While Honda actually does build cars in the US with mostly US parts, they
are the only foreign manufacture that does. Toyota does not. Look at the
first number of the VIN as proof. A '1' indicates made in the US of mostly
US parts. Not one single Toyota, except for those built in the GM/Toyota
plant in California exhibit a '1.' A 'J,' '4' and '5' what you will see
on most Toyotas which indicates the are made in Japan or only assembled in
the US of mostly imported parts.. It was Hondas complaint to the FCC that
led Toyota to now advertise that their cars are 'assembled in the US of
world sourced parts.'
The first digit of the VIN on a Camry, Sienna or a Tundra and you will
discover it is a 'J,' '4,' or '5' not a '1.' A '5' means it is only
assembled in the US of less than 40% American parts. If what you are
suggesting were true the first number, by law, would be a '1.' Look at an
Accord, it is a '1,' as are the vast majority of domestics The Carmys made
in Japan display the same parts content label even though it list the origin
of the engine and tranny as made in Japan. How can that be possible?
Toyota is currently offering rebates and other incentives, but buyers keep
buying these domestic vehicle that you say are no good. Obviously the
people that buy them do not agree with your personal opinion. They believe
that what they buy is better than what you buy.
I use to buy imports as well because I keep reading how much better they
were. What I discovered was they were not better, just more expensive to
buy, maintain, repair and replace. I went back to domestics in 1999 and
guess what, I discovered they are just as good as the imports I had owned,
but less expensive to buy, maintain, repair and replace. ;)
I don't believe that selling the most cars makes you the best product...
marketing, "buy American" campaigns, etc. all push to market share. A great
product would certainly be helpful, but I don't think GM has that great of a
product... Selling more product may just mean your older lines just wore out
quicker, folks don't keep them long... Maybe the Vette, but that's not
comparable to a camry anyway... 4cyl or 6cyl. ;-)
I do like the lines on the new Impala, it's really pretty, but lost the
But US labor does build decent cars for ford, gm, and DC. Jeez, I'll be as
hard on GM as anyone for their interior quality, inferior styling, 'fun to
drive' and handling... but the fact is there's little difference in
reliability between the manufacturers, and if THAT is your only concern, I
wouldn't hesitate to buy a GM car.
It's the other, and far too often intangible, factors that spoil the GM
You'll disagree with everything, won't you! :)
GM's market share has been falling - it's a fact.
The managers that are there did not MAKE GM number one. that's what you
contended, and it's wrong. GM is number 1 in sales in the US, but the
people there aren't responsible for it.
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