough parts to its U.S. dealerships to ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1

What a waste of human resources

Women may make the final decision on most vehicle purchases worldwide, but few have a substantial voice in the workplaces of automakers. That's especially true for some Japanese vehicle manufacturers, which have few if any women in leadership roles. ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1

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No. 1 store empowers, retains employees

No. 1 store empowers, retains employees

Texas dealer Greg May encourages his staffers to provide input and solve problems on their own. Mon., October 20
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