As with Chrysler's fall to bankruptcy, GM has also made the trip to court. The difference is that GM has a lot of good ahead of it. Instead of repeating the garbage that the press has posted, Timeless will focus on the positive.

The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro is a badass, Mustang-eating, ground-shaking, high-revving, ferocious beast. The V6, as always, impresses the driver. This time, the weigh balance is nearly perfect in all models. The V8 annihilates the competition in all markets. There are exotics in the rearview mirror. GM has delivered a high-efficiency performance car in both the V6 and V8 segments.

The 2011 Chevrolet Volt easily outclasses any electric car by the international market in the sub-$50k price range. While the price has not officially been set, it will clearly be more expensive than some of its counterparts. At best, it will sell well enough to earn GM favor with the EPA. At worst, it is better than the slave-constructed Prius or the skeletal Insight. It will be good to have something with class in the green department. Rumor has it that Cadillac may also get a version of this green machine.

The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a great improvement on all Malibus of days past. Likewise, the 2009 Cadillac CTS continues its tradition of dominating the streets with class. GM's design team has scored huge wins with all redesigned cars, but these 2 represent the best of the batch. The worst of the batch are still pretty impressive.

Pontiac will be gone. Hopefully, no one buys the brand so that GM can bring back the GTO or other Pontiac classics in the future. The sad fact is that GM never gave Pontiac its niche. It always had to sell something—a G3, an Aztec, a Sunbird—less that its nature.

Hummer will go elsewhere. That company had potential in GM. Hopefully, GM can get it back one day. I hoped to see Hummer add a Wrangler-fighter. I've always seen the Wrangler as a bare-bones general purpose vehicle. Hummer could learn a lot from the Jeep brand.

Saturn will go to Penske. This is a great move for the brand. Penske surely has in store for the brand some diverse plans for development. Hopefully, Saturn will get a chance to reinvent itself with legitimate performance cars. Competition, after all, is good for buyers, and this could lead to some interesting domestic forces.

GM will be fine. There are a lot of forces working in its favor. Expect the brand to be in the clear next year at this time.

 

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    The_Blur graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. As a result, Timeless recognizes the importance of public policy and government when it comes to the automotive industry. Timeless sides with the automotive industry when it comes to legislation that limits the industry's ability to produce quality products that are safe and perform competitively.

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