Car-dealer leader: Don’t believe Auto 2.0 hype

The chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association wants to pump the brakes on the Auto 2.0 hype.

Wes Lutz, who also owns Extreme Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Jackson, warned the automotive industry and the press against sweeping promises made by automakers and companies about driverless cars, electric vehicles and ride-hailing apps at an Automotive Press Association event in Detroit Tuesday.

“We are not only living in exciting times, but also in an era that rewards bold predictions more than gritty reality, especially when reality isn’t that exciting,” Lutz said. “I don’t think it’s a bridge too far to expect reporting on our industry to always be rooted in the reality and facts as we know them today — not the spin that gets Wall Street all jazzed up.”