• Howard Posted: 2/24/2009 7:26am PST

    "Pontiac Vibe vs Toyota Matrix"

    Both come off the same line in the same plant. But the Vide loses value as soon as it hits the lot due to it being an "American" car. How does Detroit fix that?

  • Stuart Posted: 2/23/2009 8:20pm PST

    "Change the way the indutry sells a car."

    As a person, whom spent the best years of his life in the industry; I must say that Steveo is the wrong guy for the job the car indusrty would eat him alive; whereas someone like my self would be a good fit to revamp the industry.
    At the end of the day, the problem is the way cars have been sold for decades now and I won't go into it; I'm sure we all know how the big three do business the bottom line is the big three build a good product much better than it's competitors; however the big dealer egos and unethical business practices kill the industies abillity to create goodwill when dealing with it's customer base.

  • Richard Posted: 2/23/2009 3:49pm PST


    @Nameless: Technically, from a marketing perspective, the perception is more important than the reality. So it would be more important that Jobs change the public's *perception* of your Ford's quality than to change the actual *quality* of the Ford. However, in point of fact, I was mostly just being nice, because believe me: I've had more than my share of troubles with American cars.
    @Dantron: The Mac was an innovation, but IMHO, it didn't really stick. I mean, all-in-one desktops are still around, but laptops are pretty clearly where things are going. (Ironically, Apple's Powerbook has had more of a lasting impact on computer design, but it wasn't developed by Jobs.)
    The Mac OS was important, too, but it was plagiarized so heavily by Microsoft that no one thinks of Windows as a byproduct of Mac anymore. (NB: Gates stole from the Mac OS again with Vista--with less fruitful results)

  • Dantron Posted: 2/23/2009 2:39pm PST

    "industry-changing devices"

    You forgot the Mac.

  • Nameless Coward Posted: 2/23/2009 1:40pm PST

    "Perceived quality"

    Yeah I love that stuff about how Americans have a poor perception of homegrown autos. It's all just perception? So I just PERCEIVE that my Ford pings on high octane fuel, and that the power window mechanism is breaking or has broken on THREE OUT OF FOUR WINDOWS?! Maybe Ford just needs a better advertising campaign to educate me about how my perceptions about their quality are all wrong!

  • Bert Behrens Posted: 2/23/2009 11:45am PST

    "NO messiah's need apply"

    Oh god no. I love what Jobs has done at Apple but he is not the guy to run the domestic auto industry. It wouldn't be bad to get a CEO up there with his stage presence but the strategy Apple operates under and his purported outbursts would do more harm than good.