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Re: bashing Detroit
>not just k-cars and minivans .........but PROFITABLE k-cars and
I guess that's the problem, short-sighted profit goals. Lowering quality
does increase profits, but eventually you lose customers. Industry analysts
once applauded Chryslerís lowering itís per-unit costs, but even theyíre
sounding warnings that itís gone too far. The way our system is set up,
Big3 executives are rewarded for short-term profit, not good products.
That, then, is really their job, whether they like it or not.
And what about their customer base? Some people will hold to their
loyalties, prejudices, bigotrys, no matter how many facts are held before
them. Those are the kind of people that will keep paying top dollar for
junk and call it patriotism. I like to believe that group is shrinking and
becoming less successful with each generation, like Detroitís shrinking
customer base. Iíd like to think the Big3 could transform into efficient
builders of quality products due to customer demands, but they are huge
bureaucracies surrounded by the union bureaucracy, lobbyists, lawmakers and
agencies local and national, stockholders, suppliers, etc., all needing it
to stay just the way it is.
Someday itíll be all quattros and kumbaya, and Iíll be cruising in a
restored í96 Impala SS because Iím an individual, darnit!
í98 Econoline lease
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