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    Volkswagen may use Ford's U.S. plants to build cars

    Another job Americans don't want to do anymore (building small-ish cars)?

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-u...-idUSKBN1O32JG
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    American car companies maybe, but the way I read that is that VW wants more capacity here and the plants wouldn't be used if VW doesn't use them. That's a good thing for American workers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GodFearinGunTotin View Post
    Another job Americans don't want to do anymore (building small-ish cars)?

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-u...-idUSKBN1O32JG
    Probably building pickups and SUVs since American's don't like to buy smallish cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoughMade View Post
    American car companies maybe, but the way I read that is that VW wants more capacity here and the plants wouldn't be used if VW doesn't use them. That's a good thing for American workers.
    Of course. People want to earn a living (generally speaking). Though the line workers might want to build them, obviously, there's not enough of them buying them or Ford would have stayed in the business.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GodFearinGunTotin View Post
    Of course. People want to earn a living (generally speaking). Though the line workers might want to build them, obviously, there's not enough of them buying them or Ford would have stayed in the business.
    Like Murph implied, VW builds a lot more than small cars.

    3 SUVs, a couple of Subaru-like wagons, a mid/large sized car in addition to the small ones.

    ...of course there's always the possibility that Americans don't want American​ small cars.
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    I don't want an "American" OR German car, no matter where it's made. Unless I win the lottery. Then I'll have a stable of Germans. And Italians. And some Americans. And Japanese.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HoughMade View Post
    Lile Murph implied, VW builds a lot more than small cars.

    3 SUVs, a couple of Subaru-like wagons, a mid/large sized car in addition to the small ones.

    ...of course there's always the possibility that Americans don't want American​ small cars.
    BINGO. As an owner of 2 VW's and a BMW, I was never impressed with the fit and finish of the domestic offerings.
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    It's not that people don't want small cars, its that American car companies cannot compete with the majority of the foreign market. There is not any real money in it when you have American car manufacturing expenses vs those that the foreign car companies have brought over with them.

    American car companies want their sales high dollar, rivaling what home sales were just years ago. It becomes very forgiving when people become used to living their whole life with a continual monthly vehicle payment. Compared to a vehicle that will be paid off free and clear in a short few years, to let them understand living without that regular payment.
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    I think the real issue is more that American companies can make more profit selling larger vehicles than small ones. They could​ compete on smaller cars, but why?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HoughMade View Post
    ...They could​ compete on smaller cars, but why?
    Could they?

    Has any of the big three EVER made a small car that was subjectively better than a Corolla, Civic, Camry, or Accord?
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