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Blue GM Teddy Bears and Pink Plush Corvette Hoodies

April 29, 2009

Very few airport shops have a silver 2010 Chevrolet Camaro parked inside. But then, the GM Collection shop at Detroit Metro Airport is the only one of its kind outside General Motors' own facilities.

One window offers a rainbow of t-shirts with large "DETROIT" logos and much smaller GM ones. The other shows off fleece Corvette hoodies in lurid pink and lipstick red. In fact, no other airport store on earth probably has this many items that say Camaro or Corvette on them.

The merchandise, according to the pleasant cashier on duty, is a mix of the items available to GM employees and visitors at GM sites plus some specially ordered products. All are approved in advance by the corporation.

The best-selling item, he said, is the "GM bear". It comes in several shades and costs a very reasonable $6.99 plus tax. We bought ours in blue, the closest we could get to GM's corporate color.

We've decided to name him Bob, after fighter pilot, car guy, and newly retired GM product czar Bob Lutz. He even has a heart-shaped Stars-and-Stripes embroidered on the sole of his right foot. Errrrr, paw.

But like so much of the merchandise at airport shops--and increasing amounts of car parts, up to and including a handful of GM engines for the Chevrolet Equinox--the label gives it away.

Bob is "Handmade in China".

Bob the GM Collection bear, named after former GM product czar Bob Lutz

Bob the GM Collection bear, named after former GM product czar Bob Lutz

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