One of the unspoken expectations when it comes to driving is that safety equipment should work when we need it. A broken seatbelt, a misfiring air bag, or seized anti-lock brakes are all major concerns that would render a vehicle unsafe to drive and could require significant repair bills to remedy. There is, however, a safety device that is easy to install, easy to maintain, and unfortunately, easy to overlook.
By 2018, federal law will require most new motor vehicles to be equipped with rear-mounted backup assist cameras. Rear-mounted cameras allow drivers to see directly behind their vehicles, simplifying parking and reversing. These cameras make it easier to avoid obstacles and pedestrians while the vehicle is in operation, by extending the rear visibility a driver has from the driver’s seat. These cameras typically have a low profile and can be purchased separately and mounted on older model vehicles with as little as a screwdriver, although some models may require a drill to make a mounting hole.
How people compare the three, however, depends on their personal definitions of “automotive excellence.” Are they speaking from experience as customers – discussing the virtues and quality of vehicles they have personally driven and owned – or are they speaking about the company’s financial standing, or position on Wall Street? Are they speaking of the company’s reputation, or the business of its showrooms? Are they speaking out of enthusiasm for the newest model, or for the newest profit report? Maybe it is a combination of all these things.
To clarify our criteria for the purposes of this article, we will be comparing the “Kings of Detroit” in terms of these American auto giants’ dominance in popularity and financial stability. The aspects we will be looking at include total sales, total revenue, market share, credit rating, and percentage of vehicles made in the United States. This “under the hood” look will allow us to determine which is healthier and better poised to rule the American automotive world.