Letters to the editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Where were Barra's PR, legal people?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
The performance of General Motors CEO Mary Barra, a seasoned Fortune 500 executive, during her congressional testimony was amazing.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Keys, push buttons and first responders

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
I have had concerns about push-button, fob and stop-start systems for some time now.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Nothing ventured, nothing gained

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
The National Automobile Dealers Association is one large gorilla, and Crain certainly does not want to cross it.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Service contracts keep lives on track

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Regarding "Extended service contract? Skip it, Consumer Reports tells readers," autonews.com, March 10: People in the auto industry are well aware of the arguments "experts" use to persuade people to avoid purchasing vehicle service contracts.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Blame Uncle Sam for Sally's loan debt

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Jesse Snyder's March 17 column, "Why Sally can't buy a new car," was full of facts but did not get to the root cause.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

SOLSO: Barra won't participate in probe

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
Contrary to Crain's assumption, Barra is not participating in the investigation.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

An F&I pro's worth his weight in gold

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
You can't be overpaying an F&I manager if the percentage that you pay out is in line with industry averages.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Mulally earns dealer's applause

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
I applaud Alan Mulally for the good job that he has done for Ford Motor Co.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

UAW takes 2 steps forward, 3 back

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
The UAW is grasping at straws to increase revenue because of the loss of jobs and the two-tier wage scale.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

ELR 'Poolside' spot is refreshing

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
Successful brands are meaningful, different and salient, and their advertising should be, too. The ELR commercial hits on all three, in my opinion.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Turbocharging alone saves no fuel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
I've noticed that in Automotive News and other publications, turbocharging is generally lumped in with direct injection and cylinder deactivation as a fuel-saving technology.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Build some more excitement

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
Regarding Richard Truett's Feb. 1 blog, "Make GM whole again with some Pontiac dust": I was 7 years old when the 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix debuted, and I knew I wanted one the day I turned 16. What car that wasn't a Vette offered a Bose stereo, a head-up display and four-wheel disc brakes?... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Don't backtrack on technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
Regarding "Car controls are just too complex," Letters to the Editor, Feb. 3: I couldn't disagree more. I am 72 years old and will not purchase a vehicle that does not have the latest technology.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Want to talk sales? Give GM a call

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
In his Feb. 3 blog, Automotive News Staff Reporter Nick Bunkley criticized General Motors' decision to cancel its monthly U.S. sales conference call and said the company had virtually nothing to say to reporters and Wall Street analysts about its January sales. Well, we actually had a lot to say.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

No, the Viper is not the Corvette

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
This is in response to "Gilles: Viper has 'never tried to be Corvette,'" Nov. 27. I do not consider a Corvette a "disposable device."... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Car controls are just too complex

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
Having been in the auto repair business for more than 50 years and having recently retired as an automotive radio talk show host, I have heard many people express exasperation over the changes in electronics and cabin controls.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

The sky isn't falling at single-point store

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
There you go again with the annual editorial proclaiming the end of the world for single-point dealerships. You have been doing this regularly since a public group first overpaid for a store.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Hill's a good pick for GM sales post

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Congratulations to Steve Hill and to those who recognized his abilities and promoted him. Someday it will lead him to General Motors' top job.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Tesla's conundrum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Elon Musk's ambitious plans for Tesla by 2020 require two strategic moves he now underestimates or ignores. Both, unless he spends a minimum of $4 billion by 2020, will doom Tesla, which will be reduced to an "ex" date brand rather than a marrying brand.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Mustang, 370Z: No comparison

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 30, 2013
I thought the photo comparison of the 2015 Mustang side glass profile with that of the Nissan 370Z (Final Assembly, Dec. 9), coming as it did in the issue featuring the Mustang's public reveal, was a cheap shot.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Colorado: Size it, price it right

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 23, 2013
As a 30-year Chevy dealer in rural truck country, I am excited to see a new Colorado mid-sized pickup on the way.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Keep sales and F&I separate

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 23, 2013
It makes so much more sense to teach one person (or a team of people depending on the size of the dealership) all the laws and hold that person responsible for accurate and correct paperwork than to have 15 or more people all doing things differently.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Time to revive the Rampage?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2013
I believe GM's new pickups will be well received in the marketplace. However, I also believe that a market exists for a variation of those vehicles.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Auctions serve multiple partners

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2013
The No. 1 goal of today's technologically enhanced brick-and-mortar auctions is to balance the varied remarketing needs of a very broad base of consigning partners with a potentially even more diverse group of buying partners that are trying to serve their retail partners.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Helpful perspective on Musk, Tesla

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2013
Keith Crain is the senior statesman of our industry. His views and perspective have always represented the best for everyone involved in this business.... Read More »

 

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