Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Friday, December 05, 2008
I don't think that all of that upper body strength is going to help get him up the Alps or Pyrenees.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Hidden in the USA Today article is an assessment of the GM brand, Saturn:
And Saturn, the quirky brand launched in 1990 to win sales from Asian rivals, could be on its last legs. Henderson says the company will meet with its retail network to discuss options, which could include a shutdown, such as GM did to Oldsmobile a few years ago, or selling it.
"We have to do something with the Saturn brand, because frankly, it has not been successful," [General Motors (GM) CFO Frederick "Fritz"] Henderson says.
During Saturn's early years it was lauded in business journals and academic case studies on how a conservative American car company, like GM, could emulate the best efforts of Toyota, Nissan, and Honda. The workers at the Saturn plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, were examples of how employee empowerment could yield benchmark levels of quality and productivity.
Unfortunately, over the years, the culture at Saturn eroded and became more and more like the rest of GM's other brands.
So what looked like a great step forward in American industrial evolution may now end up as footnote in American automotive history.