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These days, there are a lot of people talking about the mess in Detroit. There is a split in opinion as to whether we should bail out an industry responsible for its own creation. The majority seems to be against it and countless articles go into the reasons why.

I do not believe that anyone really wishes these companies go under, but for the record I do not think we should bail them out.

According to Truthout, Alan Mulally, Ford Motor Co.'s new president and chief executive officer, received compensation valued at $39.1 million during his four months on the job last year, according to an analysis of a federal regulatory filing made Thursday.

General Motors Corp. Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner's compensation package for last year is valued at $15.7 million. I have no problem whatsoever with what people make. It's what we all want, and what America is all about. However, I do not understand how he gets an increase from the 2006 $9.57 million package at a time when the company he runs is in ruins.

Rick Wagoner said GM had done nothing wrong and were not responsible for the state of the company. When going to Washington to testify, all 3 CEOs, Robert Nardelli of Chrysler (ex-Home Depot chief), Rick Wagoner and Alan Mulally all flew separately in their corporate jets and when questioned, justified it by answering "it is standard procedure". That's the problem. They don't get it.

While I acknowledge that taste is a personal preference, I an going to voice a "visual" opinion to go along with great New York Times articles like Let Detroit Go Bankrupt by Mitt Romney.

This is the product offering from Detroit. And at the end of the day, despite the "legacy" costs often sited as one of the reasons why we can not compete, these costs would not be an issue if the product offering was desired and purchased, as it has in the past.

I do not think these vehicles meet the sensibilities of today, and when compared to the competition, they simply look out of date and disconnected to the future of automotive design. These are just a few of their most recent, not to mention the past 5-7 years worth of outdated vehicles that most definitely contributed to the current situation.

All of these companies have produced some very stunning concept cars. None of which have been produced.

GENERAL MOTORS
pontiac g8 st 10

2010 Pontiac G8 ST. It is hard to understand what the purpose of this vehicle is. With all of the opportunities to create something truly new and different, Pontiac gives us this. (image source: ©GM Corp.)

chevy ssr 06

2006 Chevrolet SSR. As useless as the 2010 Pontiac G8 ST, and doomed to the same failure. Retro to boot.

chevrolet volt set

2011 Chevrolet Volt production show car on left, 2007 Chevrolet Volt concept car on right. This was a concept that had us thinking GM's design team was on the right track, and in fact could possibly be the car that got me to jump ship towards American. Instead, what we get is another forgettable car.(image source: ©GM Corp.)

chevrolet corvette zr1in 09

2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 interior. There is no question that this is the best Corvette to date, and is the best bang for the buck in this category. But the truth is that this interior is dated and the materials would not pass in a car priced at $25k, much less the $150k that is likely to be paid in today's market. (image source: ©GM Corp.)

hummer h2 08

2008 Hummer H2. Truth be told, I like this vehicle. It is one of the few that GM has with an own-able personality and identifiable look. Unfortunately, it is not what the people want. (image source: ©GM Corp.)

buick century 05

2005 Buick Century. Even if this car was labeled as a 1995, it would still look outdated. (image source: ©GM Corp.)

pontaic aztek 1

2001 Pontiac Aztek. Easily the ugliest production car in recent memory.

FORD
lincoln towncar 08

2008 Lincoln Town Car. Again, a 10-year old design that does nothing for the brand.

ford crown victoria 02

2002 Ford Crown Victoria. Even the name of this car is old as can be.

ford thunderbird 02

2002 Ford Thunderbird. Retro is out. It has been for a while but they have still not leaned their lesson. The only two to do it right is Volkswagen's Beetle and the Mini.

CHRYSLER
chrysler pt cruiser 08

2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser Sunset Boulevard Edition. What year is this?

chrysler crossfire 08

2008 Chrysler Crossfire. Another retro in an outdated platform.

dodge avenger 08

2008 Dodge Avenger. Rebadging and boring.

chrysler sebring sedan 08

2008 Chrysler Sebring Sedan. Retro, combined with cheap materials equaling boring.

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GM   Official site.
Ford   Official site.
Chrysler   Official site.
Popular Mechanics   10 Cars That Damaged GM's Reputation
  
 
 
COMMENTS
chris3047 days ago

I agree we shouldn't bail these guys out - their products are really badly designed but worse they will never be competitive no matter how much money the fed "loans" them - not to union bash but i see that as the biggest problem - if they are forced into bankruptcy they are forced to reorganize, renegotiate, be more transparent - the unions and their counterparts in congress don't want that to happen so the fed may start throwing good money after bad.
it's amazing how special interest groups in this country who are supported in the fed hurt the very people they think they are helping through the unintended consequence of their oversight while in a hurry to be the "good" guys.
in the meantime the economy still is in turmoil - and the 3 boobs fly in all on their separate private jets to beg for 25 billon what arrogance.
only in america!!!

chan2002 days ago

if only all bloggers offered the same content as you, the internet would be a much better place. Please keep it up!

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