I read the full transcript... and...
Should GM spend big bucks on many new V8 designs and
plant capacity... dough that. If there is one more
oil crisis, Turbo Diesel and *charged engines with lower
fuel consumption will be in demand. So a nice TD V8 for
those SUVs might be a better bet for GM. Remind you that
VW will soon produce a TD V10 for the US market.
Did Opel do that great in Germany... BS simple and pure BS...
for years Opel has been missing the market (20 years or so)
and they have always been mainly in the subcompact and compact
car markets. Right now they're improving but far from where
they should be. The Opel brand stands for value, not for
expensive high tech cars.
Saturn... as practical as plastics are, using steel for
building cars still is a good way. It easy to recycle and
does not suffer as quickly from metal fatigue as aluminum.
My question is... why spend $$$$ on Saturn cars, I would simply
adapt Opel designs to the US market and build them there in
a way that pleases US customers. Current Saturns look worse
then current Opels any ways. Drive a Saturn then a similar
Opel and you will understand.
Oldsmobile.. was time for it to go... it just sounds OLD.
Elderly V6 engines... well yes GM needs a couple of new V6 engines
but why spend big bucks on new designs if they can simply rework
the Euro 2.5L and 3.0L engines (now available as 2.6 and 3.2L ).
Variable valve timing... talk about one waste of effort... it just's
ads so many moving parts that a good Turbo design would make more sense
and the SAAB SVC simply has LOTS more fuel economy potential at equal
And then... fire did GM hire a French women to design new US GM cars.
"Quote only French and a few Spaniards buy Renault cars"... this guy
does not have a clue on how big Renault is in Europe and in many
other countries in the world. Fact is that newer Renault cars are often
nicer inside and out then any Toyota or other Japanese cars. The French
have been working real hard to produce excellent mini, sub-compact and
compact cars as well as vans. Drive a brand new Renault Laguna V6 and then
a similar HP Saturn, Buick or Chevy... you will be amazed!
Investments into Fiat, Subaru, Suzuki all that bad. Depends on what GM
does with it! LET ME REPEAT... TAKE SUBARU IMPREZZA WRX AWD SYSTEM
and ADAPT to NG 9-3 and NG 9-5 etc... or FIAT has a proven AWD system
that was used on the mighty Lancia Delta HF Integralle and that won
most Rally championships for years! All GM needs to do is to fit it to its
But hey.. lets see what will happen in the next 5 years.. I think GM
is already doing many improvements, they're just not talking much right now.
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