Keith Crain

KEITH CRAIN

It could be a slippery slope

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2013
There have been several stories recently about General Motors' plan to use the Internet to sell cars with the help of franchised dealers. This could be the beginning of a slippery slope for GM.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

The chance to create your future

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
The retail auto dealership is almost unique in giving young people the opportunity to become entrepreneurs.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

A wise ruling on New York cabs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
I have to admit that I like the Nissan taxi that was developed for New York City. Anyone who has spent time in London understands it's a good idea to have a special-purpose vehicle for cabs.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Selling cars isn't getting any easier

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2013
We have had a few people come by and tell us about the new buyers and the new technology that is not only available but necessary in today's marketplace. I am amazed -- no, overwhelmed -- at the choices you have if you want to sell a car at the factory or dealership level. It's not just remarkable; it's staggering.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

It will be nice to have a choice

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
Consumers have a variety of fuels to run their cars and light trucks. It won't be long before we see compressed natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas added to the mix.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

There is a dark cloud on the horizon

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2013
Most of us are watching the events in the Middle East unfold without any real idea of just how important this region is to the economic well-being of the United States and the world.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

I'm wearing a new mask

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2013
Just for fun, NADA officers brought a mask of Hillary Clinton, who will be NADA's keynote speaker at the convention next year in New Orleans.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Don't bet against Elon Musk

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
I don't know Elon Musk, but I wouldn't bet against him. As a society, we should be embracing all the entrepreneurs we can find these days. These folks aren't necessarily going to be loved or revered by everyone. They march to the beat of a different drummer.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Don't throw your license away yet

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2013
Some huge companies have spent a lot of money developing vehicles that don't need human drivers. I love the new technology and believe it has great potential -- but don't expect to be able to buy a driverless car for at least a couple of decades.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Probably not a wise move for NADA

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
If anyone doubted that Hillary Clinton is a polarizing figure, all he had to do was look at the brouhaha caused by the National Automobile Dealers Association's selection of her as a keynote speaker at its convention next year in New Orleans.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

The auto industry has great appeal

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2013
Make no mistake: The automobile business is a magnet for many people who love cars or are interested in working in the largest and most important industry in the world.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Everyone should have a halo car

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 8, 2013
I read last week that General Motors has decided not to build a range-topping ultraluxury sedan for Cadillac. That's too bad. I think every brand should try to have some sort of halo car to lead its product lineup.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

What does GM have to hide?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2013
Last month, General Motors said it will stop publicly disclosing monthly North American production numbers and will eliminate regional production reports. You can't help but wonder what's going on at GM.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Chrysler made the right call

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2013
Three weeks ago it looked like Chrysler was about to go to war with the U.S. government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But as quickly as it escalated, it disappeared with Chrysler agreeing to recall many of the vehicles in question. It was the right call.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Big Brother is watching

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2013
I am constantly amazed by how much bureaucracy dealers face running what used to be called small businesses.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Chrysler's playing a high-stakes game

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2013
Chrysler is in a high-stakes poker game with the federal government. It is a game the government hasn't lost very often, so the odds favor the government.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

The more things change

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 3, 2013
It doesn't seem that long ago that a lot of us were driving station wagons. It looks to many like we have slowly migrated back into three-row vehicles.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

First distractions, then standardization

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2013
I am lucky enough to drive many cars during the year and am constantly amazed at how different the controls can be from vehicle to vehicle. I am talking about some of the most basic controls -- the ones that are critical to safety.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

You can't mandate human behavior

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2013
They are at it again in California. The mandates for zero-emission vehicles mean that to sell any volume there, you will need to have some sort of electric car for that market. Some car companies may decide to get out of the California market because it doesn't make sense Keith Crain is editor-in-chief of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Even for dealers, it's a global business

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 13, 2013
More dealership groups are expanding outside the United States and Canada. That's because there is no one better than the U.S. auto dealer in any aspect of retailing, whether selling new and used vehicles, servicing them or doing business in any local market -- in the United States, Europe, China, Brazil or anywhere else Keith Crain is editor-in-chief of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Same old issues, again and again

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2013
Just when it seemed momentum had turned the tide on stair-step incentives, they're back as strong as ever. Doesn't anyone ever learn? Once again, self-control seems to be out the window Keith Crain is editor-in-chief of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

A quarter century is a long time

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2013
It is amazing to reflect that Peter Brown has been either editor or publisher for a quarter of the life of this publication, Automotive News, which was founded in 1925. Automotive News is a much better publication because of Peter Brown. He has instilled his high standards as an editor, and it shows Keith Crain is editor-in-chief of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Things don't always go as planned

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2013
There always seem to be plenty of ideas that never get into automobiles -- great ideas that don't make it, for whatever reason Keith Crain is editor-in-chief of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Engineering matters more than ever

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2013
This week, SAE International has its annual congress and exhibition in Detroit to share the challenges and triumphs in vehicle engineering. It's always an interesting and exciting time when hundreds of technical papers about emerging technologies are delivered in just a few short days Keith Crain is editor-in-chief of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Maybe we need SAE to get involved

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2013
One of the greatest dangers to drivers of motor vehicles is distracted driving. And some recent research suggests adults are more prone to texting than younger drivers. The automobile industry -- globally -- must confront this challenge with as much vigor and noise as possible Keith Crain is editor-in-chief of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

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