Manufacturers used to target the feel of a fine German camera or the fit and finish of a Mercedes Benz. In today's Fast Lane blog, Bob Lutz tells us that his uber targets come from Japan:
"I ask you to compare that $15,995 Chevy HHR —- in terms of sheet metal fits, hem flanges, the way all of the panels fit to each other —- to a Lexus GS 400, and tell me if there is any significant difference.
"You’ll experience well-crafted interiors, great materials, knobs and switches that feel like they’re on an expensive Japanese camera, even in our inexpensive cars.
Before you know it, a Japanese engine will win the Indy 500.