In the fist on-the-record interview with a newspaper, General Motors CEO Dan Akerson talked extensively to the publication’s automotive editorial staff about how it’s been during his first full year running the company. He even used words that you may have thought the man would never utter, such as “kind of blue-collar,” and calling the company’s bankruptcy “a blessing.” There was also some bit about putting a baby underneath the tailpipe of a hydrogen car and how that compares to how the late and great Steve Jobs evolved the technology market. He’s also grown fond of the once-0-16-but-currently-4-0 Detroit Lions football team, and in a way compares the team to the improvements his company has made in short time as well.
On a more serious note, Akerson forecasts some much-needed cost reductions to the Chevrolet Volt, and expects “real cost-savings to appear next summer, early fall.” That should translate into a cheaper price tag on dealer lots. He also noted that the two-tier wage system is here to stay in The General’s domestic assembly plants, and hopes to trickle more second-tier workers into the system overtime, lest the company loses its edge and ability to produce here in the ‘States.
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