Originally Posted by Musikmann
1) I took a class on International Law in college and we quickly learned that is IS NO enforceable international law. I am concluding that this also extends to patents.
2) If the Japs simplify technology to the extent that it is more relaible/efficient etc. then I congratulate them. However, it's still less expensive and takes less ingenuity, for them to *tweak* what a REAL engineer (M-B obviously) designs.
3) RIGHT - the LS430 looks exactly like a COPY of the S-Class.
So you're saying all Japanese cars are inferior and are nothing like the Germans?
That's not necessarily true.
There are prime examples like the Acura/Honda NSX, titled the best handling mid-engined rear wheel drive sports car in the world, how about the Subaru Impreza which pushed Audi's spot away in the WRC, Toyota Land Cruiser, known for it's true go anywhere ability and solidity (every third world country you see has some sort of Toyota truck in use, they're indestructable), Lexus again, the LS holding the title as the quietest car in the world, and the new one, the most technologically advanced car in the world, the Nissan/Datsun Z, a car that was built to perform just as well as a Porsche 911 but costs half as much, or Infiniti Q45, the first car to ever set the benchmark of a high-end luxury saloon to have a good balance between sport and luxury, or the Mazda RX8, the only car to actually utilize the rotary engine and mass produce it, bringing superb gas mileage without the cost of performance, Or how about the Nissan Skyline which can be critically claimed to be the best overall sports car in the world?
Those are just a couple examples of superior Japanese engineering.
So what it doesn't take as much "ingenuity" to build a car as good as the Germans? Why spend extra money to make things more complicated when less complication in a car is generally better (less to go wrong, easier to fix). If it works, and it works well, then hey...why spend extra money to buy something when there's something that's just as good, if not better, for half the price?
In reality, when you buy a Mercedes, it's an ego, or a status. It's just showing off how much money you have, or it's just saying: "ohh, I have a Mercedes Benz...." in all honesty, how is that not arrogant?
Why spend all that extra money when you can get something jsut as good if not better from the Japanese market?
That's sometimes what it mostly comes down to.