That sound you hear? It's the entire New York Times editorial board engaged in an enviro-smugasm. And yes, it's over a story we ran earlier today or last month, depending on how you look at it. Either way — what we always knew would happen finally did happen — US automakers General Motors, Ford and the Chrysler Group achieved only 48.1% of all vehicles sold in the United States in the month of July. Yes, even though both Honda and Toyota both took some sales hits this month — it still wasn't as bad as the drop suffered by the automakers known as the "Big Three." Not like this really matters anyway — but whatever, it'll make for some great headlines like the one above. [via the New York Times]
Thank you Stu-Rock, I don't know where cs1984 gets his info, but he needs to de-friend that person quick. The big-3 have laid-off more Americans than Honda or Toyota even emply. Tons of US autos are still built in the US, and tons of foreign autos are not. Try to buy a new Jeep that isn't built in the US, I dare you.
It's ridiculous anyway. The reason people buy foreign cars is not because it *might* be built in the US, and the reason people avoid US cars is not because they *might* be built in a different part of North America. I would venture that over 90% of people couldn't even tell you where their car is manufactured.
Perception is everything. I live in one of the counrty's wealthier cities, and if you drive a domestic you will be questioned, it's not socially acceptable. If you tell someone you drive a domestic, the first thing they'll say is "Why?"