Hell Hath No Fury Like an Auto Writer Scorned
By David Surace
What the heck is wrong with the denizens of this country, and the people we voted into office? Why are their opinions still hopelessly outmoded, after years of excellent products and the PR to back it up? Why is the poll-bearing public so convinced that there will be NO ECONOMIC FALLOUT from a Big 3 liquidation?
Why was there no problem at all when Wall Street jerkoffs arrived in Washington–in private jets, no less–to collect their $700bn without even so much as a wink and a nudge? “It’s all good! We believe you!”
What the hell happened to this mighty auto industry, that it couldn’t survive an (arguably sizeable) economic iceberg? After all the Previous Icebergs that have been spotted in these waters (the Suez Oil Crisis, the OPEC Oil Crisis, British Leyland, Audi’s Unintended Acceleration, the early 90’s recession, MG Rover, the meltdown of GM/FIAT, 9/11, two rounds of Gulf hurricanes, the subprime lending crisis), why am I getting the overwhelming impression that Future Economic Iceberg plans were not in place before the ship had even set sail?
Why wasn’t it obvious (even to us) that maintaining six to eight automotive brands in the same market space would surely lead to consequences like this?
Why are Saab and Volvo–loveable, awesome little guys, but clearly the scrawniest pack mules–being sent to the altar before an angry God, instead of tender and juicy fattened calves like GMC and Mercury?
Moreover, with some–or all–of these cars in jeopardy, how does one credibly evaluate the consumer value of an automobile (new or used) when its maker’s fate is so clearly hanging on a thread?
I have no good answers for any of these questions in the near term. I am worried that those answers will only be written in history. And we know who writes history–the victors.
In other words, the only thing I feel truly qualified to write: now’s a good time to buy a Porsche! But only if you can pay in cash.
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