This article is sad but true. What are we Americans waiting for? Even the news people know the solution if you read the article.
You ask a good question. I have zero idea what they're waiting for. It's just ridiculous. Japanese companies are producing efficent cars left and right. American companies keep making more crappy cars.
Perhaps they think gas prices are going to drop again.
The answer is simple: Detroit and Washington, D.C. are in the same "state" -- if you know what I mean.
The "Big 3" is no more, and the other 2 (GM, Ford) seems to take forever to make a change, despite their complex, worldwide design and manufacturing systems. Ford is huge in England, but their paltry lineup here in the 'States combined with a low statistical reliability means they're in serious trouble. GM -- don't get me started. I so badly want to like them as I grew up in the "Steel Belt (now rust belt)" of Ohio where everyone drove US Iron and knew someone that worked for GM. That's all our family bought: Chevy and Olds. Today, it's a different world, and even though GM grossed more money than any other care maker, their net profit wasn't nearly close -- too many rebates. I honestly don't know what to do for them. GM needs to loosen up and Ford needs to do more market research.
Not only the rebates they have to deal with, but now all their retired workers are wanting all the benifits (as in paid retirement) they were promised when they were working. GM needs to declare bankruptcy and reform....GM wouldn't have the money if it wasn't for China's growing demand for the automobile and the American way of life.
__________________ Current Stable
GasSaver: 2000 Honda Insight Silverstone w/AC 65+mpg
Track Terror: 2002 Honda S2000 Gran Prix White- lots of mods - 28mpg
Beater: 1988 Honda Civic DX Hatback - Stripped - 30mpg
RIP: 1996 Honda Civic LX 42mpg - you will be missed