• brvdo avatar brvdo Posted: 11/14/2011 12:11pm PST

    Never should da Bailed the company out..

  • brvdo avatar brvdo Posted: 11/14/2011 12:10pm PST

    Hence the reason I will never buy Another Government Motors car again..

  • ibunique avatar ibunique Posted: 7/3/2011 5:15pm PDT

    Here's the rub.... No jobs, high food costs, high living expenses, still raising taxes and you want us to go out and spend $40,000 plus on a new car.....REALLY?????

  • ibunique avatar ibunique Posted: 7/3/2011 5:07pm PDT

    I for one, will NOT buy a GM car while this lunitic is in charge, both CEO and Pres. Enough with forcing us to do their will. If I have to buy a more fuel effiencent vehicle it will be anything but GM!!!!

  • use2play avatar use2play Posted: 6/9/2011 8:22am PDT

    BTW, is this one of the guys responsible for getting GM in a world of trouble a fw years back? Did America give private company Gm billions of dollars? This guy is totally out of touch with America - only buy Honda from now on.

  • fb_1491948054 avatar Kurt Posted: 6/9/2011 10:17am PDT

    @use2play, Akerson wasn't with GM during the height of their bankruptcy. He came from the telecommunications industry, and joined GM from an equity management firm (The Carlysle Group) in July, 2009. He became GM's CEO on September 1, 2010.

  • use2play avatar use2play Posted: 6/9/2011 8:20am PDT

    If the CEO's of these huge companies - many of which pay little or NO taxes each year - took a few million off their salaries - and paid some taxes - we could all be paying #2 for gas!

  • Matt Posted: 6/8/2011 12:05pm PDT

    The only reason he made such a STUPID remark like that is because he wants the GP to buy more 40K Volts!

  • fb_100002377511580 avatar fb_100002377511580 Posted: 6/8/2011 9:52am PDT

    Well, I guess the Silverado 4 door truck I bought my spouse a few years ago will be the last GMC vehicle purchased. We will now NOT purchase from GMC. Did you not get a bail out from Obama with tax payers money? We own a business and use over 1200.00 per month is gas alone. My spouse uses his truck for this business and I think you should retract your comment.

  • Michael Posted: 6/8/2011 8:27am PDT

    @Dan Miller. Can't let your snotty comment about emotion and ignorance pass. First of all, most other countries were developed before the automobile -- so they can have high fuel prices because large numbers of their population can walk or use mass transit. Also, most, but not all, of those countries have a lower standard of living than ours. You want high fuel costs? Fine. Move to the UK. Enjoy paying $8 a gallon -- and living in some crappy little flat for $4000 a month while paying 30% more for everything from butter and eggs to clothing. Enjoy.

  • Ken Posted: 6/8/2011 7:11am PDT

    Somebody PLEASE but a bullet in this a-holes head fast!!!! The America people aren't going to buy the crap Detroit is butting out there going to buy the jap-crap. Now as the gas goes in Europe the gas octane is 91 for regular. that's where your mileage is not in the cheap shit that where getting and paying a really high price for.

  • Kurt Posted: 6/8/2011 6:19am PDT

    @Dan Miller, you are aware that raising the cost of gas raises consumer prices across the board, right? How then, do you propose that middle class families absorb the additional cost? My wife and I are attempting to get by on roughly 41% of the income we made pre-recession, and there certainly isn't any relief in the job market in sight. Do you think I can absorb a $1 increase in the price of gas? Higher prices for groceries?
    I'm not alone, and I know more people unemployed or underemployed today than at any other time in history. Increasing costs won't sell more fuel-efficient cars, but it will very likely drive the country to a breaking point.

  • been thr Posted: 6/8/2011 5:47am PDT

    What some of the folks don't realize is an added gas tax increases the cost of ALL items, so in essene we have a 30% increase across the board, food, clothing, and yes cars also. HMMM think such a cost increase will still make folks who cannot afford to eat buy a new car?

  • dan detroit avatar dan detroit Posted: 6/8/2011 4:16am PDT

    So much emotion, such ignorant comments here!
    If the nation want's better fuel economy, the only rational way to do it is by increasing the cost of fuel such that consumers are interested in and demand higher economy. That is the approach used in every other nation. CAFE, which pinches manufacturers between lack of consumer demand and government regulations, is not used anywhere else in the world!
    CAFE has long put a burden uniquely on U.S. makers. Simply put, they have been forced to build vehicles to government regulation rather than consumer demand. Import brands simply bring the smaller vehicles demanded by markets where fuel prices are much higher.

