Cadillac Wants To Lay The Smack Down On Audi In ChinaTravis Okulski6/18/13 9:00amFiled to: The Morning ShiftTMS1343EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThis is The Morning Shift, our one-stop daily roundup of all the auto news that's actually important — all in one place at 9:00 AM. Or, you could spend all day waiting for other sites to parse it out to you one story at a time. Isn't your time more important?Advertisement1st Gear: Car Output Is Soaring Without IncentivesWay back in the day, car sales and production were spurred on by hefty incentives designed to get more and more people behind the wheel. And that was because Detroit didn't properly forecast, so they built too many cars and had to find a way to get them off the lots.AdvertisementWith the recession, automakers were forced to get a lot smarter. Now, they're ramping up plants as demand increases, and demand is high. It looks like they're on track to build 16 million cars this year, which, in case you didn't know, is a lot of cars.And instead of reopening shuttered plants or building new ones, the automakers are now going to continue increasing operating hours. Another smart move.2nd Gear: Better Fuel Economy Equals More Expensive Cars Fuel economy regulations make automakers research and develop more fuel efficient technologies. Researching these technologies takes a lot of big investments. This costs a lot of money. That increase in development costs makes the cars cost more expensive for you, John Q. Public, to purchase.AdvertisementSponsoredThey'll cost less in the long run, but the initial investment in a car is growing as fuel economy regs become more and more stringent.This has been a PSA.3rd Gear: Ford Is Bringing Back The Knobs And ButtonsIn a snarky little read, Bob Lutz — a man who spends his spare time putting supercharged V8s in Fiskers — takes Ford and really every automaker to task for trying to make their interiors more iPad-like. It does make sense, Lutz says that an iPad does a myriad of tasks in different ways while inputs in a car are repetitive.