It's Been 9 Years Now...

@AD11RGUY (1266)
United States
December 15, 2007 11:58pm CST
Back in 1998, a new brand emerged. The name was resurrected from its start back in 1932. It then, was an American company, still today arguably the first company to build such a product. But its competitor for first in the business sold well and thus took the title, and has been continuously in business since. But the resurrected name is now a subdivision of what also was an American icon in the industry. Both now are owned by a company world renowned for making some of the finest cars ever - Mercedes-Benz, a German manufacturer. Given that the Sterling still has the body lines of its original creator, I still refer to them as such, knowing all the while that even the manufacturing facilities are non-American. Yet the company that started this bold and innovative line is still in business today. Many generations were clothed and fed by this company through this particular division they once had. I feel dismayed that the company sold this division, let alone to foreign interest. Am I the only one still mad at Ford for doing so? Seems an American dynasty should stay such or at least when it no longer is, it should not even resemble the original. What do you think?
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@kykidd (6819)
• United States
16 Dec 07
Seems so many are selling out or moving their manufacturing to other countries. At least Mercedes still has great quality.
@AD11RGUY (1266)
• United States
17 Dec 07
True enough. But something really irks me about an American legend being owned by a foreign interest. If the body style of the truck didn't resemble the Aeromax and Louisville design that Ford created, it would be much easier for me to accept the change. But seeing what still looks like a Ford CL9000 in its natural evolution of body design seems like a slap in the face of some sort. Just irks me.