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    Heard some interesting things on the Canadian Business News Network recently.

    GM, Ford and Chrysler are talking about sharing "major components" to reduce costs. Engines, trans, etc? If anybody had suggested that 50 years ago, they would have been shot at sunrise without the benefit of a blindfold!

    Chrysler hired Jim Press away from Toyota USA(he was there 37 years -must have been a hell of a compensation package). They have also hired the former head of GM China. At least the bean counters at Cerberus had the sense to get people who know ars.

    BNN interviewed the man who was boss at AMC Canada when Chrysler bought them out. He was asked if there would still be a Big 3 in 10-15 years. He said no. That things are not in good shape at Chrysler as indicated by how quickly Daimler Benz bailed, and he felt that there would have to be a major turnaround there for them to survive. He said Ford was in a somewhat similar situation, but that they were better placed to survive. The interview was done just before the hirings at Chrysler.

    Food for thought.

    Terry

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    The Japanese have been sharing major components for years, and it doesn't seem to have hurt them much. Ford is finally showing a profit, and GM might not be that far behind. With all the major car companies making cars and pickups that can only be told apart by 15 year old kids, the one exception has been Chrysler. What do they get for standing out? Jeers and derision. Maybe they will make it, and maybe they won't, but they have a better chance with proven American executives at the helm. My opinion and worth what you paid for it.

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      The Japanese have been sharing major components for years, and it doesn't seem to have hurt them much. Ford is finally showing a profit, and GM might not be that far behind. With all the major car companies making cars and pickups that can only be told apart by 15 year old kids, the one exception has been Chrysler. What do they get for standing out? Jeers and derision. Maybe they will make it, and maybe they won't, but they have a better chance with proven American executives at the helm. My opinion and worth what you paid for it.

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        Seems to me Chrysler was doing just fine until Daimler took them over, fired all the imaginative people and started slapping oddly styled bodies on German underpinnings. My .02 worth...


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          Seems to me Chrysler was doing just fine until Daimler took them over, fired all the imaginative people and started slapping oddly styled bodies on German underpinnings. My .02 worth...


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          Clark in San Diego
          '63 F2/Lark Standard
          http://studeblogger.blogspot.com
          www.studebakersandiego.com

          Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" | http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

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