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With parts coming from everywhere, does "Buying American" have much meaning anymore? Is quality and price the bottom line?
#18074 of 18919 Re: competitive products [steve_]
May 13, 2013 (11:42 am)
A case of build it and they will come.
I wish it was divided by place of manufacture and not name plate.
Fusion on the cover photo is Mexican.
#18075 of 18919 Re: competitive products [steve_]
May 14, 2013 (2:20 pm)
"Longtime auto industry research and consulting company Strategic Vision today released its 2013 Total Quality Index study that rates vehicles within their segments. The company said domestic brands won more TQI awards than competing brands from overseas this year – the first time that has happened in more than a decade."
Looks like they considered 2013 models only. Besides "quality" initially, the full story of any brand and model has to also include "reliability". That will not be known for 2013 models until 2016 or 2018 or 2020 or 2022.
#18077 of 18919 Re: competitive products [xrunner2]
May 15, 2013 (4:05 am)
It's important to note is that this survey is based on emotional reactions - afaik, it has noting to do with statistical qualitative measurements. I vaguely recall similar conversations on Edmunds every time this survey comes out.
Domestic nameplates are creating emotional buying decisions - for them that's great because the vast majority of car sales are based on emotion.
#18078 of 18919 Re: competitive products [robr2]
May 15, 2013 (8:27 am)
That's like JD's APEAL study (one "p"). How do you feel about your car? VW does well here, but not as well in IQ/Durability.
#18080 of 18919 Re: So, will FIAT be classified as an American company? [anythngbutgm]
May 22, 2013 (7:39 pm)
As I mentioned in another topic, I've been looking at the 500 Abarth and the Fiesta ST. Both are assembled in Mexico, but the Abarth's engine is built in Michigan...
#18081 of 18919 Re: So, will FIAT be classified as an American company? [roadburner]
May 23, 2013 (4:44 pm)
I wish you would go ahead and get the Abarth, so you could come back and tell us how much fun you're having with it. It really looks like a fun car!
#18082 of 18919 Another nail in the hybrid coffin
May 28, 2013 (3:50 am)
I finally took my Malibu more than 70 miles from home. 462 miles each way to the Great Smoky Mts. in N.C. and the car managed 38.5 mpg each way on RUG. I filled it up at my exit getting home last night and the DIC gave a range of 678 miles for the 16 gallon tank. The range matched the miles/gallons used calc of 42.2 but the DIC said the avg was 38.5. A 47 mpg hybrid would have saved me 2.17 gallons each way.