To the Editor:
I am writing in reply to Mark Rechtin's April 27 column, "Fiat's minis aren't right for Chrysler."
This is not the first try at tiny or small cars in the United States.
The Plymouth Valiant, Ford Falcon, Chevrolet Corvair and Ford Pinto came to life as import fighters. It didn't work. Then during the oil embargo in the early 1970s, there were the Plymouth Horizon/Dodge Omni and the whole line of X-body cars from General Motors, etc.
Let's face it: Americans like big, good-looking and powerful motor vehicles. When the government decides to get out of the automobile business and let the guys with gasoline in their veins design and build cars, the market will adjust.
As for the fuel: Why not spend all the time and research to develop pure hydrogen-powered vehicles and to heck with the electric power and all the infrastructure that would have to be created?