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Old 18 April 2013, 07:34 PM
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Which sort-of explains my reasoning. Studebaker, AFAIK, tried to be a full-line car manufacturer with a variety of models, trying to compete with the big boys. They didn't produce any one model in volume, so part of their high cost was downtime while retooling. Making all the different models, constantly retooling, and not specializing is what resulted in the poor build quality. Such was the story around Hamilton, Ontario - my home town - where Studebaker made its "last stand" until 1966. Lots of people worked for that plant and as I was growing up, there was hardly a person who didn't have a parent, relative or neighbor who worked there when it closed.
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