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Houston...We have a problem!...Nobody is buying brand new cars anymore! Well they are, but not on the scale they once were. Millions of brand new unsold cars are just sitting redundant on runways and car parks around the world. There, they stay, slowly deteriorating without being maintained....The car manufacturers have to buy more and more land just to park their cars as they perpetually roll off the production line.
Above is just a few of the thousands upon thousands of unsold cars at Sheerness, United Kingdom. Please do see this on Google Maps....type in Sheerness, United Kingdom. Look to the west coast, below River Thames next to River Medway. Left of A249, Brielle Way.
originally posted by: pikestaff
Simply put, the car industry keeps the economy afloat, the industry is subsidised, so that those people are working, and off the streets, every person working on the production line has three others supplying him, foundry workers for engine blocks, wire winders for starter motors, glass workers (windshields), seat makers, plastic molders, delivery truck drivers, tyre firms, machine press workers, carpet manufacturers, nuts and bolts are made somewhere!
originally posted by: markosity1973
Old unsold cars are not anything new. Factories produce to predicted demand, not actual orders.
And, yes they are fine to be sold still. I bought a new car just over a year ago that was a year old. It hasn't missed a beat.
When you see big discounts going on at dealers, you know the reason now
Factories in Europe, including Russia, can make almost 26 million cars a year, roughly 7 million more than they’re currently producing -- and customers will buy -- researcher IHS estimates. Matching capacity with demand would entail closing 18 European plants the size of Aulnay.
As automakers start closing factories, they’re meeting intense opposition. Ford Motor Co. (F) said a year ago it would shut three European plants and cut 5,700 jobs. General Motors Co. (GM) ’s Opel unit said in December it would close its Bochum plant, which employs 3,100. Italy’s Fiat SpA (F) in 2011 shut its Termini Imerese factory in Sicily.
Held Hostage In each case, unions have pressured local politicians to slow or stop the shutdowns. At a Ford plant in Belgium, a manager was briefly held hostage by workers before being released. Unions in Bochum have delayed GM’s plans. And in Sicily, Fiat’s workers are still on the payroll even though production has stopped.
“For political and union reasons, there has been so much backlash in a lot of countries,” said Ian Fetcher, an analyst at IHS Automotive.
Peugeot is shutting Aulnay as part of a plan to eliminate about 11,200 jobs in the country by 2015. President Francois Hollande said the closing -- the first at a French auto plant in 20 years -- was “unacceptable” but later a report commissioned by his Industry Ministry called it “inevitable.”