Still, George Fowler, a Pontiac, Buick and GMC dealer in Dearborn, Mich., says GM needs to "throw out" its poorer-selling cars and trucks. Fowler says his salespeople spend too much time negotiating deals to persuade customers to buy GM cars, and several models sit on the lot for months without a single sale.
How important is product to a troubled company? Carlos Ghosn, the CEO who turned struggling Nissan around, says there's "no problem at a car company that good product won't solve. Everything is about product."
I agree that GM could really use a hybrid to capitalize on the current gas savings trend that is pushing Priuses out the door. They are working on hybrids in a joint venture with DaimlerChrysler, but they won't be ready for a little while.solsticedreamin said:Just my $.02 but I don't think the Solstice, Sky or G6 are what GM really needs. They're great cars and they certainly don't hurt but they have a very limited market. In the U.S. right now they need a great SUV, hybrid and mini-van to turn them around.
OTOH, The first manufacturer to design a super-sized SUV (Expedition to Suburban class) that gets 30mpg while towing a small ocean liner (I.e. a patio boat) is going to take home a major chunk of the market share pie.
The more applicable question for Solstice devotees is what happens to the value of our Solstice if GM fails to make a turn around? Does the Solstice name go down with the ship if the Pontiac/GM brand appeal completely sinks?