The New Detroit

It is both intriguing and frightening to see what is happening to the world’s industries. China is taking part in another industry hijacking.

“China’s southwestern Chongqing Municipality plans to invest 50 billion yuan (US$6.2 billion) on its automotive industry and expects an annual output of 1.5 million vehicles in five years, China Business News reported today.” – Shanghaidaily.com.

China just took over the number two spot away from Japan in the auto manufacturing segment. Is this going to be a another wake up call to our car manufacturers? Remember when the Japanese product began pouring into the US in the late 70’s? That forced the Big Three to start looking at their quality issues. Fit and finish were at all time lows for US built cars. American drivers were demanding more fuel efficient, quality economical cars and the Japanese filled the need. The tide seems to be going that direction once again. Although, I believe we are doing a very good job on the quality issue. We just need to look at the fuel efficiency again. People are turning away from the big gas guzzling SUVs. What will the consuming public do when automobiles from China start pouring into the showroom floors and competing side-by-side? The market is very crowded with good quality products form all over the world. The only thing Chinese cars will have going for them will be price. The America companies that will be selling these cars will be the Wal-Mart of car dealerships. The Wal-Mart trend is starting to saturate and level off. American’s are starting to rethink their consuming ways. It isn’t very “Politically Correct” to buy cheap, low quality goods that are going to be disposed of in a short time and add to our already overflowing landfills. We are starting to keep our beloved cars longer. The American car consumer wants a good quality car or truck that is going to stay in their garage much longer than it did 20 years ago. Good value AND quality are the industry monikers now and far into the future. I shall step up onto my ‘Made in the USA’ soapbox again and shout….WAKE UP AMERICA! Make a concerted effort to buy American made goods. ‘Made in the USA’ means jobs, a thriving economy and a future for our children and grandchildren.

Lloyd signing out….May God Continue to Bless America!

My ’02 Chevy S10

Just thought I would add a picture of my most favorite vehicle. Yes its American! And, yes its a Chevy! Its a work in progress. I am in the process of adding a nice air-flow system and new exhaust. I am looking for suggestions. I just joined the S10 Forum today. I highly recommend you go out and get yourself a car that you can play with and have a heckuva lot of fun. There are a lot of bargains out there. Now go shopping. And, oh yes, make sure its made in the USA!

Lloyd signing out

Saving Our American Auto Industry One Generation A…

Saving Our American Auto Industry One Generation At A Time

The biggest challenge facing our indigenous automobile manufacturers is creating new customers out of the youngest generation. The Baby Boomers really got the car bug bad growing up in 50’s on through the 70’s. As we got older, our appetites for foreign cars grew. Gen Xer’s really got the foreign car bug to the point that during the 90’s it really put the hurts to the US industry. Gen Yer’s are all fired up about modifying their Honda’s, Toyota’s, etc which by the way helps the aftermarket industry. There is nothing wrong with the Asian cars, the make a very good product. But, by swaying my kids to take a look at the American car scene, I hope to do my part in reviving it. Chrysler really started firing things up a few years ago when they built the PT Cruiser. It helped put the spotlight back on to American ingenuity. Next came the retro styled Ford Mustang. Wow, what a beautiful automobile. And Ford is doing it right by leaving the design wide open to the aftermarket. Chrysler came out with the Charger, Chevrolet with the SSR and a lot more to come. I was reading an article in the latest edition of Motor Trend where Chrysler built a concept Dodge Challenger. Everything old is new again. The designs immediately appeal to us Baby Boomers. I am seeing the younger generations starting to salivate at the chance to get their hands on them too! Did you catch a look at the concept Camaro? The pony car wars are heating up again. People are starting to get all giddy about the Big 3 products once more. It’s a great time to be alive and motoring in the good old USA once again. Write to you Congressman and tell them to vote for a new national holiday. Let’s call it American Car Revolution Day. The day we regain dominance in the Auto Industry.

Lloyd signing out….now go down to your local GM, Ford or Chrysler dealers and show your kids what real cars are.

Then & Now: Post Tribute to a Fascinating Industry

By Lloyd Frazier

When talking with someone who lived through the depression and WWII, one begins to realize the tremendous sacrifices that were made by out citizens, and industry leaders. Take the American automobile industry for instance. Basically, their prime business took a temporary backseat for the war effort. Automobile factories retooled to make airplanes, parts, tanks, guns, etc.etc. That was a real coming together for our country. We may never see that kind of mutual cooperation between citizens and industry again in our lifetimes. After the war, they began to make cars and trucks again. Because of the pent up demand, there was a post war boom in the industry.

Now-our American auto industry is suffering from intolerant labor unions, worldwide competition, and an indifferent populace. What this industry, which by the way is over 20% of our economy, needs is a shot in the arm from us. Yes, from its very own neighbors, the American citizens. Why are we so hungry for foreign made cars and trucks? Yes, I agree, the American automobile industry struggled during the 80’s with some poor product and homogenous looking style. But, if you look at the statistics now, American made products are more reliable, have better styling, and produce awesome performance and quality that is surpassing other countries. It is time for us, the US consumer, to start looking in our own backyard when it comes time to open our pocketbooks. This goes for all products. But as you know, this is an auto industry blog 😉

Learn how to profit from your writing

By Lloyd Frazier

I was reading the latest issue of Detailers Digest over the last couple of days. It is an exclusive publication for professional Auto Detailers. It is filled with personal stories of successes in the automotive appearance and aftermarket business, industry news, and a large assortment of advertisements. There are even articles about assorted legal wrangles between corporations and small businesses that we are given details about. Hey, wait a minute…I thought we were talking about auto detailing! Getting back to the business at hand, I want to tell you about an interesting article that was in the publication. The title of the article was “Small Business Experts Beats High Costs Of Marketing.” The Detailers Digest article is based around small business expert, Bonnie Davis. She has a subscription based web site at ArticleSubmissionSites.com that caters to people who want to get their articles published on the web. It mentions her “innovative way to make short order of the rising costs of marketing their businesses.” The article goes on to talk about how to “market with articles.” Anything written down by someone with a professional, or at least active, interest or vocation would count. The author’s of these articles, stories, columns, or whatever, can promote and profit from their relative expertise. It sounds like a great way to make some extra cash. Who knows, it could become something much larger. Imagine making an income from what you know. The information age is finally starting to sink in. Why should we always expect something for nothing? People should be able to profit from there years of experience in a given trade or profession. I hope that my blog will catch on to continue the discussion and study of the US auto industry. Maybe even make a little cash. Lloyd-signing out.