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#95 of 113 Re: CrossCabrio will remain rare... [ateixeira]
Jun 04, 2011 (10:07 pm)
Yeah, the hits keep coming.
Todo list for Japan's power system:
1) Build coal-powered plants.
2) Integrate power systems in the north & south of the country so power can be transmitted efficiently to the places that need it (this depends on whether millions are willing to buy new products & equipment to accommodate a change. If they can't do it quickly, then they'll have to stretch out the integration over a length of time [10 years?]).
Global Japanese car industry:
1) Source and build more parts where they sell the vehicles.
Although my last two vehicles were from Japanese subsidiaries, one of the important variables I use to make a car purchase is product support. I'm starting to save toward a down payment to a new car. If continuing problems in Japan hamper their ability to make vehicles a year from now, I'll have to review what the domestics, Koreans, and Germans have to offer.
Jun 05, 2011 (8:11 am)
I would take a good hard look at the South Koreans and Hyundai/Kia. You may be surprised at just how good they are. I have tasted two new Kia's and would buy another in a New York minute.
#97 of 113 Re: carthell... [iluvmysephia1]
Jun 06, 2011 (7:59 am)
They are cashing in on the misfortunes of the Japanese makes. Kia's sales were up more than 50% last month, and the funny thing is they had a GOOD year in 2010, so that says a lot!
#101 of 113 Re: Now VW is affected, too [ateixeira]
Jun 09, 2011 (7:22 am)
Well losing the rear view camera supplier is better than losing their ABS module supplier.
#102 of 113 Re: Now VW is affected, too [robr2]
Jun 09, 2011 (9:55 am)
Yeah, no brakes!
#103 of 113 Would this kind of cooperation have occurred in the U.S.?
Jun 13, 2011 (7:04 am)
Why Japan is bouncing back so quickly
unprecedented teamwork among erstwhile rivals helped everyone.
For example, automakers collaborated to forestall a much-feared summer energy crunch that could hammer production just as it ramps up. To lessen the load on the local power grid -- but keep plants running -- the industry agreed as a group to work on weekends and take off Thursdays and Fridays.
And don't downplay nearly unthinkable cooperation among competitors. Look no further than Iwaki Diecast Co., which makes aluminum engine parts. Because its plant was offline, Iwaki Diecast handed its blueprints to an unscathed rival who plugged the supply chain gap. Japan's Nikkei business daily chronicled several such sacrifices that sped everyone's recovery.
Finally, it was probably na´ve to believe the gloomy initial forecasts.
Japanese executives are archconservative by nature. They consistently underpromise and overdeliver. It's a way of business here.
....Toyota's plants in Japan are operating at 90 percent of pre-quake levels. And even Honda, among the worst hit, aims to have its domestic production back to normal by August
I read in a separate article that despite the quake, Suzuki still has the second highest days supply of any automaker - 80 days' supply in the U.S. Closely followed by Mazda at 76 days, apparently. Only Saab is worse, at 246 days (!!).