Letters to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Emerging retail tech helps sell EVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Dealers should tailor emerging retail technology to customer needs and preferences that change as vehicle technology changes.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Why I won't be at the conference

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
A full-page ad on Page 60 of the Nov. 10 issue requests our attendance at the Automotive News World Congress. Among the featured speakers, though, are two whose business models undermine the highly successful and competitive franchise system.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Clean diesels are perfect for China

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Today's clean diesel technology does not require a compromise between real-world fuel economy and vehicle size and performance.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Fla. dealers are upfront on pricing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
TrueCar's new bid to increase "transparency" in vehicle purchases is, in my view, nothing more than a marketing scheme for the misinformed and, frankly, distorts the image of the franchise system that I work in and for.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

How to get off on the wrong foot

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
I am neither an "armchair marketing expert" nor an indignant Detroit soul, but I do know arrogance when I see it, and I know what it takes to build teams.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

All Cadillac needs is superior product

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
I could not agree with Keith Crain more about Cadillac ("Cadillac is making big mistakes," Oct. 6). I was wondering myself: What are these people thinking? First they lose the wreath from the shield to make it more hip and now copycat BMW and Mercedes-Benz.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

China, UC Davis collaborate on EVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
In China and the U.S. alike, the commercialization of EVs is happening through a collaboration of automakers and government policymakers to produce and incentivize their increased adoption by consumers.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Keep the Wrangler in Toledo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Collectors take note: If you want a real Jeep Wrangler, better buy it now. The Wrangler is special, and it has a large following. The company should improve powertrain efficiency but otherwise leave it alone, and customers will continue to buy it.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

N.Y. move is not a vote against Detroit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
I read the observations regarding Cadillac in Keith Crain's Oct. 6 column with interest. Without wishing to consume valuable column space elaborating the rationale behind the various changes taking place at Cadillac, I am, however, compelled to respond to some of the issues he has raised.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Hard questions on autonomous cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
The autonomous car has enormous implications for our industry. We seem to be focusing on the benefits, which are many, and avoiding the harder questions such as security and the implications of future generations who will have diminished driving skills.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

GM gets serious about Cadillac

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
I was at the Las Vegas Cadillac dealers meeting. It was only the second time in my career as a Cadillac dealer that the General Motors CEO made an appearance. It was evident to the audience that GM is serious about Cadillac -- finally.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Time to step up online CPO game

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The pressure to maintain new-vehicle sales increases the allure of incentives, which drive lower used-vehicle prices.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Can't judge client's ability to pay

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
I learned many years ago that you cannot be a judge of your customer's financial ability to purchase a vehicle.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

A lot to learn from past acquisitions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Your stories in recent weeks about the possibility of large acquisitions in the supplier community bring to mind the quote "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."... Read More »

 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Distrust of dealers benefits Tesla

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Tesla is gaining traction in many state legislatures with its direct-to-consumer sales model not just because of tacit support from other manufacturers but because many people -- especially in urban and suburban areas -- don't trust auto dealers.... Read More »

 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Dealers can enforce a code of ethics

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
A dealer thinks it would be a great thing to enforce the National Automobile Dealers Association code of ethics themselves.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Tell us the true towing rating

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
I don't understand why Ford doesn't rate its new Super Duty pickup using the SAE J2807 standard.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Outsiders could only help GM

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
I have no doubt that there are many good people working at Cadillac and throughout General Motors. But can anyone seriously doubt that an infusion of some outside talent from people such as Johan de Nysschen will only help?... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

The pot calling the kettle black

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
The July 21 story about the General Motors recall, "Top lawyer keeps pall over GM," recalled a quote from a GM ignition hearing earlier this year in reference to CEO Mary Barra, "that she didn't 'know anything about anything.'"... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Hot, new cars help sell older cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Hot, new product always sells the older new and used product.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

No talented folks at Cadillac?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
A corporate automotive talent search should be quite different from the shuffling of NBA or NFL mercenaries.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

1 great leader can turn GM around

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Great leaders of other large, struggling companies have demonstrated conclusively that GM is just one great leader away from regaining and surpassing its former greatness.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

A salute to Ford’s executives, dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Alan Mulally did a great job for Ford Motor Co. and its dealers in his time at the helm.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Bill Ford: A good listener, leader

2:20 pm U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
I had the good fortune to work for and with Bill Ford in the early 1990s, when he headed Ford Motor Co.’s climate control division.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

More on Sperlich and the minivan

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
"The ultimate survivor" about Dodge (June 16) was wrong. Hal Sperlich did not bring the minivan idea to Chrysler. Sperlich made it happen, but he didn't bring the minivan idea to Chrysler.... Read More »

 

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