I think GM's problem is that they are making cars for their perceived target
market: Rental Car companies. They don't care what the rest of us with our
one-off purchases think. This comment is made a bit tongue-in-cheek, but
what else explains the bland products they are making more of lately?
Products only a rental car company would want.
GM's misreading of what the general public wants goes back many years. When
I bought my first new car in 1990, I ended up with a Ford Taurus even though
my dad was a GM employee and UAW member. Back then, GM had survey results
that said their customers didn't want front passenger airbags. So they
installed seat belts attached to the doors as passive restraints. I didn't
want airbags, but those stupid seatbelts were even less desirable. Today: I
want a mid-sized or full sized sedan with a stick shift. What is available
from GM? I couldn't find anything. I bought a 2.3L Ford Fusion that I will
drive until Saab brings their BioPower equipped model to North America.
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