To the Editor:
This is in response to "'Mr. K,' Datsun pioneer and father of the Z car, dies at 105" (autonews.com, Feb. 21).
As a second-generation automobile dealer, I have seen firsthand the unfortunate transition from cars designed for people to enjoy driving, having a unique experience, to cars built by the finance side -- and if people enjoy them, all the better as long as there's extraordinary profit.
This is not a criticism but only a reflection on reality.
Thanks for recalling an old quote of my father's; I can speak for him now that he's gone. He looked to Mr. K as a true leader, a revolutionary, and one of the few, along with Henry Ford and Karl Benz, who can be considered a founder of the modern automobile industry. We may never experience the likes of them again.
Sage Automotive Group
The writer's father, Morrie Sage, founded Sage Automotive Group. (See the story about Mr. K on Page 14.)