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DETROIT (AP) -- A week after the disaster in Japan erupted, its impact on automakers around the world is worsening.
Most of Japan's auto industry is shut down. Factories from Louisiana to Thailand are low on Japanese-made parts. Idled plants are costing companies hundreds of millions of dollars. And U.S. car dealers may not get the cars they order this spring.
Originally posted by Raist
reply to post by UtahRosebud
The Japanese cars I have are more reliable and easier to work on than the American versions. One is also capable of producing more power and still have better MPG than anything in it's class and in some higher classes than the American cars.
That being said there are numerous Japanese car companies that have manufacturing plants here in the U.S. So before everyone starts saying how it is no loss to them, they need to look at the number of American jobs that will be lost if those companies collapse. Toyota, Subaru, Honda, and Mitsubishi all have plants in the U.S. Close those companies and you put a great number of Americans out of work.
If the so called American motor companies could give me something comparable to the Japanese cars I own then I might one day consider owning one. I do have one "American" truck but most of it was not built here either, and both of my cars can get around better year round than the truck.
Originally posted by UtahRosebud
Well frankly... it's more than time to bring a lot of these jobs back into our country. We have cities who are capable of taking care of business here at home, like Detroit.
Yes, what has happened over in Japan is a serious disaster and our hearts and help has gone out to them, and continues to do so. With that said, our country is in dire need of jobs and boosting our economy. We don't need to be closing down plants like this, when we are fully capable of putting people to work here and taking care of business.
Originally posted by Chai_An
reply to post by wayouttheredude
To be honest with you I'm glad this global economy experiment failed. It took away community self reliance and caused outsourcing thusly killing off entire communities in some instances. In a very strange way something good will come out of all the global chaos, and that something is communities will have to rely on themselves again more like in the decades before the eighties. Being self reliant is not a bad thing and it surely does not mean consumers won't be able to purchase products outside of their region. It just mean they retain their economic autonomy, whatever is happening in Kyoto, Japan or Barbers, Ontario don't adversely effect the economy of Sugardale, Texas or vice versa.
If Toyota have a manufacturing plant in the US it should be using products manufactured here and it would be business as usual regardless to what is happening in Japan but that's not the case. So-call American auto makers have outsourced to the point they can't make a car without depending on some other country to provide the parts, ludicrous.edit on 19-3-2011 by Chai_An because: after thought