It’s a day of observations

Those posting comments in the past 24 hours appear to be less interested in debating but intent on observations.

Instead of disagreeing with previously posted comments, writers each see something noteworthy in the story.

Of course, one story is about design, a topic on which nearly everybody seems to have an opinion. In this case, writers react to Chrysler Chief Design Ralph Gilles’ desire for more organic shapes.

MdniteEagl objects to two recent Chrysler design trends on practical grounds: smaller windows that reduce outward visibility and extended-cowl designs that hamper underhood servicing.

COO@Tier1 says: “Chrysler needs to focus on basics such as quality, efficiency and economy prior to sexy esthetics.”

common sense says: “See if designers in India, where future design work is outsourced, will create sexier designs with their limited experience.

But in the one response to another comment, JV retorts that “designers do not create the look of the vehicle, they just digitize the look of the clay that comes from the styling studio.”

Who’s satisfied?

A second lively topic is the study reporting that consumer satisfaction with domestic brands fell.

GMdealerguy objects to the story’s focus on foreign brands capturing the first four places but not giving equal attention to General Motors brands that took the next three.

But SEZ WHO? asks if anyone has compared the interior detail of Hyundai and Honda models with domestic models, adding to change consumer perceptions, “car companies need to leapfrog the competition, not just play catch up.”

Another writer suggests recent dissatisfaction with fuel economy skewed the survey results and notes that the scores were very tightly bunched and so magnified small differences. The comment concludes with a desire for better data, saying model-level data would be more useful than the brand-level results reported.

COO@Tier1 says that import-brand intenders are motivated by comparable products at equal or lower prices. His conclusion: “Detroit should seriously evaluate sourcing decisions.”

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