Letters to the Editor

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 »

 

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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 »

 

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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 »

 

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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 »

 

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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 »

 

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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 »

 

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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 »

 

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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 »

 

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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 »

 

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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 »

 

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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 »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Strong leadership can change culture

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
In "Changing GM will take time" (June 16), Keith Crain says it "could take a decade or even a generation." If it takes more than five years, CEO Mary Barra is the wrong leader.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Is Tesla really such a big threat?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
When I was a new-car dealer in Pennsylvania, it always seemed to me that the dealer laws were in place to protect the underdog, an individual against a dealer or a dealer against a manufacturer -- but never to interfere in a disagreement among equals.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

State programs help cut pollution

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Keith Crain's June 9 column, "States meddle in car sales again," misses the vital role states can play in spurring innovation to help clean up our cars and save drivers money at the pump.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Invest in a great auto technician

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
Keith Crain's May 26 column, "Eventually, you have to fix cars," has it right about the value of a good technician. It does take "a real technician to keep today's vehicles running."... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

GMC has come a long way

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
GMC has come a long way since we just called Chevrolet and GMC "Bud & Bud Light" in the late 1980s.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Tie recall repairs to license plates

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
The best way to get consumers to get their vehicles repaired during recalls is to have motor vehicle administrators refuse to issue new license plates until such repairs are made.... Read More »

 

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