GM Gives Up on the Minivan Market

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No manufacture has ever come close to Der Mopar in minivan sales, none. Dodge alone outsells all of the import brands combined. When it comes to minivans most smart buyers think Chrysler / Dodge, just as they go to Ford
for trucks, as the most product for the money.
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You are a piece of work John. When the automakers continue to do something as they always have, seemingly ignorant of market trends, you babble on about how out of touch they are and how that's the reason for the imports taking market share. Then... when they respond to market trends you babble about them abandoning platforms that are losing ground. Someone made a mistake in the past by suggesting to you that you would make a good critic... or in not pointing out that you don't.
BTW - this is a GM group - post this to a Ford group.
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Mike Marlow wrote:

Care to document your attack Mike?
Minivans are going to continue to be sold, just now it is going to be the Germans and Asians doing the selling.
It never ceases to amaze me how quickly some usenet posters resort to ad hominem attacks.
However, it is a fact that Ford and GM do not refresh their vehicle designs as often as Toyota and Honda do. It is a fact that both US companies are completely dependent upon their truck businesses to keep the doors open and have lost an increasingly large share of the car market. GM and Ford do not have their acts together as businesses. Giving up on the minivan market and rolling the dice on their next generation SUVs is just more of the same.
Tell me this. Why can't the largest automobile company in the world field a range of no apologies vehicles in every segment which has global sales of over 500,000 units per year and refresh those designs every 4-6 years? If the #2 maker in the world can do so (Toyota), why can't #1?
Toyota consistently recognizes weak spots in it's product portfolio and invests like crazy until they earn a major spot in the game. For years Toyota had almost there minivans, and they kept at it until they now produce one of the very best. Toyota's large pickup trucks have missed the boat several times, and now they have spent over $1B to build a new US factory and tool up a new design to give it another go. Relentless persistence is obviously part of the Toyota management DNA. GM and Ford flip-flop worse than a recent Democratic Presidential Candidate.
How can anyone make excuses for the way GM has botched it's participation in the minivan market and now it's complete retreat? Part of the reason that the minivan market has been shrinking is that GM and Ford have put such lackluster efforts into it. The last redesigns of the GM and Ford vans were the worst kind of on the cheap half-baked efforts we have seen in the minivan market. The GM nose jobs are especially hideous.
John
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You have it backwards. GM, Ford and Chrysler developed new vehicles to expand their market then the Japanese follow suit. Most of the expansion of the market for Japanese vehicles, over the past ten years, has not been in cars but rather in markets developed by the domestics, minivan, light trucks, SUVs, crossovers etc. and they did it by copying what the domestics have developed. Most of the vehicle the Japanese sell around the world are far different than what sells best for them in the US.
Whether you like it or not both GM and Ford outsell any Japanese manufacture in the US because more American prefer the vehicles they have to offer ;)
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So the Japanese recognize the market and sell to it. Good for them. However they haven't followed everything the Big 2.5 have tried to push on us, such as the Chryslers 300s that are now filling up dealers lots.
Then we have the Big 2.5 not keeping up with significant engine developments such as VVT and Hybrids. They are many years behind the Japanese there and are now having to buy these technologies from the Japanese companies.
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No domestic "bought" hybrid technoligy form the Japanese.
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