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General Motors deserves to live

In Rant, Typical on 2008-11-12 by petervk

This is a response to this post “General Motors deserves to die” by my friend Daniel.

Ok, I hate to say it but I think GM has already done their worst and is actually rather quickly climbing the ladder to greatness.

GM was/is the worlds largest car company and had been resting on their laurels for way too long. Back in the late 80’s (possibly early 90’s) they made some awesome vehicles. Their trucks were unstoppable, the Caprice was a tank, and my Dad’s van was still worth a few grand after having 380,000 km put on it (the A/C still blew cold too yet).

Since then they really started to descend into crap. Basically settling to the bottom of the cesspool with about the generation of sunfire/caviler my friend Daniel owns. GM’s “cheapest” product in every sense.

Also compounding this is GMAC, the financing arm of GM, and actually their greatest source of income (yes, over and above the actual selling of the vehicles). Ideally for GMAC, GM should make vehicles that run perfectly (or with minimal problems) for 3-5 years (the duration of a standard lease or financing deal) and then fall apart, causing the consumer (victim?) to have to establish another financing deal, hopefully with GMAC again. (I hate these conflicts of intrest that big corporations seem to get themselves in) (cough, windows Live OneCare, cough)

So yeah, that GM deserves to die. But not the GM of today. Since then GM has been having more and more problems selling vehicles. They keep losing out to the imports. But heck they are the worlds largest car company, if anyone can compete, it’s GM.

Cool new things GM is doing:

  • The Volt (Agreed that GM is late to the party, but they are now committed. And I think it’s a good idea)
  • Bye Bye Saturn: GM is now just rebadging Opel’s from Europe instead of having yet another brand. And Opel’s are awesome cars. Check out the Astra.
  • GMC Acadia, Chevy Transverse, Buick Enclave: This car based SUV is reported to be GM’s best product ever. It’s solid, reliable, fuel efficient, powerful, and awesome in so many other ways.
  • Cobalt SS: In a recent Car & Driver this car bested the Lancer Ralliart, the Mazdaspeed3, and the Impreza WRX. Very impressive considering their past history.
  • Chevy Malibu: This is an awesome family sedan. Looks great, drives great, fuel efficient, and (so far) reliable. Very strong competition for the Camry/Accord.

So yeah, no definite proof that GM should live, but a few reasons why we should wait. They have turned over a new leaf and are doing better. If they can survive the economic crisis and the immense weight of their unions I think were in for some exciting vehicles.

But yes. Junk your crap car and buy something better.

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