Takata must supply answers, replacement parts

It's time for Takata Corp. to open up about airbags it manufactured that have prompted U.S. recalls of 11 million vehicles since 2008. The Japan-based supplier must be forthcoming about how airbag inflators that may malfunction and spray metal ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17

All aboard at GM

In her first year as General Motors CEO, Mary Barra has outlined a path to reverse the automaker's history of adversarial relations with suppliers. Increasingly, the company is giving out global contracts to leverage GM's worldwide scale and is ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10

Dealers must tailor technology to their needs

Sonic Automotive's One Sonic-One Experience pilot in Charlotte, N.C., is the latest effort to make car buying easier. The public dealership group expects that having a single iPad-equipped employee help a customer select and buy a vehicle in 45 ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10

A deeply flawed automotive recall system

Even in a year with an unprecedented number of U.S. safety recalls, the effort to replace potentially defective airbags made by Takata Corp. in millions of autos stands out. Last week, 10 automakers were searching for the U.S. owners of 7.8 million ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3

Moving the metal

Rail shipments of new vehicles to market are frustratingly slow and often delayed. Automakers suspect some other shippers are getting preferential treatment, but they haven't had the data to be sure. That is changing. The U.S. Surface Transportation ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27

Brace yourself for a flood of used vehicles

Prices on used vehicles are falling and will keep falling as supplies of late-model used cars and trucks return to normal levels. We're seeing the end of a long drought of used vehicles caused by the recession. In 2009 and 2010, the number of new ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27

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

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