• thomas Posted: 6/23/2008 6:50pm PDT

    Haven't seen a single Saturn Astra on the road yet. There was a boat load of them at the dealership, but they ALL had automatics. Even when the product is decent, count on the dealer body to screw it up.

  • Seano Posted: 6/19/2008 8:34pm PDT

    The big US trucks aren't common Down Under but they are here and they do have a history of use. What's also here is a range of Euro commercial vehicles of similar size and load capacity such as the VW Crafter, M-B Sprinter & Iveco Daily - difference? They aren't body on frame and the biggest engine is a 3L common rail diesel. Yet they still manage excellent performance and excellent fuel economy.
    One major option for GM is to stay with the Silverado size ute but actually invest in the driveline via their relationship with VM Motori and move to smaller capacity common rail TDi engines. Aim for combined economy of 10 to 12 litres per 100km. The other option is to offer a smaller class of utility (like the Izuzu D-max/rodeo, Toyota Hilux or Ford Ranger) that is common in other parts of the world but has similar load capacity to the bigger utes (most of ours have net load capacities over 900kgs).

  • wkile Posted: 6/19/2008 6:54pm PDT

    I agree with Cyrus EM, pick ups are here to stay, but they will have to evolve from the V8 guzzlers that hey are today. It's good to see that GM is taking the fuel prices serious, but you think that they would have seen the writing on the wall a year or so ago and started the shift then......ahh well, hindsight is always 20/20.

  • Cyrus EM Posted: 6/19/2008 3:57pm PDT

    It's one thing to change priorities, another to kill a product line altogether. If the big threes had stuck to some small group of smaller cars (which in the case of Ford and GM they sell all over the world), they would have some products already in the market. The big pick ups are here to stay (albeit with better gas milage and maybe a bit smaller). They should make sure that while priorities are handled, they don't end up without products people want. Same is true with Hummer. I hate the brand but it has room in the market: make the H2/H3 more fuel effiecient (that's an oximoron isn't it...) more of a niche/luxury market and make a small Hummer similar to the H2O concept presented last year, to compete with Jeep. The smaller, ligher model could actually outstrip the Wrangler which is much too bid. Sell it with a Diesel 4 and watch them sell like pancakes.
    The problem with the Big three and most US companies is the short term minded set. If you want to be successful, you must compete. If you are GM, you cannot leave parts of the market to the competition, certainly not with Daewoo/Chevy/Cadillac/Pontiac/Hummer/GMC/Buick/Holden/Vauxall/Opel/Saab... covering the market!

  • Kevin Posted: 6/19/2008 1:45pm PDT

    HDFL, isn't that what the Saturn line is?

  • HDFL Posted: 6/19/2008 11:44am PDT

    It's simple. Bring the Agila, Corsa, Meriva, Signum, and Tigra to the States. A few Holdens might also help. Kill Hummer. Reduce production of V8s and limit its application to utility vehicles (diesels mostly) and sports cars (Corvette and Camaro, that's it). Refine the output in V6s and L4s, so people don't miss the eight cylinders. That would be a start.