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Newbies fall short on manufacturing

The problem with Bob Lutz’s bleak outlook for the automotive community is that whether vehicles are autonomous or human-driven, they still need to be manufactured.

Lutz's vision needs problem-solving

Throughout my automotive life, Bob Lutz has been my go-to guy for anything in the past, present or future of the auto industry. However, with his vision of transportation bordering on “The Jetsons,” “Dick Tracy” and “Buck Rogers” by 2037, I'm afraid there may be speed bumps.


Dealer cull also hurt customers

To many of us Chrysler dealers, past and present, Tom Pappert was our favorite “factory man.” I totally agree with him that there was no need to terminate all those dealers.

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What's the effect downstream?

After reading Bob Lutz's prediction of the future of the automotive industry , I started thinking about the downstream impact of fewer drivers and driverless vehicles.

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Don't ignore the will of the people

Seriously, dear Mr. Lutz, it's people who buy your products, who elect politicians, who pay taxes. To ignore their fears and needs shows the kind of monumental arrogance and stupidity that should have disappeared long ago.

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'Disruption' isn't right for autos

Regarding “Why are disruptors dangerous? They aren't protecting a business model,” Nov. 6: “Disruption” is inappropriate for the auto industry.

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Law center wrong about add-ons

The “Auto Add-ons Add Up” study published by the National Consumer Law Center last month is too biased to be accorded the weight of empirically derived, credible research.

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What is charging going to cost?

When will someone put some numbers to the cost of a public fast charge, or will this be another government giveaway similar to the $7,500 tax credit for the purchase of an electric vehicle?

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Be realistic about
 alternative fuels

I am willing to bet that if most Americans were polled, they would want a happy medium that included cars that were environment friendly without the big price tag.

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Temp part-time 
workers are abused

Poorly negotiated agreements have all levels of workers at the Detroit 3 losing out, but the issues facing temporary part-time workers should be highlighted.

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Connected-car tech is here, so let's use it

I read Keith Crain's “Don't wait with self-driving” and thought it was a great challenge to the automakers and software companies developing autonomous technology.

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Coercion is not the American way

Regarding “Industry should speak up against Pruitt,” Oct. 16: Does Krishnan M. Anantharaman forget that many of the things Scott Pruitt is undoing were implemented during the Obama administration improperly and, in some cases, illegally.

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AN should watch its own language

I can't believe how incredibly tone-deaf your main “Project XX” headline is. “That's what she said”?! Really?!

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Language is just one problem

Thank you for Project XX. It's not just the language of automobiles or the idea that women can't drive. It's the perception that we can't do math, science or engineering that really hurts us.

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Dealers must value
skills for new world

I have been a business development director and/or manager for numerous large companies in South Florida. Most dealerships know this is necessary, yet they are reluctant to pay for the work.

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Factory, dealers can work better together

My sons, Mark and Franklin, and I are standing on my father's and grandfather's shoulders, not only in terms of the business, but the values we try to bring to our work and our relationships.

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Whose fault? Not the dealer’s

When the manufacturer seeks to solve their market challenges almost exclusively by demanding major and significant adjustments to retailer policies and procedures, then disappointing results truly are “never the fault of the dealer.”

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Cadillac House is not so Cadillac

I’ve been following Cadillac for 15 years and note that sales for 2017 will be below 2014, so I need not ask what all the "Cadillac House" buzz has done for sales.

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