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Resolutions 2017: The promises of a new year

We could use this space to tell the industry's heavyweights what to do. Or we could let them tell you what they know they must do.

 

Compelling EVs show what the industry can do

A year ago electric vehicles looked like a lost cause.

VW case starts new era of accountability

In a complicated industry using advanced technology that is governed by Byzantine rules and regulations, will this have a chilling effect on executives as they seek to do their jobs? We hope so.

VW case starts new era of accountability

In a complicated industry using advanced technology that is governed by Byzantine rules and regulations, will this have a chilling effect on

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Don't quit trying to fix recall system

The very crisis that illustrated the dangers of the used-car loophole - the gigantic Takata airbag recall - is the same one that has confounded all attempts to close it. Still, must the industry acquiesce to the sale of potentially unsafe vehicles?

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Same old song from VW. Or is it?

It would be hard to count the number of times in the last 30 years that Volkswagen sought to rekindle its long-ago magic in the U.S., the magic that Carl Hahn fostered with the original Beetle.

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Ideals are at stake in the Trump era

We may have gotten ahead of ourselves this month by sounding off on globalization and deregulation without stopping to comment on the tenor of the U.S. election campaign we just witnessed or the character of the man who won it.

Safety loses a champion

The death of Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, leaves a gaping void in the realm of automotive safety oversight at a critical juncture.

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Industry can't turn global tide, so it has a choice to make

The relentless pursuit of order and efficiency on a global scale has left a good deal of chaos in its wakthat e. But no matter the voters' verdict, the industry can't really afford to turn back. now. After all, it has billions of dollars in investments and fixed assets deployed to suit this world order.

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Lynk's retail plan needlessly risks wrath of dealers

The fledgling Lynk & CO brand plans to enter the U.S. and Europe in 2018 with a distribution system that largely skips franchised dealers. Bypassing the franchise system may be toughest obstacle to overcome. It's certainly an avoidable one.

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Creating a place where people want to work is a win-win

Every dealership must stand ready to question some of the fundamentals of how it does business. Such efforts will pay double: A dealership that molds itself into a rewarding place for millennials and women to work is likely to be a welcoming place for them to shop as well.

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More EVs? Stay tuned

Chasing the Chevrolet Bolt, with its 238-mile range, several automakers say they will come to market with EVs featuring lower prices and better ranges than the first generation. It's fair to ask why. There's a good reason.

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