: GM banking on 15 new vehicles



HotRodSaint
11-23-05, 11:36 AM
The automaker will launch about 15 new vehicles next year: A new family of large SUVs, three "crossover" vehicles, a new Saturn roadster and sedan and the next generation of its full-size pickups.

The new vehicles -- designed to shore up GM's strongholds and grab share of growing segments -- are critical to Chairman Rick Wagoner's comeback strategy.

To quell doubts about its future, GM has allowed dealers, journalists and key analysts to peek inside its usually top-secret product tent earlier this year, providing a glimpse of vehicles coming out in the next 30 months. The reaction was largely positive, but the models will face challenges in a U.S. auto market bursting with new entries.

"The stuff in (GM's) pipeline looks good," said Joe Phillippi, industry analyst with Auto Trends Consulting in Short Hills, N.J. "The problem is everybody else has stuff that looks good, too." (http://www.detnews.com/2005/autosinsider/0511/23/C01-391561.htm)

90Brougham350
11-23-05, 11:44 AM
Rather pleasing news to read. Oh God I hope that build quality is up though, they can't release 15 new POS's. Still, it's amazing what the General is capable of when she actually tries on something.

HotRodSaint
11-23-05, 11:47 AM
My concerns is that all but two are trucks or SUV's.

GM;s continued reliance on trucks and SUV's for profits, and it's lack of investment in other market segments is largely responsible for todays situation.

Had they used their SUV profits to build a better portfolio of car's, then they might be gaining market share today instead of losing it.

Not everyone wants a truck or an SUV or a crossover and GM doesn't produce the best car's, IMHO.

Elvis
11-23-05, 01:06 PM
My concerns is that all but two are trucks or SUV's.


That's one huge basket to carry so few eggs.

hardrockcamaro@mac.c
11-23-05, 01:36 PM
They REALLY need to concentrate on their cars before it's too late.
Maybe in the next 24months there'll be a raft of new cars...

Playdrv4me
11-23-05, 03:09 PM
I agree, I know I poke fun at Ford alot for those Mercury Milan and Lincoln Zephyr twins... but I mean at least they are trying. Theyre getting the Crossover market squared away with the ever growing popularity of the Ford Freestyle, The Fusion is a terrific vehicle to slot between the already good Focus and 500, and the big boats, Town Car, Crown Vic and Marquis have always been steady cash cows with almost no development costs whatsoever. And the Mustang... need I say more about THAT golden egg?

Ford fails in other areas, mostly at the executive level, but they do keep a fresh stream of product flowing in all their market segments.

powerglide
11-23-05, 03:53 PM
Wow....I think the gamble on SUV/Trucks is bad move.
The Sky will probably sell well but not enough to caryy em....and if quality is low (as is often the case with first year runs) I think GM looks like a short.

ben72227
11-23-05, 05:31 PM
Well, roadsters are always niche vehicles...They need to be working on the Malibus, the Impalas, the Cobalts, etc...;)

HotRodSaint
11-24-05, 12:16 AM
Well, roadsters are always niche vehicles...They need to be working on the Malibus, the Impalas, the Cobalts, etc...;)

Or on Chevelles and Camaros!!

I just read in Autoweek that there will be a Camaro concept at Detroit and that production is 3 years away.

Now make a 4-dr and a wagon on the same chassis and watch the cash flow in.

And I still want a 2-dr sedan on the Solstice chassis. No one makes a compact RWD, so why shouldn't GM take some risk for once!!

Well, not like the Aztec risk...SUV's on a minvan chassis, I hope they fired that guy!!

90Brougham350
11-24-05, 01:31 AM
Well, not like the Aztec risk...SUV's on a minvan chassis, I hope they fired that guy!!

Nah, that wouldn't be enough punishment. I hope they made him drive one!


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hardrockcamaro@mac.c
11-24-05, 04:51 AM
Top 10 vehicles sold in the USA this year (up until end of Septmber)

Ford F-Series: 694,690
Chevrolet Silverado: 570,278
Toyota Camry: 336,349
Dodge Ram: 318,812
Honda Accord: 292,398
Honda Civic: 233,838
Nissan Altima: 205,145
Ford Explorer: 196,878
Chevrolet TrailBlazer: 190,964
Toyota Corolla: 188,263


The domestic manufacturers only have trucks and SUVs in that list. They better hope their gamble pays off and gas prices don't rise again.

I think those figures are a little stacked though, for example an F150 and an F350 are different vehicles so they shouldn't be counted as one.