Re: GM May Kill the Buick or Pontiac Brand
I certainly wouldn't be shocked to see Pontiac and/or Buick go the way of Oldsmobile. If you look at the model followed by the Japanese, it has been to have a basic brand (Toyota, Nissan, Honda) and a luxury brand (Lexus, Infinity, Acura). For GM, Chevrolet and Cadillac fill those roles. GM has talked about Buick challenging Lexus, but that will be a tall order. What role does Pontiac fill?
GM does have real cost problems, with a more expensive workforce largely because of the cost of health care, but GM's styling department has largely failed as well IMO. Except for Corvette and maybe a few Cadillacs, GM has few cars that will catch your eye.
I wish GM well. Our firm gets a vendor discount, so I definitely prefer to buy GM. I've owned '76, '79, '83 and '85 Firebirds/Trans Ams, a '98 Olds, and a 2000 Montana; I currently own a '92 Corvette.
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