I assure sir..Smartie Panse is no liar. Though Motor Trend might be. The
article came from M/Ts website yesterday. Here is the link below
Well, I'm sorry - I was wrong too. However, it's clearly still not news. It
hasn't proliferated anywhere on the internet as far as I can tell, and it
seems very unlike everything else in the news. For instance, there's really
not any indication that there is a 2008 GTO coming. They'd have to start
building it in about 4 months. Where is it? There's apparently no such
thing. Years ago, there was a 2008 GTO in everybody's head. Today, the G8
is clearly going forward, so how is Holden's platform not refined enough for
a Chevrolet? It's good enough for the most expensive Pontiac? The article
doesn't really make any sense TODAY. I can't find a date on it - My guess
is it's a two-year-old article.
I guess we'll see.
Okay - here we go: something with a date, but Bob Lutz himself.
That Motor Trend article was from when the Zeta platform was cancelled in
2005. Everybody remember that? I don't know much about the motor trend
website, so I won't comment about the age of anything else on that page. I
think they've abandoned that part of their site, but you be the judge.
Ok - this is what really gets me. The author makes the point that the
LaCrosse and the Grand Prix are only differntiated by cosmetics and the
likes - as if that's a problem. What's wrong with a platform design that is
tweaked for target markets? Personally, I think that is a strength in
design. This gets talked about a lot, but the argument has never held water
in my eyes. To top it off the critics of GM talk a lot about the benefit of
Honda and Toyota platform designs. So what is it? Is the platform approach
good to these people, or is it bad? Or more likely... is it just that
anything GM does is fodder for these people who have nothing better to do?
Gotta-haves? That sure isn't reflected in Chrysler's sales performance.
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