NO NO NO my friend. Anology is not fact. The car business is a horse
trading business. This is not about lowering prices. This is about
RAISING prices in disguise. GM fully intends to have the net price
received for the vehicles go up. Otherwise, what's the point? If they
can do it by advertising a lower MSRP with no rebate, so much the
better. For years the vehicles have been overpriced on an MSRP basis.
The companies always hoped they could get back closer to that level. I
think this move is recognition that those inflated MSRP's are never
again going to fly. They are not attempting to "lose a little on each
sale and make it up in volume." The other companies will shuffle
pricing as well hoping to confuse buyers. However, the Internet has
done much to alert people to the cost of a vehicle and make them
The problem with trying to market the "Buy American" label is that it
has become impossible to define. Which is more "American", a Chevy
Impala assembled in Canada with a Chinese engine or a Honda Accord
assembled in Ohio with an engine built in Alabama? How about a Ford
Fusion from Mexico or a Dodge Ram from Mexico? Perhaps nobody will
notice that the low end Chevy Aveo is a completely Korean product.
Buy American as a marketing slogan has been completely destroyed by the
practices of the traditional US brands.
Heck, this goes way back. I remember when Chrysler executives were
bitching about the Japanese while at the same time buying all of their
V-6 engines from Mitsubishi Japan and most of their four cylinder motors
They use the VW drive train- complete with manual transmission.
We had two with VW engines, they had valve troubles.
Then I had Chrysler's own 4 cyl 2.2L, a great engine, but unfortunately
they screwed their own 4 sp manual transmission. If I had know it was
their transmission I wouldn't have bought it for a few years, but I
needed to dump the VW engine one I had.
Damn, I thought everyone knew......what with the goats eating up all the
rusty old tin cans, the japs are having to look for new sources of material
to build their cars with. That's why they cost more than the domestics.
Call me crazy,
Yeah, I think he posts as Mort The Jock Flogger over at the Toy group.
Good Lord AGAIN?
Just last week a GM official said the employee prices were a mistake.
He said the sold lots of product at little profit then sales slumped.
It just shows people will buy anything on a sale.
Is this the only way GM can sell their questionable products?
In the meantime Toyota and others who are selling their good products
just chug on upwards.
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