• Fizz Posted: 11/13/2009 5:29am PST

    adding dealerships isn't the silver bullet. What needs to happen is GM should LISTEN to the dealers as should other manufacturers. This is where the disconnect lies. I saw an interview with the owner of the largest dealership in Michigan. His dealership has sold more Buicks than any other dealer in the US. He invited LeNave to discuss the challenges and ideas that made him successful. Did LeNave visit? No-too busy.

  • richard avatar Richard Posted: 11/12/2009 6:10pm PST

    @LimousineLiberal: I think that's EXACTLY the point. I'm all for GM making a profit, but they ought to think VERY carefully before adding dealerships -- a process that can't be easily reversed if the expansion strategy doesn't pan out. There are other ways to boost output and increase market penetration without all that. And besides, there's a bit of truth to that old showbiz saying: "Leave 'em wanting more".
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    In other news: some people toss around the word "socialist" as if it's universally acknowledged as an awful thing -- the moral equivalent of, say, alcoholism or child pornography. Which is pretty weird, not to mention presumptuous.

  • Limousine Liberal Posted: 11/12/2009 4:46pm PST

    my $0.02 would be to slow way the heck down on expanding dealerships. wait until you have the high class problem of too much demand from consumers who are clamoring for new outlets. yes GM would indeed lose some sales. but think we now all know that sometimes leaving a little top line on the table if the cost is mammoth investments which turn into unsustainable fixed costs.

  • marquis Posted: 11/12/2009 4:37pm PST

    This is a recipe for disaster. GM already had a reputation for preferring higher-volume dealerships in the suburbs over its smaller but higher-profile urban outlets -- especially at the coasts, and incidentally those that would allow conquests from other brands. Here they go again. Time to buy some land out at the megastore by the exurbs and try to sell the Volt, the Cruze, or their other smart-looking upcoming products. Uh huh.

  • Walter Vondrazk Posted: 11/12/2009 4:14pm PST

    Given the general quality of first-line salespeople at GM dealers I visited last time I tried to buy a car, I would be happier if they burned every damn dealer to the ground and started fresh. The state laws protecting dealers, and insisting that manufacturers MUST sell cars through independent third parties, are a crock that rip off the U.S. car buyer every day and night. GM dealers could take lessons from Lexus et al from now til Doomsday and they wouldn't get it. The DEALERS may be what prevents GM from becoming a viable company and paying back our damn loans.

  • carguy Posted: 11/12/2009 4:04pm PST

    so a new CEO who is an internal guy in such a cultural mess and we get surprised that there is no change?

  • greedo Posted: 11/12/2009 3:55pm PST

    Well, I wish GM all the best in getting their problems solved. And not just because I have a not-so-theoretical several thousand dollar share (read: tax dollars) in the company.
    But yes, they're going to have to make some harsh cuts to carry forward in any kind of good shape. Can't lose weight by keeping all the fat.

  • jim Beaker Posted: 11/12/2009 3:50pm PST

    I'm not sure you are right about "...This is a pretty dicey move for GM."
    I think they want (in the end of the day) to improve their dealerships and one way to do it is to get rid off the old ones and bring some new, hungry ones.

  • dsr Posted: 11/12/2009 3:37pm PST

    Isnt this the same thing companies do when they let go of the older employees? The alternative is a socialist system

  • LesBaer45 Posted: 11/12/2009 9:58am PST

    GM. Meet the new, same as the old.
    More "change" talk but inbred cultural behavior is tough to change.