Saturday, February 19, 2005

No Daimler, Say it Ain't So

In an article entitled "Even German taxi drivers no longer hail a Mercedes," the Financial Times tells us that the sterling quality of the Mercedes has been declining. Link.
Jürgen Geier, a Stuttgart taxi driver who used to drive a Mercedes before switching to Audi, explains: "Mercedes has really gone downhill in the last few years.

"I have colleagues who had to take their cars to be repainted practically every week. They have got a lot of work to do to gain their reputation back."

This anecdotal evidence, albeit from the heaviest users and sharpest critics of cars, highlights the trouble in which Mercedes finds itself. Its reputation for quality lies in tatters as it has been forced to admit that its cars, which once set the industry standard for reliability, are prone to breaking down.

This reminds me of an article I read a week or so ago (sorry, I do not remember where, so there is no link) about Germany being the most progress-averse country in the developed world. The very word "progress" has a negative connotation there. They even resist using computers, because "it costs jobs." It is the epitome of the Green's dream of a past Golden Age when there was no technology to louse things up.


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