Letters

Forget tax credit; let the market work

What incentives did buyers of Henry Ford’s Model T have?

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.


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.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
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.

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
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
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.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
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.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
'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.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
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.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
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?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
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.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
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.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
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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