Lutz - One of the Big Three US Automakers Isn't Going to Make It

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  1. TriShield

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    And he's right.

    GM's Bob Lutz confirmed this week in comments to reporters at the Geneva Motor Show what everyone has been thinking for a long time - that one of the domestic automakers probably won't make it in this, the most competitive market in automobile history. Lutz believes that GM is positioned to survive, but the implication is clear that either Ford or Chrysler may not make it - and Chrysler's more than halfway there already.

    February Auto Sales: Ford and Chrysler Slump, While GM Posts a 3.7 Percent Gain

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    Date posted: 03-02-2007

    DETROIT — General Motors appears to be coming out of its sales funk, posting a 3.7 percent gain in U.S. sales for February, as sales of Ford's domestic brands fell 14 percent and Chrysler Group sales dropped 8 percent.

    General Motors was the strongest Motor City performer, riding high on demand for its new full-size SUVs and pickup trucks. The GMC truck brand posted a 24 percent jump in sales. But GM was not consistent in sales gains across the board. Buick, for example, slumped 30 percent. Saturn, however, soared 59 percent.

    Chrysler Group's sales were pulled down by the slow-selling 300 sedan, Pacifica and PT Cruiser. Ford took a pounding on its F-Series pickup sales, which declined 12 percent.

    What this means to you: GM appears to be shaking off the sales doldrums, while Ford and Chrysler are still struggling.
     
  2. Simplicity

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    hi lutz did what?
     
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    I wonder which one it would be. Ford is having a hard time, but I imagine Chrysler might be in even worse shape if Daimler kicked them to the curb.

    Using some old Daimler stuff helped Chrysler a little, and without that lifeline they might really be in trouble later on.
     
  4. Y2kAccord

    Y2kAccord Everything happens for reasons I just dont know

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    someone who works at GM saying their competition isnt going to make it.. WOW ITS GOT TO BE TRUE :greddy:
     
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    I might own two Ford vehicles. But I hope it is Ford that fails for screwing the US out of all the great European/Australian cars
     
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    VW needs to buy Chrysler from Daimler
     
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    lutz? more like lulz, amirite?
     
  8. Josepi

    Josepi HA HA, I CHANGED MY AV

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    So their reliability can go from bad to worse?
     
  9. Y2kAccord

    Y2kAccord Everything happens for reasons I just dont know

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    Chrysler is better reliablity than VW..
     
  10. borborygmus

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    you are trishield

    any more news on the "Pontiac G4"?
     
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    If any of them start to go down, you know this country is in trouble
     
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    VW just needs the plant space right now. They'd phase chrysler's whole lineup out.
     
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    Start? It started about 4 years ago.
     
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    Dr3w321 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely

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    Would ford just shut down their plants in the united states and continue overseas? Or would they basically just drop right out of sight...
     
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    Okay, when they do go down. Technicalities > me :o
     
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    I'm pretty sure that was his point. So Chrysler's reliability can go from bad to worse.
     
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    ford seriously needs to cut down their brands and product lines.
     
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    NOt really though. The car market has just become a lot different over the years. The big 3 are not the "BIG 3" anymore. Competition bit them in the ass, and now they aren't as dominate.
     
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    Dr3w321 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely

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    Is this how AMC went out?
     
  20. Josepi

    Josepi HA HA, I CHANGED MY AV

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    Ford just needs to redesign most everything they produce to be not as hideous.
     
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    Toyota won't let that happen. They will probably buy ford or something :p
     
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    Is Mercury still around? If so, WHY!?
     
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    G4 eh? like a sunfire replacement? I'm interested, go oooooon. :o
     
  24. Y2kAccord

    Y2kAccord Everything happens for reasons I just dont know

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    and GM has 3 copies of every vehicle with different names :mamoru:
     
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    Dr3w321 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely

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    Ah yeah thats right.

    My dad used to tell me about these old car companies. :rofl:


    Jeeps and the gremlins were AMC right?
     

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