Regarding your Jan. 18 story, "Clunky and Dull, But a Big Hit" on Hyundai Motors:
I am concerned that the single statement attributed to our technical editor, Csaba Csere, ("It's dull, has modest performance and is one of the slowest cars in the market in any category") may lead your readers to the conclusion that Car & Driver reviewed the Hyundai Excel with a critique that, in the story's words, "would have killed a major motion picture." This is far from true.
While it is true that we never stated the Excel is a car built for the automotive enthusiast, our road test review of the Excel published in our March, 1986, issue, as the following quotes attest, is far more positive than your article contends:
- "Styling . . . is not a Hyundai problem."
- "It's easy to drive."
- "There won't be any complaints about the appearance of the interiors."
- "Its controllability . . . was very good."
- "If you consider the price, there's really nothing to dislike about this car."
- "An honest, unpretentious basic economy sedan."
- "Goes down the road in a most satisfactory fashion, with a reasonable ride and very satisfying handling."