Chevy Corvette to have two verisons?

Looks like some real serious debate has been underway at the General regarding the next gen Corvette. Should they keep it simple and affordable or offer a higher end model to compete with the best the world has to offer? Either way please don’t jack up the price of the Vette and make it unattainable for those who truly love this American sports car legend.

From the Detroit Free Press:

As sure as the sun rises and God makes little green apples, there will always be a Chevrolet Corvette.

Exactly what the next generation of America’s most revered sports car will bring is the topic of intense study within General Motors, however.

The Corvette is arguably the world’s best sports car. It has looks that would make Ferrari proud, performance to match Porsche, and a price that undercuts both by tens of thousands of dollars.

It also has countless fanatical admirers and a devoted owner base built up over decades.

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New GM saving General Motors?

GM is going all out to find their next leader.

This article brings up a good point that the new GM has shed debt and restructured manufacturing to the point that the savings per vehicle is in the 5k range. The new CEO has a real chance to save GM from itself and I keep thinking Ford’s Jim Farley or Mark Fields might be the right person!

From the Detroit News:

Ask people in Washington or on Wall Street who they want to see running General Motors Co. and the answer is the same: another Alan Mulally.

In the three years since Bill Ford Jr. hired him away from Boeing Co. to lead Ford Motor Co.’s turnaround, Mulally has transformed the Dearborn automaker from the then most troubled of Detroit’s Big Three to the strongest. Without any experience in the auto industry, he ended Ford’s decade-long decline in U.S. market share, changed its notoriously careerist corporate culture and secured enough financing to allow it to weather the economic crisis without resorting to a government bailout.

But while Mulally may have been an outsider, experts say he was an outsider with skills and experience that qualified him to lead an American automobile company.

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GM to show Cruze moblie at LA Show

GM will be showing the public it’s soon-to-be-launched Cruze mobile at the LA show this week. This car will actually get 40 mpg which is very impressive for a car to be on the road in 2010. We have not driven this car yet but I have to say the initial photos of the interior are pretty impressive.

From Detroit News:

General Motors Co. will get small-car serious at the Los Angeles Auto Show when it takes the wraps off the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze.

The Cruze, which will arrive in the third quarter of next year as the replacement for the Chevy Cobalt, will feature small, efficient engines and a six-speed transmission that will help it achieve up to 40 mpg on the highway. It could have a range of up to 600 miles.

The five-passenger Cruze debuted in Europe and Asia this year. GM will build the U.S. Cruze in Lordstown, Ohio.

“The amenities, quietness and roominess you expect in larger cars are what the Cruze delivers,” said Margaret Brooks, Chevrolet product marketing manager. “This is a car that will shake up the compact segment, with a more spacious interior and more cargo room than the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.”

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More production increases coming from GM

2010 Chevy Equinox

We have more good news from GM. The news on the Chevy Equinox in particular isn’t surprising. It’s a sharp-looking vehicle with a very reasonable price, so it’s perfect for the current climate.

General Motors is examining ways to ramp up production of four newer models that are selling well above its expectations, a GM spokesman said on Wednesday.

All four models are greatly revamped from previous versions and one, the Chevrolet Camaro, was resurrected five months ago after being out of production for seven years.

The four models are the Chevrolet Equinox, a crossover utility vehicle; Buick LaCrosse, a sedan; Cadillac SRX, also a crossover; and the Camaro, a sports car.

The potential increase in production at GM could prompt more workers to be recalled from layoff, a rare bright spot for the world’s No. 2 automaker just two months after it emerged from bankruptcy protection.

GM spokesman Tom Wilkinson said GM knew it would have to increase production of some of its models after a summer when inventory levels were at unsustainably low levels, but that these four models in particular had outstripped expectations.

GM said it will also look for a second production plant for the Equinox, which is now assembled at the CAMI Automotive plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, which GM owns with Suzuki Motor (7269.T). The Terrain is also built there.

Sales for the 2010 model Equinox were about 9,900 through September 15. The redesigned Equinox was launched in June.

September will be a critical month. It’s important that sales don’t fall off too much following the end of the cash for clunkers program.

  

Classic GM television ad from 1958

Great stuff. The General Motors ad that aired on NBC was terrible, but at least the cars were cool!

  

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