True, and it probably has more to do with how the company runs the
plants. Are any of the import branded US factories unionized?
Honda et al don't have a generation of retirees to support, as the Big 3
do (per UAW contract). I'm sure that's money that goes right in to
building beter product.
>From: Billy Zoom [firstname.lastname@example.org]
>Sent: 10/30/2008 8:15:42 PM
>Subject: Re: Re: [Spridgets] Hope for GM?
>> Part of GM's (and the US auto industry) problem is the $1500+
>> built into every car they sell to cover the health benefits of
>> its employees . All else being equal, the GM car will cost
>> you $1500 more. Or they'll have to remove $1500 of content
>> (cheaper materials, cheaper stereos, etc) to match the price
>> of the comparable Japanese automobile. Or figure out some
>> combination of cheaper content and higher price.
>But almost all of our Hondas and Toyotas are made here, or in
>like the American brands. I'll admit a Mexican Honda isn't as good as a
>Japanese Honda, but they're still head and shoulders above anything GM
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