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Dakota is almost certainly coming ... eventually. It would be better to launch it later, when gas prices are going up, and it's seen as timely and gets lots of attention, than now, when it would flop.
 

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Right. However, expecting Ram to have a 100,000 sale small truck would be foolish. I recall the last number waved around was 40,000 a year and that makes sense.

Toyota, Honda, and Ford could flog ANYTHING successfully. Their buyers (disproportionately) do not even consider shopping.
 

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Yes, me too, but we are clearly in the minority. 

Sad thing is, it gets harder every day to NOT buy from China. I started out with New Balance based on the "made in USA" label; now it's the box that's made in USA along with their most expensive sneakers that are not in any store I go to. Carhartt moved over to China as well, and you can tell. I ended up dropping snooty Carhartt for better quality, cheaper pants made in Mexico.

People are generally not willing to pay 20% more for American goods, guaranteed not to be made with lead and mercury, etc. 

I am beginning to think the only way for the US to be competitive will be to move back to factory towns, ending the home-and-car ownership thing. Or, of course, we could at least talk about the "protectionist" policies that have helped make China into a world power, in self-defense, for the sake of national security...  (Side note: http://www.acq.osd.mil/dsb/reports/ADA435563.pdf">High Performance Microchip Supply  )

Other side note, I had not considered Dart (really, Viaggio, if we're talking suspensions) as a platform for a pickup, hmm. It would avoid the weight issues of the minivan. Is this the metric-ton pickup for Europe though? 
 

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Thanks, I'll check them out when these wear out.

Henry Ford, wasn't exactly a role model, but even Henry knew that he had to pay his workers a fair enough wage to allow them to buy his products.
Except that if you dig down, you find that's marketing. The number of people who got that "fair wage" was miniscule; and they had to subject themselves to regular inspections to make sure they were going to the “right” church every Sunday, living in accordance with Henry’s religious beliefs, etc.

The main reason for giving that wage was the same as over-posting ads for migrant workers in California during the Dust Bowl: so he’d have fifty applicants per position, and if you wanted more money or had your hand chopped off by the machinery, you could be kicked out and replaced instantly.

The “living wage” myth is almost as bad as the “invented the car” myth (Cugnot beat him to it), the “first car assembly line” myth (Ransom Olds and Oldsmobile), the “first cheap car” myth (Brush among others) ...
 

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Regarding Carhartt, when I looked, everything I normally buy was Chinese. New Balance brought some back too, but not enough.

First car in America was absolutely not Ransom Olds. Ransom Olds was the first to make them on the assembly line.

Cugnot beat Daimler by a century. He made several cars -- by today's definition, perhaps trucks would be the appropriate term. They had four wheels, steering, independent power (steam), brakes, towing capacity, even trailers for some. His thought was mobile artillery not personal transportation, but they could be used for either one.

If you count Daimler as the first, you have to assume that it's more important to burn gasoline in a tricycle, than to have a four wheeled self powered self steering automobile.

Daimler was the first, as far as I know, to sell cars.
 
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