WALTER DIEWALD, Reston, Va. The writer works for the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies in Washington, but says "that has nothing to do with this letter."
Mistakes continue to haunt GM
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I am certain that General Motors execs have ample reasons (and excuses) for doing things, but when will they ever learn?
On Feb. 27, you reported that the poorly conceived new Pontiac GTO will be scrubbed, largely due to lack of interest ("GM gives Aussie GTO the boot"). Then, on March 6, you reported that Saturn will soon be nothing but a rebadged Opel ("Saturn slips into Opel's orbit").
Can't GM connect the dots? In today's market a well-designed Pontiac GTO had the potential to put some life into that sagging brand, and GM screwed it up. GM tried to sell Opels in the United States before, even one with a Cadillac nameplate. Are they nuts?
Editor's note: AutoWeek reported March 13 that GM Vice Chairman Robert Lutz said GM will replace the Holden Monaro-based GTO with a new GTO (and Chevrolet Camaro), possibly as early as 2008.
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