Some truth about the Big 3 Automakers…

Jeez.  I guess December was my mental breakdown month.  Here’s another post that never actually got posted.

I have a lot of sympathy for those that would be impacted by the collapse of the big three automakers, but very little sympathy for the companies themselves.

Growing up in the UK when all the heavy industry was dying, I saw the government pump millions into failing industries that could no longer compete.  They collapsed anyway.  I’d hate to see that repeated here.

What’s particularly galling about the US auto industry is that it knows better.  Granted, some of the issues relate to the lifelong labor contracts they’ve been forced in to.  But still…

These guys know how to build cars efficiently.  They know how to develop new technology and they know how to make safer, more fuel efficient vehicles.

Don’t believe me?  10 points if you can correctly guess where Ford’s most technologically advanced assembly line is…

Did you guess “backwoods of rural Brazil”?  Spend some click power and go view this video. And then try and reconcile that with what you see in Ford’s US factories…