Lowering the price of cars is not so easy. They could cut out a million or so in salary to people and what you’d get is a two dollar price difference on the car. I don’t think you guys understand how truly costly it is to build a car. That’s why horrible badge engineering is so popular. It takes a lot to design a car and have it meet specifications. It’s why we don’t see some of the cars in europe that we see here. The chevy cruze is just a slightly nicer cobolt which is a slightly nicer cavalier. The few changes they made to it cost them at least half a billion. So just stopping the production of one car and upping another isn’t always so easy. Especially when you’re using these busted old plants that are only made for one type of thing.
The entire car market is bad. The Americans may be the worst off but no one is doing great right now. A lot of the things that hurt the American industry exist in the other markets too. We just give them a break for being foreign. BMWs are worse vehicles than most American cars as far as mechanical upkeep. Most of the german cars are, but we don’t care. VW is ‘cool’ so no one rags on them and they own Audi so of course they’re cool. BMWs are cool to drive so no worry about being in the shop every three months. Britain doesn’t have a car market anymore. France only barely has one cause the government shoves Peugeots down their people’s throats with the tax benefits you get.
The truth is, American cars aren’t so bad. A lot of their problems are self inflicted, but they’re not the only ones who have them. They just get the most hate cause we like foreign things more.
Give someone a fusion and give someone a camry and they’ll fall for the camry, but I’ve been inboth. The fusion is a nicer car. Not to hate on the camry, but the fusion is disgustingly underrated as a vehicle. I’m willing to bet it’ll last just as long these days as well. I think that people get inside it and think ‘ford. bad’ and that’s it.
Just talking about reliability, my cutlass may survive a nuclear winter and that brand isn’t even around anymore. There are a billion of these guys around Charlotte still kickin. most older and with more miles. The 3800 line of cars GM put out won’t die either. Look at how many late eighties early nineties era Taurus and Escorts you see still clinging to life. It’s not like our cars just hit 112,000 miles and explode. They may not go to 400,000 but you can easily get 300k out of them with some love and care.
I thinkt he American auto industry should run straight to bankruptcy cour and left for dead. At least that way one of them would rise up and be something useful again. Bailing them out just hastens their death. Let them die and rebuild if they can. It’ll suck in the interim but be better for everyone than bailing these jokes out.