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KEITH CRAIN

Looks like they got it right

I don't know how successful Lincoln will be in China, where it is starting a huge marketing and product push, but the luxury brand looks to be making the right moves in North America.

MIKE BURGISS

The dealership is not dead - just the way we buy vehicles is

Dealerships need to build bridges that connect the online and in-store experience, says Mike Burgiss, vice president of digital retailing at Cox Automotive.

BLOG: RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: An electric powertrain is all wrong for off-road vehicles

A hybrid powertrain adds hundreds of pounds of weight to a vehicle. A battery pack takes up storage room, reducing utility in a vehicle where it is crucial to haul lots of gear.

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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
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.

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.

BLOG: Jesse Snyder
Stage set for year-end sprint

November's solid auto sales set the table for annual decision about December's year-end marketing sprint.

BLOG: Eric Kulisch
Vengeance is a factor in post-NAFTA planning

Trump administration officials may believe leaving NAFTA is better for the economy than staying in, but it's not clear they've thought through all the knock-on effects.

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

Musk's magic can't last forever

I have nothing but admiration for Elon Musk. He is a remarkable entrepreneur who has achieved many remarkable things. But I believe he has bitten off too much with the Tesla Model 3.

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