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KEITH CRAIN

Watch out for off-lease cars

We are flooding the market with low-mileage used vehicles with warranties that could throw a monkey wrench into the new-car marketplace.

JASON STEIN

China's storyline keeps getting rewritten

Ride-sharing is taking over in Shanghai. But it's not the kind of ride-sharing you're thinking of.

RANDY MILLER

Collaboration is key against nontraditional rivals

Barriers to entry in the auto industry are breaking down, and new competitors are challenging traditional business models.

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COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Watch out for off-lease cars

We are flooding the market with low-mileage used vehicles with warranties that could throw a monkey wrench into the new-car marketplace.

COMMENTARY: Nick Bunkley
Tesla surpassing GM? Only on Wall Street

It's important to remember how irrelevant Wall Street's arbitrary measure of a company's value is on every other street in America, where you're far more likely to see a GM vehicle in the driveway than a Tesla.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Sergio's nonstop hard sell

Sergio Marchionne is doing everything possible to get someone, anyone, interested in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Michael Dunne
The cheap Chinese cars aren't coming

For years, American consumers have been wondering just when they would witness the arrival of ultra-low-priced Chinese cars. Turns out, maybe never.

COMMENTARY: Laurence Iliff
Mexico stops sweating over NAFTA

So far, cooler heads on both sides of the border have prevailed on NAFTA, paving the way for negotiations later this year that might keep it alive for another quarter-century.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Mack McLarty
Trump has a natural ally in car dealers

America's car dealerships are the paragon of successful Main Street businesses on which Trump heaped praise during his campaign, Mack McLarty writes.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Betting billions on unproven tech

It is amazing how boards of directors allow their executives to invest billions in unproven technology for which no one even knows if there is a market, Keith Crain writes.

COMMENTARY: Dave Guilford
Normal job shuffling gets Trumpified

It happened again last week. President Donald Trump turned his attention to the auto industry, and, sure enough, an automaker coughed up plans to add jobs in the U.S. Sort of.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Randy Miller
Leadership diversity is vital for innovation

Automakers need diverse and creative thinking to solve problems and take advantage of opportunities to innovate, writes Randy Miller, global automotive and transportation sector leader at EY.

COMMENTARY: David Undercoffler
Can Hyundai's Ioniq make inroads against Prius?

Since the Toyota Prius went on sale in 2000, nameplates such as Ford's C-Max and Honda's Insight have tried to mount a serious challenge to its domination of the hybrid market. And they have fallen woefully short.

COMMENTARY: Larry P. Vellequette
Does Marchionne grasp lessons of GM-PSA?

The GM-PSA deal comes as vindication for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne, who for years has been preaching about the need for consolidation. But does he grasp the broader lesson of the deal?

GUEST COMMENTARY: Kristin Schondorf
Interiors have no limits, but there are risks

If future drivers don't have to steer, brake or watch the road, their brand preference will be at risk. And that's where interior suppliers have a chance to shine.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
A new powerhouse emerges

To say that Carlos Tavares has surprised everyone would be an understatement. Tavares is a bold leader. It will be very interesting to watch PSA. I don't think he is finished.

COMMENTARY: Vince Bond Jr.
Score One for 3rd-party certification

Last month's hacking hoax shows the value of DMS companies knowing who is pulling what data through their systems. The incident could be seen as vindication of sorts for CDK and Reynolds.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain | UPDATED: 03/06/17 4 am ET - adds Opel-PSA announcement
The incredible shrinking GM

Not long ago General Motors was a juggernaut in the global automobile industry. Sadly, it appears that time has passed.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Edie Reaves
To women of the auto industry: Be yourself

I'm often asked what it was that attracted me to the automotive industry. It was the heart and art of manufacturing, the people and challenges of every day that had me.

COMMENTARY: Dave Guilford
New GM is real, but hasn't shed some old habits

There's a new General Motors today aggressively reshaping itself to compete in the emerging connectivity-car sharing-autonomous space. But sometimes it's difficult to see New GM. Old GM gets in the way.

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