Editorials


Merry Christmas

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, December 11, 2016

Wishing each end every one of you the Happiest of Holidays!

Buickman . . . .

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Project Pinhead

Jim Dollinger
Monday, August 29, 2016

This is an evil and corrupt man who is acting in unison with the globalist banksters who control GM. Project Pinhead is nothing more than part of the . . . .

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Stop the Invasion!

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

GM will announce and show their Commie Car at Cobo next month. Mary Barra, you are a sorry ass, greedy, loquacious, anti American, Wench. Stop the Inv . . . .

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Boycott this Buick!

Jim Dollinger
Friday, November 13, 2015

It's time to stand up against General Motors. Let's band together and Boycott this Buick (Envision) that GM plans to build in China and import for sal . . . .

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Truth

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, October 18, 2015

this explains everything, the most important video I have ever seen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UagqOHScNs . . . .

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Fat Cat, Union Made

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Tier One for Everyone or walk, Solidarity is more than just a song! Bring these lying clowns to their knees and demand a contract that represents equa . . . .

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Barrage

Jim Dollinger
Monday, March 23, 2015

Glorified administrative assistant becomes figurehead CEO to front for Banksters in need of leniency from investigative bodies. Now that the unjustifi . . . .

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GM Employee Discounts

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, October 19, 2014

Now through November 2, anyone who owns or is leasing a Non GM Vehicle can get an Employee Discount on a new General Motors product. Please contact me . . . .

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Up & Out

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Just Announced "Johan's Moving & Storage"... We are Moving to New York and putting the Cadillacs in Storage! Perhaps there is talent here that I am so . . . .

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Comparatively Speaking

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Mary Barra and Dave Dombrowski are respectively responsible for end results while sharing weak bullpens and a lack of internal prospective performers. . . . .

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Buzz This Year

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

At Cadillac this year it's Buzz Johan... To Infinity and Beyond!

In the Automotive News, we read that Caddy dealers should be prepared to sell few . . . .

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For Whom the Bell Tolls

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, July 24, 2014

I find it odd that Ms Barra gets a pass on these recalls as she was head of Global Product when this nightmare was under the radar. Simply firing unde . . . .

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Talkin' Smack

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

GM has apparently acquired Revlon since all I saw in front of Congress was lip service. Stating I'm sorry and firing someone else doesn't get it. Mary . . . .

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Once Again

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, May 1, 2014

By Popular Request
Jim Dollinger
Friday, December 2, 2005

As was well known prior to the Annual Stockholders' Meeting, the call was made for Rick . . . .

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~Men~ Named Bernie

Jim Dollinger
Monday, March 31, 2014

~The Man~ should be nicknamed "Bernie"...

Red Ink Rick is a Puppet who was put in place by the Banksters (you know those folks who finance both sid . . . .

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GM CEO @ US Congress

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The pressure may become unbarrable, careening her career...

but done right, it could ignite.

Best of luck Ms. Barra.

Buickman . . . .

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Cars & Bars

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What GM needs to do is say "Here is the person that made the decision to "bury this". Fire them and let the powers that be decide about prosecution. I . . . .

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Ignition Switch Recall

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

General Motors is not known for skillful appearances before Congress.

Will the politicians attack Ms. Barra, or cut her some slack? Will America se . . . .

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As Share Goes Bye

Jim Dollinger
Monday, March 3, 2014

an oldie from '06 that still applies...

You must remember this,
A loss is just a loss.
The pie is still in the sky.
Fundamental marketing does a . . . .

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Insidious

Jim Dollinger
Friday, December 13, 2013

This investment by the Board of Bystanders (read interlocking Investment Banksters) was only to provide cash in order to alleviate difficulties for ag . . . .

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The Ickey Shuffle

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

It concerns me that Ms Barra was an executive assistant to Jack Smith who promoted without merit and that she has been been shuffled on a fast track.. . . . .

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I'm Back

Jim Dollinger
Saturday, June 29, 2013

Here we go again... more soon! . . . .

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Real Estate

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I've had enough of the corruption and ineptitude at General Motors. They haven't changed in the least, as far as top management goes. So, your friendl . . . .

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Boss Ross

Jim Dollinger
Monday, February 11, 2013

H. Ross Perot:
"Where I come from, when you see a snake, you kill it. At GM the first thing you do is form a committee on snakes, next you hire a con . . . .

