Lafayette marks start of Camry produc...

Lafayette marks start of Camry production

There are 28 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Apr 19, 2007, titled Lafayette marks start of Camry production. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Subaru has hired 350 workers and is expected to bring on 650 more in late summer for the new Toyota Camry assembly line at Subaru's Lafayette plant.

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Since: Dec 06

West Central IN

#21 Apr 20, 2007
Wilson wrote:
Americans would have been happy to continue to buy GM, Ford, & Chrysler, except, like me, Americans got tired of paying for INFERIOR automobiles .... period, end of story. Excuse us for being INTELLIGENT consumers, who refused to blindly sacrifice our paychecks to support union auto worker's ridiculous wages, paying for crap work ethics while being protected by their thug unions. You union guys got what you deserved. You saw it coming years ago .... and ignorantly gave the finger to the companies that gave millions access to a standard of living way beyond what their talents and education could have earned them anywhere in the rest of the workplace. You built your own coffins, and nailed them shut.
Having been in auto retail in the bad old days for domestics, when the quality did suck and neither the UAW or the Big 3 gave a darn. I will say that the domestics have come a long way in terms of quality and rank with the best. The quality for both Toyota and Honda is slipping. I have friends that work at those dealerships and there are major engine and transmission problems for them both, but somehow they avoid the bad press. Toyota quietly settled a class action case that involved engine sludge in over 600,000 vehicles, and outside of the automotive press nary a peep was heard. The point being there is good and bad for all the manufacturers and the marketing machines of the Japanese manufacturers, particularly Toyota, are in high gear and doing a better "selling job" on the American public than the domestics. As a country we should be very worried about the Chinese. When they come to the USA they will be undercutting everyone to sell their product.
lastrep

Columbus, IN

#22 Apr 20, 2007
Lafguy60 wrote:
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Having been in auto retail in the bad old days for domestics, when the quality did suck and neither the UAW or the Big 3 gave a darn. I will say that the domestics have come a long way in terms of quality and rank with the best. The quality for both Toyota and Honda is slipping. I have friends that work at those dealerships and there are major engine and transmission problems for them both, but somehow they avoid the bad press. Toyota quietly settled a class action case that involved engine sludge in over 600,000 vehicles, and outside of the automotive press nary a peep was heard. The point being there is good and bad for all the manufacturers and the marketing machines of the Japanese manufacturers, particularly Toyota, are in high gear and doing a better "selling job" on the American public than the domestics. As a country we should be very worried about the Chinese. When they come to the USA they will be undercutting everyone to sell their product.
They won't get anywhere if the product isn't any better than the Big three. Although, to be fair, American autos have improved a great deal, but until the American auto manufacturers can get rid of the antiquated union, or at least get a union that wants to work with management instead of against them, the Japanese will continue to outsell and outperform the former great Big Three.
Joe S

United States

#23 Apr 20, 2007
You Jap lovers can have your foreign cars & trucks, I'll keep driving & buying GM because I've had 0 problems with any of them.
Ol Southsider

Bellevue, WA

#24 Apr 20, 2007
lastrep wrote:
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They won't get anywhere if the product isn't any better than the Big three. Although, to be fair, American autos have improved a great deal, but until the American auto manufacturers can get rid of the antiquated union, or at least get a union that wants to work with management instead of against them, the Japanese will continue to outsell and outperform the former great Big Three.
They (Japanese manufacturers) won't get anywhere? Consumer Reports recent buyers guide awarded 10 out of 10 best models to Japanese vehicles. How much better can they get? Consumers spending $30K of their hard earned money demand quality. Who can blame them?
Tony Stewart fan

Ashland, KY

#25 Apr 20, 2007
This is great news for Lafayette and the surrounding area. Just goes to show that Indiana's workforce is second to NONE. Can't wait until I get my first look at an Indiana-built Camry!!!
lastrep

Columbus, IN

#26 Apr 21, 2007
Ol Southsider wrote:
<quoted text>They (Japanese manufacturers) won't get anywhere? Consumer Reports recent buyers guide awarded 10 out of 10 best models to Japanese vehicles. How much better can they get? Consumers spending $30K of their hard earned money demand quality. Who can blame them?
You put the Japanese manufacturers in there, I didn't. I was responding to the person that stated we should be afraid of the Chinese manufacturers next. Reread my post with that in mind. I admit I should have been more clear.
Ol Southsider

Bellevue, WA

#27 Apr 21, 2007
lastrep wrote:
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You put the Japanese manufacturers in there, I didn't. I was responding to the person that stated we should be afraid of the Chinese manufacturers next. Reread my post with that in mind. I admit I should have been more clear.
I understand your point now. But, I seriously doubt the Chinese are concerned about competition from Detroit. US auto manufacturers lost that battle years ago. The Chinese are setting their sights on the Japanese autos.
lastrep

Columbus, IN

#28 Apr 22, 2007
Ol Southsider wrote:
<quoted text>I understand your point now. But, I seriously doubt the Chinese are concerned about competition from Detroit. US auto manufacturers lost that battle years ago. The Chinese are setting their sights on the Japanese autos.
That may be true since everyone shoots for the top guy, but when did competition hurt the consumer? It's competition that keeps prices in check. Look at Detroit in the seventies and early eighties. The big three were charging much more for their cars than they were worth, because they had a captive market, but still lost money because of exhorbitant contracts they signed with the union. The consumers were ready for some quality and dependability when they spent thousands on an automobile. Along come the Japanese with a far superior product, and the buying public recognized it as such, and albeit reluctantly, started buying Japanese cars, and the big three have been fighting uphill since. I say, bring on the Chinese, let's see what they can do.
If they show up eventually on the NYSE like Toyota and Honda, how can that possibly be bad for America or Americans? Maybe for unions, but they did it to themselves.

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