Letters to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Nissan needs guide to New England

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

Nissan's strategy of simply adding points to catch Toyota and Honda is one of the reasons the Nissan franchise is a tough sell in this region.... Read More »

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Is Nissan's problem the dealers' fault?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 28, 2015

I was a Nissan dealer in Cambridge, Mass. That small store is how I got started in the automobile business. That was 1984. After receiving a termination notice in 1996 and seeking judicial relief, I sold the store in 2000. For the past 15 years, I have seen no improvement in Nissan's market share. Is it really the dealers' fault?... Read More »

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Nissan calls story on Boston dealers 'disappointing, one-sided'

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2015

Your Monday story, “In Boston, Nissan's a tough sell to dealers” was a disappointing, one-sided portrayal of our company's business in the Boston market and beyond.... Read More »

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Aim for no traffic deaths, injuries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2015

One thought that would put all manufacturers on a fair, competitive level is a Vision Zero goal for crash deaths and serious injuries in new vehicles in, say, a decade.... Read More »

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100 leading women help raise the bar

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2015

Virtually every female executive we interact with in the automotive world is as competent as the women you highlighted in Automotive News.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Toyota says hybrid truck deal with Ford was a mutual benefit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2015

In 2011, in the spirit of mutual learning and respect, our two companies entered into an agreement with the aim of jointly developing a hybrid pickup truck.... Read More »

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Piero Ferrari is 'rightly rewarded'

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

I was with Piero Ferrari recently photographing my Ferrari 290 MM at the factory. Piero has not changed at all. He is a wonderful, gentle man with so many fantastic stories.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Group helps dealers woo young people

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

I read "Hey, kids! Why not try the auto industry?" (Oct. 19) about the need to attract young talent. Our dealer members had been telling our association for some time about the difficulty in attracting the right people to apply for positions.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

A Ford-FCA merger could work

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

For me, it looks like Sergio Marchionne's talk of merging Fiat Chrysler Automobiles with General Motors is a way for the Agnelli family to take a controlling stake in a member of big corporate America.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

'Common sense must prevail'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

Regarding the six-part series "Industry on Trial": Obviously, strong, determined leaders are required. Also, there must be a successful effort to standardize regulations around the world. It is in everyone's best interest.... Read More »

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No more full-line manufacturers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

I believe Sergio Marchionne is on the right track. The industry had better face reality and address the huge waste of unnecessary investment, which is of no real value to the customer.... Read More »

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Congratulations on a job well done

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2015

I just wanted to congratulate the authors of "The coming squeeze: Marchionne wants a partner but says FCA can survive alone 'in mediocrity'" (Aug. 31).... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Start with common window motor

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2015

Regarding "Wretched excess: Duplicating vehicle engineering pushes costs and prices higher" (Aug. 17): Automotive manufacturers have always prided themselves on what's under the hood. Changing how automobile engines are designed and built causes a ruckus.... Read More »

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Here's one solution to what ails industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2015

Thanks to Automotive News for shining a bright light on a problem that has been growing within the auto industry for decades: the tendency of the companies to chew up capital with little return for investors.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Autonomous cars will bring change

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Regarding "Industry on Trial": I think the capital-intensive business model will change when autonomous cars become ubiquitous -- around 2050, in my opinion.... Read More »

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Consolidation is not the only answer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

"Confession's of a Capital Junkie" presented the burning platform of capital inefficiency in a compelling way but did not draw a logical conclusion. It jumped to the simple idea of industry consolidation as the only answer.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

An impressive 'depth of perspective'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

I was awestruck by the depth of perspective you presented in the first part of "Industry on Trial" ("Sergio was right," Aug. 3). It easily reached the level of a Harvard Business School case study.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

TrueCar raises dealers' selling costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

TrueCar wants to leach money from dealerships by trying to create an unnecessary third-party intermediary in the purchase process. All it does is raise the selling costs of participating dealers.... Read More »

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Painter's business model is flawed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Scott Painter's model is flawed if he needs to access dealer data to determine who his customer is.... Read More »

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Thanks for taking up the titling cause

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Title washing is rampant, dangerous and knowingly tolerated by some states because of the tax revenue it brings them.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR FROM SCOTT PAINTER

TrueCar does not misuse dealer data

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Some media reports have raised concerns about how TrueCar uses data. The truth is TrueCar has requested the same data from our dealer partners for 10 years. We have never sold the data. We do not use the data for marketing. Suggestions that TrueCar may misuse data are untrue and misleading.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

A role for dealers in lease transfers

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

I read with great interest about James B. Treece's experience in assuming the short-term lease of a Chevy Volt ("Mixed reviews are in after assuming lease for Volt," June 8). I agree with him. Dealers should have a role in the lease-transfer process.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

My Saturn stores were profitable

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

My company, Lucas Dealership Group, owned and operated 30 new-car dealerships between 1960 and 2000, including six Saturn stores. GM wanted to purchase them back, and it was willing to pay a goodwill/blue-sky premium. GM knew Saturn dealerships were profitable and had faith in the future of the product.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Hispanic Chamber does not sell members' email info

10:55 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

HCCMO would like to make clear that it did not sell or provide its database of member emails to the dealership mentioned in the article, nor does HCCMO sell or provide such database to anyone.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

An exception for skilled workers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

While the notion of a 10-year progression to top pay appears sound, a few exceptions may exist. Skilled tradespersons are hired with the assumption that they are already fully up to speed.... Read More »

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