FCA's degrees program a smart move all around

Fiat Chrysler and its U.S. dealers are innovatively tackling a real need by taking the Degrees@Work free-college program national and expanding it to include employees' spouses and children. Dealers always struggle to attract and retain good ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30

Harmonized tailpipe rules are worth the fight

The Volkswagen cheating scandal has created an important opportunity to forge a single global standard for auto emissions. Dan Nicholson, General Motors' global powertrain chief, says he'll use his upcoming presidency of the International Federation ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23

NHTSA finally puts foot down on propellant

Federal regulators are taking over efforts to recall 19 million U.S. vehicles and replace 23 million potentially faulty airbag inflators. But they are going beyond that. Regulators also set a deadline for halting the use of ammonium nitrate as an ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16

Winners and losers in VW scandal

Volkswagen Group's diesel emissions scandal is so complex and wide-reaching that it will take months -- if not years -- before the company settles all matters related to its cheating on diesel emissions tests. VW is not the only one feeling the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9

Sage advice: Mind people, cash

U.S. auto sales rocked again in October, but I didn't sense much glee in the dealership folks I met. Their fear: This streak won't last forever. Things can go south in a hurry. We could be heading to 2008-09 all over again. Could we? For some ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9

CEO revelations increase burden on JCI's board

The Johnson Controls board must be diligent and engaged as the company executes an audacious strategy to exit its primary industry to focus on another. But as JCI prepares to spin off its $22 billion automotive seating and interiors operation next ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9

How will VW use energy unleashed by diesel crisis?

Once a crisis has passed for a car company -- that is, once public condemnation and humiliation are endured, penalties are assessed, root causes identified, new policies put in place and a new executive team is installed (maybe) -- the automaker has ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2

A new breed of dealership buyer fits the industry's needs

Here's an encouraging development on the dealership consolidation front. The purchase of a majority interest in Morrie's Automotive Group in Minneapolis by the family behind construction giant Bechtel Corp. signals a new type of buyer, one that ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26

VW strains shaky tie with regulators

Volkswagen's diesel emissions cheating scandal is changing the relationship between auto manufacturers and industry regulators. The premeditated nature of VW's cheating has upset an uneasy but workable relationship because it violated the basic ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19

Another urgent to-do for VW: Pay governments back

Volkswagen AG has a long list of things to do after admitting it systematically cheated on emissions testing on 11 million diesel vehicles. First is fixing the affected vehicles worldwide. Then, VW must compensate those harmed by its deceit. But ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12

As times change, it's time to do better

Following last year's record number of safety recalls and now Volkswagen's emissions testing debacle, one thing has become clear: The auto industry needs to adopt higher standards for conducting business. Since 2010, the list of egregious safety ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5

Clarity on recalls

AutoNation's decision not to sell any auto with an unrepaired recall is a good idea. But it's not an easy path. U.S. recalls aren't sorted by severity. It's laudable not to sell a vehicle with an unfixed safety defect, but AutoNation shouldn't have ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5

A more cooperative safety approach supplements rules

Ten automakers voluntarily agreeing with regulators to make automatic emergency braking a standard feature on all future vehicles is a good idea. The agreement, announced Sept. 11, is also a blueprint for a more cooperative approach to improving ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21

Dealerships must police F&I -- it's too costly not to

Illegal finance and insurance activity at U.S. dealerships is decreasing. It's not gone, but it has been greatly reduced over the last decade or so. This positive development has been driven by a combination of carrot and stick. Regulations at all ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14

In an uncertain future, carmakers have choices

When one examines the challenges facing the auto industry in coming years, perhaps the most important finding is that companies are charting individual approaches to address them. Automotive News' six-part "Industry on Trial" series confirms the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7

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