Curious that they should wish to rid themselves of 2 of their most
promising (and best styled IMHO ) lines ( Hummer excluded ).
When will the Americans ever learn ?
2 Saturn models are already effectively Opels ( except they insist on
putting bigger engines in them plus slush boxes ) and fuel efficient
along with the Saabs.
Let's hope Investor AB will take a bigger interest, or even Scania step
Porsche have long held a significant stake in VW - and upped it last
autumn to 40+% with a stack of options - which caused significant
amusement at the expense of the hedge funds...
It's not American's, per se. It's GM. Most Americans have a clue about
cars, after many years of ignorance for most of them. Slowly they got
a clue. That's why the "big three" are now going down the tubes.
You're right. There's a significant number of the population that will only
buy American. The numbers are declining, but are still there. Saturns and
Saabs are not American enough to appeal to this group. They're also not
European enough to appeal to those drivers who want something European
(typically meaning BMW or VAG stuff as Mercedes seems to have always been
its own appeal). Then there's the growing numbers who buy Japanese because
The same thing sort of happened in the UK; when the population realised that
most of the home-built cars really were not put together properly and really
did apart after four years but the European / Japanese stuff was still
working, trends changed. Many Rovers were considered to be good cars in
their day, usually had design faults or characteristics, but weren't so
"meh" to drive as something Japanese nor as expensive as something European.
Ahhh I remember the import restrictions on Japanese cars in the early
The restrictions for Japanese cars still exist across the EU as far as I
know (import quotas), and they whey the Japanese bypassed that was to
set up factories within the EU. Imported cars are still subject to quotas.
On Mon, 23 Feb 2009 07:23:03 -0000, DervMan cast forth these pearls of
There is not really any "significant" number of the population that will
only buy American. Never has been - at least not for the past 30 years.
There have been buy American campaigns, but outside of those groups that
fostered those campaigns, there has never really been a successful movement
to do so. There certainly is not now.
Saturn was designed to appeal to a very narrow group and it did so. It's
own reputation is what hurt Saturn. Saab is not an American car regardless
who owns it. Saab has though, held quite steadily to it's market segment.
It never did develop a large market segment, but not because it wasn't
Baloney. I know many people who will only buy Ford, GM or Chrysler.
A significant number of people.
If you don't know this it's only because of the company you keep.
But you don't have to personally know these people.
"One-third of respondents to the survey conducted by Kelley Blue Book
Marketing Research said they would only buy cars produced in America,
while 12% indicated interest in buying Japanese-made cars and 5%
expressed a preference for German vehicles."
If that's not clear enough, another take
"One-third of new-vehicle shoppers say they would only consider cars
from U.S.-based manufacturers such as General Motors, Ford or
Chrysler, and that they would not consider vehicles from any other
One third is a significant number.
And that number has been much higher less than thirty years ago.
If you have something to dispute except opinion, fire away.
On Mon, 23 Feb 2009 07:58:09 -0600, Vic Smith cast forth these pearls of
Ok - I'll conceed to a certain point. I'll contend though that it is more
because of what they like in those cars than it is because of a
nationalistic thing - which I may have mistakenly read into the original
post. I was responding to that nationalisitic thought - which may not have
been what the OP intended in his post.
Ok - I'll conceed again. That percentage actually surprises me somewhat.
Relax Vic. Geezus - you're getting too fired up over this. It's only a
usenet conversation - complete with opinions.
No anger intended. Sorry if it sounded that way.
But it is actually a hot button of mine, as I buy American for
nationalistic reasons. And that quote above says I'm not alone.
"Not consider" seems to imply that,
At the same time, I'm highly pissed at the "Big 3" for producing so
much crap, and don't begrudge others for going foreign.
Since I buy used, and know what to pick, I get very good value in
buying GM. So I can't say it's *all* nationalistic. Some is just
being frugal with cars.
If I were a new car buyer, especially one who got burned by the 3, I
might think differently.
So until I kick in more than my normal few grand for a car, my
credibility is suspect.
On Mon, 23 Feb 2009 09:52:26 -0600, Vic Smith cast forth these pearls of
Amazing - we buy in exactly the same way. I did switch from GM to Hyundai
for the last two cars, and it's been good for me, but I was
dyed-in-the-wool GM for the longest time - over 35 years. Like you, I got
really pissed at GM for the manner in which they treated customers and
ignored longstanding problems with their designs. I too only buy used
(usually 1-2 model years old, 25K miles or so typically). I've had great
GM cars, but the amount of repeat work I used to do on them finally pissed
me off enough that I tried something else. Now - I wish they'd get rid of
the Board and Wagoner, and get back to making the great cars that they are
capable of, and standing behind them.
The company I keep ranges form kids getting out of high school to WW
II vets. At all levels, people are buying foreign. Attitudes have
changed significantly over the last 30 years. There are not many folks
left who will only "buy American". In contrast, I know quite a few
folks that have espoused "never by another American made POS again".
Seem the Big 3 dug themselves into quite a hole with the unwanted,
unreliable crap they've manufactured.
Another meaningless "what would you buy" and "what do you prefer"
survey. Check the percentage of vehicles on the road for Japanese &
other non-American manufacturers. Try to prove that actual buying
habits reflect that survey in any way, shape, or form.
Wrong! The American's hasn't learned a thing yet. Just look at which car was
the best selling in the US in 2008!!
It was only because the gas-prices where skyrocketing, that the Americans
started to look for alternatives. Now as gas-prices has lowerede again, the
people who can afford to buy a new car, are right back on the ol' track....
I'll bet, that the 2008 bestseller, will become so again in 2009....!
There's a large number of people who will always buy a truck or SUV
(regardless of the fact that they don't need it). Big toys for little
boys. Cowboys on the road.
At the same time, quite a few Americans have smartened up and few have
the anti-foreign or "buy American" idiocy they had in the past. The
change in mix of cars in the USA over the last 30 years is
Actually, my wife's SUV (Saturn VUE) is quite small. Not sure why you equate
SUV with huge size.
I only have a midsize Avalanche. I'd love an Excursion but they are just
too big to fit in the tiny parking stalls they make nowdays.
I was having a discussion with one of my staff members just a few minutes
He had just bought a '09 Infiniti (Nissan) G37s Coupe. I was telling him
how I'd be interested in either the new Maxima (2009) or a Malibu for my
wife. (She prefers sports sedans to her SUV, now that the kids can enter
and exit the car themselves.)
He commented how neither he nor his friends would ever buy an American car.
Keep in mind, he's 24 and single.
I see it every day. I wrote this on the Avalanche Club site back in late
December. I was leaving the park with my rugrats and noticed the cars in
There were two Mercedes.
Now, though the Mercedes was nice - it was a S600 - I felt a bit overwhelmed
by the fact that the only North American vehicle there was my Avalanche.
You can certainly see that US cars are in the minority where I live.
Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it. - Dee
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