Chengdu Sings Ode To Joe
September 3rd, 2012 12:09 PM Share
It looks like news of the sacking of Joel Ewanick has not reached China. Or at least not Chengdu.
This yellow Chevrolet Camaro with a giant Manchester United sticker was spotted at the Chengdu Motor Show. Supposedly, the decoration is the idea of a local Chevrolet dealer, but who know’s, if public reaction is strong enough. Tycho of Carnewschina is checking the boxes:
“The Camaro is very popular in China: check! Soccer is very popular in China: check! Manchester United is by far the most famous soccer club in China: check! China is the biggest auto market in the world and GM is big out here: check! All good, what are the bean counters whining about?”
Published September 3rd, 2012 12:09 PM
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- Inside Looking Out You should care. With GM will die America. All signs are there. How about the Arsenal of Democracy? Toyota?
- DenverMike What else did anyone think, when GM was losing tens of billions a year, year after year?
- Bill Wade GM says they're killing Android Auto and Apple Carplay. Any company that makes decisions like that is doomed to die.
- Jeff S I don't believe gm will die but that it will continue to shrink in product and market share and it will probably be acquired by a foreign manufacturer. I doubt gm lacks funds as it did in 2008 and that they have more than enough cash at hand but gm will not expand as it did in the past and the emphasis is more on profitability and cutting costs to the bone. Making gm a more attractive takeover target and cut costs at the expense of more desirable and reliable products. At the time of Farago's article I was in favor of the Government bailout more to save jobs and suppliers but today I would not be in favor of the bailout. My opinions on gm have changed since 2008 and 2009 and now I really don't care if gm survives or not.
- Kwik_Shift I was a GM fan boy until it ended in 2013 when I traded in my Avalanche to go over to Nissan.
Fair enough...I can't imagine what it would be like to go through life 'pissed off' at all things that are leading to an excessive tax burden on our children...unless one chooses to do those things selectively as most people choose to do. 'As for Globalization…F that s#!t. To the rest of the world, sink or swim' Uhh, as far as the automotive business, I think you have it backwards. The US auto market is mature. Market share fights will be small and the key is profitability. Significant growth is only happening outside the US (US growth is just recovery) and any car company ignoring the global markets and cost savings associated with global platforms will fail. In other words, Chevy doesn't need to sponsor the Lions with a Lions edition Camaro. Chevy does need to grow globally to allow it a chance to succeed in the US given the competition.
The Camaro is very popular in China? I've seen exactly zero of these while I have seen at least ten 458s. GM might be doing well in the PRC but they're not doing that well.