"ZombyWoof" <Zomby-Woof@Zappa.net> wrote in message
> On 27 Mar 2005 13:16:52 -0800, "Auto Prophet"
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote something wonderfully witty:
>>I have started a blog devoted to the automotive industry. Please take
>>a look. My latest article is "GM: Kill Pontiac".
> Hell I say kill all of them and wrap it up into one big GM brand name
> with models having varying levels of trim. That is all that the
> Divisions really do anyhow. All the vehicles are basically the same
> with the exception of the Corvette and now the Caddy folks are
> knocking off a luxo-barge version of that.
The Hummers are still different from anything else in the GM lineup, at
least for now. And I think the Saabs are too. I think some of the Caddy's
are unique as well.
But what difference does it make? The divisions are just marketing
components with the cars made by manufacturing units seperate from the
marketing units (it used to be that Chevy, Caddy, Pontiac, etc. divisions
made their own cars).
And, quite frankly, I don't see whaat is wrong with that. GM gets a lot more
experience with the engineering and durability of particular engines,
platforms, etc., cost reductions in manufacturing and engieering. These
savings are passed on as lower costs to consumers. Otherwise, there is no
way that GM could compete on cost, as they do. Consumers still get a good
choice in a range of vehicles. And GM still makes money (occaisonally).
This is one reason why cars last a lot longer than they used to.
Ford and DC and the other car makers do the same thing across brands, as
> "Maybe worshiping the cross and the painful death rather
> than the well lived life really has distorted our sense
> of who we are and what life is about." -- Author unkown