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Oldie

Jim Dollinger
Monday, December 10, 2012

As Share Goes Bye
Jim Dollinger
Monday, January 2, 2006

You must remember this,
A loss is just a loss.
The pie is still in the sky.
Fundamenta . . . .

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See the USA

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, November 1, 2012

GM is looking to replace "Chevy Runs Deep". I suggest "Work Day or Play, It's Your Chevrolet". . . . .

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Damn Yankees

Jim Dollinger
Saturday, October 13, 2012

Perhaps when baseball ends we could entice Yankees Manager Joe Girardi to head up GM's European operations. Resident Bankster Steve Girsky and inept s . . . .

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Back to the Future

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What if we could bring DeLorean "Back from the Past" in one of his time traveling cars? What would he think of New GM? In his prime JZD had it right, . . . .

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Zombie Watch

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, August 9, 2012

worth repeating.

As published on www.thetruthaboutcars.com:

Back in the day, GM really pissed me off. As the American automaker continued its in . . . .

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General Motors Zombie Watch 18: Hire Buickman

Robert Farago
Thursday, August 9, 2012

worth repeating.

As published on www.thetruthaboutcars.com:

Back in the day, GM really pissed me off. As the American automaker continued its in . . . .

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Annual Meeting

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I am pleasantly surprised and actually impressed that General Motors has live streamed the Annual Meeting today, and included comments from stockholde . . . .

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General Motors

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, February 2, 2012

So much has changed at GM, much for the better but the single most powerful change is yet to come. Market share has been saved by a tsunami and floodi . . . .

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Speaking of Ebonics

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, January 26, 2012


If Joel Ewanick is so sharp, why does he need to spend billions on outside firms and contractors? hmmm... even worse, he has now centralized agency . . . .

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Saab Story

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Chinese could magnify a relatively insignificant investment garning worldwide positive PR rescuing and restoring a niche brand while utilizing an . . . .

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History Repeats

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, September 6, 2011

On March 22, 1966, GM President James Roche was forced to appear before a United States Senate subcommittee, and to apologize to Nader for the company . . . .

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Buickman

Jim Dollinger
Friday, January 7, 2011

Adventures of Buickman

Faster than a speeding Corvette!
More powerful than a Red Tag Sale!
Able to leap GM Management with a single Plan!

Look . . . .

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Where Have All the Car Guys Gone?

Jim Dollinger
Saturday, September 18, 2010

Going from "Howie Fourth and Long" to "Buzz Lighter Sales This Year" is no Home Improvement. New spokesmen and bigger media spends are not signs that . . . .

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Hey There, We Want Our Money Back!

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

General Motors has no business launching an IPO anytime soon. It's not healthy enough to draw proper capital to repay the taxpayers. The financial imp . . . .

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Sixty Billion Leagues Under, You See

Jim Dollinger
Friday, September 10, 2010

Who in their right mind would take any amount of money to Captain the Titanic? Things haven't changed in a hundred years as she lays at the bottom of . . . .

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Ed's Meds

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, August 12, 2010

People were actually fired at GM, LaNeve and Docherty out of marketing, Reuss in charge of North America, at least the direct loan repaid to the gover . . . .

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That Man Flint

Jim Dollinger
Monday, August 9, 2010

There is a book in my den titled "The Dream Machine" written in 1976 and inscribed by it's author, Mr Jerry Flint. It reads "for Buickman - who knows . . . .

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Mark My Words

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Mark Reuss has done great things, reversing dealer closures, stopping the insanity of almost daily changes to incentives, and refraining from a Memori . . . .

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Like Father, Like Son

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, June 20, 2010

From the father of General Motors to the future father of the Mott foundation (as detailed in his book "Foundation for Living"):

On Charles Stewart . . . .

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Claiming Stakes

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, June 8, 2010

If you've got a good horse...give him another bale of hay.

GM needs talented leadership. These people certainly are capable of earning higher incom . . . .

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New Kid in Town

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, June 1, 2010

I will lay claim to two titles...top Buick salesman in history and GM's biggest critic (having coined the terms Red Ink Rick and the Board of Bystande . . . .

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Driving Miss Docherty

Jim Dollinger
Monday, May 24, 2010

She exemplifies what's wrong, has been wrong, still is wrong, and will be wrong at GM so long as she's involved. Gerosa Mafia, Red Toe Tag Believer... . . . .

