Is GM making good cars again? "What?! Who said?" you ask. Well, our good friends at About.com* have posted three good reviews of the 2005 Malibu Maxx, 2005 Saab 9-3 and 2005 Pontiac G6. Now, we make fun of GM a lot (oh stop, we kid, we love around here!) but we're prepared to quietly clap and nod our heads (and say British idioms like "Jolly good show, lad!" "Pass the crumpets!" "Heya, Hon. You're 18, right?") when GM does it right. clap clap clap
We still need to get our hands on the G6 and our final verdict remains out on 9-3 (sure seems good, however) but we'd surely grab the keys to the Malibu Maxx over a Honda Accord (we'd cross our fingers and think happy thoughts the whole time, but we'd still go for the Maxx) if an opportunity arose.
Has GM turned the corner? Some think so... and the products are seemingly better (time is the true test however). But fancy auto writer Jerry Flint gives Bobby Lutz some props and writes, "[Lutz is] doing the job. He is creating a team of empowered car people. Before Bob the car people counted for nothing. That is why GM had to go outside the company to find one. The new products are much better than the old. You can't even compare interiors and fit and finish."
Oh Jebus, if GM is making good cars, who will we make fun of? Oh:
Review of 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. Meaningful quote, "After eight years of waiting, we expected something dramatic, but the Corvette remains a first-class performer hitched to a second-class cabin. Oh well, there's always the C7 to look forward to — in 2012.".
Review of 2005 Buick LaCrosse. Meaningful quote, "... Perhaps Buick intenders will agree but in my view, as an attempt to connect the old with the new, the LaCrosse is a bridge too short."
It turns out the GTO ain't all that: GTO Selling Poorly.
*We do work for About.com on the slide.