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Sunday, March 27, 2005

Forbes.com: GM: It's Worse Than You Thought

Amid al of the talk about poor, poor General Motors - suffering from rising "legacy" costs (mostly health care, and entirely self-induced), only Jerry Flint points a figure in the direction of the greatest cause: really bad management. Jerry gives on example here. My favorite example, though, is the new Pontiac G6, an economical 4 door sedan, with nothing special about it - it's just a car created to sell in volume. Not only is it underpowered, and with dubious trim, but it's also got the world's worst marketing slogan to go with it "The First Ever G6."

Whoop-de-do! Wow - first ever, but what the heck is a G6? Does the 'G' stand for "gas mileage?" Does the 6 stand for it's 0-60 time?

No, G6 stands for absolutely nothing.

You know you might be in a bad spot if the best thing you can say about your car is the it's the first to carry that namebadge.

Forbes.com: GM: It's Worse Than You Thought

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