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Why worry about Chinese vehicles? They're affordable

A day spent at a test track near Beijing driving 10 vehicles from local brands convinced me that European and American volume automakers should be aware of some cars and compact crossovers that could be coming soon from China's automakers.

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BLOG: Christiaan Hetzner
VW board was weak and indecisive over Audi CEO crisis

When a crisis strikes, a company's board must spring into action and take charge to quickly restore confidence. After Audi CEO Rupert Stadler was arrested over VW Group's diesel scandal, old loyalties took precedence over damage control.

BLOG: Jay Ramey
Toyota's 'Super Sports Car': Will it be for the road?

Toyota's high-performance division is hatching plans to produce a "Super Sports Car" for the upcoming hypercar class in the World Endurance Championship, with a hybrid powerplant and an eye-watering horsepower output.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Andrew Chien Jennifer Wong
Being prepared for when consumers change their minds

The move away from cars creates another level of uncertainty in a highly uncertain automotive landscape, one that places a premium on product agility and the ability to shift product portfolios quickly.

It's time for Scott Pruitt to go

A serious industry deserves a serious regulator, a person of good faith and proven integrity who embodies the responsibilities of public service and lives by at least a baseline standard of propriety.

Autonomous vehicle conference needed

Each of the OEMs has at least one private proving ground, and each of the major Tier 1 suppliers has or has access to a proving ground. These proving grounds are secure and have road conditions and driving scenarios that can be safely used and provide reproducible test data.

EV mandates are unfair to dealers

In a perfect world, I would agree with Keith Crain's May 28 column, “We need to slow way down.” But we live in a world where EV mandates have existed for over a decade.

Fight tech shortage by keeping the ones we have

Factories are justifiably focused on long overdue recruitment and training programs for service technicians. Yet there is not a feverish discussion about saving the precious techs we have, or keeping apprentice techs from washing out in training or on the job.

BLOG: Philip Nussel
Gary Jones' challenge leading the UAW

Well, that didn't take long. New UAW President Gary Jones took less than a day at the helm of his troubled union to attack journalists for doing their job.

BLOG: Jackie Charniga
Tight budget? Don't forgo protective products

Those looking to whittle down monthly car payments could see F&I products as burdens, but investing in those products could be the key to avoiding a truly unmanageable cost later.

BLOG: Jake Lingeman
Audi Q8: 4 key design cues

The big news is the new 2019 Q8's styling, with Audi calling it the "new face of the Q family." That includes the grille, rear light bar, big wheel arches and more. Let's take a look, piece by piece.

BLOG: Krishnan M. Anantharaman
A bungled opportunity to fix NAFTA

The renegotiation of NAFTA initiated by the Trump administration last year was an opportunity to make needed changes. And yet all sides come away with nothing -- less than nothing, actually.

You'll need lots of insurance

Autonomous vehicles testing in real-world conditions have been in a number of accidents in recent months. It will take a long time before we fully understand liability and culpability in these cases.

COMMENTARY: Morry Markowitz
Fuel-cell revolution is already happening

Fuel cells are powering our commercial transportation space today in a range of applications, and all these burgeoning vehicle markets are leading to growth in the hydrogen infrastructure needed to support them.

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