I cannot believe you praised the Dodge Viper as one of the best new products of 1991 (The Best, Jan. 13). At $50,000, the Viper is not a bad car for a self-indulgent, elitist fantasy. But when a Japanese company puts out a breakthrough car, such as Mazda's Miata, its management perfects it, mass-produces it, prices it accordingly, and positions it to lead the product line to record sales.

Chrysler is losing millions a day on the Viper. In the meantime, it continues to pump out flawed and boring cars it expects the masses to buy. No wonder Americans buy so many Japanese cars.

Thea Grigsby

Austin, Tex.

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