• james myers avatar james myers Posted: 4/4/2012 4:05am PDT

    What a bunch of CRAP!

  • Cyriuslee avatar Cyriuslee Posted: 4/3/2012 2:48pm PDT

    Might be helpful to look at the geographic distribution. More democrats are concentrated in metro areas where small cars make more sense. When you're working a ranch in Wyoming a Nissan LEAF just doesn't get it done.

  • cracovian avatar cracovian Posted: 4/3/2012 9:31am PDT

    Call me a crazy liberal but a LEAF made in TN will make more economic sense than a Mexican-made Fiesta. And if I need to choose between the F-150 and Expedition that uses 30% of OPEC oil and the Japanese-made LEAF then, it's really not my lack of "patriotism" that seals the deal for Nissan... On a related note, in the deep area of American Dark Ages in Kennesaw, GA I noticed a Dodge RAM pickup and Ford Excursion all in the span of one week filled with white people inside and normal Obama stickers on the bumper ;-) I had to look twice... I guess there's still hope for us :-)

  • robok2 avatar robok2 Posted: 4/3/2012 3:11pm PDT

    @Red Baron. No problem with your overall post and I think you've made some good points. I will have to disagree with the Fiesta/LEAF comparison, however. Roughly 3-4 more jobs at the OEMs are in engineering and development compared to assembly jobs at the factory. Not only do far more jobs get created in the U.S. by development here than factory work, the salaries are much higher. I'm far more concerned with where a vehicle is developed than assembled.

    As for Mexico, if OEMs don't want to build in Mexico, great. Just don't expect to sell there. GM/Ford have good sales in Mexico and a couple of plants there don't bother me at all. Compare that to Nissan, VW and Hyundai and the D3 suddenly look much better in comparison.