Detroit News Columnist Daniel Howes and Michigan Radio are partners in weekly essays examining what's hot in Michigan business and politics -- and what it all means. This week, Howes says the auto sales slowdown and the quickening pace of electrification will give Detroit’s automakers a chance to prove some things. Those start with showing investors new discipline amid slowing sales, like avoiding incentive wars that drain profits and tarnish brands. And they end with making smart bets on electrification and autonomy because the Great Disruption is coming, no matter what customers think.

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