Bob Lutz has been an outspoke predictor of future technology and where the automotive industry is heading. He recently doubled down on his visions in an interview with Automotive News, and he also spoke about trade with China, President Trump and Tesla.
In the wide-ranging interview, Lutz again saw the day where car dealerships cease to exist. Again, he thinks this is decades away, but he said we may first see them disappear from large cities. Then suburban areas and finally rural areas will no longer house car dealerships as fleets of self-driving cars take over.
Again, he also predicted tough times for branded cars ahead, too. When technology becomes more standardized, there won’t be much of a difference between German luxury makes and bread-and-butter brands. He doesn’t see the internal-combustion engine going away anytime soon, though.
In fact, he still thinks the market isn’t right for electric cars as gas remains cheap.
Sprinkled throughout the conversation, Lutz also talks about the potential for a trade war with China, but backed up President Trump’s moves to impose tariffs on China. Lutz is an outspoken Trump supporter and he declared it was refreshing to finally see a U.S. President tackle China’s unfair trade practices.
Catch the entire interview in the video below.