Opinion

KEITH CRAIN

It is finally happening, sort of

After a decade of delays and false starts, it looks like we will see several more 48-volt battery systems installed in the top-of-the-line German vehicles in 2018. It will be interesting to see how it works.

YANG JIAN

How China plans to create giant state-owned carmaker

In recent years, Beijing has forced the consolidation of state-owned industries such as steelmaking, railway equipment and coal mining. Now it's the auto industry's turn.

KEITH CRAIN

Dealers will survive, if they listen

Mike Jackson is right. The world is changing fast, but car dealers are not going to go away.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Lincoln missed an opportunity

Lincoln Motor Co. must have determined a consumer need that translates loosely to superlative customer service. It is a great story, and if executed, could capture new brand loyalists. But that was not my experience.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
VW is right -- take it from forklifts

VW is correct: The profit model for the dealers does change. The emphasis on customer experience becomes the glue that helps them retain their customers.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Honda took the appropriate action

I sincerely appreciate the comprehensive approach to the complex Takata story, but please be aware of some important facts.

BLOG: Hannah Lutz
Lenders need to stay diligent

This year was full of relatively positive, consistent auto finance trends. Next year will likely follow suit, but the upswing won't last forever.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Only Musk can get away with this

Burning through $1 billion per quarter, or $8,000 per minute? Anyone but Elon Musk would be waving a white flag or contemplating leaving the country (planet).

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
More info needed on store valuations

It is important to be open to the other person's point of view. I could not tell if Moshe Stopnitzky was objecting to using a multiple for arriving at an asking price for the dealership or for just arriving at an asking price for the blue sky.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Cadillac, Lincoln could help dealers

Lots of rules these days from brands that have very little market share. Lexus started out with rules that are no longer required, such as advertising guidelines, that Cadillac and Lincoln still hold dealers to.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Looks like they got it right

I don't know how successful Lincoln will be in China, where it is starting a huge marketing and product push, but the luxury brand looks to be making the right moves in North America.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
NAFTA talks can't save U.S. industry

From the perspective of Detroit, renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Valuation based on ROI isn't better

Moshe Stopnitzky belittles the multiple of earnings (goodwill) approach as a “rule of thumb” that uses a wide range of supposed multiples and leaves unclear what definition of earnings should be used.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Society won't take limits on freedom

No one doubts the capabilities and levels of modern technology, but I just don’t believe that a free society would be ready for the enactment of air traffic control levels of obedience for stop signs, traffic lights and speed limits.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Hollywood should follow dealers' lead

With the recent downfall of many media people, including Charlie Rose, maybe the entertainment industry could use a lesson from car dealers.

BLOG: Jesse Snyder
Stage set for year-end sprint

November's solid auto sales set the table for annual decision about December's year-end marketing sprint.

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