Opinion

KEITH CRAIN

What we'll learn as Tesla faces real competition

Audi, Mercedes and Jaguar are all launching production vehicles that will create some real competition for Tesla, and we are going to learn a few things as these new entries arrive.

RICHARD KELLY

Time to scale up Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 has similarities to lean manufacturing in the 1990s. The application of digital connectivity and collaboration offers that next level of performance potential. In lean manufacturing terms, you're still looking to eliminate waste, shrink time, improve productivity and boost the effectiveness of assets.

RICHARD TRUETT

Schaeffler group advances the art of the valvetrain

Politics and government oversight aside, for automakers and suppliers it's still business as usual in raising the fuel efficiency of cars and light trucks. And Germany's Schaeffler Group made a recent swing through Detroit to showcase its latest fuel-saving technologies.

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COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Tesla, Musk hearing footsteps

Audi, Mercedes and Jaguar are all launching production vehicles that will create some real competition for Tesla, and we are going to learn a few things as these new entries arrive.


COMMENTARY: Richard Kelly
Time to scale up Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 has similarities to lean manufacturing in the 1990s. The application of digital connectivity and collaboration offers that next level of performance potential. In lean manufacturing terms, you're still looking to eliminate waste, shrink time, improve productivity and boost the effectiveness of assets.


BLOG: Jackie Charniga
Vendors should show they care

To streamline operations, improve profits and satisfy customers, dealers look to vendors for innovation that can put them ahead of the competition. But when it comes to retaining a dealer's business over the long haul, a personal touch goes a long way.

UPDATED: 9/18/18 6:45 pm ET
BLOG: Michael Wayland
What Cadillac dealers can expect from Steve Carlisle

Cadillac chief Steve Carlisle is mild-mannered and methodical when he speaks. He doesn't want or command attention but that's not necessarily a weakness. Just different from what we've come to expect from Cadillac.


BLOG: Graham Kozak
FCA working on a new inline-six engine, report says

The V-8 engine hasn't been the default choice for family vehicles for ages and it seems like it will be increasingly relegated to performance machinery for dedicated gearheads. So what will power the next-gen Alfa Romeo luxury sedans or maybe even the 2024 Ram 1500? Based on an Allpar report, it could be an upcoming Fiat Chrysler inline-six.


BLOG: Mark Vaughn
Grand Basel: A new take on the car as art

Are cars art? Is art cars? The organizers behind Art Basel said yes to both those questions and held a big celebration last week of the car as art form in their home city.


COMMENTARY: Yang Jian
Why China's auto sales are sagging

Industry trade groups and market research firms have produced various theories to explain why the market suddenly ran out of steam. But a website tracking peer-to-peer lending in China has provided one plausible factor.


BLOG: Frank Ahrens
How heir apparent Euisun Chung could change Hyundai

Hyundai Vice Chairman Euisun Chung -- now Executive Vice Chairman Euisun Chung -- has taken a critical step toward succeeding his father, Chung Mong-koo, as chairman of the Hyundai Motor conglomerate.


BLOG: Richard Truett
Schaeffler group advances the art of the valvetrain

Politics and government oversight aside, for automakers and suppliers it's still business as usual in raising the fuel efficiency of cars and light trucks. And Germany's Schaeffler Group made a recent swing through Detroit to showcase its latest fuel-saving technologies.


GUEST COMMENTARY: William H. Noack
Trump mpg proposal is a step in the right direction

What the green groups fail to acknowledge is how mandates — particularly those that require technology changes — put upward pressure on prices while encouraging the development of products consumers might not want.