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KEITH CRAIN

Did it sell any more cars?

For some reason, factory executives continue to want a whole string of dealership improvements, regardless of whether they add to the dealership's sales numbers.

HANS GREIMEL

How this year's trade war is a different battle

Superficial similarities abound between the latest trade war with China and earlier, mostly failed campaigns against Japan. But striking differences also suggest Trump's gambit might have better leverage.

KEITH CRAIN

We need some common sense

Instead of punishing companies that have invested billions in this country over the years, perhaps the United States should offer credits to automakers that export from the U.S.

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COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Federal government must act

It is painfully obvious that we -- and the U.S. government -- should not continue to allow car companies to use our streets and highways as if they are a private proving grounds intended solely for their use.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Tammy Klein
EVs must be socially sustainable

Are we all prepared for the trade-offs when it comes to developing the global EV market? Are we even clear on what they are?


COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Where will EVs get their juice?

Just about everyone who has experienced battery-powered vehicles likes them. But when the time comes to replenish the juice or take a long-distance trip, the vehicles lose their appeal.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Andrew Chien Jennifer Wong
Being prepared for when consumers change their minds

The move away from cars creates another level of uncertainty in a highly uncertain automotive landscape, one that places a premium on product agility and the ability to shift product portfolios quickly.


COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
You'll need lots of insurance

Autonomous vehicles testing in real-world conditions have been in a number of accidents in recent months. It will take a long time before we fully understand liability and culpability in these cases.


COMMENTARY: Morry Markowitz
Fuel-cell revolution is already happening

Fuel cells are powering our commercial transportation space today in a range of applications, and all these burgeoning vehicle markets are leading to growth in the hydrogen infrastructure needed to support them.


COMMENTARY:
Why worry about Chinese vehicles? They're affordable

A day spent at a test track near Beijing driving 10 vehicles from local brands convinced me that European and American volume automakers should be aware of some cars and compact crossovers that could be coming soon from China's automakers.


COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Import tariffs make no sense

The U.S. may be running trade imbalances with many nations, but the auto industry is not the source of the problem.


GUEST COMMENTARY: John Boesel
Suppliers don't want fuel economy rollback

If the U.S. government refuses to lead on fuel economy standards, American companies will have a hard time leading the world's rush toward cleaner, more efficient vehicles, says the CEO of Calstart.


COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
We need to slow way down

Self-driving cars and electric vehicles may become popular in the future, but there is still a lot to be learned about both technologies — and much to be proven. The question in both cases is how the industry should go about proving that they are ready for prime time.


COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Just in time isn't foolproof

It does not seem that long ago that the world marveled at the Japanese system known as just-in-time manufacturing. As more troubles have occurred in supplier plants, its clear that the process isn't without problems.


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