Happy Friday from Quick Shift! This week felt as long as the rollout timeline for Level 4 self-driving cars. — Katie Burke
Bad news for the Chinese: In the same week that Chinese EV startup Byton expanded its U.S. presence with an office in Los Angeles and a week after competitor SF Motors introduced its first product line, President Donald Trump announced a string of proposed tariffs on Chinese imports that could weaken these newcomers before they even begin selling in the U.S.
Speaking of China: Chinese tech company Alibaba is experimenting with a new way to sell cars that may be a little unorthodox, but could spell bad news for traditional dealerships.