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Good product helps, but great people make the difference

During the Christmas break, I had the chance to spend some time with folks who work in auto dealerships, and once again I observed just how important people are in the retail car business.

 

Points for tweeter-in-chief to consider

U.S. automakers are competing against very tough rivals in an intense, complex, global market. And global trade itself is replete with unintended consequences. In the future, there are several points that Team Trump ought to consider.

In Trump era, NHTSA must lead on safety

To get a hint at how 2017 will play out, we should take a look at what transpired when George W. Bush took office, regulatory affairs consultant Dale

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In Trump era, NHTSA must lead on safety

To get a hint at how 2017 will play out, we should take a look at what transpired when George W. Bush took office, regulatory affairs consultant Dale Kardos writes.

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Points for tweeter-in-chief to consider

U.S. automakers are competing against very tough rivals in an intense, complex, global market. And global trade itself is replete with unintended consequences. In the future, there are several points that Team Trump ought to consider.

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The Motor City is the place to be

More than 5,000 journalists are descending on Detroit this week to participate in the North American International Auto Show. Thousands of auto executives are coming to find out what car companies plan to offer the car-buying public.

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Dealerships bleed too much data

The digital world challenges dealers' capabilities for gathering and analyzing market insight faster than other data acquirers. Every marketing company wants to have the customer information that's generated at the retail level.

COMMENTARY: Dave Guilford
China tension poses threat to automakers

It's an uneasy time for automakers that have a lot of chips on the table in China in the wake President-elect Donald Trump's recent phone conversation with the president of Taiwan.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Expect change in Washington to be slow

When President-elect Trump takes office in January, we will see lots of new faces in Washington, including those of cabinet members and new heads of key agencies with auto industry oversight.

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Detroit must rediscover the cutting edge
UPDATED: 12/17/16 3:00 pm ET

We have read headline after headline about the big U.S. automakers investing in ride-sharing, electric vehicles, driverless cars and partnering with Silicon Valley to advance their r&d. What Detroit must do is reimagine what cars do for people, how they work, and then re-engineer them to fit those designs.

COMMENTARY: James B. Treece
'For sale' signs out, but why no bites yet?

AutoNation, Penske, Group 1, Sonic, Lithia and Asbury have been actively buying their own stock, even as they pulled back from buying private dealerships in the U.S. buy-sell market. When you tell Wall Street your stock price is low, especially during a period of available capital, you're inviting a takeover bid.

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Autos will be key for Trump's success

President-elect Donald Trump is at the start of one of the toughest acts in politics: making the pivot from campaigning to governing. One thing he'll need for success is a vibrant auto industry.

COMMENTARY: Michael Martinez
Primer for the new president, if only he would listen

If you ask Donald Trump, he just saved thousands of U.S. jobs that big, bad Ford Motor Co. was about to move from Louisville, Ky., to Mexico. To borrow a line from his recent debate performances: Wrong.

COMMENTARY: Jesse Snyder
Make America's roads great again

If the Trump administration launches a massive U.S. infrastructure program, the U.S. auto industry must ensure that our roads and bridges get their fair share of the funding.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Isn't there a better idea than cash back?

I just saw an ad offering $11,000 in rebates. Another offered 20 percent off sticker. It would seem to be time for some creative genius to come up with something a little different.

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There's room on the road for all ZEVs

Given the challenges we face progressing toward a cleaner transportation future, pitting fuel cell vehicles against battery electric vehicles is detrimental to advancing all zero emission vehicles and meeting greenhouse gas reduction goals.

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Leaders need to know business

In the next couple of months, President-elect Trump will fill a great many jobs in the executive branch. It is difficult to say which of those positions matter most to the auto industry, but several come to mind.

COMMENTARY: Larry P. Vellequette
Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO

Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. So why isn't Mopar's chief the front-runner for Sergio Marchionne's seat? He might be.

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Bitterness in the industrial belt gave Trump just what he needed to win

The last time Americans elected a new president, the U.S. auto industry was on the brink of collapse. Eight years later, U.S. auto sales are at near-record levels. The Detroit 3 automakers have hired tens of thousands of workers in the past few years. Yet anger and resentment remains.

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