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May. 26th, 2009 02:51 pm U.S. Reporting Bias/Question

Over the years I've have noticed at least one clear bias in the reporting across all U.S. media outlets: a bias (or perhaps blind spot) about things not altogether familiar to Americans.

The current case of this is that all of the reporting from U.S. based media about what GM is considering doing with its various divisions has only mentioned the divisions that sell cars in the U.S. Only from reading BBC sources do I know that Opal and Vauxhall are on the market (along with Hummer, Saturn and possibly Saab). For that matter, I'm not sure that most Americans even know that GM owns brands not sold in the U.S.

This leads to the question I haven't been able to get answered: does anyone know what is up with Holden? If Opal and Vauxhall are on the market, I'd expect Holden to be, but I've seen no mention in The Sydney Morning Herald, nor did the wikipedia article show anything in my quick skimming of it.

On the other hand, at least 10 years ago, Holden had a pretty good market share in Australia, probably higher than GM has across all of its brands in the U.S. So, it may be still a solid enough business that GM doesn't want to get rid of it.

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Date:May 27th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
Opel is likely to either get snapped up by someone like Daimler or Fiat (which ironically is now a potential buyer for Chrysler also). It's a sticky wicket, because GM bases many of their US models (the most successful ones, actually) off of Opel platforms. So whoever buys it will also be stuck in bed with GM for a number of years, maybe decades.

Vauxhall isn't really big enough to worry about, as I recall. If they can't sell it, they'll just kill it.

Holden is profitable, and protects the GM presence in the Pacific Rim. They'll keep it if they can. It actually is their best bet of breaking into the Asian (Chinese) market which is rapidly expanding.

Personally, I think GM is making knee-jerk reactions instead of taking the time to put together a sound strategic plan, and it's going to cost them massive market share. If Ford can get their head out of their asses fast enough, they could gain massive ground in the US market. Sadly, I think they are too ponderous to react quickly, and the Asians (Japan, Korea, China) are going to soak up what GM and Chrysler leave behind in their wake.

In the end, I predict that Ford will be the first AND last large US automaker, and that the future holds a conglomerate of German (Daimler, BMW), Asian (Hyundai, Chery, Toyota, Honda), Indian (Tata) and Italian(Fiat - who'd have thunk it?) -based worldwide manufacturers.

Mark this one for history - I predict the death or zombification of GM over the next 10 years, and the second largest automaker behind Ford may well wind up being Tesla.