Ted Cruz is the dumbest person alive.
As if a Moon landing today would be a comparable achievement.
And honestly the Comet was cool but it was still a unmanned probe with no danger to human life if it failed.
Knowing that a Comet was going to be in an exact position at a predetermined time just meant they had to do a little Math
Now it may as well join the EU.
That's what happens when ignorance is rampant. The country gets Gruberized and socialized... and since all socialist schemes die a bitter death, our demise is just around the corner.
18TRILLION of debt, 60TRILLION of unfunded liabilities, open borders, 92 million unemployed... baby boomers retiring everyday and will for the next 14-years, people living longer... a welfare system called ObamaKare... this pyramid scheme is going to come down one day... and...
... if we lose status as the world's preferred currency for trade (the Chicoms and Russians are pushing it)... then we're really farked... really fast.
America was once the land of the free, now we're like the morally bankrupt and financially bankrupt EU.
Way to go Demokrats... it's almost all due to your socialist schemes... your idiocy.
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Good, carefully thought out and civilly worded post - so let's try to do it justice.
Let's be honest, there is no American equivalent of a Bugatti Veyron or a Bentley Continental. Granted, they are expensive, but there is no US automotive product that incorporates that level of engineering and quality.
I also pointed out that both Ford and GM enjoy considerable sales of European designed and manufactured vehicles bearing their names, but bearing no relationship to their US counterparts. The 10 top selling cars across the world do not include one American designed and manufactured car - the number one seller, the Ford Focus was designed in Essex and Cologne under the guidance of Englishman Richard Parry-Jones.
However, I understand the fact that the US is a huge market, and that American car makers tailor their product to the domestic market. This happens in many other markets.
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Agreed that the moon landing in '69 was crazy as well, but I don't think you want to short sell this achievement.
Ted Cruz is the dumbest person alive.
I think any unbiased person who read your last post about this would very much believe that you were implying that the US automakers can not build a car as good as Europeans. But if that is not what you meant than so be it.
The reason that US car companies have someone outside of the US design the cars for those markets is simply good economics and business. It would make zero sense for them to have one of their local, IE US, designers work on those projects it is simply that the vast majority of their efforts are towards the US market. It is far easier and more cost effective to have the people in the markets you are trying to sell in design your product. And as to where they are built that is simply economics. It is far cheaper to have them built outside of the states. US buyers far and wide are not interested in many of the same designs that are common else where. That simple fact has more to do with why US designed cars are not that popular outside of the US.
While I am glad that your family has had good luck with them that means little in the grand scheme of things. Consumer reports basses their reports off of a much larger sample than one family. I will take their word over your experience. And to add to that before I joined the Army I went to school and than worked as a mechanic for about 6 years. In my experience European cars have just as many problems as US cars but when something on a European car brakes or simply needs maintenance it is much much more expensive to fix. That in my opinion is where the Asian cars really shine. They are somewhat more reliable but also generally the cheapest to fix.
As to the ZR1 several things about that. First things like ride and impression of build quality is very very subjective. For instance some folks like a very nice supple ride others prefer a more firm precise ride. The same goes with build quality. Out side of major visible errors, which is not what they are talking about, no one can really tell build quality by looking. People go off of feelings. I have heard magazine editors talk about poor build quality by the way a door sounds when you close it. That is ridicules. The design and components used to design the door change the way it sounds. My 69 GTO sounds like a solid perfectly built car when you shut the door. Every single car built today has more quality than that thing. LOL The bias that magazine or TV writers bring to comparisons like that play very heavily on what they pick as far as whats better
As to finish I agree that the cars that can compete with the ZR1 have better finish and use better materials on the inside. Well they dam well should. Most of them cost over twice the price. You can not build a car that has the performance of a super car and have a have a Bently quaility interior and charge what they want for a Vette. The question is is having a nicer interior worth 100000 extra dollars. I would want to know why a car that costs half as much as mine just destroyed me on the track.
I never once said that those who buy cars such as BMWs or MBs do so with zero regard for quality. It does play a part just like perceived quality which is often not actual quality. But status and exclusivity play at least as big a part if not more with many of those targeted consumers. If quality was the deciding factor than they would be buying Toyotas or Hondas or even Buicks over BMWs and MB but those are not even people in the same market. There are many wealthy customers out there who would not buy an American made car no matter what because it simply does not carry the same prestige that pulling up in a M5 does.
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