Letters to the Editor

A Ford-FCA merger could work

To the Editor: For me, it looks like Sergio Marchionne's talk of merging Fiat Chrysler Automobiles with General Motors is a way for the Agnelli family to take a controlling stake in a member of big corporate America. Considering the position that ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14

'Common sense must prevail'

To the Editor: Regarding the six-part series "Industry on Trial": Obviously, strong, determined leaders are required. Also, there must be a successful effort to standardize regulations around the world. It is in everyone's best interest. Niche ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14

No more full-line manufacturers

To the Editor: I believe Sergio Marchionne is on the right track. The industry had better face reality and address the huge waste of unnecessary investment, which is of no real value to the customer. Your panel did an excellent job defining the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14

Congratulations on a job well done

To the Editor: I just wanted to congratulate the authors of "The coming squeeze: Marchionne wants a partner but says FCA can survive alone 'in mediocrity'" (Aug. 31). It is one of the best researched articles I have read in a long time, and I ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7

Start with common window motor

To the Editor: Regarding "Wretched excess: Duplicating vehicle engineering pushes costs and prices higher" (Aug. 17):  Automotive manufacturers have always prided themselves on what's under the hood. Changing how automobile engines are designed ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7

Here's one solution to what ails industry

To the Editor: Thanks to Automotive News for shining a bright light on a problem that has been growing within the auto industry for decades: the tendency of the companies to chew up capital with little return for investors. One solution might be for ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7

Autonomous cars will bring change

To the Editor: Regarding "Industry on Trial": I think the capital-intensive business model will change when autonomous cars become ubiquitous -- around 2050, in my opinion. Once crashworthiness and emissions requirements become irrelevant, the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10

Consolidation is not the only answer

To the Editor: "Confession's of a Capital Junkie" presented the burning platform of capital inefficiency in a compelling way but did not draw a logical conclusion. It jumped to the simple idea of industry consolidation as the only answer. In an ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10

An impressive 'depth of perspective'

To the Editor: I was awestruck by the depth of perspective you presented in the first part of "Industry on Trial" ("Sergio was right," Aug. 3). It easily reached the level of a Harvard Business School case study. I hope one of the following segments ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10

TrueCar raises dealers' selling costs

To the Editor: Regarding "A lunch date, then a breakup," July 13: Scott Painter and his TrueCar minions are bent on portraying dealerships as rip-off artists and portraying TrueCar's service as the only way to purchase an automobile without getting ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3

Painter's business model is flawed

To the Editor: TrueCar CEO Scott Painter's letter to the editor is misleading ("TrueCar does not misuse dealer data," July 20). Manufacturers in many cases have strong-armed dealers into excessive facility requirements in addition to ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3

Thanks for taking up the titling cause

To the Editor: I applaud the July 20 editorial, “All states must get on board to close title-washing spigot.” I couldn’t agree more. This is one of the most challenging issues facing our industry. Title washing is rampant, ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3

TrueCar does not misuse dealer data

To the Editor: Selling cars is tough, and dealers are good, hardworking people doing all they can to make the car-buying process better. While car buyers believe dealers enjoy double-digit profit margins, new-car front-end grosses are less than 4 ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20

A role for dealers in lease transfers

To the Editor: I read with great interest about James B. Treece's experience in assuming the short-term lease of a Chevy Volt ("Mixed reviews are in after assuming lease for Volt," June 8). I agree with him. Dealers should have a role in the lease- ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29

My Saturn stores were profitable

To the Editor: I enjoyed the recent article on Saturn ("Saturn was a loser for years -- but who knew?" June 8). My company, Lucas Dealership Group, owned and operated 30 new-car dealerships between 1960 and 2000, including six Saturn stores in the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29

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