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Is it a good idea to cut passenger cars?

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A silent part of GM's woes in this country stems from the previous two last decades quest to be a global powerhouse. For all of GM's success in China, it has come at the expense of domestic sales. Designing a car to please the Chinese buyers whether Asian or European, means the aren't focusing in on Americans.

Toyota is customer focused enough to build cars Americans like. The Toyota brand sells other products in other markets which Americans would reject and they have had some designs fail here. They accept the market discipline and don't blame their mistakes on "stupid Americans."

The difference between Toyota and General Motors is that Toyota has global platforms, but it doesn't try to sell one homogenized vehicle to all the markets. This is why the Chevy Cruze is on death row and the Malibu is questionable. BTW, Ford does the same thing as GM with global platforms. How are those Ford sedans doing?
 

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The Chevrolet compact started as the J-car Cavalier, changed to the Cobalt, and ended as the Cruze. Others in these forums have pointed out how the domestic brands often change names, and try new gimmicks, to try to catch the Asian brands. The domestic brands think a new identity will overcome a bad reputation. Oddly, sales often trend downward through the generational changes. The Asian brands, on the other hand, mostly used continuous improvement over the decades.

The Cavalier was introduced 5 years after GM pulled the plug on the Vega. There was a lot of the Vega's engineering in the Monza coupe, which is the model the Cavalier replaced. By that time the self destructing Vega motor was gone. The GM J-cars were introduced with drivability woes and other teething problems, but those cars received prompt attention. The Cavalier had some really great sales years, and even its worst years, its sales matched the Cruz, which is now being dropped for low sales.

The Cobalt replaced the Cavalier and that car's sales averages were much lower than the previous model. Going into the 2008 recession sales fell of a cliff. It must be pointed out that all GM car brands had a J-car companion to the Cavalier during its boom sales years. The Oldsmobile brand was dropped before the the engineering and name changes to the Cruze. When bankruptcy loomed the Cobalt's platform mates were dropped as Pontiac and Saturn then joined Oldsmobile in automotive heaven. From whatever the combined sales of all the J-cars were, purchases had dropped to less than 100,000 in 2010.

The days are numbered for the Cruz, but surprisingly the sales numbers are not that bad, approaching pre-recession levels of the Cavalier and Cobalt. Unfortunately, GM feels that it's time to pull the plug on March of 2019.
 

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I guess Mary Barra is turing into the Carly Fiorina of "GM".

Guess this means Mary will run for President of the U.S. one day. :p

Fear not though... the Chinese are waiting in the wings to salvage GM. GM will truly be "Government Motors"...
 

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just sell Buick to China, create a Uni-body RWD SUV platform for GMC/Cadillac, Base RWD Cars on one platform (CTS) to share with Chevy (Camaro/Sedan) and leave the FWD messy crossovers to Chevy. then you'll have a Corporation thats inline with what FCA has or atleast close to it.
 

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I guess Mary Barra is turing into the Carly Fiorina of "GM".

Guess this means Mary will run for President of the U.S. one day. :p
There is an article in the Washington Post about Marry Barra delivering a speech at Harvard to the rookie incoming congressional representatives. If Mary B. became president she would have less influence with our government.
 
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