GM must look at the American people and say SUCKERS! They don’t seem to remember being bailed out with several billion dollars of taxpayer money. Government Motors is very unthankful in return for us trying to help them.
Also, Cash for Clunkers didn’t hurt their bottom line either. Get rid of a bunch of old cars and force people to buy brand new cars? Wow.
Then there’s this nonsense about how the Cruze and Impala just aren’t selling. The Impala is actually quite a nice car. They haven’t been pushing it enough. Anyway, somewhere along the line they made the decision to build cars nobody buys in the USA, and build more popular cars in Mexico.
Why not re-tool the Detroit plants to build Silverados and Suburbans? I guess it would make too much sense to let the Mexican plants close. And with Mexican labor, the Cruze and Impala might even be profitable. No plants closing at all.
Funny how in an era of “people not wanting passenger cars”, Toyota has no problem selling a billion Camrys a year. Or newcomer Tesla selling a growing number of electric cars a year.
GM making a lame excuse? Nah, can’t be.
The MINUTE that GM crawled into bed with Obama was the minute they became DEAD to me. I would NEVER buy a GM product, EVER again. They’ve got a LOT of gall sucking up BILLIONS of dollars in subsidies, then announcing they want to move their production of electric cars to Mexico or China! I partially blame the unions for this–between their “featherbedding” and INSANELY high union wages in their plants, the unions have been systematically trying to KILL that golden egg-laying GOOSE for years.
Mind you, I’ve viewed them as untrustworthy, to say the least, ever since they were caught putting Vega-weight transmissions into much heavier Buicks, years ago! Their eagerly crawling into bed with Obama was just the last straw.
If you ever owned one, the aluminum/silicon mixture [they don’t actually alloy] used for casting the blocks in the Vegas and Pontiac siblings would result in significant oil consumption after about 15k miles. I witnessed about 240 miles/quart.
I heard that the combustion acids eroded the Al at the cylinder walls leaving a Si honeycomb surface which retained oil [the rings couldn’t wipe all of the oil out of the porosity of the cylinders’ surface] and that oil burned in the next combustion stroke.
It didn’t seem to hurt performance, just consumed excessive oil.
As i’ve often remarked, why not just fire the dozen or so executives who MADE these bad calls.. Since most of them are making close to the money 100 workers get, that should save a few thousand jobs worth…
And too many pushing electric cars while the buyers are paying way too much and think they are not hurting our atmosphere. WRONG! The batteries have to be recharged and often and that electricity comes from FOSSIL FUELS you ignorants! You are also polluting the air. And why have to stop often to recharge when my gasoline vehicle goes hundreds of miles without regasing. Testa crap is costly and useless as well. Guess only democrats want electric cars because they truly are dumber than rocks top down.
chrose, the Leftist LOONS–INCLUDING Obama are soooo STUPID that they believe if it plugs into the wall, it is CLEAN energy. They don’t seem to know or CARE about that HONKING BIG power generating plant just down the road from that receptacle, whose turbines run on fossil fuels that is required to POWER all those electrical outlets their “clean” cars are using to recharge! And let’s not even TALK about how TOXIC those honking big batteries are, or the logistical and environmental NIGHTMARE of trying to safely DISPOSE of them when they will no longer hold a charge! And yes, the Leftist LOONS really ARE that blind and stupid!
They also seen to have no understanding of international pollution, because if they actually did they’d realize that the only reason the batteries come out of China is because the EPA rules would make them many times as expensive to manufacture in the US. China doesn’t seem to care about industrial pollution unless it’s very close to their mega-cities or tourist attractions.
And when batteries die, where do they all go? Not landfills!
GM & Chrysler should have gone bankrupt. The competition won. News companies could have taken their place and brought more competition.
Instead the US Taxpayer bailed them both out and Chrysler was handed over to Fiat a third rate Italian company.
Ford, Toyota and Honda are all more “American” than GM or Chrysler.
Anyone know how many millions of cars GM/Chrysler have had recalled over the past decade??
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