Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Any More Names Of Car Companies You Want To Toss Around

While the City of Greensboro, City of Asheboro, Randolph County, State of North Carolina and more than likely Guilford County Commissioners still push to spend well over $120 Million Dollars in taxpayer funding to build the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite claiming this will help attract an auto maker to the region Nissan says, Hell no, we're staying in Japan.

Stolen in its entirety from the Asian Review:

"Nissan to make North American SUV at home

TOKYO -- Nissan Motor will use its spare production capacity in Japan, where auto demand is sluggish, to supply to North America while taking advantage of the soft yen.

     The Japanese carmaker's Fukuoka Prefecture facility will build about 100,000 Qashqai sport utility vehicles a year starting in spring 2017, with the vehicles to be shipped to the U.S. and Canada. This model has not been sold in the U.S. before. The Qashqai is currently produced in the U.K. and sells about 300,000 units a year, mainly in Europe.

     To help insulate itself from currency fluctuations, Nissan has been changing design methods and taking other steps so that vehicles of the same category can be made flexibly in different parts of the world. In line with this effort, Nissan will build the Rogue SUV for the North American market at the Fukuoka plant from around next spring, with annual volume seen coming to 100,000 units.

     These two steps will push up Nissan's domestic output to around 1.1 million, above the 1 million mark the company considers as necessary to maintain development operations and employment in Japan.

     Last fiscal year, Nissan's Japanese production came to just 870,000, falling below 1 million for the first time since the 1960s, when exports by Japanese automakers shifted into high gear. Increased local production in emerging markets and lackluster demand in Japan due to the April 2014 sales tax hike were the major factors.

     Meanwhile, demand has been strong in the U.S. New-auto sales there rose to the highest in eight years last year, with Nissan's production and sales climbing to record levels in fiscal 2014. The momentum is not being lost in the fiscal year that began in April, and local supply capacity is tight. Nissan thus decided to capitalize on its excess Japanese capacity.

     Other major automakers such as Toyota Motor and Honda Motor are also shifting production back to Japan in light of the weak yen.

     The trend is seen creating a tailwind for parts suppliers and other related businesses in Japan. The expected impact is significant given a car contains about 30,000 components.

So what's next, will our elected leaders start making up names of car companies that don't yet exist just to keep the lie going? Here's what Greensboro lawyer and Randolph County resident Alan Ferguson had to say:

"August 11, 2015

Hello Everyone.

Below my brief note here, I have quoted for you at length an article from August 13, 2015 from Japan's Nikkei Asian Review.  As you will see, it concerns Nissan Motors and its apparent decision taken to add capacity at home, and not in the US--anywhere in the US.  At the end of the article you will also see a reference to Honda and Toyota doing the same, shifting production BACK to Japan.

This article is so important that I have taken the liberty of high-lighting the most important facts it reports.  And I guarantee you that this report has been read at the very highest levels of the folk who have been pushing this megasite proposal.

No one likes to see industrial activity leaving the US, but the implications for the Greensboro-Liberty Megasite project are clear.  There are now no car makers of which I am aware who have been mentioned as possible beneficiaries of the GRM being cobbled together by the County and the PTP.  None.  Hyundai-Kia seems happy in Alabama.  Mercedes is in SC.  Volvo is going to SC.  LandRover is going to Slovenia in southern Europe.  Honda and Toyota and Nissan were the last companies mentioned as possibilities, and now each seems to have disappeared.

The article also demonstrates that increase demand for autos in the US does NOT automatically translate into a desire by multinational mega-companies to construct manufacturing plants in the US.  I know this is contrary to everything the salesmen pushing this project have been emphasizing, but facts are facts and here are a few more.

So, where do we go now?  Well, my thought is that we continue to remind Randolph County citizens that their government has been throwing money into a project that has few prospects for success.  That's the only way to stop the spending on this project at the $10,000,000 County government seems determined to throw into it.

I thought you would want to know these things.

I hope to see you all on the 25th at our regular meeting."

And remember folks: here in Greensboro we need to unseat any Greensboro City Council member who won't immediately commit to blocking Greensboro's $22 Million Dollar share of this project extending water and sewer to the site and running up your water and sewer bills even more.