Thursday, December 09, 2004

Now we move from CHP,Audits to Cars and Detroit vrs Japan & Korea

Please don't take this for anything more than just smart Alec humor.
But it is often said when you get one fact wrong, your whole argument goes down the drain.
Consider Columbus, who, in fact, returned to Portugal in the same ship that he sailed to America.
The gurgling sound you hear is your whole argument circling the drain.
You asked "what would have happened if Columbus had not burned his boats" Well, I guess he sailed back to Portugal and started an emigration to the new land, thus, in a very indirect way, he is responsible for the early development of Coto de Caza. (gurgle, gurgle).
HOWEVER, forgiving one mistake and assuming you got the story correct, that it was, in fact Cortes who, after he sailed from CUBA to Vera Cruz, Mexico and then in one of what you describe as "his first acts of leadership" burned the boats, you would still be gurgling badly.
The common story is that Cortes had the boats burned in secrecy so as to force his men to move forward and not backward, but the more accurate story, as recorded in the diary of one of his men, Bernal Diaz is that it was the MEN who urged Cortes to burn the boats. Cortes was most likely a reluctant follower and not the courageous leader you describe as the model for Coto leadership. Gurgle Gurgle FLUSH. Your argument won't last as long as a 2000 Flushes toilet cleaner.
So, does this whole story prove anything more than Italians are smarter than Spaniards? Or perhaps that Portugese ships are built well and Spanish ships are not good for anything but firewood. Nope, doesn't prove a thing. Just having some fun at your expense.

Stay tuned for my future full discourse on Japanese cars. Here's a preview: Ever had the pleasure of owning a Suzuki??? How about a Mazda with a rotary Wankle engine? I believe those pursuits for perfection will be going on well into the next century. And you can argue successfully that the Japanese have made some wonderful cars, but they still intentionally stop well short of perfection,Now for the true test of value. Is there such a thing as a valuable antique Japanese car?
Ever see a perfect 66 Toyota sell for $125,000 the way a 66 fuel injected 427 Vette would? The Japanese automakers have never learned how to perfect "style" and "coolness" They just don't get anywhere near perfect.. That's also why Harley's sell for three times the price of their Japanese imitators. Are they a cost efficient motorcycle? Are they as reliable as a Honda? Heck no. BUT, they are sooo cool. Based on the common argument given for a cost efficient Coto, no one should be driving Ferrari's Vettes, Harley's etc. Might as well seek cost perfection and make it a Toyota only community.
Lead by example. What kind of car are you driving to the Monthly meetings?

Love your humor - obviously my message was lost in the translation!

Using your logic, the Japanese manufacturers are standing in line to file bankruptcy! - And Detroit is gaining global marketshare!

But the same logic is what the CID service providers use to deflect the attention elsewhere. As Columbus used to say when he reached America "you simply cannot lengthen the unconscious"!
Hi John:

...thought your humor deserves to be humored!

Reasoning according to CZ Master:
The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer
heart attacks than the British or Americans.

The French eat a lot of fat and also suffer
Fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

The Japanese drink very little red wine and
suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

The Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine
And also suffer fewer
heart attacks than the British or Americans

Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

Beg to differ again.
I may be mistaken but I believe Mitsubishi is just coming out of bankruptcy proceedings and Nissan has been teetering since the name was Datsun. And didn't GM just purchase a big share of a Japanese automaker, Mazda perhaps? Meanwhile, Ford has bought Volvo, Jaguar and Rover while Chrysler has merged with Mercedes Benz. It seems it is, in fact the Detroit companies that have an expanding global presence.
Japan is, in fact, being pinched not by Detroit, but by the Koreans
Sorry dude but the automotive industry is just not a good example for your illustration purposes except to illustrate that just as there will never be the perfect car that has low cost, good mileage, never causes problems and no one will ever complain about, their will never be a perfect CZ board that doesn't spend too much, always gets the best bargain in all their contracts, never causes problems and no one ever complains about.
And, IF there ever is such a board, I know lots of headhunters that will immediately steal them by getting them all jobs paying at least $500,000 per year managing troubled companies.
And, just as we all purchase that new car thinking it will be perfect forever, only to find that warts develop later on, so will the warts become apparent with every new board that is elected.

Hi John:

We have been promoting American made goods for over 30 years. We have been working with manufacturers just as long so they embrace a relentless pursuit of quality, because we can show that in the end, reliability pays - and we have data on countless products to show it. If you gives us the brands of the electronic products you purchased over the last 12 months, we can predict when they are going to fails. Sad to said that we find Taiwan, Korea and Japan eager to listen to our pitch. We find a reception similar to your: We don’t need no stinkin quality

All of this to say that we would love to be wrong on our view of Detroit…..but without too using too much time, here are some facts from AIDA the American International Automobile Dealers. We also happen to believe that Jeff Schuster continues the Myopic Detroit view in his assertion.

This is not a Blue State/ Red State deal. Is it?

September 13, 2004:
Market share for domestic automakers is below 60% this year through August, an all-time low.
General Motors, Ford Motor and Chrysler Group, which have been losing U.S. market share for 10 years, had a combined 58.8% share January through August, according to Autodata, down from 60.2% at the end of last year. Market share for Asian automakers climbed to 34.6% through August, up from 32.6% at the end of 2003.
Market share is an important gauge of a company’s strength, particularly its ability to withstand industry downturns. And supporting a company’s infrastructure -- employees, factories and suppliers -- is dependent on a healthy market share and a predictable sales volume
Japanese and European automakers began adding truck models in the late 1980s and early ’90s. Since 1995, as their lineups have grown, Detroit’s market share has dropped steadily from the 70% range.
Jeff Schuster, executive director of global forecasting for J.D. Power and Associates, expects Detroit’s market share to settle at about 56% by 2010, because the imports will have completed their march into new segments.



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