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General Motors makes too many vehicles

Posted Sunday, December 14, 2008, at 3:35 PM

General Motors manufactures Cadillac, Buick, Pontiac, Chevrolet, GMC, Hummer and Saab vehicles. Should any of these lines be dropped completely or various models of these lines be eliminated?

Too many of these are essentially the same except for cosmetic differences. Would striving to improve for today's needs on fewer lines and/or models help General Motors?


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Don't forget Saturn as well.

I think when GM reorganizes you'll see a much more streamlined product line. That also mean they'll be closing plants. Given the current mood of the country my guess is the bulk of those closings will be outside the country. They'll probably sell Hummer and Saab at a loss. They may even sell the Saturn division since no one in Detroit has cared that much about it. That would be a HUGE mistake in my opinion since Saturn naturally lends itself to the type of vehicle they need to build.

-- Posted by Tim Baker on Sun, Dec 14, 2008, at 6:40 PM

Too many cars...and too expensive cars.

GM and Ford have comtinued to pump out cars year after year even when their sales was slumping. Car lots can not sell the cars they have sitting on the lots now but yet they continue to make more of the same type cars and trucks.

How could they possibly expect to turn a profit when there are thousands upon thousands of cars just sitting with no buyers?

It really never made any sense to me anyway about new car lots..it seems there should have been a better way to sell new cars. Of course you will always have used cars on car lots when people buy or sell but new cars should have always been on a order bases. Car lots should have had a few of each model they sell as test drivers..the buyer picks the car model and even the color and options they wish to purchase..car lot orders the car..a couple of weeks later the car is delivered. Thus there is not Billions of dollars of inventory just sitting wasting away on car lots with no buyers.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Sun, Dec 14, 2008, at 11:36 PM

I agree Dianatn, thats common sense, but the auto industry is run by men.

-- Posted by bellbuckletn on Mon, Dec 15, 2008, at 8:15 AM

I still say the car industry needs to go back to Henry Ford's philosphy "You can have a car any color you want as long as it is black" and I guess as long as it was a Model T.

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Mon, Dec 15, 2008, at 10:10 AM

I agree with you Dianatn but many Americans are impulse buyers and the car dealerships know that so they have a broad range of vehicles to appeal to a variety of people so they can sell it right on the spot instead of giving the shopper any time to think about the decision they are making and possibly second guess their decision. I know some may say that buying a car is not impulse shopping but it really is when it comes to choosing one many times.

Most of what businesses do to sell their merchandise is psychological . . . even Wal-Mart stocks their merchandise and locates it in a way that is suppose to promote the item more and make the shopper be more impulsive in shopping.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Tue, Dec 16, 2008, at 7:19 AM

But is a few impulse buyers worth the cost?

-- Posted by Dianatn on Tue, Dec 16, 2008, at 9:59 AM

Most people don't realize it but all of those new cars you see on the dealer's lot was ordered by the dealership. That car was paid for when it rolls out the assembly line door. The dealers pay interest every month on any car in stock.

-- Posted by bodyshop on Wed, Dec 17, 2008, at 12:03 PM

Interest on the cars really doesn't hardly equal the purchase price. If a car lot goes bankrupt where do the cars on the lot go? Where do the unsold 2008 cars go when the 2009 cars come onto the lots? What I am really asking is who is floating all these new car loans for dealerships? Is it the manufactures? if so in reality they still own the cars until they are actually sold from the car lot.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Wed, Dec 17, 2008, at 4:55 PM


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