Bailout Watch 471: Fuel Efficiency Uber Alles? [Download Presidential Task Force on Automobiles "Restructuring Fact Sheet" Here]
Click here for the Presidential Task Force on Automobiles’ “Restructuring Fact Sheet.” Perhaps the most relevant statement: “The new GM will have a significant focus on developing high fuel-efficiency cars that have broad consumer appeal because they are cost-effective, have good performance and are reliable, durable and safe.” I guess branding isn’t the PTFOA’s forte, as that’s about as generic a description of a car as you can get. Hey guys, pick one. Of course, they can’t say that. So we have to assume that the first on the list is considered the most important; it certainly fits in with the ruling party’s political priorities. And, as TTAC’s Best and Brightest point out below, it would be easy enough for the feds to make fuel efficiency THE key sales determinant: just hoik the gas tax. See how that works?
I wonder where the Corvette, Camaro, and CTS-V will stand in Government Motors.
NickR: the only thing I remember from "Get Shorty" is the blatant and out of place GM product placement. Like a bunch of mobster-wannabe Hollywood scriptwriters would like to be seen in an Oldsmobile Silhouette? For real?
h82w28: "Handing over GM to the gubmint is like handing over a terminal cancer patient to Dr. Kevorkian." It's worse. Kevorkian didn't make us pay the bill.