The reason I call it Our GM is if the statistics are correct, we the people of the United States will have a 61% stake in the corporation. I realize that the government has stated it will not dictate the models of vehicles the company will sell, but one can see a problem already for the 2010 model year. It seems that GM is going to introduce some models that may already be niche cars that may have low sales projections and obviously low profit margins.

Here are some of the losers GM is going to try and sell:

This is very much a Eurocentric model. Cadillac initially considered the wagon a niche car for the U.S., with volume in the 3000 to 4000 range. The entire brand sold just 4508 units in Europe in 2007, so even if the Sport Wagon becomes its volume model there, total sales probably will be well below 8000 units worldwide.

You gotta be kidding. Who thought this up? 8,000 units to be sold worldwide? This is crazy!

Pontiac Solstice Coupe
GM will only make about 1,100 of these cars, so expect them to be hard to find and, if you get one, take good care of it.

Only building 1100 ? Why even bother building it?

GMC Terrain
The Terrain is GMC’s version of the new Chevrolet Equinox. The basic idea was to create a small crossover that appeals to people who want a look that GM calls “tailored toughness.” Looking it over, we might suggest a different tailor but, hopefully, buyers will like what they see on the showroom floor.

Why two of the same? I never really understood the difference between a Chevy and a GM model of anything. Isn’t it time to reduce the number of models? This beast comes with a 4 cylinder engine plant for better gas mileage. But will it be enough to even move this off the dealer’s lot? 0 – 60 in two days! LOL

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


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