To the Editor:
I agree with John K. Teahen Jr.'s sentiment regarding the "creation" of vehicle categories/names.
I grew up riding in the way back of a series of nine-passenger wagons. Even at the dawn of the SUV craze, I commented to lunch buddies on the relative merits of the Ford Fairmont wagon following the Ford Explorer four-door out of the restaurant parking lot -- more room in a more efficient package for the Fairmont, without the extra (4x4) "hardware" to drag along.
Too bad that marketers had to come up with new names for vehicles that serve the same purpose, just to keep the Feds (EPA, NHTSA, etc.) satisfied that we weren't building unsafe and/or gas-guzzling cars. Those are trucks -- and they are what people want?