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General Motors Products After Bankruptcy: Our Picks For Chevrolet


 

2009 Chevrolet Corvette

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We're a bit ahead of things, but what will General Motors look like when it emerges from Chapter 11 (provided it happens as planned on Monday, June 1)?

Looking first at Chevy, here are my predictions on what will stay and go and when:

  • Chevrolet Corvette: Makes money, a halo car for Chevy, hated by Washington even though it gets great highway mileage, it's safe
  • Chevrolet Cruze and Orlando: New, small, functional, necessary, still 12-18 months out
  • Chevrolet Spark: New, smaller, function, necessary, and now built in the U.S., still 12-18 months out
  • Chevrolet Aveo: Not new, holds the fort until the Spark arrives as a 2012 model
  • Chevrolet Volt: Of course it's still in ... you can't kill the poster child for The New GM
  • Chevrolet Malibu: Great car, hybrid available, a winner that stays
  • Chevrolet Camaro: Just introduced with over 18,000 orders on the books ... safe
  • Chevrolet Cobalt: Stays only until the Cruze arrives, then gone, mercifully
  • Chevrolet HHR: Stays only until the Orlando arrives, then gone, we'll miss the HHR SS (sniff)
  • Chevrolet Impala: Should be gone soon...especially now since the Pontiac G8 is a goner
  • Chevrolet Traverse: It has a city in Michigan named after it, so it's safe. Plus it gets better mileage than the smaller Volvo XC60.
  • Chevrolet Colorado: Its days are numbered, especially with the HUMMER H3 going away because they share a production facility
  • Chevrolet Avalanche:  Probably safe until the trucks get a makeover ... if that ever happens before we all get too old to notice
  • Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban/Silverado: All safe for this product cycle

We'll post our picks for Cadillac and Buick as more news from GM and their Chapter 11 filing becomes available. Follow all the happenings here.

By the way, if you own GM stock, it's probably too late to sell. As of this filing, it was worth what it was in 1933 (around $0.88). Come Monday, it's likely to be worth nothing.

 
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Comments (5)
  1. "EDUCATE THE POLICY MAKERS"

    Interesting slant on Corvette to which I concur. Chevy has nurtured this true American sports car for generations and it's a staple of it's brand DNA. Too many non-car guys need facts to replace mis-information and bias. Personally, I was shocked when I averaged 29 MPG in my Chrysler Crossfire, an added benefit that no one even considered in my purchasing decision. Hey my super sexy roadster is a closet eco-car without a trunk and a back seat. Fuel efficient Corvettes, pass the word!
     
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  2. Don't agree with the Impala. First you infer that the Pontiac G8 is the same car as an Impala. G8 is a rear-wheel drive Zeta platform car (the Camaro is also a Zeta). The Impala is a front-wheel drive W body platform car. The Impala is safe for 2-3 years (if GM last that long) just for 2 simple facts: 1. NASCAR (enough said) 2. You need a mid/large car in a product line. I'm 6'3" (about 1.9m) and I can't fit into a small car. And because of living in a small city I'm not going to drive a truck/suv just so I can sit in the vehicle comfortablely. The world doesn't shrink with every generation.
     
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  3. Agree with everything on the list EXCEPT the comments about the Impala.
    What does the departure of the G8 (RWD, built in Australia, dead brand) have to do with the Impala (FWD, built in US, ongoing brand)?
    I don't get it ...
     
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  4. There is so much graft and corruption going on with GM that is isn't even funny. WE... (ie American taxpayers) GAVE them what... 16 FREAKING BILLION DOLLARS! So they close down the plants, dealerships, etc. and SOMEBODY walks away with BILLIONS. They really, really, tried to make it work but between trying to sell plastic cars that look like they were made in Poland and laying everybody off, they just couldn't make it work.
    Either that or they thought that the defective by design, plastic junk that they have been churning out for the last 30 years or so was real good n' stuff. Sigh... Where did we go wrong? (sob) (sniff).
    GM is one of the most corrupt companies in recorded history. It never fails to amaze me how many people really believe that it's due to "the economy" and not due to one of the biggest scandals in history. "The economy" wouldn't be so bad if our fearless leaders weren't giving PALLET LOADS of cash to companies that were doing everything in their power to fail. People swallow it hook, line, and sinker... every... single... time.
     
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  5. Ahhh, the Impala/G8 link is this: There was talk about a new RWD Chevy Impala under development based on the Zeta (used under the G8). My gut tells me that GM's focus won't be on RWD platforms that beg for V-8s.
     
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