Letters to the Editor

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Just think of the money you save

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
From $4-$5 a gallon to $2-$3 is good news for every driver and the auto industry.... Read More »

 

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Forcing EVs on us is a good idea?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Electric vehicles and hybrids should not be socially engineered into our lives whether people want them or not.... Read More »

 

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Is Cadillac going the wrong way?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Do you think it's odd that General Motors is moving Cadillac to New York City? I realize that it involves only a small number of people, but at a time when major car companies are moving headquarters to lower the costs of doing business, New York seems like a bad choice.... Read More »

 

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'Age doesn't always mean that much'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Tell your young designers that the best design tool is a 2H pencil: Put work down with one end; remove bad with the other.... Read More »

 

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An unwise move for Mercedes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Yes, the Northeastern United States is more costly for business because of a higher standard of living and more choices that allow corporations to be global and be near the world center for commerce, New York City. But why Atlanta?... Read More »

 

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Safety's worth a bit of inconvenience

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
I don't consider recalls to be a nuisance in any way.... Read More »

 

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A win-win for dealers, customers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
Change is apparent one dealership, one employee and even one transaction at a time.... Read More »

 

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Why is salesperson turnover an issue?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
Salesperson turnover is puzzling because dealers are some of the most intelligent, intuitive and creative entrepreneurs; they overcome myriad challenges daily.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

How will GM handle aluminum?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
What's required to perform collision repairs on the new GM vehicles?... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Digital storefront is a gutsy move

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
At Foresight Research, we believe AutoNation is making a gutsy move by building a digital storefront for new-auto purchasers.... Read More »

 

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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 »

 

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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 »

 

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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 »

 

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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 »

 

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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 »

 

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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 »

 

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