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You made no mention of Chrysler; why, because Toyota is the top seller (in the U.S.) and Mercedes at one time had a chunk of Chrysler...now it's who, Fiat?!
You know that I didn't mention Chrysler because Toyota is the top seller ... That's rather amazing, since I didn't even know that's why I didn't mention Chrysler.
I simply chose two companies from U.S., one from Japan, one from Europe as examples of existing companies prior to recent history entrants from Hyunadia/Kia, and went with the "Big Two" instead of the "Big Three".
As to the conversation, I appreciate the Detroit/U.S. bias. But Detroit/U.S. management were the one's who shut out Demming and sent him packing to Japan ... just sayin'. Tack on decades of other stuff done by management, and it isn't going to be the encroachment to the lower end market that would fold a present Big Boy company ... it is how they respond to the influx of competition that will determine their fate. Just because (then) Detroit was too big for their britches to properly notice/care what was going on, doesn't mean that Profoto (et al) will make the same mistake(s).
Given that Buff essentially marched to his own drum at his marketing approach for direct/service, I don't see him following the ways of Detroit anytime soon. Raging debates occur around Buff vs. Profoto, etc. I doubt either company is in peril of going away anytime soon as they co-exist because they serve the opposite ends of the spectrum, with some overlap in the middle, but both have their approach to taking care of their customer (one @ build, the other @ service response). Cheap, offshore gear ... not so sure how they'll pull that one off.