And the American car companies were exactly the opposite; you went from the Ford SHelby Mustang to the ....hmmm....lets randomly pick one....how 'bout the '82 mustang. They went from beauties to beasts (and i mean UGLY by beasts )Thats how the Japanese started, The first Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla were pieces of $hit at best, the only thing they had going was the LOW price tag.
Hell, the cars would probably still be ugly today if it wasn't for Mazda introducing the *risky style* of the Miata way back in '89. SO not only were Jap cars more reliable than American cars, but they started to look better too.
And what did the American manufacturers do? Not a damn thing! They severly underestimated how strong the Jap cars would become and just kept making ugly, unreliable cars (i.e. Cadillac Cimarron anyone???) By the time GM realized what was coming, it was too late. Honda and Toyota became the best sellings cars in America, and its all GM's fault for being lazy and underestimating the competition.
Sure, GM will probably get up to a decent level of reliability and styling in about 10 years, but they're going to have to stay on the track they're on now. And even now, the cars are somewhat OVERstyled. (i.e. Chevy SSR, Cadillac CTS, new Corvette, etc.) The CTS was way too much of a change, and even though we've gotten used to it, its still a boxy sedan with curves. The "styling" isn't too refined, as you would see on a BMW, Mercedes, even ACURA! The overall exterior of the CTS looks like an afterthought, with its JUMBO headlights/fog lights, ugly, unrefined grill (EXCEPT ON THE CTS-V, which looks okay), and CHEAP INTERIOR!
To be quite honest, if they just made the CTS look like the CTS-V, it would be a great sedan. They could still have the V with the LS6 V8, and just keep the CTS with V6 and a nice looking exterior.
Anyways, i should probably stop ranting now....