Despite trucks, they’re ‘automakers'

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While I can see John K. Teahen Jr.’s Sept. 17 argument about OEMs (which, I agree, should refer to parts makers, not vehicle manufacturers or VMs), I have a problem with his thought that General Motors, Chrysler group and Ford Motor Co. should not be referred to as “automakers” because they sell more trucks than cars.

Why not? The terms “automobile” and “automotive,” according to my dictionary, imply a vehicle that can carry passengers and moves under its own power.

Trucks do that, especially sport-utilities, minivans and the new generations of pickups (more and more pickups are giving priority to passengers instead of cargo). The term he should be mentioning is “carmaker,” not “automaker.”

The writer is editor of the newsletter for the Society of Automotive Historians and is market analyst for AutomotiveCompass of West Chester, Pa.

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