Auto Workers Union Preps for Detroit Showdown

According to the 2007 Harbour Report, which surveys automaker productivity, Japanese automakers continued to outpace their American counterparts in efficiency in 2006. One telling statistic: pre-tax profits per vehicle. While Nissan, Honda and Toyota all earned more than $1,00 on average per vehicle produced in North America, Ford lost an average of $5,234, while GM lost $1,436 and Chrysler lost $1,072.  The Detroit Three's higher costs per vehicle are due in large part to their unionized workforce, and the associated health care and pension costs.
According to the 2007 Harbour Report, which surveys automaker productivity, Japanese automakers continued to outpace their American counterparts in efficiency in 2006. One telling statistic: pre-tax profits per vehicle. While Nissan, Honda and Toyota all earned more than $1,00 on average per vehicle produced in North America, Ford lost an average of $5,234, while GM lost $1,436 and Chrysler lost $1,072. The Detroit Three's higher costs per vehicle are due in large part to their unionized workforce, and the associated health care and pension costs.