Letters to the Editor
How about a Jeep midsize pickup?

To the Editor: It is a pity that Ram brand boss Bob Hegbloom cannot envision the market for a midsize pickup, in essence giving the segment to General Motors and Toyota ("Midsize Ram pickup? Too costly, brand boss says," April 6). True, the case for ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13

How BMW decided to build an SUV

To the Editor: I enjoyed "How the SUV drove luxury kings to power" (March 30). As president of BMW of North America at the time of the X5 decision, I was actively engaged in board meetings in Munich presenting and pushing the North American interest ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13

Fashion still trumps function

To the Editor: Nice piece on the importance of aero in automotive design ("What a drag: Designers use new tricks and an old reliable, the wind tunnel," March 23). Even with all the computer programs to evaluate theoretical airflow, there's a lot we ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6

Give customers one price upfront

To the Editor: I wanted to respond to "Why dealer's sold on one-price, one-person" (March 9). I have been a sales consultant at a one-price store for more than 21 years. We went to one price in the fall of 1993 and haven't looked back. We had always ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6

SIA was a success from the start

To the Editor: Lindsay Chappell's March 16 commentary encouraging Jaguar Land Rover to build a North American plant ("A JLR plant in N. America? Do it already," autonews.com) overlooks perhaps one of the most imaginative and successful variations on ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30

Cadillac needs to change its tone

To the Editor: In reference to Richard Truett's observations about Cadillac, I am dismayed by the humble (defeatist) tone in the latest marketing effort ("De Nysschen, 'Dare' I say, needs a better plan to reconstruct Cadillac's image," March 2). ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30

The top 10: Where the action isn't

To the Editor: Your roundup of the top 150 dealership groups based in the U.S. was invaluable, and I don't doubt consolidation among dealerships is moving ahead ("Upheaval hits retail rankings," March 16). But it is fascinating to see that most of ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30

Face it: Cadillac has too many dealers

To the Editor: Anyone connected with the automotive industry in the United States wants Cadillac to succeed. "The Standard of the World" is not something to be taken lightly. Our industry -- and perhaps even our country -- needs Cadillac to be ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16

An obsession with 3rd-party schemes

To the Editor: Regarding "TrueCar sued by dealers for false advertising" (autonews.com, March 9): TrueCar is just another example of the opportunistic scheme of a vendor (albeit a very smart one) to leave the industry in a no-win predicament through ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16

Dealer considered 'Mr. K' a true leader

To the Editor: This is in response to "'Mr. K,' Datsun pioneer and father of the Z car, dies at 105" (autonews.com, Feb. 21).As a second-generation automobile dealer, I have seen firsthand the unfortunate transition from cars designed for people to ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2

Old vs. new diesel technology

To the Editor: Whether we're talking diesel or gasoline, the issue in Europe is more about old technology and higher emissions ("More black eyes for the diesel engine," autonews.com, Feb. 10).Both Paris and London are now differentiating between old ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2

'1984'? Government tracking overblown

To the Editor: Whenever an editor evokes "1984" as it relates to government intrusion, alarm bells go off ("This is right out of '1984,'" Keith Crain, Feb. 2). The recent iteration on that "sky is falling" theme involves license plate readers, crash- ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16

When fuel is down, everything else is up

To the Editor: In his Jan. 12 column, "Why falling fuel prices are bad, bad news," Richard Truett brings up valid points regarding slow diesel and hybrid sales. However, as a new- and used-vehicle dealer for 40-plus years, I have carefully studied ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16

More thoughts on auto safety

To the Editor: Crashes still kill more than 30,000 motorists annually and seriously injure as many. Keith Crain's Jan. 26 column, "Time to rethink auto safety," presented an aspect of what we should think about, but we are effectively driving blind: ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9

A better score for dealers: Feedback

To the Editor: I just read Krishnan M. Anantharaman's Feb. 2 column, "Why can't dealers shake the shady rep?" After working in the auto industry for nearly 40 years, I think he has hit it dead on. Last year, we purchased a car from a very good ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9

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