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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

What Toyota and Faraday have in common

The industry has witnessed two automakers tacitly acknowledging this month that they got their new factory plans wrong.

KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN

The transition to electric is inevitable. Let's begin it.

Old-fashioned gasoline-powered vehicles commanded somewhere north of 95 percent of the U.S. vehicle market last year. But Americans don't love the internal combustion engine any more than an Iowa cow loves to eat corn.

KEITH CRAIN

Major changes in the wind

Whether you're manufacturing vehicles or supplying components or in the business of retailing automobiles, your world is about to change profoundly.

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BMW knows what it doesn't know

BMW is planning combustion, hybrid and electric versions of its key nameplates and will make them all capable of rolling off the same assembly line. BMW is smart enough to admit that it does not know, and so it is trying to maintain its flexibility.

COMMENTARY: J Ferron
Dealers are still missing from mobility conversation

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COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
No fury like a bureaucrat scorned

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COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
The cost of 'out with the old'

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COMMENTARY: Krishnan M. Anantharaman
How the iPhone changed our industry

We won't gush over the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, but on this occasion at least, we ought to acknowledge the profound influence this youthful product has had over the century-old auto industry.

COMMENTARY: Nick Gibbs
Goodwood is now Britain's auto show

The Goodwood Festival of Speed, held last weekend in England, has taken over from where Britain's formal auto show left off in 2008 after losing support from automakers.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Tech: Will consumers care?

In the next few years the auto industry will throw a lot of new technology at customers. Whether consumers accept or reject this technology will have tremendous influence on engineering.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Whose fault is it anyway?

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COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
A self-fulfilling prophecy

Right now it is being whispered: The recession is coming, the recession is coming. It may be a good time to take a look at your operation and see about cutting the fat.

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