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Goverment Motors - New Product Fiasco



September 10, 2010 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: GM

After over a year under gov't control, GM has released a brand new vehicle, the Buick Regal.  USA Today just reviewed this $30,000 vehicle (click here for the article) and came to a stunning conclusion.  For all you "Government can do anything" people, you may want to sit down, as GM seems to have forgotten the basics of building a care. 

The first car sent to the reviewer "behaved so badly, Buick pronounced it unrepresentative and quickly provided another"

So they sent a second car.  One can assume they got the "best" car they could and tested it before sending to the reviewer.  It was a better car, and the reviewer only had the following negative statement "No. 2's powertrain, though not as rough as No. 1's, still was a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that shuddered upon start and muttered unpleasantly underway. And its six-speed automatic transmission shifted only after a delay and then with a slur instead of crisply. It often shifted at inappropriate times (rounding a corner, for instance, or switching from acceleration to deceleration and back)."

So thank the gov't for giving us cars that resemble the pre-Japanese invasion.  I'm glad the $51 billion saved jobs only to put crap back on our streets.


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#1) On September 10, 2010 at 11:51 AM, allstarvulture (< 20) wrote:

 One can assume they got the "best" car they could and tested it before sending to the reviewer

If it were a private enterprise, one could make that assumption.  This is a decrepit, government-run union shell. 

The folks at GM grabbed the physically nearest car as a replacement (by sheer luck it was another Buick Regal) and then charged eight hours of double time for having to provide it.

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#2) On September 10, 2010 at 7:14 PM, FleaBagger (27.49) wrote:

Wasn't Buick tying Lexus on J.D. Power's list of most reliable makes just before GM's bankruptcy?

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