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KEITH CRAIN

Are Tesla's days numbered?

Having a market to yourself is a wonderful thing, but it requires you to take advantage of your position quickly before losing that advantage.

YANG JIAN

Don't bet on widespread breakups of JVs in China

A complete separation will be hard for some global brands that manufacture in China, and it may not be desirable for major global automakers such as General Motors.

PAUL WHITWORTH

Dealers can drive autonomous future

The autonomous future is indisputably coming to the automotive industry, but it is up to dealers to decide how that impacts the future of the dealership.

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