Opinion

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

A farewell toast to the Jeep 'JK' Wrangler

The two-door Jeep Wrangler JK and four-door Wrangler Unlimited JKU represent the bookend of a game-changing, if initially flawed, vehicle that was far successful beyond anyone's wildest dreams and unmatched by rivals.

YANG JIAN

Don't bet on widespread breakups of JVs in China

A complete separation will be hard for some global brands that manufacture in China, and it may not be desirable for major global automakers such as General Motors.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Review of mpg rules is necessary

I find there is some truth to Gina McCarthy's comment about the current administration wanting to roll back a fair number of the previous administration’s policies.

BLOG: Hans Greimel
When in China, do as Didi does

Didi is the force to reckon with in Chinese ride hailing. During my current visit for this week's Beijing auto show, I came prepared. With the Didi's English-version app downloaded and ready to go on my iPhone, I set out in the city.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Are Tesla's days numbered?

Having a market to yourself is a wonderful thing, but it requires you to take advantage of your position quickly before losing that advantage.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Paul Whitworth
Dealers can drive autonomous future

The autonomous future is indisputably coming to the automotive industry, but it is up to dealers to decide how that impacts the future of the dealership.

BLOG: Eric Kulisch
Don't expect big shift in U.S. exports with Korea trade deal

Under a revised trade pact with the U.S., Korea will double the annual quota for U.S. light-vehicle imports to 50,000 per Detroit 3 automaker, recognize U.S. safety standards and reduce red tape associated with emissions compliance.

BLOG: James B. Treece
Will new tech help or hurt residuals?

GM President Dan Ammann thinks new technology doesn't have to hurt a vehicle's residual values, contrary to the generally accepted wisdom -- and here is why.

BLOG: Jay Ramey
Mercedes to wrap GLS in Maybach ultraluxury

A Mercedes-Maybach version of the GLS class is finally in the works, and the automaker plans to preview the upcoming ultraluxury, full-size SUV at the Beijing auto show in concept form in a matter of days.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Sales staff seen as plentiful, disposable

James B. Treece's “No experienced personnel need apply at this dealership” confirms my view that in automotive retailing, salespeople are considered readily available and easily disposable.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Our cars seem to invite distraction

Regarding “Keep your eyes on the road, hands off the doughnuts”: What did the industry think was going to happen when we made phone usage easier and added cupholders, visor mirrors and other distractions to our vehicles?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
GM's action is just a poor excuse

Regarding “GM to stop reporting U.S. sales monthly, switches to quarterly release”, many thousands of people in the auto industry look forward to monthly sales reports.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Do the right thing: Say no to GAC

I was astonished and disappointed that “Courtship begins for Chinese brands” included this response from a general sales manager: GAC “might be the next Hyundai.”

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
What did Obama's EPA get so right?

I read “On emissions rule, we got it right in 2012” expecting to see some factual data on why Gina McCarthy believes the previous administration “got it right.” Did they properly consider the fleet mix, gas prices, the economy, etc.?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Transferring calls the right way

Your December 2017 article “Bad Connection” gave tangible reasons for implementing practices to eliminate how business is potentially lost by not serving customers.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Service lags on technology

The potential of every dealership in America could easily be doubled if we took basic steps to retain our customers and protect our dealer brand and that of the OEM we represent.


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