Why do Americans Build Bad Cars?

So why do Americans build bad cars? Is it because we have no taste in cars or is it because we have no originality? Jeremy Clarkson explains in the video above that Americans build bad cars because they have no aggression in their driving and they have no sense of time and competition. While some of that of what he said is true, not all facts that he stated are agree-able. Continue reading for my little thoughts and some comparison notes against major Japanese and German competitors.

Are we seeing too much of the same thing?
I think the main reason why American vehicles are doing so poor in sales is because there is absolutely no change whatsoever in the styling, whether it be interior or exterior, everything seems to be the same. Let’s take a look at some examples. Take a step into a brand new Chevrolet Impala or perhaps a Malibu, and you’ll notice that everything remains the same. But it’s not just the interior details that never change, you’ll find that the complete Cadillac line-up has worn the same costume over and over again.

So why are Japanese brands more successful? Take a look at its line-up and you’ll notice that each vehicle is designed differently with its own unique taste. For example, SUV’s have a rugged design built into its shape, while more compact vehicles have a more fluid design. And you’re never going to find the same interior design repeated in a successful Japanese brand.

Cool concepts never make it to the factories…
Yes, we all know that General Motors as well as Ford have won countless awards for their concept vehicles and revolutionary ideas. However, we can’t say the same about production vehicles. Are American concepts too cool? Both German and Japanese brands have introduced concepts that knock us out, and when it comes to production time, we’ll see at least some cool features showcased in the concept. However, the same can’t be said for American cars as almost none of the gadgetries found in concept vehicles make it into production.

Revolutionize the way we drive, or think.
First self-parking vehicle, first vehicle equipped with ABS, first to introduce a four-door convertible, first luxury hybrid, and the list goes on and on. Both German and Japanese manufacturers have revolutionized the way we drive and changed our lives and the way we think about automobiles. Now, if I was to ask you: What revolutionary idea has the American cultivated? The first ever large-size SUV to consume large gallons of fuel? The first ever brand to lose against international competitors in its own country? The only revolutionary idea that comes to mind for me is, of course, the EV1 electric car. Now whatever happened to that?