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I think GM is more worried about lowered residual values and higher leasing costs related to a flood of used rental fleets being dumped on the market than just the lower profit made on sales. For a few years now they have made a point of saying they are going to rely less on daily rental fleets and more on government and company fleets.
Lack of production capacity is a screwup of production planning due to lack of foresight by Ford's executives. Ford fans portray it as a handicap rather than call it what it is.
GM executives on the other hand would be ridiculed for not doing proper strategic planning.
When it comes to strategic planning and reading of the market GM executives have done better.
1) Bringing out mid-size trucks was a better first step to meet the increasing CAFE standards - it has expanded their truck market share as an added benefit. Ford thougt their all Al truck would gobble up share and leave the competitors scrambling to match them. It has been far from it. With their experience in mixed materials strategy GM will execute the aluminum implementation in truck and utilities more efficiently than Ford.
2) Ford can be given credit for giving importance to the van segment. GM has some catching up to do in that.
Ford is a better investment than GM is, at least Ford will continue to print money with the F-Series Trucks and moving the Explorer to RWD expands the profitability as does the fact that powertrains can be shared among F-Series, Explorer and Transit along with many new Lincoln SUVs.
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