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KEITH CRAIN

Just in time isn't foolproof

It does not seem that long ago that the world marveled at the Japanese system known as just-in-time manufacturing. As more troubles have occurred in supplier plants, its clear that the process isn't without problems.

KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN

Industry can't escape responsibility for preventing CO deaths

People are erring and dying, and the auto industry can't disavow this risk any more than it could avoid fitting vehicles with seat belts and shatterproof glass.

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COMMENTARY: James B. Treece
Got any leads on that profit statement?

Providing sales leads to dealerships is hardly new. Third-party companies have done it for years, if not decades. But first-quarter earnings statements from four publicly traded lead providers — TrueCar, CarGurus, Cars.com and AutoWeb — read at times like statements from Internet startups.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Everyone finds the hidden jewels

My guess is that it has been going on for years — new-car dealers have been making more money on used cars than new. It has been the industry's great secret.

COMMENTARY: Douglas A. Bolduc
A quest to ban banality

Former BMW chief designer Chris Bangle has strong feelings about the future of car design. He believes companies should be doing more to stand out from their rivals. This includes doing away with something he was once in charge of at his former employer: establishing a common design language for the entire brand.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Are there too many choices?

It is almost as if you have too many choices for where to spend your motoring dollar. If you are completely confused then the answer might be a subscription.

COMMENTARY: James B. Treece UPDATED: 4/30/18 11:22 am ET - corrected
DMS vendors are entering a new era of competition

As the dust settles from the 2018 NADA Show, it's increasingly clear we are entering a new era of competition among dealership management system vendors.

COMMENTARY: Shiraz Ahmed
Inside the Model 3: An ego?

It is no secret that some auto analysts, investors and journalists view Tesla CEO Elon Musk as something of a tech world P.T. Barnum. But there's one area where Musk can't hide behind jokes: inside the guts of his vehicles.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Have they gone crazy on EVs?

Except in China, where government rules and objectives are easier to implement and enforce, electric vehicles seem to be headed for a disastrous conclusion.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Are Tesla's days numbered?

Having a market to yourself is a wonderful thing, but it requires you to take advantage of your position quickly before losing that advantage.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Paul Whitworth
Dealers can drive autonomous future

The autonomous future is indisputably coming to the automotive industry, but it is up to dealers to decide how that impacts the future of the dealership.

COMMENTARY: Gina McCarthy
Ex-EPA chief: We got the rules right in 2012

The sole reason Scott Pruitt and his EPA reopened this rule is their unwavering belief that rules are bad no matter what the benefit, and rules to address climate change are intolerable.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Don't like the news? Hide it

It is sad to watch General Motors contracting before our very eyes. What was once referred to as Global Motors seems to have changed into a company that merely chases profits without regard to anything else.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
What's wrong with fair trade?

Simply eliminate all tariffs and let everyone compete on an equal footing. That sounds good in theory, but there are still many nations that want to protect their auto industry regardless of the state of its maturity.

COMMENTARY: James B. Treece
Even online, people are the key

In a brave new world of online vehicle sales and subscription services, the overwhelming importance of hiring and retaining the right people remains.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
The death of the diesel auto

Very few folks in North America will mourn the death of the diesel automobile. Meanwhile, some European governments have decided that diesels — as well as all gasoline engines — must go. The auto industry is again in flux.


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