Keith Crain


Who owns vehicle-generated data?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Determining who owns data generated by motor vehicles keeps getting more complicated. And it's going to get worse. As more companies develop and test autonomous vehicles, we'll have to sort out how to handle the inevitable malfunctions and crashes that come with adopting any new technology.... Read More »


Piech's out at VW -- for the moment

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Late last month, Ferdinand Piech resigned from his position as chairman of Volkswagen's supervisory board. Reportedly he was given the choice of resigning or being dismissed. For the first time in more than half a century, Piech is out of work -- for the moment.... Read More »


50 years since 'Unsafe at Any Speed'

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Ralph Nader's bursting onto the automotive scene by publishing Unsafe at Any Speed, an indictment of the early Chevrolet Corvair with swing axles.... Read More »


Most mergers come from weakness

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Once again, there is talk about consolidation of the global auto industry. The fundamental problem with mergers is that, historically, they almost always have been of two turkeys rather than two eagles.... Read More »


Cadillac, Lincoln place their bets

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Both Ford Motor Co. and General Motors are rolling the dice with their new luxury sedans, and the winners are bound to include customers and dealers across the globe. Those cars aren't just for the U.S. They will be exported to China as well.... Read More »


What's new at N.Y. auto show? Lots

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

New York is always an interesting auto show. It's in a city that seems to do everything in its power to discourage using a car, yet New Yorkers flock to the Javits Center to see what is going on in the world of cars.... Read More »


When will next shoe drop in China?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Many people are convinced that when the time comes -- and it might be tomorrow, next year or in a decade -- foreign companies in China will be nationalized.... Read More »


Is cheap fuel permanent or a blip?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Lots of smart folks in the automobile industry are betting huge amounts of money that alternative-fuel vehicles will capture an important part of the market. But it is going to be difficult to displace gasoline for mainstream vehicles in the U.S.... Read More »


Keeping the passion alive for 20 years

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

If you have doubts about America's love affair with the automobile, go to a local car show.... Read More »


Let's ensure recalled vehicles get fixed

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

The idea that each state should set its own standards for licensing drivers is ridiculous. There should be a single standard for age and other requirements to acquire a driver's license, a uniform system similar to federal licensing of aircraft pilots. The same logic applies to auto recalls. We need consistency.... Read More »


Katayama was quite a rebel

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Yutaka Katayama, the long-retired head of Datsun and Nissan in the U.S., became a legend.... Read More »


Now everyone wants to build cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

Much like Preston Tucker, John DeLorean and Malcolm Bricklin, there are lots of people with lots of money interested in becoming automakers. Elon Musk notwithstanding, the number of success stories in this business is fairly limited. The trail of those who failed as automakers is a long one.... Read More »


Everyone wants to be a dealer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

No one is clamoring for the stocks of global automakers -- with the exception of Wall Street darling Tesla. Nor is anyone driving up supplier stocks. Automobile dealerships are where everyone wants to be.... Read More »


When do we see price reductions?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015

Right now, the U.S. has the hottest currency in the world and one of the hottest automotive markets as well. With a much stronger U.S. dollar, you would think we'd see huge reductions in pricing on vehicles and parts from countries with weak currencies.... Read More »


This is right out of '1984'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015

According to a Wall Street Journal report, the U.S. Justice Department is tracking millions of cars and knows just where they are. The paper reports that the effort started as a move to combat drug cartels near the Mexican border has expanded around the country. It is a massive intrusion on our rights.... Read More »


Time to rethink auto safety

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015

Keith Crain is looking forward to seeing how new Administrator Mark Rosekind reshapes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.... Read More »


Week 1 down; now for Week 2

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015

The opening days of the North American International Auto Show last week in Detroit were a spectacular success. And I am pleased to say that the 39th Automotive News World Congress was also a hugely successful event. We got to rest over the weekend, but by midweek, we'll head to San Francisco for an exciting National Automobile Dealers Association convention.... Read More »


Everyone is in Detroit this week

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015

It was just over 25 years ago that the Detroit auto show changed from a sleepy local event into the substantial international motor show that it is today.... Read More »


Changes big and small ahead

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015

Every year seems to bring changes big and small to the auto industry, and 2015 will be no different.... Read More »


Even the holidays are busy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014

Auto industry executives have gone home. Except for a few plants running overtime, the offices are dark. Most executives probably think the industry is sleeping. That couldn't be further from the truth.... Read More »


It's as if the recession didn't happen

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

Those of us with a vivid memory of the trauma of the recession and recovery are surprised, even amazed, that the auto industry is back to business as usual.... Read More »


Big recalls are a dilemma for us all

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014

The auto industry, including the National Automobile Dealers Association, SAE International and everyone else, must come up with a comprehensive solution before this happens again.... Read More »


Takata just doesn't get it

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014

Takata has become the poster child for how to mishandle recalls and customers. Company executives seem to be stonewalling their automaker customers, then stonewalling federal regulators and, finally, stonewalling Congress.... Read More »


Recalls: Dealers in the hot seat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014

Say you're a dealer. You have a new car on your lot and discover that the model has been recalled for a severe safety problem. Replacement parts may not be available for months. Are you supposed to just park it in the back lot? There are many knotty questions to sort out.... Read More »


Where's HQ? It's like musical chairs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

Nissan and Infiniti, Toyota, Cadillac, and maybe Chrysler? Why car companies are headquartered where they are in the U.S. seems obscure. Why they move sometimes makes sense, but it is always disruptive.... Read More »

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