'Eventually, though, he was somewhat bothered by the S.U.V. craze that he had helped set in motion. In a column he wrote for The New York Times in 2000, he lamented the gigantic size of the gas-guzzling S.U.V.s that Detroit was then producing.
'"I feel like Dr. Frankenstein these days, having pumped life into a corpse only to face the horror of its evolution," he wrote. If the industry wasn't going to return to making smaller models, he added, "maybe it would have been better to let Jeep's corpse rest undisturbed."'