40 years ago, awful products and a changing market changed everything for Big Auto.
Coming soon, what is the worst year in American automobile history? p>
Recent bias may lead you to the 2008 election, when an unprecedented recent financial crisis criticized the macroeconomy and led to government funding for General Motors and Chrysler (after sales down 40% and ownership of about 3 machines that earned $80) billion (millions of jobs) in danger). But NDEs have made cars and automakers more in line with the needs and desires of consumers, and have affected many people. The automakers failed, but some of the best cars ever produced during that period were produced, such as the Marmont, Dosenberg, Pierce-Arrow, Stoutz, and many others. Or perhaps it was 1957, when the last of the independent automakers, Nash and Hudson, vanished from the market, and Packard took his last breath as a poorly dressed, poorly disguised studio maker, a company that would disappear a decade later. p>
No, it's 1980. With the arrival of the second OPEC oil embargo last year, the country is in a recession. Sales of US-made cars reached 6.58 million units, down 20 percent from 1979, as imported automakers took 26.1 percent of the market share, up from 21.2 percent in 1979. Ford lost $33 billion in domestic sales and scored 1.5 percent. billion dollars worldwide. Sales fell 29 percent. Chrysler, which lost $2 billion in the past year and a half, was in a bad position the banks didn't lend. Instead, Congress did, offering a $1.5 billion federally guaranteed loan. Even General Motors lost $763 million, the company's first loss since 1921.
But bad numbers alone could not earn the title of "worst car year in history" in 1980. The Big Three, which were forced to Engineering new technology vehicles for the first time in decades, has struggled to meet the unprecedented demand for small, fuel-efficient vehicles. Faced with profits and declining market share, Detroit responded with some of the worst cars it had ever produced. p> Advertising
Why did you come to this conclusion? In short, bean counters won - although, of course, the whole picture is more complicated. To truly understand the point where American automakers reached in the 1980's, you have to go back a few years and understand global trends that these industry giants simply weren't equipped to manage. p>
First, you can look. Proof by looking at the candy: Think of the legendary, unfortunate cars of the 80s. Even some quiet, eye-catching music production techniques couldn't save the 1981 Cadillac Seville.
Gallery of Discomfort 19801981 AMC Eagle
With the new Concord, Spirit and Pacer models obsolete due to the unusual design of the fish bowl, the budget for developing new cars was reduced. Like many American cars of this era, American Motors second-guessed its old hardware to create something new. AMC chose its Concord and Spirit models, added a new Quadra-Trac all-wheel drive system (although a part-time Selec-Trac system was optional in 1981), and renamed them AMC Eagles. Powered by a 4.2-liter V6 engine, these cars, in coupe, sedan and wagon models offered by AMC, look like a Concorde or Spirit standing on their toes. p>
Finally, they are so used to it hurts. They were clearly a decade in age and seemed to be getting older by the day. The added feature did not excite buyers enough. The weapon did not deceive anyone. The decline in sales and revenue led to AMC's merger with French automaker Renault. p> 1981 Cadillac Seville
While its new, crowded style was quickly copied by Ford and Chrysler, its engine—the L62 6.0-liter V-8—kent. Nine The V-8's computer control unit uses different inputs to determine whether it is deactivating a two-cylinder or four-cylinder by separating the appropriate rocker arms. Unfortunately, as driving conditions changed, the microprocessors couldn't respond quickly enough, causing hesitation, deceleration, and stalling. Many dealers have deactivated the system in customer cars and left those vehicles in V8 mode forever, and the "world standard" moniker does a lot of damage. A New Approach to Fuel Saving At the time, cylinder deactivation emerged as a more reliable efficient fuel management—although it took nearly two decades to emerge on GM's mid-size chassis in 2005. /p>
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