I've been wondering why anyone was buying an Impala these days. Chevy hasn't impressed me with their designs in ages. I've been liking more Fords and Asian cars nowadays and that's very sad in my opinion. Now with both GM and Ford killing off sedans it is becoming more and more likely that I'll be buying foreign for the first time in my life.
It's pretty long, but an interesting Read. It's less about GM's failure --to me-- than American Automakers' general Malaise-era Outlook and how little of what I'd call "actual progress" they have made. Some of the anecdotes are vaguely familiar, & will having me looking at my supervisors cock-eyed, next time I hear them "beating the drum."
I expect there to be similar untold stories out of Ford and Chrysler, with the Unions and upper executives holding much more responsibility than they'd admit.
The Big Three were bigger, stronger, but they got to see all the mistakes that UK automakers made leading up to and during the 1970's. I can't see that the American companies learned a whole lot. Lately, GM seems to have led some in powertrain design, Ford has led some in quality control. Chrysler seems to have been a "Chinese Democracy," since the 1950's. If Daimler couldn't make Chrysler work, it seems to me like they are the company that needs to be restructured, to just make/sell Jeep, Dodge trucks, and FIATs.
I've had a co-worker decide that a 40% bump in productivity should be no problem, and all issues are "some kind of conspiracy, no fault of his." (It must be nice, to be able to make your idiocy a profession.) I can only imagine what someone looking for a 60% bump, like they did in Lordstown, would feel like.
I read the same article and nothing it said surprised me. The history of GM and all of its personalities both good and bad make for some interesting reading. Starting with a book by John DeLorean and now about 25 books later the one overriding factor is piss poor management. Nothing that Mary Barra is doing now is showing me a positive sign for the future.