True. Too bad not as obvious for GM.What on Earth made GM think Europeans would buy something as outlandishly styled as Cadillac is a mystery.
PS. We'd take an SLS gladly. What, GM doesn't offer one? We got the BLS because Europeans "like small cars". Yeah, sure. Like the S-Klasse. GM, when a European has no better idea and wants a Cadillac, he/she wants it big, luxurious, comfy, classy and American, not a Saab in strange packaging. Yes, GM really doesn't understand global markets, but in different ways than it might seem.
Not true. If they looked like the Chinese Buick Park Avenue, they would easily outsell Cadillacs fewfold in Europe. The ParkAve takes after the A6, which is the gold standard now in the executive class. Make a smaller one, let it even be FWD (after all, what is an A6?) and you've got a lineup ready to kill. A premium compact wouldn't hurt either.Buicks will never in a million years sell in any numbers outside of China, North America, and maybe Taiwan or a few other Asian markets where they go for this sort of "soft luxury" theme.
Not true. Sports/performance brands ALWAYS sell - almost always, but anyway. If not for the unlikely MG rebirth, MG Rover would've gone belly up 5 years earlier. I believe Pontiac has a lot of potential globally, perhaps the most of all North American brands. I could expand on that forever - and I will, once anybody disagrees.Pontiacs will never sell anywhere but the US and Canada.
With the current offering - perhaps. But if it was turned into a true truck/off-road/4x4 specialist brand, I would see bright future ahead of it globally. Ford (Thai) Ranger, Nissan Navara or the Mitsubishi L200 are gaining in popularity around Europe (the Isuzu Rodeo not so much, given that there are about 1.5 Isuzu dealers left Europewide), and I believe people would much more like the thought of owning a "genuine professional-grade GMC" than something that bears the same bowtie as the lowly Matiz/Spark.GMC is a N/A and Middle-East brand only.
Pardon me? The large family car segment is the second/third largest segment in European countries (depending on country). Passats, Mondeos, Lagunas, 407s, Avenses and Honda Accords rule the roads around here. That said, Malibu being a nice car, it is easily outclassed by most of the European competition here. And its not only because they've got navigation. They've got rear armrests.The Malibu's a nice car. Only this size/price segment only exists in North America and Australia.
Yet when you make a far-too-rich-teenager-cool-list, it comes up in the first place. It's a gimmicky brand with a worldwide gimmicky appeal. You need gazillions to own one and to fill it up, but it's not like gazillionaires only live in the Middle East. Just as if you'd say Smart or MINI have no appeal outside of Europe.Hummer is far too in-your-face, brash, and thirsty to have appeal anywhere outside the Middle East.
Perhaps, but vehicles are not bought by statistical averages or other mediocrities , but by actual people. French people would gladly drive huge American cruisers if they could afford the fuel and had the room to park them. Perhaps less people in the USA (relatively) buy small cars than in Europe, but they still want a decent small car. If crap sells better in the US, it is only because there is less choice.See problem with this thinking is the average American doesn't want to drive what the average Frenchmen or average Cambodian wants to drive.
Bottom line - everybody wants a good car, and GM better focus on making the best cars in all particular classes rather than developing a slew of midsize cars that essentially fulfill the same purpose and are all quite mediocre.