GM can't help it. It's what they do. They have a lot of angry shareholders right now and those shareholders want to see someone pay for the resent failures. Lutz seems to have a way of speaking his mind and making promises that are hard to keep. My guess is they are trying to push him out of the lime light. My guess is we'll be going back to the old GM ways.brentil said:Great, I really hope we're not in for a relapse into the bean counter cancer that was attacking GM to death.
ABC News:This isn't the same as moving deck chairs around on the Titanic. GM's latest move is more analogous to the ship's purser taking the wheel.
Cowger will focus on global manufacturing and labor, including efforts to wring concessions from GM's biggest union, the United Auto Workers (UAW) union, particularly to combat soaring health care costs.
Lutz, the 73-year-old former Chrysler executive who Wagoner recruited to revitalize GM's car and truck lineup, will lead GM's global product development activities. He has pushed for new vehicles like the Pontiac Solstice roadster due this year.
I am afraid that all contact and control for the Solstice and Sky has now passed to Wagoner. The only way Lutz can keep his hand in is to expand the Kappa to the world with more than one body style and size car built on its basic architecture. Maybe that's just what the doctor ordered. Downside could end up being that the next vehicle like this will not be built on this side of Atlantic OR Pacific.Fformula88 said:I wonder what he really is going to be in charge of? Will he still have authority over North American products, or is he now to concentrate on Europe and Asia? Also, will GM continue to follow his changes in how the company operates internally, or with him busy on products and out of the way, will the internal operations return to normal (return to the bean counters) at GM. After all, Wagoner is a bean counter himself, and it seems like he is taking control back from Lutz on how the company operates on this continent. .
Sky may be in trouble unless the Solstice proves to be a highly "profitable" success.On Wagoner's agenda: dig into sales and marketing strategy with newly appointed marketing chief Mark LaNeve, including the possible replacement of one or more ad agencies on GM's roster; evaluate product programs for each brand and cut any that aren't too far along to kill or not nearly guaranteed to deliver profitable sales; look at dealer incentive programs.
I really don't think the Sky has much of anything to worry about. GM is putting a lot of effort into things like the Saturn Sky website and various other things. The Sky will more then likely be the US Kappa car that brings in more profit per car as well. With a base price af close to $25,000, that's $5,000 more then the Solstice base, ensuring that every Sky sale will bring in more profit per car thanks to the upscale charge, and the margin they make off the accessories. They also need the Sky as the corner stone of their upscale Saturn they're moving towards.LBJay said:Sky may be in trouble unless the Solstice proves to be a highly "profitable" success.
The clouds are darkening on the horizon.
That is assuming it sells in volume with the higher price too. The higher price gives them a somewhat higher margin, and the design and options list make it more enticing. However, its higher price also moves it closer in price to some good competition too, which means that its shortcomings won't be forgiven as easily as they will be on the Solstice at $20K.brentil said:I really don't think the Sky has much of anything to worry about. GM is putting a lot of effort into things like the Saturn Sky website and various other things. The Sky will more then likely be the US Kappa car that brings in more profit per car as well. With a base price af close to $25,000, that's $5,000 more then the Solstice base, ensuring that every Sky sale will bring in more profit per car thanks to the upscale charge, and the margin they make off the accessories. They also need the Sky as the corner stone of their upscale Saturn they're moving towards.
I hope what he is saying is really the case. I just fear its the opposite. Time will tell.mceb said:Lutz made a comment on his blog...
I think Bob's moving up in order to have his thumb on everything at once. Kinda more like Ford maybe where it's other country lines are more involved unlike GM's relations with like Subaru except to make Saab better.I suggested to Rick recently that I relinquish my title of chairman of GM North America so that I could concentrate entirely on the development of our new cars and trucks for all our global markets. I just couldn’t do that job the way it should be done while also having responsibility for GMNA.
2 of the 3 are focusing on "global" issues.Rick is taking over GM’s North American operations himself; I will focus 100 percent of my time on my role as the head of global product development; and Gary Cowger will focus 100 percent of his time on his role as the head of global manufacturing and labor relations.