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Autonomous vehicle conference needed

Each of the OEMs has at least one private proving ground, and each of the major Tier 1 suppliers has or has access to a proving ground. These proving grounds are secure and have road conditions and driving scenarios that can be safely used and provide reproducible test data.

EV mandates are unfair to dealers

In a perfect world, I would agree with Keith Crain's May 28 column, “We need to slow way down.” But we live in a world where EV mandates have existed for over a decade.


We should know how this turns out

I was surprised to read of Ford's plan to mostly phase out cars. Haven't we seen this movie before?

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We have proving grounds for this

We have, globally, thousands of acres of outstanding, well-equipped proving grounds available to develop, test and certify autonomous vehicles.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Small cars? Ford just isn't interested

The commentaries by Michael Martinez and Richard Truett made several good points about why Ford is discontinuing its car lines. They forgot one thing: Ford doesn't want to be bothered.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Losing sedans is not a good move

As a Ford shareholder who counts three four-doors in his household fleet, I regard Dearborn's decision to discontinue nonluxury sedans as its dumbest since the Edsel, or at least since last year's firing of Mark Fields.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Ford is making the right choice

As a Ford dealer for decades, I'm excited to hear the company's vehicle plans. Every day, we see a growing number of customers shift their interest to pickups and utilities. Ford's decision to revamp its lineup while preparing for future mobility is the right one.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR
EVs have makings 
of a failed product

I've been reading with fascination Keith Crain's recent columns about the rush to electric vehicles by just about every manufacturer on the planet.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Forecasts need a dose of practicality

Bob Lutz has always been the consummate auto guy with infinitely more and varied experience than most of his counterparts. However, two of his recent prognostications deserve ventilation.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Great potential for Falotico at Lincoln

What most impressed me reading “Big switch for Ford credit whiz” (Feb. 26) was Joy Falotico’s “very deep relationships with the dealers” — a sign she really understands the business.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Review of mpg rules is necessary

I find there is some truth to Gina McCarthy's comment about the current administration wanting to roll back a fair number of the previous administration’s policies.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Sales staff seen as plentiful, disposable

James B. Treece's “No experienced personnel need apply at this dealership” confirms my view that in automotive retailing, salespeople are considered readily available and easily disposable.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Our cars seem to invite distraction

Regarding “Keep your eyes on the road, hands off the doughnuts”: What did the industry think was going to happen when we made phone usage easier and added cupholders, visor mirrors and other distractions to our vehicles?


LETTER TO THE EDITOR
GM's action is just a poor excuse

Regarding “GM to stop reporting U.S. sales monthly, switches to quarterly release”, many thousands of people in the auto industry look forward to monthly sales reports.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Do the right thing: Say no to GAC

I was astonished and disappointed that “Courtship begins for Chinese brands” included this response from a general sales manager: GAC “might be the next Hyundai.”


LETTER TO THE EDITOR
What did Obama's EPA get so right?

I read “On emissions rule, we got it right in 2012” expecting to see some factual data on why Gina McCarthy believes the previous administration “got it right.” Did they properly consider the fleet mix, gas prices, the economy, etc.?


LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Transferring calls the right way

Your December 2017 article “Bad Connection” gave tangible reasons for implementing practices to eliminate how business is potentially lost by not serving customers.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Service lags on technology

The potential of every dealership in America could easily be doubled if we took basic steps to retain our customers and protect our dealer brand and that of the OEM we represent.


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