The failing auto industry gets a final reality check

Insufficient scale and high costs have ensured that any attempt to resuscitate the car manufacturing industry is futile. General Motors' exit will turn the spotlight on Toyota and parts suppliers.

Forget the last-minute brinkmanship over the blame game and the political argy-bargy that has erupted as a result. General Motors, in the absence of a taxpayer blank cheque that the Coalition government was never going to give it, was destined to stop making cars in Australia. It arguably should have done so some time ago.

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