TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP….Brendan Karch thinks Detroit is in trouble again: Japanese car manufacturers are finally competing with them head on in the large SUV category. That’s not the worst of it, though:
But Detroit has a bigger problem: with hybrid engines poised to become the immediate future of powertrains (regardless of platform), foreign automakers — particularly Honda and Toyota — are going to reap huge advantages while the rest of the industry flounders. Unless Detroit has a serious wild card up their sleeve, like Hydrogen-powered cars (Japan leads the way in this technology, too), this time Ford and G.M. might really drive themselves into obsolescence.
Are they making the same mistake they made in the 70s when they failed to see the small car revolution bearing down on them? It kinda seems like it.
(Hey, and Bluetooth in your car? Cool.)