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mastermariner

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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:19:41 AM

DETROIT (AP) -- When the word reached the Orion Assembly Plant, it spread along the serpentine assembly line like news of a death or natural disaster: General Motors, the biggest automaker in the world, had filed for bankruptcy protection.
On that grim day in 2009, Chevrolet and Pontiac sedans kept rolling down the line. And 1,700 worried workers stayed at their stations even as GM announced it would close the plant in a desperate bid to survive.
"The unknown was the scariest part," recalled Gerald Lang, who had worked at Orion for two years installing dashboards and doors. "We really had no clue what was going to happen."
There was something else that the workers didn't know: They were witnessing the opening act of one of the greatest recovery stories in American business.
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BEGTWO
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 8:43:24 AM

COOL
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Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 4:25:48 PM

In baseball terms, the Sonic is a double......they need to do more
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Tacodan
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 9:18:42 PM

no bigger than it is they aren't going to shake much rust off !
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alterman156
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 7:52:36 PM

The Sonic is an O.K. car.
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Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 2:39:34 PM

One thing the story didn't cover was how the old GM was literally killing off the retired workers in the late 1990s and early 2000s........ by eliminating the health care that they agreed to in contracts

[Edited by: Gnusman53 at 1/5/2013 2:45:30 PM EST]
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Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 2:24:44 PM

Hopefully all the management idiots jumped ship at GM as it was going down.....

And the ones who are in control now remember the basics. You need to have a very economical and reliable model in your lineup.



[Edited by: Gnusman53 at 1/5/2013 2:26:18 PM EST]
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Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 2:22:43 PM

After GM officials announced they would not even sell any in the US, my sister gave up on waiting for one.... and bought an import.
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Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 2:19:26 PM

If they were being sold as they were shown as concept cars.... they would have gotten about 45mpg at least.

They also would have sold hundreds of thousands of cars at the time the company was about to financially collapse.

My sister like one so much she wanted to buy the Trax model even before she left the auto show.....
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Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 2:15:59 PM

GM should have started building the Triplets right after more than 3 million people expressed interest online.... in 2007
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:23:56 PM

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bar1035
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:55:20 AM

I guess imitation is the sincerest form of flattery copycat mariner
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:51:31 AM

Good story.
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:10:01 AM

A long story, but well worth the time to read it. Very nice outcome.
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:55:20 AM

It looks like GM finally got the message that people who want smaller, more efficient cars don't necessarily want spartan econoboxes - they want good reliable, comfortable cars that just happen to be smaller abd more fuel-efficient. Also, their unions finally woke up to the fact that it's not 1959 anymore and just demanding more and more extra high-cost benefits for the workers doesn't make their situation any better; it's more like moving the lower-fare passengers on the Titanic to first class instead of the life boats.
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:37:50 AM

I'd rather have a sonic screwdriver.
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:27:43 AM

Had to be a tough time...
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