Designing cars

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Hats off to Mark Bauer and his foreign-engineered Opel GT and Mazda B2000. Both were designed overseas and re-badged right here in the U.S. as the Pontiac Solstice and Ford Ranger, which Bauer wrote that he owns!

He should have bought a Buick or Chevrolet sedan after GM’s bankruptcy. Oops, those were hastily re-badged Opels built in Germany. OK, a Ford Thunderbird or a Lincoln LS. Dang! those were English Jaguars. A Ford Fusion, aka the Mazda 6? A Pontiac Vibe? Oh, that’s a Toyota Matrix. Dodge Neon? Mitsubishi. Jeep Grand Cherokee? Mercedes platform.

Our old Isuzu Rodeo with a GM engine (from the Chevy LUV, built by Isuzu) was made by Subaru in Indiana. Who knew?

I sided with Bauer and bought Fords — all American, no doubt. Hmm. My SUV is built on a Volvo XC90 platform and filled with Bosch parts. The sticker says the all-wheel-drive (AWD) system was built in Japan. Nissan? But I love my Ford Taurus SHO. That Yamaha DOHC 24-valve engine rips!

— Burt E. Ballentine, Keller

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