The All New 2009 “Bailout” Minivan


The text is hard to read so here it is:

You probably thought it was smart to buy a foreign import of superior quality, with better mileage and resale value. Maybe you even thought that years of market share loss might prod us into rethinking our processes and redesigning our products with better quality in mind. But you forgot one thing: We spend a shitload of money on lobbyists. So now you’re out $25 billion plus the cost of your Subaru. Maybe next time you’ll buy American like a real man. Either way, we’re cool

It reminds me of when Chrysler was in a similar situation in the late 70’s and I was looking for a new car. I went to a Chrysler dealer and was told that by buying one of their vehicles I would be supporting the American auto industry. This, of course was just after he told me that the engine was made in Japan, the transmission somewhere else, etc. After that inventory of world-wide-sourced components I was hard pressed to understand what was American about it, may be other than the dealer. I thought the solution to this dealer’s problem was to sell Japanese cars.


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