"We have to build cars and trucks that people want to buy."
Rick Wagoner, head of
, at a recent conference in Dallas, Texas in response to why
didn't begin offering
earlier. Yeah, Rick, that's entirely true. But, your company also has to have at least a modicum of foresight in order to be successful in the tough American market these days. For instance,
is just now reaping the benefits of its hybrid
, despite the fact that the automaker has been building them since 1997. Did Toyota know something that GM didn't? Not really, as the entire world has been watching oil prices climb for the last few decades. It was bound to happen in the United States -- GM's own backyard -- as well, and now that it has indeed taken place, the three remaining American automakers have been caught with the wrong product at the wrong time sitting on
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