On paper, the auto industry is having another stellar year. But instead of proclaiming triumph over the summer, the trade rags, like the national newspapers, were a chronicle of angst, turmoil, and thoroughly bizarre headlines. Tesla was building cars in a tent. Audi CEO Rupert Stadler was in jail. Tariffs threatened to jack the prices of everything. Chrysler parent FCA was reportedly talking merger with Hyundai. And Ford, which started selling the classic three-box sedan in 1949, said it will mostly leave the car business to concentrate on more profitable trucks and SUVs.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/10/23/ford-shines-up-rust-belt-ruin-for-tech-focused-future