Why GM Failed - From A Broad Consumer's Perspective
Hi, my second blog post and I'm going to break it down without the stock numbers, without all the business jargon, and without all the terms only experts would understand for the reasons why GM failed. I won't even go into exact years or exact points in time but just do this off the head. And... if I can type this out off the head, then how much bad business do you think GM really has done - from a consumer's perspective?
1. GM's lineup of cars don't meet consumer demand BY A LONG SHOT! What is demand? Well if you ask the super ballers of Hollywood, you get 1 opinion. If you ask the average 9-5 Joe Smo that makes around 40-50K a year, you get a totally different one. Which group has more people? Umm...
2. Forget Japanese (cough Toyota) or any other company that seems superior to GM. That argument is played out like a Jheri curl as Notorious B.I.G. once said. Let's look at GM and GM alone.
-Chevrolet: we got the awesome mid-life crisis car, the Corvette. Awesome HP for the price and all, looks nice and all. But go back to that average Joe, his 1 yr salary ain't paying for this car after taxes! Then we got gas guzzler Tahoe, another 50K+ SUV that will take at least another 50K out of your wallet from gas LOL. Same with Suburban. Avalance just looks like a horrible nightmare of a design. Their other hybrids and cargo vans are decent but not really hitting that 'average Joe market'. Camaro is the only bright spot starting at 23K but too little too late guys! Cobalt looks like a wannabe foreign car also.
-Cadillac: decent cars, if you got the money. I mean when I saw them in Matrix Reloaded, who didn't like that sick CTS? But overall, the entire line from Escalades to the family cars to the crossovers are just ridiculous in prices when looked at the overall market. And come on guys, XLR-V at 106K, get serious.
-Buick: won't say much for them. Overall the line looks like B-design cars. Don't even look like the old Buick's in anyway, shape, or form.
-Saturn: ahh, how did they ruin such a solid car in the 1990s? Of these, the Sky looks nice. But I can do better elsewhere. Plus it is overpriced a little by about 5K.
-SAAB: great cars like Cadillac but there are too many similar cars and with that variety, they lack any variety in price. Plan to spend at least 30K for these.
-Pontiac: while I said I won't compare GM to foreign companies, the G6 is just like the... let me hold that thought before continuing LOL. Love the Solstice, but it is another example of too little too late for GM.
-Hummer: do I really need to comment on the flaw with this one? Hint: it kind of relates to gasoline LOL.
-GMC: finally the great GMC from GM. I think GMC could be its own car company. I mean they are producing 21 (or should I say "were") different vehicles in 2009 model year for the GMC group alone. And what insane person does this for a group that is composed of almost all SUV's, trucks, and vans? Maybe the CEO of GM? Yes 21 means 21 like those alcohol ID check commercials LOL!
3. This bullet isn't really needed. When you got 21 vehicles in just 1 group of your entire vehicle lineup as a company, there really has to be something wrong with the planning or thinking in a company like GM. Of the lineup of probably close to 100 different cars, only like 4-5 of them would I even consider buying. That is saying something.