View Full Version : Missing the painfully obvious

Lurker the Second
20-06-2008, 12:53:33
From an article in today's paper, full length link below:

DETROIT — The demand for fuel-efficient small cars and hybrids is so fierce that automakers cannot produce them fast enough.

Limited supply of some of the hottest models is taking its toll on an industry that has already suffered a 14 percent drop in unit sales in the United States this year.

Analysts say that June sales are coming in at the lowest monthly rate in at least 15 years, partly because manufacturers have been unable to satisfy the surging demand for compact cars and hybrid models.

Sales for the month so far are equal to an annualized selling rate of 12.5 million vehicles, according to the market research firm J. D. Power & Associates.

“It’s abysmally low, the lowest we have seen in a long time,” said Tom Libby, J. D. Power’s chief industry analyst. “And the inventories of small cars are hurting sales, no doubt about it.”


Small cars now account for more one in five vehicles sold, and the numbers are rising. Less than a decade ago, the percentage was one in eight.

While some automakers — Honda, for example — have flexible plants that can shift productions from minivans or crossovers to cars, the factories of Detroit automakers are limited to specific models.

So while Ford has shut down its big S.U.V. plant in Wayne, Mich., for nine weeks because those vehicles are not selling, its nearby Focus plant is running extra hours.

“This seismic shift in the marketplace has definitely taken us and everybody else by surprise,” said George Pipas, Ford’s market analyst.

While it may be true that they were surprised, can someone please explain how it was not obvious this was going to happen at least a year and a half ago?

Full article (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/20/business/20auto.html?_r=1&oref=slogin)

20-06-2008, 12:56:06
It was obvious.
They were surprised.

Someone invite them to post here.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
20-06-2008, 13:04:45
They are the management, so duh

Lurker the Second
20-06-2008, 13:04:48
:lol: Yeah, wrong caption, should have been another "qualified to post here" type thread.

20-06-2008, 13:08:12
Takes a long time to design and build a car.

20-06-2008, 13:12:15
They aren't designing new cars, just building more of different models.

C.G.B. Spender
20-06-2008, 13:20:24
Is somone qualified to post on counterglow a "quatpoc"?

20-06-2008, 13:30:37
Do you have to be qualified to post here?

C.G.B. Spender
20-06-2008, 13:33:12
Don't be afraid

20-06-2008, 13:34:33
Takes even longer to build a new plant capable of building new models of cars.

Lurker the Second
20-06-2008, 13:44:33
That's true, but I still don't see why they are surprised at what happened.

20-06-2008, 13:51:15
Originally posted by Venom
Takes even longer to build a new plant capable of building new models of cars.

does this mean you first have to design the car then the plant capable to produce it?

20-06-2008, 17:31:27
Ford has a design department?

Dyl Ulenspiegel
20-06-2008, 18:20:54
And this was their underwater bridge: http://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bild:Ford_Scorpio_front_20080214.j pg&filetimestamp=20080214200510