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|2nd October 2012, 07:36||#1|
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Interesting insights on the state of Car Manufacturing
I found this article by a Porsche enthusiast to be spot on about the drastic loss of ethics/integrity in the car industry (actually repeats across almost any sector you care to see), probably the end game of the current capitalist model. Notions of design for repair-ability or any kind of long term thinking seems completely absent.
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Re: Interesting insights on the state of Car Manufacturing
Text from Wikipedia- Planned obsolescence
"Once upon a time..... products were made to last. Then, at the beginning of the 1920s, a group of businessmen were struck by the following insight: 'A product that refuses to wear out is a tragedy of business' (1928). Thus Planned Obsolescence was born. Shortly after, the first worldwide cartel was set up expressly to reduce the life span of the incandescent light bulb, a symbol for innovation and bright new ideas, and the first official victim of Planned Obsolescence. During the 1950s, with the birth of the consumer society, the concept took on a whole new meaning, as explained by flamboyant designer Brooks Stevens: 'Planned Obsolescence, the desire to own something a little newer, a little better, a little sooner than is necessary...'. The growth society flourished, everybody had everything, the waste was piling up."
A classic case is the GM electric car stories from 90's. The otherwise extremely capable car wasn't mass produced because of lobbying by oil barons in US, who were on the verge of collapse if electric vehicle was revolutionised.
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