In this time of angst in automaking, which company is best poised to dominate the future? Who has the right strategy to juggle — and master — the demands of autonomy, mobility, electrification, global regulation and retail transformation?
Will it be one of the industry's pioneers — Daimler or Ford? A master of global scale such as Volkswagen, Toyota or the Renault-Nissan Alliance? Nimble innovators such as Mazda and Tesla?
Or how about D: none of the above?
Indeed, the future is so unclear right now that the leader of the new automotive order could be a company that was born in 1986 making refrigerators, didn't produce its first car until 1997 and has since offered models called the King Kong and the PU Rural Nanny.
Think that sounds silly? OK, a little.
But in confronting the disruptive forces facing the auto industry, an underdog such as China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. may well prove to be one of the best prepared companies, thanks to the foresight of its mercurial founder and chairman, Li Shufu, its deepening relationship with Volvo and its record of success in the world's most dynamic economy.