Letters to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

SIA was a success from the start

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

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 that theme: Subaru-Isuzu Automotive, the shared plant in Lafayette, Ind.... Read More »

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Cadillac needs to change its tone

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

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). It's a far cry from the old "Standard of the World" posture.... Read More »

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The top 10: Where the action isn't

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

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.... Read More »

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Face it: Cadillac has too many dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Despite great new products, there's one big problem that Cadillac can't seem to face: It has too many dealers.... Read More »

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An obsession with 3rd-party schemes

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

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 its own sense of misplaced trust.... Read More »

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Dealer considered 'Mr. K' a true leader

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

As a second-generation automobile dealer, I have seen firsthand the unfortunate transition from cars designed for people to enjoy driving, having a unique experience, to cars built by the finance side.... Read More »

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Old vs. new diesel technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Whether we're talking diesel or gasoline, the issue in Europe is more about old technology and higher emissions.... Read More »

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'1984'? Government tracking overblown

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

In my quarter century in the legal system in and around all levels of government, I don't buy it that big government is running amok over our Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures as it relates to automobiles and new technologies.... Read More »

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When fuel is down, everything else is up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

I have found that when fuel prices drop, the economy revives and spending is up, creating jobs, new businesses and greatly increased car sales and sales tax revenue. That is good, not bad, news.... Read More »

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More thoughts on auto safety

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015

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: We have little timely detail on what is happening in crashes.... Read More »

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A better score for dealers: Feedback

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015

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.... Read More »

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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 »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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 »

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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 »

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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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