Opinion

ERIC KULISCH

Threat to NAFTA galvanizes lawmakers

We tend to value things more when there is a risk of losing them, and NAFTA, like the debate over repealing the health care law, is a perfect example of that.

KEITH CRAIN

Don't change rules of road

If you are going to test on public roads, let us at least have a steering wheel and brake pedal. Just in case.

MICHELLE HILL

GAC Motor in Detroit: A sign of the next new auto empire

GAC Motor's presence at the Detroit auto show last month may be just the beginning of a wave of electric vehicles coming out of China in the near future.

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COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
This is no time to get sloppy

There is a great deal of uncertainty out there and it seems prudent to be conservative. Still, when the car business is bad, I am told, it is still pretty good.

EDITORIAL
Don't expect Nissan to ditch stair-steps

Just as car dealership sales personnel are offered incentives to increase business, Nissan has offered its dealers incentives to reach higher. And in recent years, they did and sales climbed.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Battery-swapping for urban dwellers

I agree with Keith Crain that the electric vehicle industry “will need something that is not yet developed or commercialized.”

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
No GM Rewards, no bonus either

Let's hope someone important at GM has the good sense to rethink this slashing of bonuses for dealership sales staff, and help support the people on the front lines.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Self-driving fleets a service opportunity

While I agree with most of Gary Silberg's “'Islands of autonomy' on the horizon for U.S. market” (Jan. 29), I want to take the conclusions a step further and outline the potential for automotive retailers.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Not enough info given on charities

My suggestion to all UAW elected and appointed leaders is to lead with integrity and honesty and to uphold your oath of office.

BLOG: Katie Burke
Uber vs. Waymo: Battle for founder status

Waymo's lawsuit was about staking its claim as a founder of self-driving cars. The details that emerged this week show just how coveted founder status can be in Silicon Valley.

COMMENTARY: Eric Kulisch
Can Trump really take the credit?

You might have gotten the impression from President Donald Trump's State of the Union address last week that automakers had largely abandoned U.S. investments before he came to town.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
There's room for all types of vehicles

I've found Keith Crain's take on subjects such as alternative vehicles to be sober, thoughtful and reasonable — something missing in much of the coverage of those vehicles.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Aluminum trend is only growing

“Newest pickups leaving Ford on aluminum island” misses the fact that aluminum continues to expand market share across vehicle segments.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
EVs don't make economic sense

Until a five-passenger electric vehicle reduces in cost to $30,000 with sales tax and registration, and with at least a 400-mile range, the EV lacks economic value.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
EVs are unrealistic for the Midwest

I appreciate Keith Crain's opinions on electric vehicles. I live in the Midwest, where there is a lot of driving. EVs are unrealistic here.

BLOG: Jamie LaReau
Penske ponders the costs of F&I managers

Penske Automotive Group's used-only stores generate $300 to $400 more gross profit per vehicle than the group's franchised stores. One reason: no F&I managers.

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