TO THE EDITOR:
Larry Dominique's plan to get Peugeot into the States is not without merit ("What merger? Dominique is laser-focused on PSA return," Aug. 10). They have an excellent lineup of environmentally friendly vehicles that would put most brands to shame. To get into a full-electric vehicle in the States means going to Tesla, an expensive German brand or a boring Nissan Leaf or Chevy Bolt. The only affordable hybrids have a Toyota badge on them. The rest are some form of expensive utility vehicle.
When Peugeot left town, it had great cars that rode like silk, had comfortable seats and got great gas mileage. The quality could have been better, though. We buy Asian cars for a reason: They will last 200,000 miles and not bankrupt us. Quality needs to be up to that standard before Peugeot returns.
So what can PSA do to come back to this market? The answer is as close as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Even if the merger doesn't happen, PSA has started a relationship. Although Ram and Jeep dealers wouldn't give PSA a second look, Fiat dealers would. PSA could help sway a decision to bring electric and hybrid Fiat 500s to the U.S., along with making it possible for FCA to not have to pay Tesla for fuel economy credits. With good pricing and quality, PSA's plants in France will be humming day and night.
CHARLES WININGHAM, Alton, Ill., The writer is an archivist for Lambda Car Club International's newsletter, Driveshaft.