American automakers try to reverse th...

American automakers try to reverse the sales curse

There are 8 comments on the Scripps-Howard story from Jan 8, 2007, titled American automakers try to reverse the sales curse. In it, Scripps-Howard reports that:

For all the glitz and glamour on Cobo Center's floor this time of year, the real show for Detroit's struggling automakers is grounded on some bread-and-butter vehicles.

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Edmond, OK

#1 Jan 11, 2007
The media has a habit of extremism in their stories. The more drama the better, anything to sell the news. Two sides to every story, but you wouldn't know that if you read most publications. The auto industry, the economy or the war in Iraq suffer from spin. A one sided perspective fails to give readers an objective view of the real story. The curse, you speak of is like the carma Earl speaks of. At least Donald Trump and Rosie O'Donnel enjoy equal media coverage.

Casper, WY

#2 Jan 12, 2007
Your General lost over 10.5 billion dollars last year and you say the media has a habit of extremism???

Springfield, IL

#3 Jan 14, 2007
Due to the fact the JAPS and the chinese have their Government Financial helping them at every level of operation and then ours DOES NOT.. The media never says that at all..

Channahon, IL

#4 Apr 14, 2013
Wakka wakka

Pottstown, PA

#5 Apr 19, 2013
Media wrote:
Due to the fact the JAPS and the chinese have their Government Financial helping them at every level of operation and then ours DOES NOT.. The media never says that at all..
I think Japan gets national health care. You are correct. The media and commentators tend to brow beat the union car worker. I'm not thrilled with alot of unions and mentality but when your employer has a huge expense the competition doesn't that will affect your job security.

BUT setting the benefit/health care thing aside many importers are still make a superior quality product(in many cases) and in quantity. The Americans also used an antiquated dealer franchise system and let the competition march right in without legitimately countering them. The first problem was that the Japanese were labeled brilliant for their smaller fuel efficient cars when in fact they were importing a car designed for a smaller oriental person in a different enviorment. Perception was everything. You still sit low and cramped in mamy import models. The Toyota Corolla hasn't changed their interior in over a decade. You still sit low in a Honda to this very day.

Planned obsolesence has killed American car manufacturers as well living off new big ticket product not learning or wanting to capitalize on the parts and service market steering the US consumer into a new car. You can run Japanese cars especially the better part of ten years before major mechanical problem. They used to rust or fair poor in an accident but they don't even do that anymore. My last new American car gave me major trouble the 4th year of a 3 year warranty with mechanical timing issues and paint and interior fabric falling off.

But yes: the foreign competition is that of an entire nation and not just a company. But that's what's makes us free I guess, lack of dependence on the government.


#6 Apr 20, 2013
slow Sales cycle coming = no more tier 2 = hahahahaha
Psycho man

Rockford, IL

#8 Apr 22, 2013
who cares. just look for another job. Yes they are out there, relocate. No more slave labor job in the steam heat for low wages.

Pottstown, PA

#9 May 1, 2013
American car makers sales curse was caused by the American car maker's dealer/franchisee system which makes buying and getting a car serviced an ordeal at times.

The Amercian Car Maker needs an American Car Maker owned and run store/dealership. There should be sales just like at Home Depot or Macys. If they advertise a model on sale you should be able to walk into any dealer owned by that company and get that vehicle. No haggling or high pressure sales pitches. By making a car sale the franchisee's responsibilty they helped cut their own throats.

Or better yet if a Chevy dealer wants to buy new Fords for sale then so be it. The focus needs to be put back on the cars themselves and not which dealer you go to. I can buy a Black and Decker drill in many different stores selling the competitors drills. You can't do that with a car. It comes down which dealer and/or price the customer is willing to tolerate.

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