We recently received the following vignette from a source exquisitely familiar with General Motors operations, and with a proven track record. Make of it what you will:
“There are those who feel the need to constantly rag on GM for lacking vehicles in certain classes or for missing discrete features in specific vehicles. To those I say that even the new GM is still hampered by pre-bankruptcy vehicle programs and vehicle lines, and that as soon as all of these pre-bk programs/vehicles are replaced with all-new units, everyone will finally be able to see the power of the all-new GM. Executives, or anyone else in the know, won’t come out and say it publicly, but they all know it.
Words can’t express how complex this industry is. No one seems to understand this until they’ve worked in it day in and day out for a few years and at a few positions. GM is fortunate to now have the book smart, the street smart and the drive to succeed and to dominate today.
The leadership team has already placed all of the stepping stones to make GM the undisputedly best automaker in the world. It will all come in the not too distant future, and it will all be very spontaneous (the other guys won’t know what hit them). You’re already beginning to see this with the new Corvette and you will see the plan unfold even further once the new trucks arrive.
But mark my words: GM will once again become the alpha of the automotive jungle, rather than the scapegoat.”
Again, make of this what you will. We can only imagine that the “lacking vehicles in certain classes” statement refers to the lack of a compact hatchback (Chevy Cruze hatch?) in the U.S., a compact performance vehicle (Cruze SS), exciting variants of GM’s new trucks (Ford F-150 Raptor competitor), or a 7-Series fighter from Cadillac (LTS?). And we can’t wait for the day in the “not too distant future” when GM becomes the undisputed leader of the car world. Simply can’t wait… can you?