Ladies and Gentlemen, it's time for my soapbox to come out. So if you're not interested in my rants, than pass this one by. Of course, I'm hoping that one of the reasons you visit (in small numbers) is because of my ocassional rant.
US automakers control less than half of the market share in the US. Not a surprise to anyone I'm sure. And US Automakers sell very few cars overseas (Ford being an exception, but that will be clearer later.) Now ask yourself why the later is true. Is it because the US automakers can't build quality vehicles? I don't think so.
The reason are high taxes or tarrifs on imported vehicles. A Corvette or Mustang in Japan would be as expensive as a Ferarri here. The same goes for many countries. The only reason Ford sells so many F Series trucks world wide, is because they're built locally. Did you think Ford exported all those F Series from the US?
If you look at my archives, you will see posts about South American Fords, such as the Falcon which sold in Argentina mostly unchanged until 1991 and the Galaxie that sold in Brazil until the 80's. Many countries have tarrifs or high taxes on imported cars. One way around this has been to build locally in these markets, such as Ford has done.
Now with proposed Trade Agreements with Thailand, there is a possability of a flood of trucks from Japanese manufacturers who build locally in Thailand. An end run around tarrifs and taxes that are in place on both sides.
As Americans, we buy cars because of price, economy and value. But shouldn't we also think about our own economy? If we all buy cars and trucks made in Asia then much of our manufacturing industry will eventually colapse. Now maybe you don't work in manufacturing and don't care what happens to some "lazy" UAW worker. Well shame on you, for not seeing the bigger picture. If all the people that work in manufacturing loose their jobs, then all of us suffer. Yep all of us, from Movie Stars and Musicians down to the clerk at Shoprite and A&P.
Autoworkers are people, who spend money on movies, music, food, houses and clothing. It's bad enough that half of what we buy comes from Asia now (check the labels on your clothes and electronics) Do we need to cripple our own economy?
Japanese consumers buy Japanese cars, because they want to keep their economy strong. Same for other goods. Shouldn't we buy with this in mind?
I buy American, for several reasons, quality is one of them, common sense is another. So when idiots call trade agreements and tarrifs protectionism, maybe it's something worth protecting, like an American standard of living and healthy economy. If you export all the jobs and import al the goods, who's going to have a job to pay for all of this? We can't all work at WalMart !!