Cool23 wrote:I am sure that deserves a reply but it would be great if you corrected your spelling so I knew what much of it meant
As for the situation in Thailand lets try to keep Politics out of this as best we can. I am sure the Auto workers in that country would be well looked after by the companies as if they lose production then that is also a global loss in sales.
I so deserved that.
Fact remains that a Ford Capri/Merkur XR4TI/Scorpio captive import mentality remains with Fords head office, and your valid questions aren't being answered with upping the volume on pickup Mazdas in the US. Its an area where no-one looses, so why should there not be right hooker Mazdas in America?
The aspect with Thailand is that everyone, Ford, Jeep Toyota and GM has decided to outsource there, its the goto place. The backdrop is that at a comparative level, Holden and Ford OZ used to sell engines, body parts and whole cars there, subsidized by the Australian G*********t via export "complementation"...a reward for reducing its total amount of cars parts and model lines for a market of less than 1 million vehicles per year. The Americans Chuck Chapman and Joe Whitsell at Holden set it up with Opel engines to Daewoo, Opel Germany, Vauxhall.
It was set up to support a free trade scenario, set it up to ensure a competent engineering base got enough international sales. This is how the Astron 80 2.555, Family II 1596 and 1998 engines, and Alloytec GM High Feature were destined to succeed. Instead, Suzuki, Alfa Romeo and others build the Holden V6 engines from other GM subsidaries.
Alas, every time Holden OZ or Ford OZ attempted to network with suppliers, the market was closed. We got a whole lot of 54 degree Opel V6 engined Commodore Royales that were Singapore bound , along with 2 liter Commodore VL's and VN's. The market was there, but GM's head office purchased Daewoo, and the Asia Pacific focus of the Holden Motor Company simply ceased to exists. Same with the South African Chevrolets based on Holden HK, HG and HQ's. The Mazda Road Pacers HX based machine was the same.
It would be nice to see that other countries closer to the international hub would see some reciprocal trade form Ford Dearborn. I see a heck of a lot of cool little Toyota Cavaliers, and Chevy's grey imports from Japan in New Zealand now that were born Daewoo's, so hopefully consolidation will mean the same thing for Fords and Mazda's.
If this is Fords idea of make sure the organic whole is fertile and vibrant, then bring it on.