Just 10 or so years ago, Google was a research project in CA. Now, they are
#24.And the Coke brand is worth 5 times what the Pepsi brand is worth.
I am surprised Pfizer made the list. I know it is a huge drug maker, but I
usually think of its brands as the brand name drugs rather than the company
Only three US vehicle brands made the list; one was a motorcycle company and
another makes construction equipment. It should be noted that of the big 3,
I think only Ford was well known around the world. Chrysler didn't have many
operations outside North America. Likewise, GM owns Opel and Vauxhall. But
its US names (Pontiac, Caddy, Chevy, Olds and Buick) were not sold much
outside North America.To even be on the list, a brand must get at 1/3 of its
earning outside its home country, which may explain why so many American car
makers didn't make it.
And Smirnoff is British, not Russian. Who would have thought that?
Toyota and Honda do build better cars.
I'm not a mechanic, just a consumer. Maybe in the 70's the Toyotas and
Hondas were not so great. But I believe that present day automobiles built
by Toyota and Honda have much more quality than GM/Ford/Chrysler.
Look at the problems Ford has had; Crown Vic gas tanks, blend door problems,
etc. Those are just the ones that come to mind. My Ford (purchased new)
has had a new engine, plus numerous other problems.
Maybe American workers can't build better cars. I certainly hope not.
That person was obviously referring to what is on the 'North American Parts
Label.' The is not really a true definition of the content therein.
Commerce Department standards includes far more than the sum of the parts.
80% NA parts could in fact not include a single part made in the US, but
rather parts made Canada or Mexico. Even a Camry made in Japan, with a "J"
as the first VIN digit, that has not a single US part, carries a NAP Label
the indicates a high percentage of NA parts when obviously it has none
The Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Titan as well as the Toyotas made in the
GM/Toyota plant in California ARE made in the US and have a US contest of at
least 70% and exhibit a '1' as the first number of the VIN. All of the
other Toyotas sold in the US are either made in Japan (J) or Canada (2), the
balance are only assembled in the US, of less than 70% US content
I.E. the Tundra exhibits a '5' which indicates a US content of less than 40%
and the Camry and Siena exhibit a '4' which indicates a total US content of
more than 40%, but less than 70%. If you listen to current Toyota TV ads,
they no longer say their vehicles are made in America because Honda filed
false advertising complaint with the FTC. Toyota now says assemble in the
US of world sourced parts.
Good idea. You do not even understand 'bandwidth' as it applies to a NG.
If you knew anything about how VINs apply to the various vehicles made in
the US and other countries you would know how they differ naturally when
applied to the various manufactures and vehicles How does your lack of
knowledge on a subject make what you believe correct? Do your own research
to educate yourself, WBMA. ;)
No they don't, As stated before ( I was a toy mechanic ) I worked on toys
for a number of years, and they are plagued with problems just like all the
rest. I got rid of my wife's Accord when I found out the cam lobes were worn
after 60k's ( 36,000 mile to you Americans ). My buddy bought a 20002 Honda
brand new off the lot and less than two years later the rear shock mounts
were rusting out. He then bought a Tacoma, and the quarters started rusting
a few years later. And I can go on for years about issues that Toyotas and
Honda had and have.
All car makers have problems. However, the question is, "Do Toyota and
Honda, on average, have fewer problems than Ford and GM and DC?"
Unfortunately, unless you have good statistical information comparing Ford
and GM to Toyota and Honda, there really is not way to tell.
I don't think there is a good source for this sort of long-term information.
Sure there is, corporate fleets. They buy most every band you can name and
generally keep them in service for five years or 300K WOF, because of
federal corporate deprecation tax laws. To a corporate fleet their vehicles
are simply just one more tool used in their business. They are extremely
cognizant of total cost of ownership and keep meticulous cost records.
Except for Luxury vehicles and Korean cars, used by the courier fleets, few
of them buy many imports. Ford is the by far the choice of corporate and
You mean, the Crown Victoria, the car with one of the best Injury Loss
Rating of any sedan sold in America? The Crown Victoria that is far safer
than any Toyota sedan ever sold in this country? How come you highlight
the over blown crap about CV Police Cars that are crashed into by vehicles
doing 70's mph or more, but don't remember that Toyota Siennas were recalled
for leaking gas tanks. How come you make a big deal out of Explorer blend
air doors and don't mention that virtually every Toyota truck sold in this
country in a decade had to be recalled for defective ball joints. I suppose
having a broken blend door is a big problem, and having your front wheel
fall off is unimportant. How about the thousands of Toyota owners that
suffered from excessive oil sludge? Or how about the Corollas that were
recalled for failure prone rear suspension? Why is it that you can recall
any problem anyone has mentioned about a Ford, but can't seem to remember
that Toyota recalled more vehicles in 2005 than they sold in 2005? Why is
it that everyone thinks Explorers had a high rollover rate when Toyota
4Runners from the same era had a much higher accident and death rate? Why do
you nit pick Ford and excuse a company that has pumped some of the most over
hyped, over price crap ever sold?
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