How the pandemic is changing the auto industry

The message from the Society of Automotive Analysts’ virtual 2021 Automotive Outlook Conference reinforces what Greek philosopher Heraclitus said some 2,500 years ago: “There is nothing permanent except change.”

COVID-19 has quickened the pace of change in an industry overwhelmed by the challenges of autonomous driving, shared mobility and driveline electrification — trends that are already upsetting traditional business models. Here’s how current events are affecting the industry worldwide, according to analysts.

Best vehicles of 2021

These cars, trucks and SUVs rank at the top of their class for 2021.