By William Diem
DETROIT — One nice thing about being a journalist on the show floor during press days is that you run into people who have answers to your nagging questions.
Ever wonder why Toyota interiors are better than those from Ford or Chevrolet?
Ford, General Motors and Chrysler have had less money than their competitors to spend on car projects because they had to spend so much for pensions and health care, Mr. Cole said. And because interiors are the last part of a car to get commitments for investment, that is where corners are cut when the money runs out.
According to Mr. Cole, thanks to new contracts signed last fall with the union workers, G.M. will save $5,000 per car by 2010 and be on a level playing field with Toyota. And the first place consumers may notice a difference is better quality in future interiors.
And here I always thought we had the best plastic shit.