INTERESTING...maybe the country should consider bailing them out to some degree

Nothing needs to be said... Ford, Chrysler and GM's contributions after 9/11

An interesting commentary...You might find this of interest:

'CNN Headline News did a short news listing regarding Ford and GM's
contributions to the relief and recovery efforts in New York and Washington .

The findings are as follows.....

1. Ford- $10 million to American Red Cross matching employee contributions
of the same number plus 10 Excursions to NY Fire Dept. The company also
offered ER response ! team services and office space to displaced government employees.

2. GM- $10 million to American Red Cross matching employee contributions
of the same number and a fleet of Vans, SUV's, and Trucks.

3. Daimler Chrysler-$10 million to support of the children and victims
of the Sept. 11 attack.

4. Harley Davidson motorcycles- $1 million and 30 new
motorcycles to the New York Police Dept.

5. Volkswagen-Employees and management created a Sept 11 Foundation,
funded initial with $220million, for the assistance of the children and victims of the WTC.

6. Hyundai- $300,000 to the American Red Cross.

7. Audi- see V W

8. BMW - Nothing.

9. Daewoo - Nothing.

10. Fiat - Nothing.

11. Honda - Nothing despite boasting of second best sales month ever in August 2001

12. Isuzu - Nothing.

13. Mitsubishi - Nothing.

14. Nissan - Nothing.

15. Porsche - Nothing. Press release with condolences via the Porsche website.

16. Subaru - Nothing.

17.. Suzuki - Nothing.

18. Toyota - Nothing despite claims of high sales in July and August 2001.
Condolences posted on the website .

Whenever the time may be for you to purchase or lease a new vehicle,
keep this information in mind. You might want to give more consideration
to a car manufactured by an American-owned and / or American based
company. Apart from Hyundai and Volkswagen, the foreign car companies
contributed nothing at all to the citizens of the United States ... It's OK
for these companies to take money out of this country, but it is apparently
not acceptable to return some in a time of crisis. I believe we should not
forget things like this. Say thank you in a way that gets their attention..

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Comment by Palmyra Chief Donaghey on May 4, 2009 at 7:29pm
American..........the big three only build a small amount of vehicles in the USA, I dont believe anyone of them builds a truck in the USA they are built in Mexico and Canada. Toyota and Nissan both produce trucks in the USA. We live in a country that strives on free market that is international. Why is it that the asian & european manufactures are not in distress? THEY ARE !!!!!! They know that they need to help themselves and not depend on the gov. handouts, thank god Ford didnt take OBAMAS deal we may still have one US manufacture when the dust clears. If you cannt make a profit, close the doors.......that is how a free market works.
Comment by Oldman on May 3, 2009 at 3:03pm
Buy American? One might want to look to see where the majority of the "Big 3" vehicles are built. I'll give you a hint. It ain't America.
Comment by Jason Koontz on May 2, 2009 at 9:29pm
Unfortunately you can't sell cars based on patriotism. I'e always owned american trucks, but last year, after my wreck, I needed a rig in a hurry, and all I cam up with was a Toyota. I wasn't real happy at the time, but I've been impressed. It's had less problems, gets better gas milage, and hauls and pulls just as much as the last three trucks I've owned. It's really sad that american products have fallen off as much as they have. You can't sell a product by telling them to be patriotic, it hurts America, things of that nature. you simply need to develop a better product, which they've failed to do. The ambulance market is a great example. Ford messed with a winning formula, so instead of having almost a corner on the market like they've had for so long, most of the new ambulances hitting the streets are now Chevy's, Freightliners, even those sprint rigs. Its all because we've gotten lazy, and decided we could slack off because the American people will always buy our stuff. They're learning the hard way Americans buy the one that will fit their needs the best, no matter what it is. We want the best we can get for the least amount of money, and unfortunately our products are falling short. It hurts me to see all these workers out of a job because the idiots in the head office, driving their benzs' and bmw's forgot that.
Comment by Brian Dumser on May 2, 2009 at 10:52am
That just reinforces what I've always said, "Buy American!"
Comment by Ben Waller on May 2, 2009 at 7:57am
Most people purchase cars based on getting a vehicle with the features they want, good ergonomics, good fuel mileage, safety features, and good service plans. Oh, and cost. When you can purchase a better-made foreign car that lasts longer, gets better fuel mileage, is more comfortable, and has a better warrenty and service plan, then what the did or didn't do eight years ago simply isn't going to be a factor with most people.

It shouldn't be up to the individual consumer to purchase a vehicle whose brand may not even be around in six months...Oldsmobile is gone, Pontiac follows, and the entire Chrysler company is in deep trouble. Ford seems to be doing a little better simply because they've realized that if they give the consumers what they actually want instead of trying to keep sales focused on market conditions that are gone and not coming back doesn't make corporate or individual financial sense.

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