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I Think I Love You

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, May 20, 2010

So far the house cleaning has been done, good bye to the non performers. We now have accountability and clear resposibility. Reuss has lined up the or . . . .

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Truth Serum

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, May 13, 2010

GM, particularly in North America, is clueless and for all purposes, leaderless. they predict profit and anticipate executive compensation. But these . . . .

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May Marketing Mayhem

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, May 2, 2010

The current GM incentive programs end May 3rd. On the 4th we'll get an announcement to sort through which will tie up most of that day. By the 10th of . . . .

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Powers that Be

Jim Dollinger
Monday, April 19, 2010

Red Ink Rick....better known as G Richard Wagoner (fall guy) served as Chairman and CEO.

Mark LaNaive held repetitive Red Toe Tag Sales.

The Boa . . . .

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What Profit a Man?

Jim Dollinger
Saturday, April 10, 2010

More here soon regarding the upcoming charade by your friendly banksters as they begin the next chapter in the new General Motors. Meanwhile, please s . . . .

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Leadership

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, February 11, 2010

Mr. Mark Reuss is a most welcome change atop General Motors. By all appearances, this guy "gets it". The task in front of him is huge, stabilizing dea . . . .

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Super Bowl Ads

Jim Dollinger
Monday, February 8, 2010

Although only present during the pregame, GM's advertisements yesterday were very well done. The focus remained on our products and their benefits. No . . . .

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Kick 'Em When They're Up

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, January 28, 2010

We shouldn't have thrown money at Toyota owners, better to have increased telling our quality and MPG story. It's too bad distress has become a way of . . . .

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A Car Guy

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, September 27, 2009

Want a pleasant surprise? How about some worthy restoration in your attitude about General Motors? I highly recommend watching this week's episode of . . . .

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A Different Hat

Jim Dollinger
Friday, August 28, 2009

Well folks, it's been a very busy and hectic few weeks during which I returned to Patsy Lou Buick GMC in fashionable Flint, Michigan. Time has been sh . . . .

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No Guts, No Glory

Jim Dollinger
Saturday, August 8, 2009

Two weeks ago General Motors called the dealer I worked for and threatened him, saying to either get me to close down GeneralWatch or fire me. Present . . . .

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Doubts? Not Here

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Shut it down they threaten. I say, Liberty and Freedom do not die here. More soon from your friendly Buickman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5YWqt . . . .

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Crew Manifest

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, July 23, 2009

We have heard many comparisons made between General Motors and the Titanic. Management shuffles at GM are often referred to as rearranging the deck ch . . . .

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Death Wish

Jim Dollinger
Monday, July 20, 2009

Rape? Murder? No, simply the death of General Motors, starring Mark LaNaive and Hope Languished. Many of you have emailed wondering how in the world G . . . .

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New Dog, Old Tricks

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, July 16, 2009

Today GM marketing announced another $1,000 rebate on old invoice units. To check eligibility the dealer enters the VIN into a website. A dealer who h . . . .

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Puttin' on the Fritz

Jim Dollinger
Friday, July 10, 2009

As quite possibly GM's biggest critic, I will share some positives I heard today. First, Fritz spoke with knowledge and authority, He directly answere . . . .

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Renewed Faith

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, July 8, 2009

If our government in fact forces GM to rescind dealership closings, I for one, will sing their praises from the highest rooftops! Nothing would make m . . . .

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Buy and Say Goodbye Sale

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Here they go again with the distress merchandising. Look for the window trim, car top signs, lapel pins, and other useless garbage. Someone really nee . . . .

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Get Well Soon

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, June 25, 2009

I have a friend who is very ill, one that's been suffering many years and now is on life support. This friend ignored warnings about lifestyle, choosi . . . .

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CAR SALES CHAMP CRUSADES TO RAISE PROFITS FOR GM

Ed Garsten
Saturday, June 20, 2009

From Detroit News June 1, 2004

First comes the mile-wide smile, followed by the warm handshake and then the barrage of bromides like "waterfalls be . . . .

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Should GM's Name Be Changed?

Jim Dollinger
Monday, June 15, 2009

"The Story You Are About To See Is True.

The Names Have Been Changed To Protect The Innocent"

These were the opening words of every episode of t . . . .

