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Beware of knee-jerk reactions to GM's recalls

The U.S. auto industry needs to be prepared for greater scrutiny, more government regulation and stronger enforcement. Consumers are demanding greater safety and more reliability and are less forgiving when mistakes are made.
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14

GM's debacle: A lesson for the auto industry

Enough. Viewing last week's congressional hearings through the prism of history, you would get the impression that the industry hasn't progressed a millimeter on safety since Ralph Nader exposed the instability of the Chevy Corvair ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7

Polarized politics and the changing auto landscape

As government assistance appears to lose appeal in attracting new auto manufacturing investments, the industry and politicians in North America must rethink how they cooperate. For a second time, Chrysler Group has halted an effort ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31

The right message

For better or worse, new CEO Mary Barra now owns General Motors' recall mess. Faced with a frenzy over GM's delayed recall of 1.6 million older cars globally for ignition-system flaws linked to 12 deaths, Barra has been trying to ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24

At last, it's time to invest in people

Across every sector of the industry, auto companies are hiring. After years of keeping work forces as lean as possible, many automakers, suppliers and dealerships have regained enough confidence in the economy to recruit employees.
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24

Self-driving cars await smarter, safer roads

Automakers are pushing hard toward the goal of putting self-driving vehicles on public roads. The technology building blocks to do that keep popping up on vehicles for sale. Cars already can warn drivers of obstacles, impending ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17

Honesty's a good policy

Federal agencies are cracking down on deceptive advertising, including dealership mailings that seem to be vehicle recall notices but are meant to get sales or service appointments. Combined with the Consumer Financial Protection ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17

Engaging with suppliers

General Motors is taking an important step toward a more cooperative relationship with its primary suppliers under global purchasing boss Grace Lieblein. The Strategic Supplier Engagement program she has outlined to the 400 largest ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10

Tier 3 emissions standards: Costs must be shared

New EPA regulations unveiled last week will go a long way toward improving U.S. air quality. The EPA's Tier 3 rules both tighten vehicle emission standards and require refiners to reduce the amount of sulfur in gasoline by two- ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10

Honda takes baby steps toward a diverse board

Honda Motor Co.'s belated moves to inject some diversity into its top ranks deserve two cheers. Honda has named the first woman to its board, Hideko Kunii, a Japanese professor and software specialist who spent most of her career ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3

GM recall: Issue is not a faulty switch

General Motors this week added more than 588,000 vehicles to a recall to fix ignition switches, bringing the total number of vehicles recalled in the United States to 1.37 million. Some of the vehicles were built a decade ago, and ... 10:02 am U.S. ET | Feb. 28

What does the UAW offer today's workers?

After its narrow defeat at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant, the UAW needs to engage in some serious soul-searching. The vote was close: 626 for the UAW vs. 712 against, a margin of a mere 86 votes. About 165 workers did not vote, ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24

No connection

The low point of the UAW's effort to organize Volkswagen's Chattanooga assembly plant was Sen. Bob Corker's bombshell on the first day of voting. The Tennessee Republican said he was "assured" that if workers rejected the UAW, VW ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24

GM was wise to rework pacts with suppliers

Seven months after imposing sweeping new terms and conditions on its supply base, General Motors has backed away from several provisions that ticked off suppliers. It was a wise decision that acknowledged the growing power of parts ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17

Aluminum moves up

Ford Motor Co.'s aluminum-body F-150 pickup has swept away the traditional hierarchy of automotive metal suppliers. Since replacing wood a century ago, steel has been the undisputed king. Aluminum and other metals made their living ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10

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