Tuesday, November 01, 2005

How To Save GM--Ego Edition

I just figured out how to save General Motors after chugging several cups of tea today and getting chest pains because of it.

Chevrolet--FWD cars, merge the Impala and the Malibu into one model. Corvette is an exception.
Buick--Fullsize FWD cars, share platforms with Chevrolet
Pontiac--RWD cars, share platforms with Holden
Cadillac--RWD cars, share platforms with Pontiac, and original, NO DTS
Saturn--Share platforms with Opel

Merge GMC and Chevrolet trucks.

How hard is that? Give an SUV to each brand, car based for Chevrolet and Pontiac and Saturn, Minivan based for Buick, truck based for Cadillac. Only Chevrolet and Buick should have minivans. Cadillac should have one supercar, probably a giant 12 cylinder sedan of some sort that they don't make a profit on.

Seems right to me.

"How to save General Motors?"

All of this is very interesting but does it do anything to make the autos more attractive to the consumer? Isn't that what's needed?

I'm in the market for a Truck to pull a heavy trailer. It needs to be very versatile and comfortable. In addition it needs to be outstanding in the area of fuel economy.

My present Truck is eleven years old and I would expect the new Truck to be desirable ten years into the future. The problem is GM doesn’t offer one. The 2006 Corvette delivers outstanding performance and excellent fuel efficiency. The current line of Trucks does neither.

My option is to modify my current Truck to acceptable standards, this I will be doing early next week. When complete it should deliver the performance and fuel economy needed to pull my trailer for the years to follow. During that time I will be saving and hoping GM will offer the Truck I desire. When they offer it they will save themselves.

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You're absolutely correct. My entry above was sort of facetious. GM's problems are not only organisational, they are also fundamental. Fundamentally they make vehicles that are either too ugly, too fuel inefficient, or simply not up to standards.

My hope is that if the company can recreate its organisation, it can then implement changes faster and more cheaply. The more platform sharing that goes on, the less effort it will take to change the cars.

Your comment has inspired me to make a series of entries later concerning fuel efficiency and what car companies should do to combat future inevitable oil crises.
What we lack in Detroit is vision and leadership. Someone that's willing to pave the future of the automobile industry.

Some people believe present day automobiles are the most fuel efficient and environmentally friendly automobiles that can be produced using today’s technology. In reality this is far from true.

Using simple proven ideas developed by people like Lou LaPointe, Somender Singh and Jon Kaase the average car owner can turn any car into a modern efficient example of today’s technology.

I make these changes on a daily basis along with countless others around the globe. The people mentioned are the current leaders as Detroit slowly sinks. Rick, we need leadership in Detroit, someone who is willing to implement nontraditional ideas to develop desirable automobiles.
Email me in private if possible I'd like ask you some questions.
I’m happy to further the discussion public or private. I sent a email, If not received I can be reached at automotivebreath@hotmail.com
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