As I said, the amount and extent of the benefit spending limits R & D.
how do you explain ford continuing to produce innovative new cars, or surviving this holocaust, with comparable unions and health care payments?
the simple fact of the matter is that Chrylser and GM have been run by marketers for the last twenty years without sustainable business models. Basing your entire product line on unsustainable SUVs without a single good, mid sized, gas conscious car is not going to succeed. even if they didn't have to pay a single dime to their employees healthcare, they wouldn't make any money because they make shitty cars.
having no money to go into R&D, as stupid an idea as that is, has nothing to do with them going "HEY LETS MAKE THE SAME SUV BUT MAKE IT BIGGER!"
You really think this was the result of a lack of R&D?
of course not. it was the result of them trying to take advantage of shallow nationalist sentiment after 911 with an unsustainable gas guzzling poorly made piece of poo because their marketing department told them it would sell.
you really have to know nothing about cars to think that chevy and gm's problems are due to lack of R&D. lol