Quote of the Day: With Friends Like These Edition

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
quote of the day with friends like these edition

So GM had a confab for its dealers in Motown. As not all 38,743 store owners could attend this “it’s always darkest before the federal bailout” session, some bright spark in GM PR decided to video the event for those dealers who couldn’t make it (geographically-speaking). Bloomberg secured the tapes, and hesitates not a bit in sharing the low-down on the hoe-down with its readers, nor we with ours. “We will continue to take the tough but necessary actions to position the company, and you, for future success,” Troy Clarke, GM’s president for North America told the assembled throngs. “While no one can say exactly what the future is going to bring, you can be sure of this: General Motors is here to stay.” And just in case that wasn’t enough to reassure the faint-hearted amongst them… “We are evaluating all of our options all the time,” Clarke told the dealers. Marketing Mark LaNeve added his exhortations. “The company and its dealers need to find ways to increase profit and market share for GM’s cars and car-based SUVs, LaNeve said, without providing specifics. I’ll let you decide which of these bon mots qualifies for TTAC’s Quote of the Day.

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  • Robert Farago Robert Farago on Oct 21, 2008

    Ein witz.

  • Jkross22 Jkross22 on Oct 21, 2008

    “The company and its dealers need to find ways to increase profit and market share for GM’s cars and car-based SUVs,” LaNeve said, without providing specifics. Simultaneously improving market share and profit - When was the last time GM did that?

  • Adub Adub on Oct 21, 2008

    Something that I doubt ANY dealer said: "Wow! Improve market share and profit? Why didn't I think of that before?! Thanks, I'll get right on it. After all, even though I own my own dealership and rely on it to support my family, I've just been a slack-ass and pissing money away for the last few decades!" That's like the government waving its magic wand and fixing everything.

  • Redbarchetta Redbarchetta on Oct 22, 2008

    A company with no REAL plan especially a survival plan has no business with out tax money. All you GM employees are screwed, you work for the dumbest mismanagement team on earth. If ou were smart you woud make them the next round of employee cuts. Even if the ship was Captainless it couldn't function any worse.