I applaud Peter Brown's June 27 column, "Toyota vs. GM: Not angels vs. Satan." Finally, Automotive News is upset about something and writing with passion.
Although Brown meant just to criticize another journalist (Thomas Friedman of The New York Times), I like the fact that his column draws attention to General Motors' weaknesses.
I believe that GM needs a new executive team in order to protect U.S. jobs. The current team has a history of making bad decisions and should be replaced.
I think you would be wise to study the collapse of the British car industry. In my opinion, there are many similarities between GM and British Leyland. For example:
In addition to those problems, GM has indeed wasted an extraordinary amount of time and effort in slowing down U.S. government attempts to increase fleet fuel economy standards and attempts to reduce emissions. If only that effort had been put into managing the business.
I have never seen an article in Automotive News that is sufficiently critical of GM's executives and strategies. It was no surprise to see Brown's column criticize a journalist who works outside the cozy confines of the auto industry.
It seems like almost all the journalists who work at Automotive News and the regular car magazines are unable to be strong and blunt about GM's real crisis - its weak executive team.
I think you would do GM and the United States more good if you put pressure on GM rather than ridicule a nonauto journalist. GM needs to be great again, and by understating its current predicament, you risk harming and not helping GM's employees and suppliers.