Friday, November 28, 2008
The Engine Of Democracy-Auto Facts
The Engine Of Democracy Will Be Up Dec. 1st-The Engine Of Democracy
Visitors also will be able to see the impact of Detroit's automakers on their state as well as key facts and myth-busters concerning Detroit's automakers such as:
-- The automakers are requesting a bridge loan, not a bailout as Wall
Street has done. The companies need the loan because the U.S. credit
freeze has essentially closed capital markets and squeezed their cash
flow from operations that are being devastated by extremely low consumer
demand across the industry. This freeze is happening as the automakers
are in the midst of huge restructuring costs, heavy pension and health
care payments and massive-yet-crucial product and advanced technology
investments so that today's and tomorrow's vehicles are even safer and
more environmentally friendly.
-- GM, Ford and Chrysler make vehicles Americans want to buy. 50 percent of
the products sold in this country come from those companies. The
best-selling vehicle in the U.S. is a Ford; No. 2 is a GM product.
-- Motor vehicles and parts are the single largest export from the U.S.,
topping aerospace, medical equipment and communications.
-- According to J.D. Power, three of the top five brands for dependability
are American made: Buick, Cadillac and Mercury. The 2008 Chevy Malibu
is the highest ranked midsize car in initial quality. The 2008 Chevy
Silverado ranks highest in large truck quality. Ford quality is on par
with Toyota and Honda.
-- Ford has the most five-star safety rated vehicles in the industry and GM
has the same number of vehicles as Toyota that achieved the top safety
rating, according to the Institute for Highway Safety.
-- GM, Ford and Chrysler build fuel-efficient vehicles. GM has twice as
many models thatget 30 mpg or better than its nearest competitor. GM's
four new midsize crossover vehicles have best-in-class fuel economy. GM
has eight hybrids on the road today, with a total of 20 planned by 2012.
The 2-Mode Chevy Tahoe full-size SUV was named Green Car of the Year
last November. The new Ford Fusion Hybrid and Mercury Milan Hybrid beat
the Toyota Camry Hybrid by 6 miles per gallon. In minivans, Chrysler is
better than both Nissan and Toyota and basically tied with Honda.
-- GM, Ford and Chrysler have been restructuring their businesses over the
past few years that included the loss of tens of thousands of jobs, a
new labor contract with the UAW that will bring costs in line with
foreign competitors in this country, and productivity gains that have
put them on par with the competition. Ford was profitable in the first
quarter of 2008 before the economic crisis began and has been working
for two years to improve its balance sheet through aggressive
restructuring while accelerating the development of new, safe,
fuel-efficient and high quality products. GM has reduced structural
costs in North America by $9 billion since 2005, eliminated raises and
bonuses for executives and salaried employees, and aggressively
addressed its manufacturing footprint, shifting from truck and SUVs to
smaller cars and crossovers.
-- According to The Harbour Report, the manufacturing productivity bible of
the industry, GM has more plants leading their respective segments in
productivity than any other competitor, foreign or domestic.