Sadly the worlds largest auto maker, at least for now, has forgotten
completely how to lead.
Making "Me Too" products like the HHR and almost as good as the other guys
vehicles like the G6 does not cut it for the leader of the pack.
Keeping Isuzu on life support with rebadge jobs ?????
Tarting up a Saab and calling it a Cadillac for Europe ????
Tarting up an Australian car and calling it the GTO ????
What the **** are Bob Lutz and the rest of those self styled geniuses
I would argue that they've forgotten how to listen (to their customers in
particular). Based on recent announcements (like adding GM badges to the
cars to pump up sales...yeah, right!), they *STILL* haven't gotten it!!
Everybody kicks you when you're down.
Businesswise, this is a tough year for Ford and GM. They've kept sales up
with huge discounts and rebates, and it just has to end sometime. A lot of
folks in the U.S. have spent all they can. The price of gas cuts into
spending, and so some folks can't afford a car, and even if they could, they
might look for something small that gets good gas mileage. Losing market
share to Toyota, for instance, might indicate the price of gas is having an
It's really just stockholders that should be complaining about sales. I
mean, car enthusiasts don't care whether GM makes money or not. You could
argue that a slowdown in sales is because they didn't make better products,
but that would sure be hard to prove based on history! Talk is cheap.
I can't call them stupid like a lot of people do, because I'm not their
target audience, I don't think. In other words, I can't say "If they'd make
(fill in the blank) I'd buy it". I don't expect them to come out with
anything I would actually buy. I hope they fool me.
"You could argue that a slowdown in sales is because they didn't make
but that would sure be hard to prove based on history! Talk is cheap."
Your right... talk is cheap and GM does a lot of talking. When you're
expected to pay 20-30+ grand for an automobile, there is no excuse for
poor quality. Why is it that Honda and Toyota can build a car that runs
forever with fewer problems than a similar GM product? That is the proven
history that you seek! I own a 1985 Volvo and a 1999 Pontiac. My 20 year
old Volvo requires less maintenance and repairs and is more trust worthy
than the 1999 Pontiac. That is all the proof that I need.
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