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GM to keep GMC, Pontiac; no plans to quicken dealer consolidation


What should be "an economy of scale" with many brands to offer is a system of bloated staff, expenses and infighting with competing dealers and the result is slivers of pie...for the core customer(dealers). GM originally saw more stores=more sales but that was when they were only competing with crosstown rivals.

Failure to adjust when the Japanese makers were grabbing market share and thinking they were invincible for many decades is realy the problem and that logic is what us put them on their knees today. You can blame Roger Smith, the unions, govt. regulations, unlevel playing fields or any number of other factors...and the problems won't get solved. The pain of looking forward and taking action now isn't easy and bankruptcy in any form is not a solution.

Products from Detroit are better and the talk of BK is not helping the perception that a Big 3 purchase is a sound move. The task force is saddled with balancing how much to invest without maddening the voters rather than making financial commitment to enough funds to turn things around. Plenty of blame to go around...time to move forward.


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