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Where the Trouble Lies

Jim Dollinger
Friday, June 12, 2009

LaNaive has driven GM into the ground with his repeated goofy, nonsensical, hairbrained, foolish, ridiculous, high pressure, brand damaging, wasteful, . . . .

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The Tamaroff Letter

Marvin Tamaroff
Thursday, June 11, 2009

As a loyal and successful Dodge Dealer for over 22 years it is not a big surprise that given the current economy, the marketplace may not support the . . . .

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Dealer Closings

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, June 2, 2009

These incompetent failures at GM have obviously been planning these closures for some time. Now they are making their move, hiding like the sissy scou . . . .

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Concerns

Jim Dollinger
Monday, June 1, 2009

our nation's lack of an industrial policy that has allowed unfair trade practices by other nations to decimate our manufacturing capacity.
http://www . . . .

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Retail Suicide

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, May 27, 2009

from Alfred P Sloan's "My Years With General Motors" 1964

Chapter 16 "Distribution and The Dealers"

"When I was chief executive officer of Gener . . . .

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Countdown

Jim Dollinger
Monday, May 25, 2009

Bankruptcy sure looks inevitable by June 1. Of course it will lead to more of what we've been seeing for decades...layoffs, plant closures, reduced wa . . . .

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Return to Greatness

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, May 17, 2009

Here it is, repeated from original posting June 2005:

As was well known prior to the Annual Stockholders' Meeting, the call was made for Rick Wagon . . . .

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The Time Has Come

Jim Dollinger
Friday, May 15, 2009

At noon today you can view my AutoLine Detroit interview.

visit www.autolinedetroit.tv

Who is Howard Roark?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zc . . . .

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Can You Hear Me?

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, May 7, 2009

The best joke in the wrold, not told properly, isn't funny.

The best cars in the world, not marketed properly, don't sell.

If management can't d . . . .

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Bottom Line

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, May 3, 2009

After years of watching GM decline, I am firmly convinced that the troubles at General Motors lie squarely at the feet of management. It is customary . . . .

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Marketing at it's Worst

Jim Dollinger
Saturday, April 11, 2009

Let me tell you what marketing isn't...

It isn't:

-discontinuing LeSabre when it's the best selling, highest quatlity vehicle in the market.

. . . .

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Buickman on Stand Up with Pete Dominick

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Today at 4PM on XM channel 130 your friendly Buickman will speak about Return to Greatness, how we are all in this together, and how the solution to s . . . .

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The Fix Is In

Jim Dollinger
Monday, March 30, 2009

Well, finally some accountability at General Motors. While many are expressing well wishes and appreciation toward Rick Wagoner, there are larger issu . . . .

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World's Cheapest Car Intro

Jim Dollinger
Monday, March 23, 2009

They're planning a mid year upgraded model called "The Wagoner"...it's rumored to only run in reverse, can't turnaround, and is greatly overvalued eve . . . .

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GM Marketing Explained

A Friend
Wednesday, March 18, 2009

lads, these new incentives are quite simple.

when the moon is waxing gibbous and orion is in ascension in the first quarter of the chinese new year . . . .

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Pinheads

Jim Dollinger
Monday, March 16, 2009

Bill Lovejoy showed me the 29 pins when they first came out. Now Bill is a wonderful guy, no one nicer. Trouble is that he was clueless about how to s . . . .

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Boston Legal - Detroit Branch

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, March 8, 2009

"In today's atmosphere there is virtually no likelihood of outsiders taking over the management of General Motors. The system stresses longevity and l . . . .

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mirror, mirror on the wall

Jim Dollinger
Friday, March 6, 2009

hmmmm...let's see...

material weaknesses disclaimed in financials
SEC investigations
shareholder lawsuits
accounting irregularities
employee bu . . . .

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Nutshell

Jim Dollinger
Friday, February 27, 2009

stupidity is not sequential.

under Wagoner the results don't change, just the excuses.

these are not stupid people.

follow the money.
. . . .

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Problem Is

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Today it's the economy and credit crisis as the excuse du jour. Previously it was fuel prices, health care, wages, material costs, pension liabilities . . . .

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Death of Pontiac

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, January 14, 2009

As I've been saying for years, Wagoner is on a mission to eliminate US production and own distribution. Like he did with Olds, he is now doing with Po . . . .

