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RICHARD JOHNSON

Where are the cool concepts?

This is the Detroit auto show, right? So where are the concept cars?

KEITH CRAIN

Don't invest in steam engines

Way back when, a lot of folks were convinced that steam engines would be the powerplant of choice. Still, steam went the way of the buggy whip. Don't be surprised if battery power goes the same way.

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COMMENTARY: Jason Stein
At CES, a mad dash to nowhere

A gridlocked Las Vegas during CES prompts our publisher to ask: Are auto companies risking their future in their headlong and expensive embrace of autonomy? A slower, more cautious approach may be the better way.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
GM's inventory, stock small victories

Nick Bunkley's "New GM shows it can keep promises" blows smoke at CEO Mary Barra for reducing inventory and "pushing GM shares up nearly 30 percent." But, in my mind, those are only two relatively insignificant achievements.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Industry ignores boomers' needs

If VW would offer the Atlas' four-cylinder turbo in the Tiguan, I'd jump on it, as it would fill a niche that the industry as a whole seems to be ignoring.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Toyoda's leadership made Fremont work

Tatsuro Toyoda and the Japanese auto workers will always have the respect of their American brothers and sisters, and without Mr. T, that would have never happened. Rest easy my respected friend.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
M-B made the right moves to improve

I have to say that Mercedes-Benz has really put out the big guns to improve their line to such an extent that it really is amazing.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
EVs? Not with our current power grid

The massive power outage at the Atlanta airport last month is just a small taste of what is in store for most of the continental U.S. if our demand for electricity continues to increase and the much-needed updating and repairs of our present infrastructure are not immediately dealt with.

Billionaire Schaefflers hold the keys to Conti's fortunes

Breaking up Continental is an old idea, but even as suppliers such as Delphi and Autoliv announced they were dividing last year, the German giant didn't budge. With Conti now talking of a major overhaul, all eyes are the billionaire Schaeffler family, which controls almost half of the supplier's stock.

BLOG: Zac Palmer
Fisker's 400-mile range EMotion EV bows at CES

Fisker has come to CES with a new electric car called the EMotion. The company's claims are impressive: It will be able to cover a minimum of 400 miles on a single charge, top out at 161 mph and is launching at the end of 2019. But the big news is the battery pack.

COMMENTARY: Lindsay Chappell
Nissan's Rogue an ongoing surprise

Nissan's Rogue crossover was one of just two nonpickup nameplates to sell more than 400,000 units in 2017. It wasn't predicted a few years ago.

EDITORIAL
Lincoln is the automaker to watch

Lincoln Motor Co.'s consecutive yearly U.S. sales streak was snapped at three in 2017, but the luxury brand deserves some credit.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Glimpse the future in Detroit

There is an awful lot going on in the automobile business these days. To say the future is cloudy is an understatement. The Detroit auto show should help clarify things.

CANADA: 2 million sold (It's just one number)

Is two million any better than 1,999,999, other than the one vehicle that makes the difference? Other numbers, such as used-vehicle values, incentives and interest rates, are likely more important.

EDITORIAL
Near death of EV tax credit is a lesson on government

The broader impact of the tax overhaul passed last month may take years to become clear. But given the precarious state of the EV market, it could have been a big setback for the industry had earlier proposals to wipe out the EV tax credit made it into law.

BLOG: Daron Gifford
How fast is the automotive landscape changing?

The epochal era of owning and driving an automobile -- over a century old -- is about to get smaller and smaller in America's rearview mirror. But let's not overstate the case, either.

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