To the Editor:
John K. Teahen Jr. is off base in waxing nostalgic for the "grand old" names of General Motors cars. GM is right to put some distance between itself and the names of the past.
If you mention the names Bonneville, Eldorado or DeVille to anyone younger than about 50, the memories conjured up are of the disappointing cars of the 1970s and 1980s.
That generation never experienced the so-called golden age. In fact, most bear only the scars of those dark years in quality and design. Those old names would detract from the appeal of GM's excellent new products.
What if the awesome new Cadillac XLR had been named the Eldorado Biarritz? That name brings to mind only images of fake wire wheels and longhorn hood ornaments for most, I suspect.
Nuevo Laredo, Mexico