Opinion

KEITH CRAIN

What if they are wrong?

Huge auto companies are betting billions that customers all over the globe are waiting for the chance to buy electric-powered vehicles. They must know something I don't.

JASON STEIN

A captivating new contrast in Detroit

Through the years, for obvious reasons, the pathways of Ford and GM have always been intertwined. Their leaders have always been compared. Today, the differences are glaring.

BLOG: JAMIE LaREAU

BLOG: PETA auto show protest, aimed at FCA, is misdirected

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals plans to protest FCA at the Detroit auto show for something one of its dealers is doing: sponsoring a long-time dog-sled race in Alaska.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Services will make the next winner

Jason Stein’s column (“Everybody’s going in the same direction — nowhere fast,” Jan. 15) is spot on if you live in the real world.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Up-close view of GM’s strengths

My long-term employment with Tier 1 suppliers gave me a strong inside relationship with the automotive manufacturers. As a result, I was very convinced that General Motors has the best engineering, reliability, durability, dependability and quality assurance standards.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Electric motors just make sense

Electric motors make so much sense, due to their quiet operation, torque, lack of vibration, fantastic rpm range, no maintenance requirement and long-term reliability.

EDITORIAL
Auto shows, bring back the concepts

An auto show just isn't the same without the edgy or even flipped-out concept vehicles that used to be a staple at international shows, but have been on the wane.

BLOG: Richard Truett
Where's Chevy's midengine Corvette?

One of the most talked-about cars leading up to press days at the North American International Auto Show this week isn't even at the show. That's right, Chevrolet's Corvette C8 was a no-show.

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.

COMMENTARY: 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.

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.

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