“Wolf! Wolf!” cried Detroit.
Posted by sanityinjection on December 19, 2008
Amidst all the hand-wringing over the domestic auto industry and the Bush Administration’s plans for a Treasury bailout, come the domestic auto sales numbers for 2008 (through November.) Guess which were the top two cars sold in America this year? The Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado. In fact, the Ford F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in America for the past 27 straight years!
What does this tell us? It tells us that there is definitely an area where the domestic automakers can, and do, compete effectively with the foreign companies. It further suggests that the Detroit automakers are to blame for their own problems by trying to make a dozen different types of cars, instead of focusing on the ones they’re good at.
They need to stop wasting time trying to build cars to compete with the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord (third and fourth best sellers.) Maybe GM should build nothing but trucks from now on. There’s also no point in wasting a lot of money developing more domestic hybrid vehicles. The Japanese have such a huge lead in this area that Detroit will never catch up. They are far better off leapfrogging by going straight to CNG, hydrogen and full electric vehicles. Imagine if Chrysler, for example, could devlop a CNG Dodge Ram that delivers the same torque as a regular one!