One of the confusing aspects to the whole GM-Renault-Nissan thing is the argument from the Renault-Nissan people that GM need someone to hold off the advance of Toyota. I’m not sure if they think they’re going to deliver some synergies that would completely turn the market on it’s head, or if they think the combined GM-Renault-Nissan numbers would actually mean anything in the real world.
GM’s position in the market, it’s global shift and whether it all really matters are among the topics covered in this brief interview with Autoweek.
Sometimes when Bob speaks I get an overwhelming urge to remove my socks and shove them somewhere. This time around though, he’s making some sense. There’s nothing Saab specific in there, but it makes for some interesting reading nonetheless.
AW: How important is it to you that GM stay number one? Is that a big deal?
Lutz: No, it’s really not. To be honest, I think it’s more of a big deal for the GM lifers than it is for me…..And I think a period—and I wouldn’t like to see it last too long—a period of some years where GM is number two, I think it might be a very good thing for the culture.
A recommended quick read.