actually car shopped this summer and considered american cars, japanese cars and euro cars. Still had the same experience. American car manufacturers use recycled steel, have the loosest tolerance requirements in the auto industry and still use lower cost materials for interior use. And the dealership experience still leaves a lot to the imagination.
Samsung became a better electronics manufacturer because they took what the japanese did for so many years succesfully and did it at the same level for cheaper. I have a Samsung and a Panasonic- I don't expect the Samsung to be on the same level as the Pioneer sets, for example. But I expect it to be a very good tv for the price I paid. I wouldn't buy a honda and expect to have the same level of luxury and performance as a Mercedes or BMW. I expect it to be as good as any other Honda on the market. Samsung is the upper-middle class of plasmas, along with Panasonic, and Pioneer is the upper-class of plasmas. Hence the price difference.
Just my opinion about the tv's of course. The auto stuff is fact if you care to do some research.