Editorials

Dealers must tend to their own profits

In light of last year's record 17.5 million light-vehicle sales in the U.S., it's distressing to see how many brands' dealer council leaders are concerned about their dealers' weak profitability.

 

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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DARPA races offer model for government-industry relations

On the eve of a new presidential administration, those searching for a more fruitful and enduring model of government-industry relations might look nine years back to 2007, when the Pentagon's research arm invited auto companies and academics to complete an urban obstacle course with unmanned vehicles and compete for a $2 million prize. The money was pocket change, but the impact was profound.

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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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