I ran across the following article on Yahoo! titled 10 Cars That Sank Detroit that I want to share. When the 3 auto manufacturers came to DC (both times) asking for a bailout, there was a lot of talk about unions bleeding the companies, high pension costs, etc. Now those are important considerations, but in my opionion not the #1 problem. I've said it several times here and I'll repeat it again: the #1 reason Detroit has problems is because for the most part, their products stink. American cars do not compare to imports and that's the bottom line.
Sure we make good SUVs and we make good pickups too, but that's not the bulk of autos on the road. And those few that we do a decent job at are often not fuel efficient. Back to the cars......what cars do we have that are good? The Corvette......what else? Pretty much nothing
If I had my way, I'd keep the Corvette, Jeep Wrangler and Cherokee and perhaps a few select cars. The rest I'd ditch in the Mariana Trench and start clean. Study the Germans and Japanese and learn from them. Japan automobile imports went from crummy to hot in about 20 years. I think the US can match their counterparts in 5 years. I have never owned and American car and never will if they don't commit to a better product. Detroit needs to get their heads out of their nether regions and recognize the real reason they're sinking.