General Motors has progressed in creating minority dealerships but must work to bring minority-owned stores into the company mainstream, CEO Rick Wagoner said Friday.
"We can't afford to think of minority dealers and markets as anything other than central to our core business," Wagoner told the GM Minority Dealers Association.
Wagoner said GM has followed through on goals that Gary Cowger, president of GM North America, stated to the group last year:
Wagoner urged dealers to support President Bush's economic-stimulus package. But he drew cheers when he added: "We don't always agree with the administration's position. One notable exception is affirmative action."