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KEITH CRAIN

Throwing the 48-volt switch

I have been around long enough to remember when most cars were equipped with 6-volt batteries. They were cumbersome and never turned the engine over fast enough in cold weather.

KEITH CRAIN

Maybe it's best to let NAFTA be

Companies impacted the most should have the biggest say in what, if any, changes should be made to NAFTA.

MICHAEL WAYLAND

Chevy should follow Cadillac and go after Tesla

Chevy appears to be doing little to nothing to attract the hundreds of thousands of consumers who could wait years for a Tesla Model 3 into a Chevrolet Bolt EV — an actual all-electric car not from "manufacturing Hell."

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COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Get self-driving tech into cars now

I have heard a lot about the features and advantages of autonomous vehicles and how they are being tested on some public roads and highways.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
The ultimate test for a dealership

In today's world, every dealership is under great pressure to take care of the customer. There are several effective strategies for winning new customers and keeping the old ones.

Best deal: Everybody wins

At the Best Dealerships To Work For, the cry "I got a great deal!" comes from the employees who know they have a sweet deal from their employers. It's a win-win.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Are they betting the farm?

Despite the red flags -- and there are more than a few -- car companies are pursuing electrification. This even without a market to support their efforts and investments.

COMMENTARY: Jesse Snyder
A post-storm lesson in working smart

Houstonians and other Texans simply skipped the traditional post-hurricane sales lull and rushed to dealerships to replace flooded-out rides in September, sparking 2017's first monthly U.S. auto sales gain.

COMMENTARY: Christiaan Hetzner
M-B's 'crazy' idea revived Alabama

Twenty years after Mercedes took the big risk of building an SUV in Alabama, it is underscoring that decision with a $1 billion investment.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
It never is their fault

To sell new vehicles successfully in this country, you need a great line of desirable products that are priced right and backed by clever marketing.

COMMENTARY: Michael Wayland
Randy Mott built GM's IT engine

General Motors has accomplished more with its information technology transformation in the last five years than many thought was possible. But it wouldn't have been possible without GM overcoming one its biggest challenges: talent acquisition.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Let consumers decide on EVs

For EVs to be successful, the public is going to have to want to buy them in much larger quantities than today. Governments can't make that happen by fiat.

Ratan Tata moves to secure his JLR prize

Ratan Tata's move to consolidate power at Tata Sons and secure ownership of Jaguar Land Rover looks like one of those boring shareholder resolutions that would go unremarked upon in an ordinary, closely held firm. But Tata Sons isn't a regular company.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Diesel: Whose fault is it?

The diesel disaster, made public two years ago today, has done more to move electric cars front and center than anything I can imagine

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Don't get stuck with bad cars

Never in the history of the auto industry in this country has a natural disaster caused as much devastation to car dealers as the hurricane that struck Houston. Now the industry will have to figure out what to do with a massive number of flood-damaged vehicles.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Katie Whitefoot
Six common misconceptions about CAFE policy

Much of the media narrative surrounding the review of fuel economy policy is based on false beliefs. As a result, the national conversation about fuel efficiency is based more in myth than science.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
700 hp? 700 mpg? Confused?

Do I want 700 hp or 700-mile range in my electric vehicle or 700 mpg with some miracle gasoline engine?

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Dealers will be disrupted, too

There has been a lot of conversation lately about autonomous vehicles, driving services and electric vehicles. Some of it has been civil and even informative and some of it has been close to hysterical.

COMMENTARY: Wally Johnson
Danger signs in the electronics supply chain

Automotive supply chain professionals have seen lead times on passive components such as resistors, capacitors, inductors and transformers stretch out to one year or more in some cases -- and it is a problem.

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