THEY SAY IN­TER­VIEW

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Mau­r­izio Reg­giani, Chief Tech­ni­cal Of­fi­cer, Au­to­mo­bili Lam­borgh­ini

In the last few years, I’ve no­ticed an un­teth­ered con­nec­tion to his­tor­i­cal con­ven­tion when it comes to au­to­mo­tive nomen­cla­ture, ex­clud­ing pickup trucks. Back in the day, there were sedans, sta­tion wag­ons, con­vert­ibles, coupes, and road­sters. A dozen years ago, terms like “five-door,” “hatch­back,” “CUV,” “ute,” and “pil­lar­less sedan” were in­vented. That’s bend­ing the cat­e­gory def­i­ni­tions some­what, but, OK, I’ve adapted. I even sorta un­der­stand car-based CUVS and truck-based SUVS. I also ac­cepted the Ranchero and El Camino. Lately it seems man­u­fac­tur­ers have flooded the zone for vari­a­tions on in-house la­bels for the cat­e­gories they of­fer in their show­rooms, as if sub­di­vid­ing their lineup into smaller seg­ments will grat­ify the buy­ing pub­lic and look bet­ter on the sales spread­sheet.

Now, my long­time friend An­gus Macken­zie has plainly said that Audi is ask­ing us to ac­cept a four-door “coupe” Audi Q8 model (“In­take,” Au­gust). That may be too much to swal­low. Let’s stop and re­view: The Ox­ford English Dic­tionary de­fines this cat­e­gory as “a car with a fixed roof, two doors, and a slop­ing rear.” How far down the rab­bit hole are we go­ing to go? The Dodge Mag­num I owned was clas­si­fied by my in­sur­ance com­pany as a van—as if sta­tion wag­ons never ex­isted. Volvo V90s re­ally are a sta­tion wagon, but what are the odds that North Amer­i­can sales will find an­other name for them, like “over­sized sub­ur­ban trans­port au­to­mo­bile,” or OSTA? (Dibs on the acro­nym.)

I want a vote: Who thinks there re­ally is a four-door coupe? You can’t just move the goal­posts and make things up. THOM ORF

CHARLES TOWN, WEST VIR­GINIA Audi is far from alone in us­ing the term “four-door coupe.” Mercedes has used that de­scrip­tive for more than a decade and this year has ac­tu­ally made it a cap­i­tal­ized proper name of an AMG model. Do we agree with its us­age? As word­smiths, not re­ally.—ed.

I re­ceived my lat­est Mo­tor Trend, and I was happy to read Mr. Rechtin’s col­umn about poorly ex­e­cuted sedans.

I’ve been shop­ping for sedans in the $40,000 range. Im­pala: au­to­matic stop/ start that can’t be turned off—nope; Max­ima: Cvt—next; Ac­cord Tour­ing: Maybe, but I don’t like the in­fo­tain­ment cen­ter styling; Camry/avalon: Good, but I’m not sure the pa­per bag I’d have to put over their faces would stay on; Charger: Again, good, but I’m not sure I’d like to get to know the ser­vice man­ager that well.

Maybe Gen­e­sis will an­swer the call. BOB CON­NELL LOWGAP, NORTH CAROLINA Gen­e­sis cer­tainly makes a good sedan, with the G90 beat­ing out BMW, Lexus, and Lin­coln in our De­cem­ber 2017 “We Try Harder” com­par­i­son. Stay tuned for our re­view of the new com­pact G70 in an up­com­ing is­sue.—ed.

Just a few years ago, this would have been con­sid­ered a typo, an er­ror, as if the com­puter vom­ited. Now, the fact that a Kia Stinger is in the “Also Con­sider”

line of an Audi A5/S5/RS5 cap­sule re­view, right in be­tween a BMW and a Mercedes, is com­pletely in­sane (“New Cars,” Septem­ber). I bet there are some en­gi­neers in South Korea jump­ing out of their skins if they have seen this! Just goes to show that times have changed. JONATHAN YAR­ROW VIA EMAIL Times have changed, in­deed. Check out Best Driver’s Car, start­ing on page 34, to see how the Stinger fared against the world’s best.—ed.

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