Are We In Crazytown?
Yesterday the sales numbers for the auto industry were released. According to the people at Autodata, there were 983,738 cars and trucks sold in the U.S. in June 2010, which is a 14.4% increase over sales in June 2009, when 859,942 were sold.
Let’s repeat: a 14.4% increase over June 2009.
And looking more specifically, you’ll find that year-over-year POSITIVE CHANGES like the following:
- Chrysler: 35.4%
- Ford: 13.8%
- GM: 11.9%
- BMW: 12.2%
- Honda: 6.2%
- Hyundai: 35%
- Kia: 18.9%
- Mazda: 32.8%
- Mercedes: 24.5%
- Nissan: 10.8%
- Subaru: 16%
- Toyota: 6.8%
And even Porsche was up 137.4%.
Yet for all of the black ink, as I drove into work this morning, I saw variations on the theme—negative variations, mind you—of the headline that appears in today’s edition of the Detroit News:
Yes, I get it. Things are slowing down compared to how they had been picking up. But guess what: THINGS ARE STILL MOVING IN A POSITIVE DIRECTION.
Does anyone want to go back to how it was a year or two ago?
When a 14.4% overall increase is treated like something pathetic, it surely indicates that we have a evident unwillingness to celebrate good news.
For conducting business in the U.S. market, Toyota has historically had several separate business entities: a sales and distribution company headquartered in California (Toyota Motor Sales, USA); manufacturing operations (Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America); a racing subsidiary (Toyota Racing Development, USA); the Toyota Technical Center for R&D in Ann Arbor; and a design facility in California (Calty Design Research, Inc.). On April 1, 2006, Toyota merged its R&D operations and its manufacturing operations into a single company.
Ford has made an accomplishment that will never be bested, never even be tied.
Dan Nicholson is vice president of General Motors Global Propulsion Systems, the organization that had been “GM Powertrain” for 24 years.