  • fb_1618356314 avatar Richard Posted: 6/7/2011 9:20pm PDT

    If he is so concerned about Americans buying small, fuel efficient cars, why is his company still building BIG, less efficient vehicles? This guy has been hanging around with Obama and Soros why too long! I suggest he be replaced post haste with a TRUE AMERICAN and LOOSE ALL OF HIS COMPANY PROVIDED BENEFITS . . . INCLUDING HIS PENSION! THROW THE BUM OUT!

  • Jim Posted: 6/7/2011 8:20pm PDT

    What a terrible idea!

  • Z064ever Posted: 6/7/2011 8:02pm PDT

    Guess what, Mr. Elitist? We have a Vette, a CTS, and an Impala, and you have convinced us our next conveyance shall be a Ford or Lincoln (as long as they are made of usa parts by Americans). Oh, by the way, Cruzes are made of mostly foreign sourced parts, not considering a Cruze.

  • excaliburn Posted: 6/7/2011 7:47pm PDT

    Tellya what Mr. Fat Cat, talk to me about this after you and Government Motors repays the $44-Billion in taxpayer money that you and it still owe not Obama. but We The People! Wanna know why I am no longer a GM only buyer and now drive a Ford? Thata's why.

  • Eden Posted: 6/7/2011 5:53pm PDT

    It's no freaking wonder! He was 'appointed' by Obama, who would love nothing less than to dictate what every person on the planet does - including what we drive! What colosal jerks!

  • fb_100000641225953 avatar Bill Posted: 6/7/2011 1:52pm PDT

    This should have been done 20 years ago and we would't have such a glut of gas guzzling SUV's on the road today. The rest of the world has seen this problem and done something about it why hasn't the US?

  • Michael Posted: 6/7/2011 1:45pm PDT

    What a moron. Natural gas is selling for the equivalent of $2 a gallon right now. He ought to be pushing for that. Typical Wall Street hedge fund moron.

  • Douglas Posted: 6/7/2011 1:19pm PDT

    You over-paid asshole.

  • Cory Posted: 6/7/2011 12:53pm PDT

    What other kind of blathering, nonsensical, middle class killing BS should we expect from a Marxist posing as a capitalist "appointed" by fellow America hating Marxist posing as a liberal. And these morons are just getting warmed up ..

  • Kurt Posted: 6/7/2011 12:44pm PDT

    Here's the problem: building fuel efficient cars (and trucks) is one thing, but getting the public to buy them is something else entirely. Akerson is concerned that if the public won't embrace hybrids and fuel efficient vehicles, GM won't make upcoming CAFE targets. Passing on the problem to someone else is the path of least resistance, and that's exactly what a gas tax would do.
    CEOs, like politicians, have little understanding of what people are going through in this country right now. Sadly, they're the ones entrusted to set policy, create jobs and drive the economy. God help us all.

  • Lion Posted: 6/7/2011 12:18pm PDT

    This is a classic case of thinking with a chicken brain. GM should focus on research to increase mileage and have more options of alternate fuel like electric and bio fuel. Just saying that increase the tax is not a solution by any standard. being GM one expects an elegant solution but all we get is bullshit.

  • Nick Posted: 6/7/2011 12:05pm PDT

    Does this guy realize that people still have uses for trucks, SUVs, and larger vehicles in general. Some people don't lead boring lives where a Cruze is the vehicle for them. Ever hear of a boat or RV? I have, and I enjoy them both, and it is because of a truck that I can enjoy them.

  • tiggergirl Posted: 6/7/2011 11:42am PDT

    What the Hell is he thinking. Taxing Gasoline $0.50 on the dollar. Whatever only if he is paying the difference.

  • Eva Posted: 6/7/2011 11:41am PDT

    What the Hell is he thinking. Taxing Gasoline $0.50 on the dollar. Whatever only if he is paying the difference.

  • Christy Posted: 6/7/2011 11:19am PDT

    Why enforce CAFE standards if it isn't what the customers really want?? If they want to buy a truck or traditional SUV, because they have the required need to, then let them. Tacking on a $.50 or $1 tax on each gallon of gas is not a good solution...try again Akerson!

