Editorials
Toe the line on towing

On the cusp of the 2015 model year, rival automakers are still making pickup towing capacity claims that don't meet an industry standard they agreed to in 2009. It's a marketing war of words, with some combatants redefining the words to ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28

Fields is off to good start with Lincoln

Mark Fields' appointment of Kumar Galhotra, Ford Motor Co.'s top engineer, as president of Lincoln bodes well for the struggling luxury brand. To begin with, putting an experienced product executive in charge of Lincoln, which has ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28

Good news in Tennessee

It has been a tumultuous year at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant, but VW ultimately decided to expand production there instead of in Mexico to build a crossover starting in late 2016. For all the bluster leading up to February's ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21

Auto supplier consolidation: Caution advised

ZF Friedrichshafen's bid to acquire safety specialist TRW Automotive raises questions about where automotive suppliers are headed. If completed, the deal would create a global megasupplier second in automotive revenue only to ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21

3 automakers' wise investments in dealerships

Automakers keep asking more of their dealers. But lately some manufacturers seem to be focusing less on how dealerships look and more on how well they work. After years of protracted squabbles over such things as the color of floor ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14

GM's false economy

It's not yet clear what the final tab will be on General Motors' unfolding recall mess, but it certainly will put a dent in the automaker's so-called fortress balance sheet. Excluding the indirect costs of reputation damage and ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14

Safety comes to the fore

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this editorial incorrectly said Toyota was fined for failing to cooperate with U.S. investigators.
As the General Motors recall crisis evolves, ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7 | UPDATED: 7/9/14 10:40 am ET - correction

Reducing driver distraction with a carrot, not a stick

A new approach by automakers and providers of smartphone operating systems could be an important step in the effort to reduce the dangers of distracted driving. Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay don't just physically link a ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7

Who really benefits?

Lexus recently eased the limit on the number of its stores a single dealership group can own. The methods vary, but automakers -- especially smaller ones -- commonly try to restrict dealership groups' store ownership in the United ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30

Lots of negative consequences for companies in crisis

A crisis such as the one General Motors is suffering through has all kinds of negative consequences. And not just the obvious ones. For instance, top management at Cadillac appears to be distracted at a time when the struggling ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30

Get real about mpg

Ford Motor Co. was apologizing this month when it lowered window-sticker mpg ratings for six vehicles. But all automakers should take note of Ford's problems. As with Ford's 2013 restatement of C-Max numbers and Hyundai-Kia's ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23

Musk makes auto industry rethink basic assumptions

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, working from a tiny base, is exerting an inordinate influence over the auto industry. His cars have recast the image of electric powertrains in the public's eye. His small-volume but successful sales in ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23

Valukas report is required reading for the industry

General Motors' internal investigation of its recall crisis, the Valukas report, is a damning indictment of employee misconduct, incompetence and inaction leading to great harm to GM's customers. The 325-page report also can be a ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16

Auto industry can pave the way or get out of the way

The auto industry faces increasing challenges to its established order -- fast and formidable ones, some from nonautomotive firms with new business models. To meet those challenges, the industry must resist the urge to defend its ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9

2-tier wages served a purpose, but not anymore

It's unlikely that the UAW and Detroit 3 can eliminate two-tier wages in the next round of contract negotiations. But labor and management should use the opportunity to whittle away at the inequities inherent in the wage system.
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2

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