Tuesday, May 11, 2010

'Big Three' Finally Competitive On Per-Unit Labor Costs

All that arm-twisting of the socialist worker unions is already paying off big-time!
With 2,300 new employees working under the revised wage/retirement plans, GM's employees are only $2 more costly than Toyota's. McAlinden predicts that over the next 5 years, GM may even undercut Toyota's pay by up to $10.
 (GM is the "prime example" here)

Now is the time for the Obamacracy to get its grubby paws off of the General.


Robert of Ottawa said...

Government Motors is destined to go down the tubes, as did British Leyland 20 years ago.

The circumstances and parallels are almost identical; Government Motors will never get of the Government Teat, as it is easy money; much easier than making cars that people want.

And then the government will tell the company to make cars it wants the people to want ( viz. the Volt). It's a death spiral that will last 30-40 years; but it is death.

Watcher said...

Love that Camaro. I can park it next to my 2010 Equinox. Beautiful vehicle to drive with outstanding gas mileage to boot.

Canadian Sentinel said...

Hard to pick which ponycar to get. Camaro, Challenger, Mustang. The best are the Camaro and Challenger, as they have the far more contemporary platforms while the Mustang, I believe, is still using the same platform from '79, though Ford has worked impressive magic with it.

It's a tossup for me between the Camaro/Challenger. Better interior for the Camaro next year, plus the Z28 is a go, and will probably get a supercharged V8... But the Challenger is bigger inside, with more trunk space, a more practical drive. Eeny meeny...

∞ ≠ ø said...

Ford took no taxpayer money.
My mother says to pick the most American one and...Ford...is...it!

Have you driven a Ford Lately?

Fusion hybred, big, plush, loaded.
41 mpg. GO FORD

Canadian Sentinel said...

I like the Ford Flex... Why not drop in a V8, add 4WD and jack up the suspension... Turn it into a neo-Wagoneer...

∞ ≠ ø said...

...on the flex from Motortrend:
"motivation is now provided by a 355-horsepower, 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo direct-injection V-6 (essentially the same configuration that's made its way into the Lincoln MKS and MKT). It also offers 350 pound-feet of torque at an impressive 1500 rpm, with a fairly flat torque curve."

You ca get one with a fridg...

"If you go with the available 2nd-row 40/40 bucket seats, you can also get the optional 2nd-row console refrigeration. Unlike systems that just keep beverages cool, the compressor-driven unit in Flex can chill up to seven 12-oz. cans, four half-liter bottles or two 20-oz. bottles down to 41°F. There's also a freeze mode that'll go down to 23°F. Available for Limited model..."

Friken suicide for me.. but a great draw for diabetics.

I applied to Ford this week.
Looking for a politically correct job you know. ☺