To the Editor:
I'm a lifelong car enthusiast, former SCCA racer and now work in the car industry.
I agree with John K. Teahen Jr.'s March 10 column. The car is pretty much dead.
Sure, there will always be a market for a few sports cars, some low-slung convertibles and some BMW-style Euro sedans, but overall, I don't see cars doing much.
To me, the really interesting possibility is for small vanlike vehicles that sit higher than today's cars but are sportier and more interesting than today's minivans.
BMW has the V class coming, and those vehicles appeal to me very much - kind of like my wife's first-generation Honda Odyssey, except much sportier and fun.
I think the Ford Five Hundred could be a moderate success because it will sit high enough in traffic to provide sufficient visibility. And it's pretty good looking, too.
But the CrossTrainer on the same platform will probably outsell it easily.