RICK KRANZ

Change GM, sure, but don't touch design

Rick Kranz is product editor for Automotive News
GM CEO Ed Whitacre likes to move people around until he finds the right fit.

Fair enough. But he should leave design untouched.

It's been a long, long time since GM had so many head-turning cars at one time in its portfolio.

Think about it. Under Ed Welburn's leadership, GM now has the Chevy Camaro and Malibu, and the upcoming Cruze and Spark; the Buick LaCrosse and Regal; and Cadillac's CTS family and the XTS sedan concept, which goes on sale in 2011. .

The interiors for these cars are beautiful, rich executions.

Keep Welburn and his team in place and give them the freedom and the dollars to continue to surprise and delight.

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