As is true for all tragedies, the Carpocalypse and subsequent failure of the U.S. automakers has encouraged a wide array of reactions ranging from overwhelming patriotism to over-exaggerated panic. We look at the five most common responses below.
Nothing says "we love America" more than "we hate everyone else." Domestic car dealers are clearly on the front lines of this downturn in sales and have turned to hating on foreign car companies. A dealer in South Carolina is running angry rants on the radio (listen here) that blame anyone who buys a Toyota for their own loss of employment. The most xenophobic car dealer award probably goes to Bob Swift of Sacramento who sells Chrysler products and had this to say:
"People are reluctant to buy our cars because of the perception that maybe the quality isn't what it should be. Therefore, they're going to buy Japanese, they're going to buy a German car, forgetting that 50 years ago, we had to bomb those people and kill them by the thousands to keep them from overtaking our country."
Even if you ignore the many Japanese and German cars built and/or assembled in South Carolina and California, the foreign car companies are doing just as poorly.