Take good care of the fixed ops

Dealers should keep a close eye on fixed operations, an important potential profit center in the coming year.


Why China's auto sales are sagging

Industry trade groups and market research firms have produced various theories to explain why the market suddenly ran out of steam. But a website tracking peer-to-peer lending in China has provided one plausible factor.


Struggling to recruit? Think FIRST first

At robotics competitions in school gymnasiums around the world, a talent pipeline is being assembled.

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Trump mpg proposal is a step in the right direction

What the green groups fail to acknowledge is how mandates — particularly those that require technology changes — put upward pressure on prices while encouraging the development of products consumers might not want.

Maybe they got this trade deal right

Automotive News Editor-In-Chief Keith Crain says it looks like real progress is happening in the trade talks between the U.S. and Mexico.

It seems alive and well

Automotive News Editor-In-Chief Keith Crain points to Detroit's Dream Cruise and other auto shows as evidence America's love affair with cars hasn't died.

COMMENTARY: Richard Truett
Automakers need to help dealers control tool costs

Our in-depth look at collision repair in the June issue of Fixed Ops Journal covered the problems dealers face competing in the body shop business. But what about the unnecessarily high cost of tools?

COMMENTARY: Michael Wayland
Function without the flair

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado may set a new industry standard for engineering and ride. It's a smooth and nimble V-8 tjat os a joy to drive. However, the new truck lacks features and amenities -- particularly on the interior -- that are key for attracting younger and luxury buyers.

Let's not make an exception

Automotive News Editor-In-Chief Keith Crain says granting a tariff exemption to GM for its China-made Buick Envision would be a bad idea

COMMENTARY: Edward Niedermeyer
Tesla too closely tied to its troubled CEO

Tesla's story has been such a soap opera that it's hard to know which twists and turns are worth heeding. Tesla CEO Elon Musk's pathos-laden interview last week with The New York Times might seem like just another distraction, but it's probably as important as anything to do with Tesla's manufacturing or sales.

COMMENTARY: Kristin Kolodge
Driver assistance systems a roadblock to AV adoption?

The J.D. Power 2018 Initial Quality Study marked the fifth year in a row that we have seen the industry improve. So all is good, right? Well, driver-assistance system problems increased 57 percent in 2017. And this year, the number of problems rose 17 percent. The industry has to get this right.

COMMENTARY: James B. Treece
Time to look back on a career

As I retire, the U.S. is in a trade war. How fitting. Trade disputes dominated much of my 42-year journalism career, including 32 on the auto beat.

COMMENTARY: Grace Macaluso
Windsor days were a 'high point' for Sergio

Sergio Marchionne, who pumped more than $1 billion into upgrading the FCA minivan plant in Windsor, Ontario, is credited as the area's economic savior. He wore his Canadian citizenship proudly.

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