  • Ralph Nader Posted: 6/7/2011 11:17am PDT

    Akerson is absolutely right, until US drivers feel it in the pocket, they will not stop driving big, fuel inefficient vehicles. Gas prices in the rest of the world are higher than ours, and look at the cars they drive, not Suburbans, but smaller economy cars. Do most moms really need to go to soccer practice in a Yukon or suburban? And people, take the thule off the roof, that will instantly improve your milage by 2-4mpg, what, do you think you look cool with it on the roof 365 days a year when you use it 2 days a year??
    Make it a slow phase in as gas prices drop, increase the tax, maybe make it standardized costs for all fuel in all states even.....
    Otherwise, we will not change our ways...

  • Christy Posted: 6/7/2011 11:13am PDT

    Why enforce CAFE standards if it isn't what the customers are demanding?? If they want to buy a truck or traditional SUV, because they have the need to, then let them. Tacking on a $.50 or $1 tax on each gallon of gas is not a good resolution...try again Ackerson!

  • larry300 avatar larry300 Posted: 6/7/2011 11:09am PDT

    The Author hit the point correctly against a deliberate gas hike in the last paragraph. The rich won't care about spending one or two dollars more on gas for their expensive Mercedes or $40k Chevy Volt. The middle and lower class however are the ones who will be hit harder, not only at the pump but at grocery stores since every market relies on gas one way or another.

  • Mark Posted: 6/7/2011 10:44am PDT

    What happens if a automaker does not meet the CAFE standard? Is a "gas guzzler tax" assessed? If so, how about the automakers assess this new tax to pickups and SUVs, thus lowering the demand for these vehicles... I do agree though that until demand for less efficient vehicles drops, it will be tough to blame the auto manufactures (I doubt there is anything that GM can do to a suburban to get 60mpg). If the new tax was left in the transportation budget, I would hope that the new tax money would be spent on mass transit, so the multitude of people that can no-longer afford to drive would have options.

  • DRUFFO4291 avatar DRUFFO4291 Posted: 6/7/2011 10:41am PDT

    These guys always seem to try and pass the buck to the consumer. A few short years ago all car companies said it would be at least 10 years before they could produce a vehicle that could get 25 mpg that the public would buy. Now a long list of popular cars are getting 30-40 mpg, even some mid size suv's are getting mpg in the mid 20's
    This doesn't even account for the new hybrids that they all said would be years away if at all.
    Isn't amazing what they can produce when their backs are against the wall in a very short period of time.

  • Jimmee Jayson Posted: 6/7/2011 10:39am PDT

    And what about the grocery stores that have their food delivered by trucks?
    Higher food prices?
    We all don't make a seven digit salary Dan.

  • John Posted: 6/7/2011 10:30am PDT

    The only way GM or anybody in the US can make money on small cars is if the consumer feels they have no choice but to buy them. In forcing demand, GM can raise prices to insure profitability similar to what they have experienced with SUV's and trucks. As a result of this artificial manipulation of the market, we will all be forced to pay too much for vehicles we do not want.

  • John Posted: 6/7/2011 10:28am PDT

    The only way GM or anybody in the US can make money on small cars is if the consumer feels they have no choice but to buy them. In forcing demand, GM can raise prices to insure profitability similar to what they have experienced with SUV's and trucks. As a result of this artificial manipulation of the market, we will all be forced to pay too much for vehicles we do not want.

  • Howard Posted: 6/7/2011 10:27am PDT

    Are all rich people a ASSHOLE or is just you Dan Akerson

  • Scott Posted: 6/7/2011 10:23am PDT

    Ackerson has to be on DRUGS! what the hell do his dealers sell and he can't build enough of those! Nice how he worries about the Chev Dealers and the Buick GMC Cadillac guys are left out.Where's our product to compete with the gas milage issues!! We are the step child once again.
    More taxes just what we need WOW!!

  • Al Posted: 6/7/2011 10:22am PDT

    ..and this idiot is running GM?
    Enough said.

  • Scott Posted: 6/7/2011 10:21am PDT

    Ackerson has to be on DRUGS! what the hell do his dealers sell and he can't build enough of those! Nice how he worries about the Chev Dealers and the Buick GMC Cadillac guys are left out.Where's our product to compete with the gas milage issues!! We are the step child once again.
    More taxes just what we need WOW!!

  • Michael Marix Posted: 6/7/2011 10:10am PDT

    The problem with that is once a tax is levied, it never goes away.

  • Michael Marix Posted: 6/7/2011 10:10am PDT

    The problem with that is once a tax is levied, it never goes away.

  • Michael Marix Posted: 6/7/2011 10:09am PDT

    The problem with that is once a tax is levied, it never goes away.