August 4, 2008

GM is Led By Morons...and so is Ford...and Others

I am a reader of automotive blogs and news. And I’m a complainer on how incredibly stupid the auto industry seems to be. For example, a story completely unrelated to the story that sparked this entry, Ford was rumored to be working on a diesel engine for their F-150 back in 2004. Why do I know this? I was in a job position where I was responsible for purchasing work trucks for a small construction company that only bought Ford’s and preferred diesel due to a longer engine life expectancy. But back to the story I’ve been hearing about for the last few days. GM or General Motors, the world’s largest automobile manufacturer, recently told the press at the inauguration of the company's new Powertrain Engineering Development Center they are ready to provide smaller engines IF the consumers indicate that’s what they want. Ah, hello?!?!?!?!?!? Don’t you people spend BILLIONS of dollars on research and development? Shouldn’t you know the answer to that by now? I mean, a few minutes on the blogs and you can get a pulse on what people want. Not only do all the blogs agree with each other, but the millions of readers that comment to these blogs on a daily basis agree with the blogs. Give us a car with a powerful yet economic engine, something that moves the vehicle with power and efficiency. I mean, how long has the automotive industry been around, and all we get it the crap that GM and Ford are producing? Let’s look at my recent purchase. My 2008 Nissan Altima was priced lower than the cars I compared it to (Camry and Accord) and was more powerful and more efficient than the two. Where is the Chevy Malibu? NOWHERE!!!!!! It’s priced decent but it’s gutless and sucks down the gas. What is wrong with the automotive industry? Are the big companies too big? Why is it so hard to fill the needs of the consumer? I’m done. This makes me upset. Check out the original story at here.