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Ports, plants made Alabama a player

Alabama is at a new level in automotive exports. It took a great deal of hard work to bring that about.

Classic cars could attract new interest

I think there should be U.S. dealers who have classic cars in their stores. This would bring back stories of the classic cars gone by. Our new generation would get a chance to ponder a classic car parked at a dealership waiting for service, plus possibly own one.


What good is an EV in a disaster?

As I witnessed the mass evacuation in Florida this month, it crossed my mind that commonsense, true-life circumstances trump current mindsets and technology advances.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
China’s EV shift may worsen the air

Your Aug. 21 editorial may be accurate but incomplete in describing how Chinese ownership of FCA can “lead 1.5 billion people or more toward a zero-emission future.” Really?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Members deserve better from UAW

As a UAW member, I have watched for years as we have lost benefits and traditional employees have been reduced only to bring in lower-paid workers with the blessing of UAW International executives.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Jeep and Volvo? No comparison

I am stunned by Keith Crain's comments and Automotive News' editorial in the Aug. 21 issue equating the potential sale of Jeep to a Chinese company with the sale of Volvo to Geely.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Gasoline will not be banned

I do not believe that any country will ban the sale of gasoline — in 2025, 2030, 2040 or any other time this century.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
More uncertainty for FCA workers

I am a third-generation Chrysler employee, along with two brothers, and with every takeover comes the stress of a future.

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We need strong regulatory agencies

We subsidize farming, bail out banks and automotive companies, come up with "too big to fail" principles and support our multinationals overseas with every means possible, including favorable taxation.

Paint protection film not needed

As the former CEO of an automotive paint supplier, I am surprised that people are willing to spend extra money to protect the paint on their newly purchased vehicle.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Broken promises harm employees

As I've had a chance to read about Michelle Savoy I can readily see how one can find oneself in her situation.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Where are all the other mandates?

In public health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention do not prescribe, under threat of penalty, a date by which pharmaceutical companies shall produce a drug to immunize against a certain disease. With cars, it's different.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Let’s continue Mallon’s work

If there was ever a dealer you could call Mr. NADA, it was Bob Mallon, and I cannot begin to count the times I have repeated to myself his famous phrase, “in perpetuity.”

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Drivers who text must be stopped

A “textalyzer” is a great idea. The state police are either not able, or just aren't interested in, cruising the interstate roadways to ticket texters.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Nissan workers don't want UAW

I have worked for Nissan Canton for 14 years. I went there for better pay and benefits. From day one, the UAW has been trying to get their greedy hands in the door.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Leather or not? Be transparent

Even as the industry is in the midst of a revolution in driveline options, technology and safety features, one important vehicle constant is the interior surface material options.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Who cares about floor? Show off cars

I am updating my dealership. I agree with certain aspects of the manufacturer's plan, but I find it wasteful to replace 5,900 square feet of showroom tile.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Respect is key to avoid blame game

One can feel the stress inherent in the franchise system -- stress that is certainly felt by manufacturers but especially by dealers.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Facilities should match the market

The mistake manufacturers make is they don't allow market-appropriate facilities. What makes sense in a major market can be a financial death sentence in flyover country.

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