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January 14, 2009 at 4:00 PM

U.S. auto industry

Do as the Chinese do

Today I read about the pathetic Detroit Auto Show [“Big Three selling optimism at start of Detroit Auto Show,” business, Jan. 12] and its anemic exhibitors who are crying about not being able to design efficient cars. I also read about China’s new plug-in hybrid electric car that can go 60 miles without using one drop of gasoline. It costs only $22,000 and will be sold here beginning in 2010.

The article about the Chinese car quoted its manufacturer as saying that an electric car is easier to build, and therefore quicker to be put on the market to start selling. So, why is the only thing we hear from American carmakers is one long, continual whine about why they can’t do the same thing the Chinese are doing?

Congratulations to Chinese carmakers for doing at the drop of a hat what American carmakers say is impossible. If I could afford it, I would be the first person in line to buy the new Chinese car when it arrives in the U.S.

Good riddance to American carmakers. The sooner they are gone, the better.

— Jay Kridner, Seattle

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