To the Editor:
I believe that Keith Crain's Jan. 27 column ("Diesels in American cars? Ridiculous") reflects what most Americans believe about diesels. I have an opposite opinion.
After driving a diesel Ford Focus last summer in Europe while I was racing, I was disappointed that it was not offered here in the United States.
I know Volkswagen has brought some great-running diesels to the United States, and they have sold out very fast. So there is great product out there.
Regarding availability and pricing of fuel, I own a Dodge diesel truck that I fill up here in Southern California with fuel that is cheaper than unleaded regular. One factor in the pricing of diesel fuel is the taxes levied against it, which could be changed.
I believe that diesels could have a great profit potential, help out on the CAFE issue for the auto industry and have a positive impact on our economy.