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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.

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.

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

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BLOG: Christiaan Hetzner
Why VW patriarch Piech's parting will be bitter

Ferdinand Piech's plan to burn all bridges to his life's work and sell his indirect stake in VW Group shows that he has become increasingly embittered, family members believe.

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.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Natural gas vehicles a practical solution

With more effective regulation, natural gas vehicles can allow the U.S. to meet clean air and energy independence goals, Subaru of America co-founder Harvey Lamm writes.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Management is the problem at GM

If you can't build decent cars in Germany, where car talent exists in overabundance, then it is management that is inept, a reader 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.

EDITORIAL
GM plays Moneyball

Today's GM can act more decisively because its finances are not only more stable, but also more transparent. Thanks to an accounting system overhaul that Dan Ammann spearheaded as CFO, GM has much clearer intelligence on the performance of its various markets, subsidiaries and product lines.

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.

BLOG: Christiaan Hetzner
Audi CEO's polished exterior shows cracks amid diesel scandal

There are few German top managers as practiced as Audi CEO Rupert Stadler. This week however the polished veneer began to wear away in the steady flow of questions related to his role in the lead up to VW's diesel-emissions scandal.

BLOG: Krishnan M. Anantharaman
Use the midterm review to keep progress on track

It's fortunate that auto industry officials have enjoyed a seat at the table in the Trump White House, and that they'll now have an opportunity to make their case with regard to the greenhouse-gas and fuel-economy programs.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
More scale doesn't always mean better

GM's disposal of Opel ("Auf Wiedersehen, General Motors," Feb. 20) will perhaps serve to further erode one of our most cherished, but wrongheaded, dogmas: Since a) scale certainly matters when it comes to cutting cost, then b) more scale is always a good thing.

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.

EDITORIAL
Even disruptors must play by the rules

There is a clear line between civil disobedience and criminal activity. Over the past several weeks, it has become clear that Uber is struggling to stay on the right side of that line.

EDITORIAL
Start talking, Volkswagen

Volkswagen hasn't yet publicly released the findings of an internal investigation. So much remains to be disclosed about who at the company enabled the conspiracy to cheat on diesel emissions tests.

BLOG: Richard Johnson
The Smart way to grow

When Smart announced that it would sell only electric vehicles in the U.S. and Canada some wags wondered whether it was the beginning of a broader retreat for the brand.

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