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GM's inventory, stock small victories

Nick Bunkley's "New GM shows it can keep promises" blows smoke at CEO Mary Barra for reducing inventory and "pushing GM shares up nearly 30 percent." But, in my mind, those are only two relatively insignificant achievements.

Industry ignores boomers' needs

If VW would offer the Atlas' four-cylinder turbo in the Tiguan, I'd jump on it, as it would fill a niche that the industry as a whole seems to be ignoring.


More info needed on store valuations

It is important to be open to the other person's point of view. I could not tell if Moshe Stopnitzky was objecting to using a multiple for arriving at an asking price for the dealership or for just arriving at an asking price for the blue sky.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
EVs? Not with our current power grid

The massive power outage at the Atlanta airport last month is just a small taste of what is in store for most of the continental U.S. if our demand for electricity continues to increase and the much-needed updating and repairs of our present infrastructure are not immediately dealt with.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
You want to drive a car or a copier?

Those of us in the auto industry, or who have an interest in it, are likely to be a bit more aware of product naming strategies than the general population.

Don’t trash-talk techs

Your story about the technician strike in Chicago quoted fixed ops consultant Rob Gehring as saying: “I wouldn’t be a technician.” People like him help drive the poor technician attitude.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Lincoln missed an opportunity

Lincoln Motor Co. must have determined a consumer need that translates loosely to superlative customer service. It is a great story, and if executed, could capture new brand loyalists. But that was not my experience.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
VW is right -- take it from forklifts

VW is correct: The profit model for the dealers does change. The emphasis on customer experience becomes the glue that helps them retain their customers.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Honda took the appropriate action

I sincerely appreciate the comprehensive approach to the complex Takata story, but please be aware of some important facts.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Cadillac, Lincoln could help dealers

Lots of rules these days from brands that have very little market share. Lexus started out with rules that are no longer required, such as advertising guidelines, that Cadillac and Lincoln still hold dealers to.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
NAFTA talks can't save U.S. industry

From the perspective of Detroit, renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Valuation based on ROI isn't better

Moshe Stopnitzky belittles the multiple of earnings (goodwill) approach as a “rule of thumb” that uses a wide range of supposed multiples and leaves unclear what definition of earnings should be used.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Society won't take limits on freedom

No one doubts the capabilities and levels of modern technology, but I just don’t believe that a free society would be ready for the enactment of air traffic control levels of obedience for stop signs, traffic lights and speed limits.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Hollywood should follow dealers' lead

With the recent downfall of many media people, including Charlie Rose, maybe the entertainment industry could use a lesson from car dealers.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
But what about the infrastructure?

I enjoyed Bob Lutz's “Kiss the good times goodbye” and completely agree with his determination and timeline of the conversion to autonomous vehicle systems.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Chrysler dealers' fight far from over

Automotive News' reference to the rejection of 789 Chrysler dealers' agreements in 2009 as one of the “battles of the past” is myopic and misplaced

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
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.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
People will still want personal cars

Everyone respects Bob Lutz, but I am disappointed that he is adding his personal credibility to projections of the death of the car.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
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.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
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.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
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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