Jay Leno To Detroit: “Make better cars.”

Jay Leno

Jay Leno, he of the late night show, the big chin, the sense of humor and the very, very nice garage says thus:

“It ain’t that hard folks — make better cars.”

He’s just talking in general. He sites American pick up as being the best there is, and doesn’t fault American high performance cars either: “The Corvette Z06 has 505 horsepower, comes with a big warranty, and can hit 200 miles per hour. It weighs almost exactly the same as a half-million-dollar Porsche Carrera GT and gets higher mileage – 26 miles per gallon.”

Guys got a point there, and he also has a point here too:

“In order to make the more expensive car more appealing, U.S. companies feel as though they have to dumb down the cheaper car … When you get into a high-priced, well-made American car today and the key is in the ignition, you hear a melodic bong, bong. But when you get in a cheap American car, like a rental, and the key is left in, it goes plink, plink, plink. It’s just horrible. Every time you use the turn signal, it’s like breaking a chicken leg.”

But what to do? How to improve things? Leno says:

“I believe that, all things being equal, Americans will buy American. It just has to be as good as the competition; it doesn’t have to be better.”



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