We're hosting a live conversation with 40 Under 40 honorees
tomorrow at 3pm ET. Click here to save your seat.

The General is back


General Motors seems to be back in the driver's seat among the Big 3.

There was a time when GM could do nothing wrong. Then came the 1980s. And the 1990s. GM suffered from annual reorganizations, atrocious labor relations, poor quality, cookie-cutter cars. Ford Motor Co. and the former Chrysler Corp. moved up.

Now the General is getting it all together. GM rejuvenated its truck lineup and hired Robert Lutz. Gary Cowger repaired its labor relations. GM led the industry with 0 percent financing after Sept. 11. Meanwhile, Ford and Chrysler are hurting.

This is still a cyclical industry.

ATTENTION COMMENTERS: Automotive News has monitored a significant increase in the number of personal attacks and abusive comments on our site. We encourage our readers to voice their opinions and argue their points. We expect disagreement. We do not expect our readers to turn on each other. We will be aggressively deleting all comments that personally attack another poster, or an article author, even if the comment is otherwise a well-argued observation. If we see repeated behavior, we will ban the commenter. Please help us maintain a civil level of discourse.

Email Newsletters
  • General newsletters
  • (Weekdays)
  • (Mondays)
  • (As needed)
  • Video newscasts
  • (Weekdays)
  • (Weekdays)
  • (Saturdays)
  • Special interest newsletters
  • (Thursdays)
  • (Tuesdays)
  • (Monthly)
  • (Monthly)
  • (Wednesdays)
  • (Bimonthly)
  • Special reports
  • (As needed)
  • (As needed)
  • Communication preferences
  • You can unsubscribe at any time through links in these emails. For more information, see our Privacy Policy.