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The skeptics didn't know Carlos Ghosn

Bob Lutz didn't think Nissan could be saved. At that moment in the late 1990s, Nissan was on the brink of failure. Then entered Carlos Ghosn.

How to keep patent trolls at bay

Patent trolls seek out automotive patents because they're lucrative. There are ways to deal with them.

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COMMENTARY: Dave Guilford
New GM is real, but hasn't shed some old habits

There's a new General Motors today aggressively reshaping itself to compete in the emerging connectivity-car sharing-autonomous space. But sometimes it's difficult to see New GM. Old GM gets in the way.

COMMENTARY: Sharon Silke Carty
Uber confronts dark side of Silicon Valley culture

Maybe it was some hard-earned experience that led Uber's CEO to respond quickly to the company's latest PR setback: a former engineer's claims of sexist treatment from company managers.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Fuel efficient cars always make sense

No one in the industry has a record for correctly predicting fuel prices or knows how they function in the permanently changed energy economics of the 21st century, writes one reader.

COMMENTARY:
We don’t need mechanics anymore

As automotive systems get more and more complex, it will become even more important to have service techs who are really good at using diagnostic tools and making sure that they know what really needs replacing, writes Keith Crain.

EDITORIAL
Buy American' is a tune for the bad old days

We believe in America. Don't question that for a moment. But UAW President Dennis Williams' talk of a "Buy American" ad campaign is one of those insipid '80s tunes we can't seem to tap our toes to.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
All networks are vulnerable to hackers

The establishment of self-driving tests on public roads would create a monumental vulnerability that if exploited could collapse society with a keystroke, writes one reader.

BLOG: Dave Versical
The skeptics didn't know Carlos Ghosn

Bob Lutz didn't think Nissan could be saved. At that moment in the late 1990s, Nissan was on the brink of failure. Then entered Carlos Ghosn.

BLOG: Larry P. Vellequette
FCA's quality woes are systemic

Take a good look at today's J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study. Scroll down that long list of brands. There they are: FCA's brands, bringing up the rear. Looks familiar, doesn't it?

BLOG: Hannah Lutz
Keep the buying process flexible

In the evolution to the online car-buying process, it's important to remember there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

BLOG: Jake Lingeman
Lexus electrifies LS 500 for Geneva auto show

Lexus will unveil the hybrid version of its LS 500 March 7 in Geneva. Lexus has said little about the vehicle, but the gasoline-powered LS 500, the last LS hybrid and the LC 500h offer a few clues.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Self-driving vehicles: Why the rush?

The idea that the public will share the roads with thousands of driverless vehicles being tested should put a shudder through everyone, writes Keith Crain.

EDITORIAL
Industry must accept r&d cost for cleaner air, then charge for it

Listening to the recent rhetoric from the Detroit 3, you'd think the auto industry had been bleeding red ink since striking the CAFE agreement with the Obama administration, sitting on acres of unsalable wind-powered golf carts and handing out pink slips by the millions.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Go with the flow of changing retail

I am paying for advertising on Facebook, I send email blasts to every contact -- business and personal -- and I promote my websites on all social media and Yelp, writes one reader.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Train to adjust to the new customer

And while focusing on recruiting is all well and good, those efforts will do little to retain many of those potential hires once they interact with the existing culture at most retailers, writes one reader.

Opel was once the little engine that could

Europe has been a drain on General Motors for a long time, but Opel did have its glory days and at least once helped keep GM afloat. Automotive News Print Editor RIck Johnson was there when it happened.

BLOG: Yang Jian
How sour dealer relations wreaked havoc on Audi's China sales

Audi has lost its premium sales lead in China as the brand was finally overtaken last month by rivals Mercedes and BMW. Audi attributed this loss to its dealers, but it has only itself to blame. A decision to set up a distribution channel with SAIC that soured relations with dealers affiliated with its partner FAW has proved a bad move.

BLOG: Hannah Lutz
Lenders, help borrowers break the subprime cycle

Americans have mostly recovered from the 2008-09 recession, but it can still be difficult for many subprime consumers to bounce back, especially when interest rates are high and auto insurance costs are almost as much as the loan itself. Lenders and credit bureaus should use alternative data to help subprime borrowers break the cycle.

BLOG: Richard Truett
Building a business case for GM's fuel cells

Though General Motors has been beaten to the market with hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles -- Toyota, Honda and Hyundai are marketing them now in California -- GM has a shot at being a leader in another and more important way: the first to make a profit selling them.

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