Aug 2nd, 2007 by Frank Mangano
The big three in Detroit now sell less than 50% of the cars in this country for the first time in history. What does that say to you? It says to me that all the publicity we have heard for years about bad cars made by the manufacturers has gone on deaf ears. Lets be honest, this didn’t happen overnight. We have heard this for the last 5 years at least. So, why have the big three made such little progress? I wrote the other day about Saturn and how it is the shining star at GM these days, but lets be honest, Saturn is a drop in the bucket.
If I’m looking at buying a new car, and go over to PriceWheels.com to do research, I start with foreign made cars. When my son recently felt he could afford a new car and we started to look, Chevrolet, Ford, and Chrysler I barely looked in there direction. If I want my kids in a good sound small car that will last for many years, I look at Mazda, Honda and Toyota. So, now that Toyota is the #2 sales company, and will pass GM no doubt shortly, isn’t anyone in Detroit going to wake up? It is too bad but it won’t be too long before you look at all the driveways on your block and you see only one of the Big three’s cars. Go ahead try it, are you the only one on your block with one, count next time you drive down your street, hopefully you use more than one hand.