Monday, August 17, 2009

A Japanese Boost

The Financial Times has published a piece demonstrating that the US Government's 'Cash for Clunkers' program has been a bigger boon for Toyota, with three Toyota models being in the top five sold. Some American car makers have benefited, as was intended, but the Japanese makers have far outdone, and there is a reason why.

Japanese cars are better. Now, we own two Saturns, but I would put up my old mint-green Mazda Protege' (with its 196,000 miles at the point of 'death') up against either of the Saturns and the Missus would put up her old piece of sh*t Subaru station wagon ('Granny', it was called) over those as well. We like our Saturns, but ultimately, the quality are below those of the traditional Japanese makers - Toyota, Honda, Nissan, and Subaru.

When it comes time to buy a new car, we are avoiding the American makers through and through. Certainly, there will not be any purchase of a GM or Chrysler automobile. I had entertained the idea of buying a Ford because it has been able to sustain without corporate welfare, but thought better of it because its cars just don't stand up to the better models from the Japanese makers, or even Korean makers like Hyundai. If all of this is blasphemy for you, then just call me a heretic and be done with it. I have always found it to be stupid that people would buy a particular car just because it was 'made in America', without regard to how well it was constructed or the efficiency of it.


Paula said...

One time I backed into a pole with Granny, and there was barely a scratch on it. I miss her!

Joshua Lattanzi said...

Steel vs. Plastic, it's no contest. Cars used to have real detachable bumpers, now they attached 'fenders'.

Stupid CAFE standards.

AdamV said...

You forget that most foreign manufacturers assemble their cars in the US, so it still helps the US economy.