Originally Posted by mikeb
Nope. Not until the automakers have a sustainable business plan.
Quality is way up at Ford and GM but GM is still run like shit. They should have listened to Ross Perot back in the day and they wouldn't be in this mess.
Ford is making a ton of progress and I think they can actually survive without the bailout (so does Alan Mulally) they have pretty much fixed the fucked up way the Ford family does business but there is more to do.
Chrysler, well shit, the guy in charge is the guy that ran Home Depot into the ground at a time when consumers were spending a shitload of money on home improvement. If he can fuck that up well.... well lets just say he is no Bob Lutz...
GM needs to cut brands period. GMC, Pontiac, Buick, Saab, Hummer, and Saturn all need to go. GM only "NEEDS" Chevy and Caddy. Saturn can potentially stay as a brand to import their European cars with. Sell Buick to the Chinese, Hummer to Tata, Saab to anyone and kill GMC and Pontiac. Potentially GMC can stay but ONLY as a commercial truck division like it was a while back..
Those brands have driven GM to shit as much as the unions have. Look at the Lambda platform. It is the basis for some OUTSTANDING crossover vehicles. The problem is that GM has FOUR of them. The Buick Enclave, the GMC Acadia, the Saturn Outlook, and the Chevy Traverse. WTF?!?! They needed TWO at the extreme. A Chevy and a Caddy and you're done. Instead they have to spend a shit load of cash advertising for FOUR separate vehicles. Since they don't really have the cash to do that, what happens? Well, Saturn gets NO advertising. Buick gets some, GMC got the most last year but now all of that money is on the Chevy. Totally fucking stupid...
You want to fix GM, start by firing Rick Wagoner (beg Lutz to stay) and start killing off brands..