...second-hand non-U.S. vehicles is too high for my taste.
Old South End Broadway
... http://www.measuringworth.com/uscompare/, that allows you to look at past prices, and look at them with inflation in mind. The Nano, http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Avis=TO&Dato=20081125&K..., which is scheduled to sale for $2500 US is a bargain when you look at what a Ford Model T would sell for today (and it is much safer).
...mass transit to get the workers to the jobs. Our country chose in the 1950's to support federally-funded highways over mass transit. It will be hard to get out of that mess. We have chosen to spread our population over the land rather than crowd it together into large cities (except for New York).
...transit with their tax dollars (this link, http://www.indianembassy.org/newsite//doing_business_in_india/fiscal_tax..., indicates there is no federal tax on individual income below 100,000 rupees). I cannot imagine such a system in this country.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanand, with additional plants in other areas of India. Strategically, locating your main plant near the border of your arch-enemy does not seem a good idea. I think it is too open to terrorism.
... was taken off the drawing boards, http://www.busrep.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=561&fArticleId=4632998. Farmers had been forced to sell their land for a pittance (remember what happened in Toledo when it was decided to build a new plant?).
... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maharashtra, seems to be home to a number of automotive production facilities in India, Plants seem to be spread across the country but mostly in the north.
there is much more than just cost.
Jaguar and Range Rover from Ford ?
Rumored to be interested in buying Fiat. If so, that would give TATA their first footprint into America
Seven out of ten medium and heavy commercial vehicles in India are made by Tata. The Indica V2 is India’s only fully designed and manufactured passenger car.
In 2004 Tata Motors bought Daewoo’s truck manufacturing unit in South Korea
... but he may be underestimating the world-wide recession. There may be opportunities, but there are also traps, http://www.zimbio.com/Indian+Car+Companies/articles/339/Tatas+hit+rough+...
a car that looks nice, has great quality, and is affordable.
... a car that's easily maintained by the user, and gets the best possible gas mileage. Maintainability also links into the car's design for being recycled.
Either we do this, or too many of the public will be too poor to drive to places to make this consumer economy function.
Tata targets the vehicle as the least expensive production car in the world — aiming for a starting price of 100,000 rupees or approximately $2300 US.
... and the third may be. If a person is making US $60,000 a year s/he may have a different standard of affordability than someone who is living in a backwater village in India. Culture determines what is nice, http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/e0c4a/. And great quality usually is undermined by price.
... a USA-manufactured SUV is losing its aura. It appears that the Indian-made SUVs may be as good (as well as cheaper) than Jeeps from Toledo, or other SUVs from other places in the USA. US manufactured "big iron" may not interest the citizens of India and China now that they can begin to think about four wheel transportation. And that is the death knell for U.S. auto manufacturing.
NO BAIL-OUT FOR DETROIT'S BIG THREE
Unless they agree to move all their factories to 'Right To Work' states.
Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a socialist.
... in this link, http://www.toledoblade.com/assets/swf/TO605801130.SWF. Here is a list of trade unions in India, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trade_unions_in_India.
I will never again buy a car by a US owned company. I used to be a big supporter but the last 5 years and their lack of response to the countries needs has shown me that I don't want to enable those causing mass problems in this country.
'I used to have compassion, but they taxed it and legislated it out of existence.'
I kid you not, I was just scrolling to the bottom of this post to write: ONE WORD: YUGO.
ANd I call myself a writer...
LOL Quick on the trigger, I guess. 8^D
Great minds think alike.
A friend of mine had a Yugo and drove it into the ground. I think it took a year.
I believe the Saturn division of GM has largely been a success story and if more American auto companies followed this trend there would not be so much negativity toward those companies.
This site has one up over all other local ones: it has polls.