The Detroit News reports: Heat's on GM board. You know, we don't know. Is this merger/alliance a good idea? Hell, we're not afraid of change, but in this case, we don't know. We do know that GM isn't selling a whole lot of really interesting products, Nissan's sales are down (~18%) for the first half of 2006, and Renault... hell, they don't sell anything here at all.
So does this potential deal make sense?
We don't know. What we do know is that no one involved seems to be crazy about cars. Where's the passion, mates? Hell, we'd be happy if you even sorta liked cars. Just a little. Wouldn't it be awesome if GM CEO Rick Wagoner said, "Holy crap, I love my '05 CTS so much, I'm not trading it for an '07. I LOVE this friggin' thing!"? Or if Nissan/Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn said, "I'm not giving up my 350z. Ever. Even when I get canned for cost cutting so much that we ended up in Tennessee. How do I look in overalls?"? And heaven forbid if rich dude Kerk Kerkorian said, "I do sometimes drive a car" rather than "I eat kittens for breakfast. Calicos are simply deeeeeelicious in the morning."
We think the main problem at GM is that there aren't enough dudes running the show who are passionate about cars. There's not a single person at GM who'a passionate about the Monte Carlo. Holy crap, kill that fat turd.
And build us cars that you want to drive.
GM needs to put their focus on and energy into all of their products. Like the Pontiac Solstice pictured here.