How much profit did car companies make on each SUV? Where did that money go?
The success of the economy is based on the success of the middle class. Other people’s success helps the rest of us. The same cannot be said for company profits — unless they continue to innovate.
The wages at the non-union auto plants are just about the same as the union ones, I think. The biggest differences come from health care expenses, and from continuous innovation.
How many models does Toyota/Scion/Lexus have? About 16 or 17?
How many models does Honda/Acura have? About 10 or 12?
Someone listed 127 GM models…
All companies should use the year that a vehicle is sold as the model year. This takes the pressure off of making change for changes sake. It also (hopefully) will reduce the prevalence of planned obsolescence; and increase the durability and the recycle-ability of the materials used. All these things would greatly lower costs over the long run.
All design changes should be based on functional improvements. Imagine it: higher and higher reliability, better and better efficiency, continuous safety improvements, more and more recycled materials, design changes based on owner’s needs — what a concept!