Stricken carmakers stall at the crossroads of a radical future

It started 2019 by axing jobs, blaming the slowdown in China and the US, but now the industry faces more fundamental threats

As motor industry executives descend on Detroit this week for its annual motor show, the icy winds sweeping in off the Great Lakes will not be the only thing sending a sub-zero chill through their bones.

The 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), to give it its proper title, returns to the Motor City on Monday at what many believe is the most pivotal – and perhaps the most dangerous – period in the car industry’s history.

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