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RICHARD TRUETT

Powertrain innovations rev ahead despite mpg, emissions review

Ford's new three-cylinder engine demonstrates engineers are nowhere near done innovating.

MICHAEL DUNNE

The cheap Chinese cars aren't coming

For years, American consumers have been wondering just when they would witness the arrival of ultra-low-priced Chinese cars. Turns out, maybe never.

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Bad ethics come from factory, too

The tactics often employed to bully dealers to participate in manufacturers' mostly self-serving, revenue-enhancing programs are why state franchise laws are in place.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Michael Dunne
The cheap Chinese cars aren't coming

For years, American consumers have been wondering just when they would witness the arrival of ultra-low-priced Chinese cars. Turns out, maybe never.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
GM: Carmaker or financial entity?

While GM management sits glued to Detroit desks and worries about finances, Ghosn, Tavares, Zetsche, Fields and Marchionne are personally involved in the international automotive marketplace.

COMMENTARY: Laurence Iliff
Mexico stops sweating over NAFTA

So far, cooler heads on both sides of the border have prevailed on NAFTA, paving the way for negotiations later this year that might keep it alive for another quarter-century.

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.

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