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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Japan Tops List For New Cars

With all the ingenuity that Americans have, with all the technology coming out of this country, we are sitting low on the car lists this year, apparently again. Seems that Japan is serious about making cars. Seems that Detroit and overseas aren't nearly as serious. Having worked in a Japanese owned parts plant for Toyota, I can tell you that the Japanese have a completely different way of looking at production output and health care of the employees. It is pretty good. And this was 13 years ago. Imagine what they have come up with since then!

At the plant I worked in, we took exercise breaks. We were in an all employee meeting first thing in the morning. We were not pounded over the head with production stats and the quota that I have always had to accomplish at other places I had worked. Nowadays, they include NAPS!!! I could have used that one. But the atmosphere is different than it is in a conventional American plant. There, it's all about the numbers and getting out the product. Hurry, hurry, hurry. The Japanese are all about quality instead of simple quantity. They want both. In order to do that, you have to keep the employees happy and in a comfortable environment. We had that.

Japan Tops List For New Cars

DETROIT (AP) — Consumer Reports' latest auto reliability and survey rankings find overall domination by Japanese automakers, strides from the Detroit Three and stumbles from Europe. The findings, released Wednesday and featured in the magazine's April issue, are based on more than 250 tested vehicles and data collected from 1.3 million subscribers' vehicles.

For the second time in 10 years, all the magazine's top-10 picks are Japanese nameplates. This year's list includes five new models: the Toyota RAV4, Infiniti G35, Toyota Sienna, Mazda MX-5 Miata and the Honda Fit.

I think that it's time for the Big Three or Big Four, or whatever it is these days, to get a clue that some folks are serious about making cars, making money and making strides in a more modern world. It is time that the Big Three or whatever need to quit worrying about stopping new designs that would include more efficent, non-gas using autos. They need to grow up and go with the flow. Up to now, they seem to have gotten stuck in the past. Japan has no such problems. They want to make good cars, make more money and they are quite happy to take the hard earned money from Americans and take it back to Japan.

Wake up, America!!! This is your Shame of America tonight.