Letters

Battery-swapping for urban dwellers

I agree with Keith Crain that the electric vehicle industry “will need something that is not yet developed or commercialized.”

No GM Rewards, no bonus either

Let's hope someone important at GM has the good sense to rethink this slashing of bonuses for dealership sales staff, and help support the people on the front lines.


GM is the real leader in EVs

When will it ever end? Tesla this, Tesla that ... Tesla, Tesla, Tesla! In fact, it is General Motors that is the leader in electric vehicles.

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There's room for all types of vehicles

I've found Keith Crain's take on subjects such as alternative vehicles to be sober, thoughtful and reasonable — something missing in much of the coverage of those vehicles.

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Aluminum trend is only growing

“Newest pickups leaving Ford on aluminum island” misses the fact that aluminum continues to expand market share across vehicle segments.

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EVs don't make economic sense

Until a five-passenger electric vehicle reduces in cost to $30,000 with sales tax and registration, and with at least a 400-mile range, the EV lacks economic value.

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EVs are unrealistic for the Midwest

I appreciate Keith Crain's opinions on electric vehicles. I live in the Midwest, where there is a lot of driving. EVs are unrealistic here.

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EVs fall short of government goals

I applaud Keith Crain's “Don't invest in steam engines” for pointing out the deficiencies of electric vehicles regarding the inability of the battery to store sufficient energy and long recharging times.

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Services will make the next winner

Jason Stein’s column (“Everybody’s going in the same direction — nowhere fast,” Jan. 15) is spot on if you live in the real world.

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Up-close view of GM’s strengths

My long-term employment with Tier 1 suppliers gave me a strong inside relationship with the automotive manufacturers. As a result, I was very convinced that General Motors has the best engineering, reliability, durability, dependability and quality assurance standards.

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Electric motors just make sense

Electric motors make so much sense, due to their quiet operation, torque, lack of vibration, fantastic rpm range, no maintenance requirement and long-term reliability.

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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.

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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.

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Toyoda's leadership made Fremont work

Tatsuro Toyoda and the Japanese auto workers will always have the respect of their American brothers and sisters, and without Mr. T, that would have never happened. Rest easy my respected friend.

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M-B made the right moves to improve

I have to say that Mercedes-Benz has really put out the big guns to improve their line to such an extent that it really is amazing.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Honda took the appropriate action

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

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