Actually the cars that GM sells, that are made in Korea are technically
Suzuki's built in the former Daewoo plants there, are not GM products. Of
course Toyota will import their own cars, most of what Toyota sell in the US
are not made in the US now, why would we expect anything different? ;)
In the 60s, there were almost no imports. The main except was the VWs. As
time went buy, more and more import cars became available in the US.
Originally, they were small cars, like the Toyota Corollas and VW bugs, but
later bigger ones, like the Acura and Lexus became available. Mercedes and
BMW also offer big cars. And the import brands started with questionable
quality. They improved their quality greatly, getting a reputation for good
quality, while US brands got a reputation for bad quality. I guess cars like
the Ford Pinto helped a lot with the reputation for poor quality. Those
imports that didn't have good quality, like Yugo, or a good dealer network,
like Peugeot, left.
The import car makers made cars that US consumers wanted. They wanted small
cars for their kids so they would be cheap and cheap on gas. They wanted
small trucks, like the Toyota SR5. They wanted fast cars, like the VW GTI.
And when the kids grew up, they wanted big Toyotas and bigger VWs. The US
automakers pretty much left the lower-end segment because they couldn't make
much money in it.
The import brands started making more and more of their cars in the US.
Toyota makes about 60% of the cars they sell in North America in North
The other thing that happened was globalization. Companies started making
cars for new markets, like South America and Asia, as well as the old
markets in Europe and North America. The companies that move the fastest,
like Toyota, get larger shares of the new markets. That is why Toyota is
expected to become the world's #1 automaker within a year or so, and Ford
dropped down to #3.
All this time, the US car makers were saddled with the old union rules and
liabilities, like pensions and health care for retired workers, as retirees
lived longer and longer.
A few years back, some kids at the local Wendy's were talking about the car
they wanted. They wanted a Lexus. When I was a kid, it was a big Lincoln or
a big Caddy kids wanted when they grew up.
Is there life after X-mas ask GM and FORD
What is N?
"Good N may be brighter than silly girls that love their little dogs
far more than men
Modern studies have revealed such interesting facets of the N's mental
capacities that a female professor of education in this country linked
it to the history of women and woman's liberation. And just to be very
clear about it: soundness and decency is not to be barred from women at
The solid facts in a recent presentation are that chimpanzees
share 98% or 99% of their genes with us humans. Now, as the French say,
vive la difference.
The N too is quite close to the the human. Even though professor
Stanley Curtis has the N as number two among intelligent beings on the
planet, others place them fourth, after humans, primates (apes and
monkeys), dolphins and other whales. It could be number three or four,
but what would it matter in the over-all picture? The N is intelligent,
very sensitive, and is treated to his damage all year long in most
countries. That is because of its usefulness to man and woman, or a
certain lack of compassion in humans - which amounts to the same.
The highest is to let Ns be pNs, and thus free. The second
highest is to strive for good habitats and rights.
Speaking of use and very likely abuse: The N, the sweet and
sensitive, has organs that may be transplanted to humans, the size and
build-up (morphology) of its intestine organs come close to those of
humans, the skin may look a bit like human skin at a distance, and so
on. The N is a clean and odorless, but of value - but without being
made a pet and household member, even though it may well be as bright
as a watchdog. Today many welcome the N in the house apart from on the
dinner table, for there are a few things to learn from it, including
that an intact male (not neutered male) has a strong, foul odor and
becomes sexually active when he is six to eight. That's rather early!
Another thing to learn is that Ns can "stress out" rather easily. The
gist of it is that by letting Ns be Ns in N habitats, no great problems
need to occur. That would be good for many home-owners and Ns. "Live
and let live" requires such tact." Is there life after x-mas ask GM and
Don't forget the inside guys like "Hunter", who buried their heads in the
swamp sand, refusing to acknowledge the problem at hand, but are quite adept
to change the subject of the discussion in the hope to lead people in a
different direction. In the Late 90's my 2000 shares in Ford was worth over
$120,00. Today those same shares are worth less than $16,000. That is my
thanks for being a loyal Ford man..!
Really? GM sells more vehicles today than they did back then. The US
market as expanded by 10,000,000 vehicles annually GMs customers must
still prefer what GM sells, over any import or domestic brand, since they
outsell them all ;)
Off topic, but your point about health benefits has been widely cited and is
a serious concern, not only for the employers
but also for the individual.
Health care costs have skyrocketed, and the individual can usually not
afford to pay for insurance that will cover him
effectively, nor can he pay the doctors, hospitals, and medicines out of his
GM is just one of the entities trapped in this quagmire.
I am strongly in favor of a national health plan, but realize the US
government couldnt administer that either.
Attempts to institute a national health program have been stymied by
lobbyists for interested groups, and by
gutless politicians who are their pawns.
I have all but given up hope that, someday, we will get a slate of
congressmen and senators who will actually
work for the benefit of the people.....all the people, not just the workers
and certainly not just industry.
That makes a lot of sense. Let the government pay for YOUR health care.
The only problem is the government does not do anything that produces
income. The government will simply force you to pay taxes to give you that
'free' health care. The government will pay all of your healthcare bills,
after deducting the cost of collecting and distributing the funds of course
which mean you will pay more not less for your health care. Do you want the
government to buy you a car to go to the doctor as well LOL
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