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

There's no need to come to blows over 2-tier wages

The Detroit 3 and the UAW are headed for conflict this fall over the controversial two-tier wage system that was put in place in 2007 and helped those companies return to profitability. Generally speaking, automakers say they want it; auto workers ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20

Toyota's Mexico move

Production capacity is shifting rapidly to Mexico. Last week, Toyota was the latest automaker to announce plans to build or expand a plant there. But the investment isn't a stampede. It was forecast years ago. This is what the industry expected to ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20

All in all, rescue of automakers was a success

Canada's sale of its remaining shares of General Motors closes the books on government ownership in the North American auto industry. After six years, it's officially the end of Government Motors. Canada follows the Ontario provincial and U.S. ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13

Time to prune, time to sow

A recent proliferation of new models hitting the market has helped extend auto sales growth since the recession. Automakers constantly search for new product niches, but it's a daunting process. Many product ideas never see the light of day. Of ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13

2 key ideas to fix the recall process could save lives

The process by which automakers recall U.S. vehicles with known or suspected defects is flawed. That's clear from the controversies involving General Motors' ignition switches and Takata airbags that expanded from long-simmering issues into massive ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6

2-tier wages have outlived their usefulness

Upcoming labor negotiations involving the UAW and General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler will be packed with potential and peril. That much is familiar in the decades-old jousts between labor and management. But little else is. This time ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30

Automakers must learn to be better supplier customers

It's no secret that automakers are striving to obtain advanced features from suppliers before their rivals get them. Witness the appeal this month by Steve Kiefer, General Motors' purchasing chief, to suppliers, asking them to bring their best new ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23

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Nissan's Munoz: 'You grow or you go'

Nissan's Munoz: 'You grow or you go'

Nissan N.A. boss Jose Munoz continues to push U.S. dealers for a big jump in market share while deflecting complaints that his stair-step sales targets are too hard to achieve.
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