You do realize that your post contains internal contradictions, in addition to misstated facts? The American car companies would love to live on high margin cars, such as pick-ups and SUV's, but they are forced by CAFE standards and two-fleet rules to make small, cheap cars in the US. That screws with profit margins. Ford is the top selling car company in England, and GM is tops in China. Until recently, Chrysler was a German company. Things aren't as clear as you imply. And, if Americans bought whatever was cheapest, then they would buy the American cars. They don't, however. Look at sales figures-the cheapest cars are never near the top.