John McElroy

John
McElroy
Columnist
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John is editorial director of Blue Sky Productions and producer of "Autoline" for WTVS-Channel 56 Detroit and "Autoline Daily" the online video newscasts.

Articles
Next Disruptor: On-Demand Urban Aviation 2
As automakers invest heavily in mobility services, not wanting to be left behind, they need to be aware their new technology could be usurped by even newer technology.
Planning for Peak Auto 4
It may be time to start thinking about Plan B and a world where we won’t need as many cars.
Why Wall Street Is Wasting Its Time
Automakers and suppliers are investing heavily in electrification, autonomy and mobility services, and the payoff could be huge. But not in this decade.
Internal Combustion Engine Far from Dead 6
Because it takes 20 years to turn the fleet over, the ICE will be around until at least the middle of this century, and probably beyond that.
What’s Really Going on With CAFE
No matter what Trump does, the U.S. standards will continue to get tougher every single year until 2022.
Give Up Driving? Not in My Lifetime
The new cars rolling off assembly lines today will not be completely off the road until 2037.
Two Tidbits From CES 5
It was comforting for me to hear several experts predict hack-proof cars are right around the corner. And it was eye-opening to hear the cost of electric-vehicle batteries are coming down far faster than anyone expected.
Pitfalls, Opportunity and the Big Mobility Shakeout
The history of the auto industry shows almost all new technologies get whittled down to a handful of global suppliers who then get caught up in a cost-cutting race to the bottom.
President Trump, Please Tread Carefully 1
Trump has the opportunity to make the U.S. auto industry stronger, but his policies also could backfire, resulting in a high-cost industry that’s out of whack with the global market.
Morphing to Mobility
I keep getting the feeling we’re at the stage the auto industry was in 1903. Five years later there was an amazingly impressive improvement in the automobile. By 1913 the world had changed forever.
Automakers Losing in Court of Public Opinion 2
It’s going to take years for the industry to rebuild trust with consumers and regulators.
Think Global, Act Local (Motors) 7
Local Motors has the potential to undo a 120-year-old business model and send everyone back to zero.
100 Dead Every Day 1
It almost seems a little silly to get hung up on one fatality in a semi-autonomous car when this technology offers the potential to eliminate 80% to 90% of all accidents.
Chinese OEMs Reaching Tipping Point
Chinese-designed cars used to be a joke. That’s not so true anymore. At the Beijing auto show earlier this year, Chinese automakers rolled out cars that could look right at home in the U.S. or Europe.
Cadillac Posting Serious Financial Numbers
If we assume Cadillac is making roughly $4,000 profit on each vehicle – not an unreasonable assumption – that means it’s generating about $1.1 billion in profit annually for GM.
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