To the Editor:
It strikes me as being a little silly that Ford can't call a new model a Futura because Manny, Moe and Jack have appropriated the name for some of their cheapest tires. Honda is afraid its customers can't tell an Acura MDX from a Lincoln MKX ("MDX maker sues over MKX," Late News, Jan. 30), and General Motors thinks we can't tell a Chinese Chery from a Canadian Chevy.
People can't tell a tire from a Ford? Maybe not; our customers drive an Excursion and call it a car.
The people who care can tell the difference. They knew all along that a Cadillac Cimarron was a Chevrolet Cavalier, and some of them did not even care. Those who didn't will never know, and the knowledge would be worthless to them anyway.
I'm beginning to think the corporate lawyers are running out of useful work. I also cannot help but wonder how many billions GM and Ford could save by demanding that their attorneys be as efficient as they are pressuring their suppliers to be.