Keith Crain Editor-in-Chief [email protected] 313-446-6001 See All Staff Page Recent Stories GM stepped on a land mine Plant closings are nothing new, but the fallout General Motors is facing from its plans to idle plants underscores an increasingly sensitive political and economic landscape for automakers, says Automotive News Editor-in-Chief Keith Crain. Cadillac: Back where it belongs, not out of the woods Automotive News Editor-In-Chief Keith Crain says Cadillac made the right decision coming back to Detroit, but new CEO and Canadian Steve Carlisle faces a tough road ahead. Dealership upgrades: Do they sell any more cars? For some reason, factory executives continue to want a whole string of dealership improvements, regardless of whether they add to the dealership's sales numbers. 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. 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. Maybe it's best to let NAFTA be Companies impacted the most should have the biggest say in what, if any, changes should be made to NAFTA.