How dealers can protect themselves from bad actors

A blot on auto retailing is developing in Birmingham, Ala. Eight former employees of Serra Automotive Group pleaded guilty to charges including falsifying documents and two managers are accused of cheating on Nissan North America's national sales ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29

Fixing NHTSA's flaws is not NHTSA's job alone

he National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has systemic flaws that undermine its ability to police auto safety. A report from the Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General cites ineffective management, sloppy investigation ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29

Is IIHS raising safety standards too quickly?

The decision by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to expand crash testing to more variants of pickups next year and beyond opens a broad re-examination of the best way to promote automotive safety. We have been generally supportive of IIHS' ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22

JCI mulls future, raises questions for the industry

Johnson Controls, the world's No. 1 supplier of automotive seats, says it may sell its seating unit. Not only would such a move have huge consequences in this crucial sector, it also raises a slew of questions for the auto industry. What does it ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15

Takata opens up, and it's terrifying

The deeper investigators dig into the Takata airbag recall, the worse it gets. Airbag inflator ruptures that have killed at least six people and injured more than 100 prompted the recall of as many as 34 million vehicles in the U.S. The Takata-built ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8

Industry gets limber

General Motors and its workers are showing the improved flexibility and responsiveness of modern auto manufacturing in how they boosted production of midsize pickups in Wentzville, Mo. It used to be harder to match production to demand for ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8

Contract talks: Put health care on the table?

Health care costs pose a stumbling block in upcoming labor contract talks between the UAW and the Detroit 3. Here's the rub: UAW members receive generous health care coverage for which they pay little compared with most other workers in the United ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1

Vigor, vigilance are just what we need from NHTSA

Federal auto regulators are cracking down. This month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has forced Takata Corp. finally to admit that its recalled airbags are defective and has set a July 2 public hearing to investigate Fiat ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25

Can GM regain trust?

Once again, General Motors is trying to exorcise the ghost of Inaki Lopez. Six months ago, GM introduced a new purchasing strategy -- dubbed the One Cost Model -- that aims to treat suppliers as partners rather than foes. Now the company has started ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18

A callous response to the airbag crisis

We're pleased to see that many auto-parts recyclers are cooperating with Honda's efforts to recover potentially deadly Takata airbags from America's salvage yards before they find their way into other vehicles. We wish we could say the same for ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18

Listening to dealers should help Nissan in its push for share

Nissan is further adjusting its sales incentives for dealers, tweaking a program it heavily revamped a year ago. Jose Munoz, Nissan North America chairman, says he is willing to modify the package further. He's working with dealers to address their ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11

FCA US' education bet

Kudos to Fiat Chrysler for initiating a program to provide free college education for dealership personnel. Under the "no cost, no debt" plan, FCA US dealership employees can take free classes from Strayer University online or at any of its 77 ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11

Industry learns how to manage in good times

The U.S. auto industry is in the midst of an unprecedented stretch of growth and prosperity. Light-vehicle sales are on pace to reach 17 million this year for a sixth straight year of volume gains. That would be the longest string of annual sales ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4

Post-recession ripples

In December, General Motors delayed auctioning some retired rental-fleet vehicles because of depressed prices. In the first quarter, a substantial number of off-rental program vehicles failed to sell at auction because bids fell below the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4

Succession plans: Be flexible and get started now

Soaring values of automobile dealerships are a boon to hard-working entrepreneurs who have built successful businesses. The combination of well-financed outsiders, public dealership groups and established dealers looking to expand makes it a great ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27

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