- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 11, 2000

I read your article about the bankruptcy of the premier Korean automaker, Daewoo Motors Corp., with great interest ("Bankrupt Daewoo has value as market entree," AutoWeekend, Feb. 25).

I'm sorry to see this great company go belly up. As a former resident of Eastern Europe, I have to concede that Daewoo was one of the first automotive companies that brought the torch of modern technology to post-communist Poland. By doing so, Daewoo encouraged many smaller companies from the West and the United States to start up their enterprises in the new promised land of the automotive industry.

Many years have passed since Daewoo entered the East European market. Poland has become a member of NATO and a candidate for membership in the European Union in 2002. The automotive industry is thriving with almost a half-million cars produced last year.

The Polish car market is one of the strongest in all of Europe. The Washington Times, however, still refers to Poland as one portion of the many "odd corners of the world." I think the only odd thing here is the ignorance of the article's author, Arnold Wechter.

PETER GERNER

Fairfax City

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