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Car makers that might as well back out of U.S.

Marketwatch -- Among the September car and light-truck successes of Fiat’s Chrysler, Honda Motor Co. Ltd. and Toyota Motor Corp., and the disappointing results of General Motors and Ford are all-but-forgotten automobile manufacturers that sell almost no products in the United States. It is a miracle that they continue to attack the market, and little surprise that they flounder in doing so.

Among these, Mitsubishi Motors and American Suzuki sell inexpensive cars — and hope to compete with Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai. They have no chance.

The marketing muscle, dealer networks, product development and advertising budgets of the larger companies are too great. The two small firms barely have dealer counts high enough for consumers to find them. It is a wonder that their parent corporations continue ...


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Submitted Oct 07, 2012 By: BurntOrange
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LilRedWagonIN
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2012 12:39:19 AM

There is an ebb and flow of market share that is being ignored by short-sighted prejudiced articles.
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kkimes
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2012 12:07:56 AM

"Suzuki for sure has no chance."

Really a shame too because I have a soft spot in my heart for them. I had a Samari for a couple of years. Pretty primitive, no A/C or other amenities and needed a tail wind to hit 70mph and sounded like an out of balance washing machine above 50. But what a blast. A convertible in the summer and a 4 wheel drive jeep in the winter. Good value too. The lowest cost per mile vehicle I've ever owned. Would have had it a lot longer but I rolled it and my wife wouldn't let me get another one.
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bston
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2012 11:15:06 PM

The lesser known automakers will always be there because prices are needed for those that can't always afford the bigger automakers.
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DanMtz
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2012 11:41:34 AM

Suzuki for sure has no chance.
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truvoice1
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2012 1:28:22 AM

It would be sad to see Volvo and Mitsubishi go away, for having owned vehicles from both brands I can attest to Mitsubishi's reliability and Volvo's superior engineering, especially in the area of safety.
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DesertRat2011
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 11:19:19 PM

Sure don't know how they can stay around with those low of sales numbers?
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ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 10:10:51 PM

They are just hanging on.
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sillywagon
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 8:30:52 PM

I notice Suzuki's... but it tends to be the "SX4 Crossover" hatchback that I notice. it's small but not dinky. And they claim it's the cheapest AWD vehicle you can buy new. That's a selling point.
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Night Owl
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 7:06:15 PM

If Hyundai can survive and thrive, anybody can do it. These car companies just have to have quality and commitment.
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 6:03:07 PM

Good Article.
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Bearcat500
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 5:54:06 PM

OK
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 2:48:56 PM

loved my isuzu rodeo.
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schatzila
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 12:16:16 PM

Quality is where it counts.
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73amx
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 12:02:34 PM

maybe the smaller companies, as you call them, are making the larger corporation look twice at themselves. a lot of smaller companies have some very good ideas and products and the big guys then try to incorporate into their own products.
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Seamus4513
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 11:26:39 AM

Ok
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07skydriver
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 11:00:58 AM

And Chrysler too.
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TxMtb
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 10:02:46 AM

For the amount of money it costs the taxpayers to keep them open, GM should leave and let someone with a profitable business model come in.
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highdesertman
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 9:58:18 AM

Hard to sell cars with little or no advertising and a limited dealer network. Frankly, I'm a little surprised that Mini, Smart, and Jaguar aren't on this list.
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joekool1
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 9:53:55 AM

gm and fiat should leave also
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matman01
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 9:02:43 AM

I don't see Volvo leaving any time soon.
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ss70
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 8:58:55 AM

great brands than these went down .. so it is natural way
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derKraut
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 8:35:20 AM

I suspect these makers will go by the wayside shortly - like Saab and Volvo.
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merlinCO
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 8:33:58 AM

They don't pay enogugh to re-elect politicians.
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 8:25:29 AM

On Oct 7, 2012 2:13:03 AM, LanguageMan1 wrote:

>Oh, yeah, ALL the major analysts said that Apple couldn't survive
>with a 2.5% or less market share back then, that they'd go belly up.

Apple has about 25% market share right now. Guess people like their Apple stuff. I know that I do. It just works.

They have about 70% of the tablet market, about 70% of the portable music player market, and a good chunk of the cell phone market.
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 7:59:13 AM

Only time will tell.
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OldMan322
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 7:50:34 AM

Mitsubishi are manufactured in Illinois, I'm surprised Obama didn't give they a loan
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335d1
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 7:42:26 AM

Mitsubishi and Suzuki haven't been able to set their cars apart and above the competition.
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 7:13:07 AM

no GM's for me......
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WGW1
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 6:29:38 AM

Ford is just another 4 letter word. I know, I swear by them.
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 6:16:32 AM

It's amazing they've been around this long. I haven't seen a Suzuki for years.
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 6:14:43 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 6:14:12 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 6:11:37 AM

This country used to be a great market for autos. The economy has really hurt the auto business for all in the US.
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 6:10:21 AM

Ford for me
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74celica
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 6:10:10 AM

make cars that are dependable and priced so the average joe can afford
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padlocks2
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 6:07:45 AM

Buy FORD
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SUPERSTEVIEO
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 6:07:40 AM

if the number of companies that sell drop... them the increase of vloume for the rest f the makers... should decrease production costs and hence prices... right???
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 6:06:27 AM

Whatever.
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alphanyr
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 6:05:12 AM

Bye
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six_ball_man
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 6:04:39 AM

Most successful companies today got that way by throwing their hands up and quitting...LoL
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 6:03:35 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 6:01:27 AM

interesting
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blupupher
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 5:53:17 AM

Suzuki has always been a small car maker with some interesting vehicles.
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 5:44:08 AM

Wow!
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ok
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 5:04:02 AM

I'll stick with Ford.
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 3:27:00 AM

And this affects the price of gas how?
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 3:09:15 AM

Didn't know Mitsubishi and Suzuki still sold cars in the U.S.
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 3:03:05 AM

1) A small chunk of the American market is a larger than big chunks of most markets.

2) I was surprised at the names - they are familiar (if you are old).

And sparkie815 - the TRASH comes from Government Motors and the UAW. Depending on what joke you tell - Fix Or Repair Daily, Found On Road Dead. Detroit has EARNED that reputation. Some of us follow the motto:

Look for the union label, it tells you what NOT to buy!
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SkooterG
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 3:02:46 AM

A shame. There was a time when Mitsubishi built some compelling cars.
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lgwhitlock
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 2:59:17 AM

And with parts more expensive because of the exclusivity it makes them less likely to succeed...
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