U.S. Auto Industry

October 16, 1992 • Volume 2, Issue 38
Have U.S. automakers turned the corner on quality?
By Mary H. Cooper


The global economic slump has hit U.S. automakers hard. Fearful about their jobs, many American consumers are in no mood to buy even a utilitarian family car, much less a luxury model that can run $40,000. Consumers in Europe and Japan are also steering clear of auto dealerships. But there are a few bright spots in this otherwise dismal picture. The Big Three U.S. automakers have made big improvements, and buyers have noticed, after more than a decade of shunning Detroit in favor of Japanese products. American consumers who are in a car- buying mood increasingly are buying American. They seem to be coming back to U.S. products to get what they abandoned them for in the 1980s: reliability, selection and price.

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