I really hope GM won't turn into a comical company. I know the Sonic may have some potential for various reasons but ignoring the Cruze and Malibu in favor of a car that looks like a small jelly bean...really?
Really, could you direct me to a North America dealer where I could test drive one?
Its only available if you can actually BUY one.
Unless the economics improve, we might have to wait 7 more.
What did Mark say?
So three months ago, before gas prices spiked, might such a car have had better odds of seeing the light of day?It’s always a possibility. We look at that stuff like every week, we really do. The world changes so quickly that you never wanna be blind to how fast that changes and how you react to it.
Translate that into English... he is saying... Maybe, but not now, gas, the dollar and the economy are all an issue with this car...Exactly. That’s my point. You’re seeing the world change again. We’re gonna still have a lot of those big episodes around the world.
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Proposed Cadillac Tag Lines...
GM's "Back to the Future" Division,
GM's Deja Vu Division,
Cadillac is Truck.
Cadillac is Cadence!
Cadillac, you have to crawl before you walk,
Cadillac V8? Whats a V8?
Cadillac, the potential of mixed feelings!
The New Cadillac Flagship: The Chevy Corvette.
Proposed Volt Tag Line..
People who don't like the Volt haven't driven one, and
People who hate the Volt listen to too much talk radio.
More importantly they have to keep the Cruze current and that means making some changes yearly if necessary. If the Sonic has the same exact engines as the Cruze that is a mistake. A sub-compact should not be faster than a Compact.
So, now that the Sonic has the Cruze engines, the engines in the Cruze need to be improved. In 2012, NOT 2013
So, the competition for the ST Focus, will be the "Super" Sonic. The competition for the ST Fiesta, will be............... the "Super" Sonic. The competition for a hot Fusion model will be............... the "Super" Sonic.
Is AWD going to be an option for the Malibu, or do all midsize AWD buyers still only have Ford and Subaru to choose from??
I have no resentment.
My Vette and CTS meet and exceed my expectations.
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Thanks for posting the interview. It is good to read Reuss's comments. I am happy he didn't share any surprises such as importing a Zeta sedan as a Chevy, or a RS Cruze.
Save the announcements for auto shows and when the cars are ready to be sold.
Zeta sedan rumors are rumors.
We don't have a large RWD vehicle.
We don't have a minivan.
We don't have a compact, mid-size station or large wagon.
We don't have a 2 seater convertible.
We don't have an AWD CUV.
We don't have a ...
I know they're going to say: "Oh, but there needs to be a business case for it. We now have to be a profitable company. We're responsible to our shareholders, government,..."
No minivan? Really? How about: "This sounds absolutely insane for a car company, please do something about it!" I mean even the decision not to bring Orlando in the US defies logic. What the hell is going to replace the HHR? And no panel version? I live close to a company that uses an HHR and a Pontiac Vibe to make deliveries etc. The Vibe is no longer sold and the HHR will be gone? People or even corporations have a use for these vehicles.
How about plugging those huge gapping holes instead of coming out with a Verano? OK, it might be sporty and quiet with a cool interior and exterior and all but cripes, we're getting out of the recession and it still looks like a crisis.
Speaking of the Cruze, why would GM discontinue the rear center headrest on the 2012 Cruze when its offered by the competition ? How much of a weight savings can that be ? Why couldn't they find a weight savings somewhere else ? Don't cut visual things, find a weight savings in something hidden. I'd add back the rear center headrest and the rear center armrest on the Eco and find the weight savings somewhere else. Consumer Reports is ging to kill GM on this manuever.
2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid
2008 Saturn Aura 3.5
2014 Chevy Cruze 1.4T
Can you guess what he's going to do with the big fist? Hidden Content
- 1981 : First crisis: all the new employees laid off : for a reason unknown I was spared
- 1982-1989 relative calm but many "reorgs" mostly caused by lunatic management who believed that our loss of market share was caused by our structure
- In this period, we had countless motivation seminars, Wilson Learning and other consultants programs; It was the fad at the time. Costly and mostly useless. They were in the Saturn's vein.
-1991 another round of layoff , another crisis:
GM was on the verge on bankruptcy. Many Zone offices closures.
- 1991 -2001: in this period, SUV's were king and saved GM . This was also the John Smale, Zorella Proter and Gamble philosophy, the power of the brand and all the BS.
- In this period, it was mostly business as usual, cutting cost in warranty, refusing repairs to irate customers; we were lead by the same military type management who liked to pretend that they had an open-door policy.
2001-2007: lots or retirements and hiring of new peoples. However, same stupidity of hiring College grads and MBA's without any interest or knowledge of the industry. Most of them are gone
2005 : Huge first quarter loss. Beginning of the end
2007: Wagoner presents his turnaround plan based on the GMT-900. Nothing is done to the core problems, legacy costs.
2009: Chapter 11 which really was necessary. Now GM has a chance. The only reason Ford escaped it is because the Planets were aligned and they could benefit from the two other companies going down. They were in a Dire strait themselves.
The last reorg was in 2009 and, from my point of veiw, I still believe that we could do the same job with less employees.
- The good signs are:
1- Buzz words are still around: processes, defining moments, wow the customers, but at least the intention is to please the customers.
2- Not one manager, not a single one dares to say insignificant words like synergy, teamwork, work as a team and all the BS.
3- Everytime an old style manager tries to reintroduce the "Saturn"philosophy and rah-rah speeches, they are shot down by the employees.
4- We do what we have to do for the customers. Our decision level is almost total.
We still have a long way to go. It will be one customer at the time. We have to admit that we will have to let go of some impossible to satisfy customers, which is not a bad thing. We should concentrate on the present and don't waste resources on chronic cases.
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