• GL (Germany) Posted: 4/18/2008 12:33pm PDT

    "If you can’t beat them at home what make you think they can beat them in the world market." -

    I am living in Germany and GM actually IS beating them in the world-market!!! Obviously you missed some information. GM is selling record-numbers of vehicles in a row over here in Europe. Chevrolet is one of the fastest growing brands in Europe and if I'm not mistaken, Chevy (whereas GM DAT-cars) already outsold Smart over here. At the Bochum Opel-assembly-lines they had to work overtime to meet the demand from Russia. Last year GM was selling more than 2-million-vehicles in Europe, rising tendency.

  • Discussed Posted: 1/23/2008 2:23am PST

    Typical GM spin. GM Management never could regain their American market share as they struggle to hang on to what they have. If you can't beat them at home what make you think they can beat them in the world market.

    By the way did anyone remind Bob Lutz that Number Two is the "First Loser to Number One" ?

  • Jean Barsalou Posted: 1/21/2008 10:50pm PST

    WOW! It's the first time in my life that I listen a BIG SHOT in the auto business who says such a stupid statement.Nobody in the free world aims at being no 2 in any type of business.What is this overpaid man think of gm customers?Probably that the majority are stupid and they are buying the competition's product and they will come back some day?
    I was a car dealer for more than 25 years and the product was bad and the head office never believed the dealer.As bad as the FORD MOTOR CO THINKING!where are you going?

  • Earl Westerfeld Posted: 1/19/2008 8:10pm PST

    I say bull---- noboby wants to be #2. Everyboby knows what #2 is. thats like saying New England will be alright losing the AFC championship, because at lease their #2
    I DON'T THINK SO !

  • Lorens Posted: 1/18/2008 4:18pm PST

    Look at the big picture; a global brand can sway an entire market segment. All those fancy German cars people woo to are beginning to be really American. You cant get a more diverse workforce than that.

    So for now GM may seem to slip to number 2, but I beleive if they play their cards right (which they have for the past five years), by capturing the Chinese, Indian and Russian market, they will become the largest auto manufacturer again, and this time by far.

    All those cuts are for another very important reason: we will get GM cars from overseas, American soil will no longer be the main distributor.

  • gogere Posted: 1/18/2008 3:18pm PST

    When you consider that the US contains only 5% of the World population, you don't have to be a math major to see that we have little chance of holding on to being #1 at much of anything once Asia's economy kicks in.

    It will be interesting to see how GM, Ford and Chrysler treat the US as we dwindle in importance to their bottom line. I think GM may become the leader of sorts, as those stockholders who hold tight on the corporate leash walk their dog on the greener pastures of foreign soil.

    One only need to look to Detroit to see what may lie ahead for the rest of the country.

  • naif Posted: 1/18/2008 3:11pm PST

    and i'm glad i'm not a multi-millionaire. what they should be glad about is still being in business.

  • Joe Gakenheimer Posted: 1/18/2008 2:53pm PST

    Lutz is 100% correct, GM is a global company and needs to put money where it is needed, not where people may think it should be. I am happy and sad about the UAW people getting bought out, but on the other hand GM would not be in business if they paid everyone 80k a year to bolt together its vehicles.