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#29 of 38 Re: veedubs are selling in japan [rockylee]
Feb 14, 2010 (9:53 am)
How much of that fleet is US-made?
The most efficient fleet in the world, or in the US? Are you aware of some of the vehicles sold in Europe?
I don't think Japan's market is large enough to impact production enough to make an entire vehicle class more viable. Remember, even if it is open with zero barriers, you still have very competent domestic makers to compete with, ones who understand the type of small car the Japanese Joe Sixpack wants.
#30 of 38 Re: veedubs are selling in japan [fintail]
Feb 14, 2010 (8:51 pm)
I was referring to the U.S. fleet. With today's platforms it would cost that much to engineer a car to satisfy the wants and needs of the Japanese. The bottom line is it's not going to happen. Nothing will be done because our country is full of cowards in D.C.
#31 of 38 Re: veedubs are selling in japan [rockylee]
Feb 14, 2010 (9:00 pm)
I think trying for the Japanese market is a waste of resources. I'd be complaining more about the barriers of the Chinese market. That's where some problems are being born. Yet we take all of their junk without question.
#32 of 38 Re: veedubs are selling in japan [fintail]
Feb 15, 2010 (5:28 am)
I do agree the Chinese, love a one-way street but with them holding a good chunk of out national debt well what can we really say???
#33 of 38 Re: veedubs are selling in japan [rockylee]
Feb 15, 2010 (9:45 am)
If we fail, they fail....so they have to be careful.
Of course, there's not going to be a Chinese cash-for-clunkers program anytime soon.
#34 of 38 Re: veedubs are selling in japan [fintail]
Feb 15, 2010 (11:50 pm)
#35 of 38 Re: veedubs are selling in japan [fintail]
Feb 17, 2010 (4:07 pm)
I like to call it Mutually Assured Economic Destruction or MAED.
The people stamping their feet saying China has too much power of us forget that we have power over them as well.
When you owe 100,000 dollars to the bank and can't pay then that is a problem for you.
When you owe 100,000 million dollars to the bank and can't pay then that is a problem for the bank.
Same situation we have with China.
#36 of 38 Re: veedubs are selling in japan [british_rover]
Feb 17, 2010 (8:15 pm)
And we're also the key dumping ground for the stuff made in their factories. They want us to be relatively happy and healthy, as via this comes their own health. They understand
Mar 05, 2010 (10:44 am)
New imported vehicle sales in Japan, including cars made abroad and imported by Japanese automakers, jumped 16.9% in February from a year earlier to 14,433 units, posting a year-on-year increase for the fourth month in a row, an industry body said Thursday.
#38 of 38 Re: veedubs are selling in japan [fintail]
Mar 05, 2010 (7:52 pm)
When you are the top dog only a fool would give away that negotiating point. Wal-Mart always used its position as the leading retail marketer for manufactured consumer products, to demand heavy concessions from producers. If you as XYZ producer wanted to sell to Wal-Mart you had to bare bone your costs, package it the way they want it, use RFID, and sometimes off shore your production to China so that it can be sold to them for even less among other concessions.
For decades (but now ending) the USA was the top dog market in the world for consumer products, and what did our leaders do to leverage that power? Instead of demanding concessions for open markets from our trade partners they did nothing. They gave away our nation and economy to China and Japan and every other country but failed the US people. I don't see it at all as unfair to state that many in Congress and our Presidents worked against the interests of the US people. By definition that makes them traitors.
Traitor def: 1 : one who betrays another's trust or is false to an obligation or duty http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/traitor