Lienert's predictions for 2006
He’s seeing broken unions littering 2006 as the domestic automakers follow the airlines in either slowly or quickly eroding their contracts at the bargaining table.
A new war between automakers is brewing. This time, though, the combatants are not domestic versus imports, but Korean versus Japanese with Toyota nervously looking over its shoulder as Hyundai moves upscale in quality but not in price (and keeps its famous warranty). And Honda will be in trouble in 2006 as buyers abandon the Element and CR-V.
Finally, in a weird form of copycat, Japanese automakers will be increasing incentives on their vehicles with their trucks on the front lines for deep cash bonuses. (And we won’t point out that such vehicles are the cash cows for the domestic manufactures.)
Then there’s the Chinese….
See here for Dan and his colleagues’ 2005 predictions. Were they on the money or need another visit with the gypsy and her crystal ball again?
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