Sunday, March 29, 2009

Being GM V

Over the past few weeks I have been noticing a variety of GM cars on the road that have caught my attention. From sports cars to family vehicles to SUV's, I'm really liking what I see.

Being from Detroit and having seven brothers some things grab my attention in ways that some might not think typical. I have always loved cars. Check these out, ranging in division, style and price.












Cadillac CT Coupe 2009












Chevy Impala 2009













Saturn Vue Hybrid 2009












Chevrolet Camaro 2009

I can only imagine that GM sales will increase.

10 comments:

Brosreview said...

Make no mistake Judith; these are all good-looking cars but when it comes to performance, there are much better alternatives. Besides, fuel economy has always been an Achilles heal for GM.

Same here; I always liked what I saw coming out of their yard. But, looks isn't everything.

dave wheeler said...

Judith,

Really like the Caddie! Can't recall where I read it but someone said the best way to use Big Three bail out money was to give it directly to the consumers and then we could go out and by a new car from one of the Big Three. Still looking for the downside in that strategy!

judith ellis said...

Hey Brosreview - I think it's a fallacy and an old tired argument to propose that GM does not rank up there with regards to performance and fuel efficieny. GM's biggest problem has been with tooting its own horn about changes it has made over a number of years now.

One day last week while listening to NPR I heard that GM just recently got some big award that includes beating out Toyota, Hyundai, and I'm sure the new Tata car. How much will the Nano cost again? Some $3,000 dollars? If I come up with the name of the award, I'll post it. In fact, you may have heard of the award, being into cars as I know you are.

judith ellis said...

Yes, Dave, I have heard that strategy too. It's similiar to the one that proposes giving money directly to the people and not the banks. Fat chance!

dave wheeler said...

Judith,

You are sure right about that however I'm still looking for the downside of that approach. Just finished a post on foundations4 based on Sylvia Ann Hewlitt's book "Off-Ramps and On-Ramps, Keeping Talented Women on the Road to Success. To paraphrase the Donna Summer song, they should give us the stimulus because "We Work Hard for the Money!" and they definitely ain't treating us right!

judith ellis said...

Yeah, I'm sure about that. I'll pop over to your blog now. Gotta love Donna Summers!

dave wheeler said...

Got to for sure!The clip is from an HBO special from many, many, many decades ago!

judith ellis said...

Been there and left a comment. The clip is great! Thanks!

Bob Foster said...

Judith,

It is nice to see something of substance coming out of GM. I think this is due, in large part, to Bob Lutz, who was brought out of retirement in 2001 to rescue the design side of GM, and is currently in charge of global product development. Although a champion of muscle cars (he brought out the Dodge Viper, and Plymouth Prowler while President of Chrysler), he was featured in a 2008 issue of Newsweek as: “Bob Lutz: The Man Who Revived the Electric Car.” Bob’s pursuit of an electric car was rebuffed by GM management back in 2003, but it looks like his day for electric cars is just about here. Incidentally, Bob turned 77 in February of this year—maybe the old guard has a thing or two to offer yet.

judith ellis said...

Without a doubt, Bob. Just had dinner last night with a car executive friend and he spoke of Lutz's brillance and sheer knowledge of the industry. Lutz is a real car guy. My friend sees the big problem with Chrysler is that Nardelli has NO knowledge whatsoever about the product - CARS! Unfortunately, Lutz the Lion is retiring.

Let's see what Fritz Henderson does with GM; he has been around for years. Honestly, I don't know if this is good or bad. But I would agree with my friend to put someone at the helm of Chrysler without any knowledge of the product sold is probably not good. But a big problem with the likes of those who have been around is often staid thinking and arrogance.