Granted Chrysler was a bad choice as representative of US manufacturers, especially as they've been owned by Daimler Benz for nearly a decade. GM or Ford would have served better. But the point was not really about individual companies, but about the excellence and innovation that competition between producers engenders.
Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
"Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.