There was an interesting editorial on the telle last PM on an auto talk show. The commentator was talking about the growth of Toyota and the comparitive decline of the big 3. He was making a case that although it might not be true, there exists the preception that the big 3 produce low quality product, and that this pervasive perception was what was doing them in. He also argued that the profit in the N/A manufacturing was in trucks... no $$ in cars, but big $$ in trucks. I'm sure we all knew that, but his point was that just as Toyota and the other Japanese companies have started to dominate the auto industry, so too are they starting in on the truck sector. They are gaining ground, and in doing so, are really starting to undermine the big 3. An interesting point he brought up was the opening of the Toyota truck plant in Texas (GW's back yard). He was speculating that this might have been a deliberate slap in the face to 'ol GW his self. He also speculated, and now I am getting to my question, that in doing so they have opened themselves up to possible reprisals like reverting to the tarriff system, or quotas. I thought this an interesting point, but not probable. What do you all think. In this day of free trade, NAFTA, yadda yadda... will the auto industry revert to tarriffs and quotas in an attempt at self preservation?