AutoNews Op-Ed: 2020 candidates need real knowledge of auto industry

Once again, it’s a presidential election year in the U.S. And the auto industry risks again becoming a topic for the quadrennial political debate over its future — a matter that gets brought up haphazardly, dealt with superficially and dismissed regrettably.

Yet it is vitally important that this industry make itself heard to those running for higher office.

Candidates must be made to understand that the auto industry extends well beyond the convenient photo backdrop of the local assembly plant, and that a significant portion of the continent’s residents depend upon its economic health.

Those who want to be president in 2021 — including the incumbent — must be encouraged to develop a deeper understanding of this industry, especially the destruction that sudden policy changes wreak on long and capital-intensive planning cycles.