What's Wrong With This Picture?: More of a Rhetorical Question Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
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  • Kablamo Kablamo on Jun 18, 2009

    It looks like there is a slow downward trend. And capacity utilization has never been this low in the post-war era.

  • Helius Helius on Jun 19, 2009

    @Bertel Schmitt: Colour me confused. Given that anything below 80% is considered bad, and that blue squiggle seems to be below the 80% mark about half the time (even ignoring the last few years)... Isn't the logical conclusion that the auto industry as a whole was never in a "good" condition? Ever? There doesn't seem to be many five-year intervals where the total utilized capacity is above 80% more than it's below it.

  • Commando1 Commando1 on Jun 19, 2009

    That there are no pie and bar graphs in a proper PowerPoint presentation in a conferance room at the Holiday Inn.

  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Jun 19, 2009

    If you scrape out half of today's auto production capacity, you'd approximate the level that the rest of industry is experiencing today. Dealer culling looks like peanuts compared to the culling that needs to happen at the factory level. And 200-600 day inventory on so many models means GM and C ought not to restart until the end of 2009. Or later.