Night Wolf said:
an Aveo gets 5 star front crash, a Town Car gets 5 star front crash... which would you rather be in?
This was my whole point to begin with, and I explained it stating I wouldn't FEEL safe in a dinky car, but some dinky cars are passing with excellent crash tests, even the Smart car. The structure can actually be more ridged than a larger car supposedly, but like I said, size is a psychological safety concern with some people. (and we seem to agree on this point, as we would both rather be in a larger car in any accident, correct??) The Canadian Govt. has more strict safety standards than the U.S. and I value those as well.
Hyundai is a world better than Kia. (see attatchment) If I were forced to buy a Korean car, it would definately be a Hyundai, not a Kia.
I think JD Power ratings, etc. do mean something because they are usually reported by the owners of specific vehicles who might know a thing or two about their purchase. After all, what else can we go by other than what the biased salesman would tell us, or the personal opinions of people on car forums...it's good to also hear their complaints, and that's why I like MSN reviews, etc. They may not mean "anything" to you or many other people, and that is just fine.
Many car enthusiasts are not fooled by rebadging. Many people weren't fooled by the Catera being a German car in disguise, look at it's reputation now. Many people aren't fooled by the BLS, and the automotive enthusiast will know that it is just a Saab with a Cadillac badge.(I think it will fail miserably in Europe because Europeans know it is a Saab, and wil not pay more for a Saab with a Cadillac badge, and overall they are more critical of American cars in Europe to begin with. Many people are not fooled by the new GTO (not available in Canada) essentially an Australian car and NOT a "true" Pontiac, already getting a bad rap for that reason alone by many. Rebadged cars leave a sour taste in my mouth, because historically many fail miserably and end up with a bad reputation in the end, not to mention end up hurting the reputation of an entire division or company. That is my problem with rebadging, and that includes the car named Aveo. I also do NOT like the GM badges on all the new GM cars because if I buy a new Cadillac STS, I do NOT want the same badge on it that is on the lowly Saturn Ion, or Pontiac Pursuit! I want my Cadillac to be specifically CADILLAC, and not thrown into the same mix as the others. Historically, that is how GM divisions became great, namely their distinction, and NOT by clumping them all together.