To the Editor:
Regarding the six-part series "Industry on Trial":
Obviously, strong, determined leaders are required. Also, there must be a successful effort to standardize regulations around the world. It is in everyone's best interest.
Niche vehicles are fine, but why, for example, does Buick want another crossover between the Enclave and the Encore? It seems more logical to improve a vehicle to compete better with other brands than to add one and further muddle the field. Adding more to the costs of presentation, advertising, etc., makes for divisiveness and cannibalizes sales from existing models.
It doesn't have to be so stark as "You can have any color as long as it's black," but if the bottom line is important, common sense must prevail.
The auto business will self-regulate. Ever-increasing prices and costs will force togetherness. The lean and mean will survive. The ill-managed and dollar-starved will disappear.
Golden Valley, Ariz.
The writer retired from American Motors after 45 years in the auto industry.