The opinions expressed here are those of the author and they have been formulated and gathered from a lifelong experience in industry and academia. The intent here is to express these personal opinions and describe how a once shining example of industrial success and ingenuity became a mess that required massive government takeover.
A PERSONAL OPINION
The woes of the U.S. Auto Industry are solely the making of weak leaders who, for a variety of reasons, “floated” to the top. Because they lacked the vision and the imagination for the future, they became “accomodationists” instead, to the various pressure groups, be they the Government, Labor, or the Environmentalists, and forgot their real purpose, which was and still is to build and market safe, reliable and affordable products to the general consumer public.
The current practice of massive and very costly car recalls, quite often because of minor and/or isolated design flaws, can easily be remedied and the federal bureaucracy interference eliminated, if only the automakers would agree to jointly form and sponsor an independent auto test lab styled after the Underwriters and/or the American Gas Association Laboratories. Continue reading