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Kill the Cancer, not the Patient

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Consider who made the Hellcat tanks, the Liberty aircraft, the munitions of WWII. Who came up with "Keep America Rolling" after 911? Don't fault all o . . . .

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truth laid bare

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, November 18, 2008

for so long the warning was there

now in times of despair

if you care

you'll help remove the Chair.
. . . .

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John Fogerty

Jim Dollinger
Friday, November 7, 2008

Oh, put me in, Coach - I'm ready to play today;
Put me in, Coach - I'm ready to play today;
Look at me, I can be Centerfield.

Well, I spent some . . . .

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When Are You a Loser?

Jim Dollinger
Saturday, November 1, 2008

When you lose over $60,000,000,000 of your shareholders' value...

when your annual losses are in excess of $70,000,000,000 in four years...

when . . . .

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Fool's Gold

Jim Dollinger
Monday, October 27, 2008

Any government assistance given to Red Ink Rick and Company can be correlated to giving an alcoholic a bottle of wine. This guy just doesn't get it, o . . . .

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Sales 101

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, October 23, 2008

Hughes
EDS
Allison
Electro Motive
Light Armored Vehicles
Mesa Proving Grounds
Warren Real Estate
GMAC
American Axle
Detroit Diesel
Isuzu
Fi . . . .

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The Cause

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, October 19, 2008

Imagine...As the Rothschilds financed both sides of the Civil War, master capitalists, after giving their backing to the Japanese, use the invisible h . . . .

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Painting the Richard Red

Jim Dollinger
Friday, October 10, 2008

I've got so many examples of waste and mismanagement at General Motors that it would make you sick to your stomach, incompetence combined with corrupt . . . .

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Reality

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, October 2, 2008

G Richard Wagoner is a puppet controlled by international bankers. His methodolgy is diversion and confusion while playing the part of handicapped lea . . . .

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Old Hickory

Jim Dollinger
Friday, September 26, 2008

Imagine a tree has been there for a hundred years, with deep roots, many branches, and beautiful leaves. Red Ink Ranger Rick comes along without any t . . . .

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GM at One Hundred

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, September 16, 2008

G Richard Wagoner is by far and away the absolutely worst thing that could ever have happened to General Motors. The man is a complete disgrace and ha . . . .

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Tides of Red

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, August 21, 2008

The tide of popular opinion has turned against Red Ink Rick and his Band of Bystanders. As he said in Lordstown today...we'll have to wait and see if . . . .

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help wanted

Jim Dollinger
Monday, August 11, 2008

We're looking for someone of vision who understands leadership and what it takes to win. We have enough staff to handle legalities, accounting, and la . . . .

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There Must Be A Reason

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, August 7, 2008

Losing $60 Billion in 2.5 years, and destroying 90% of shareholder value since becoming CEO, Red Ink Rick still has the unanimous support of the Board . . . .

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Crossroads

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, August 5, 2008

let's see...we're sinking. okay, choices...bankruptcy? bailout? fix?

chapter 7/11?

guarantees/tax credits/subsidies

Return to Greatness.

s . . . .

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Truth Doesn't Fade

Jim Dollinger
Saturday, August 2, 2008

By Robert Farago
January 10, 2006 - 6,371 views

If you're visiting the Detroit auto show, do me a favor. Go to the GM stand, find the new Chevrole . . . .

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had enough?

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, July 31, 2008

GM has lost over $50 Billion since I first called for Wagoner''s resignation. the man is a crook. the UAW has been bought and paid for. the dealers ar . . . .

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Return to Greatness

Jim Dollinger
Friday, July 11, 2008

Here it is, repeated from original posting June 2005:

As was well known prior to the Annual Stockholders' Meeting, the call was made for Rick Wagon . . . .

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AA or BK

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, July 3, 2008

For years now I've been preaching that unless GM changes it's marketing, the downward spiral will never be reversed. Still today they refuse to listen . . . .

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Viewpoints

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, June 22, 2008

What makes sense is getting rid of Wagoner, not further reducing the size or scope of the corporation. He has lost over $50 Billion in shareholder val . . . .

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Who's On Board?

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, June 19, 2008

I must point out that since the early days of GM, JPM has held a significant stake in GM whether direct or indirect. We've gone from the days of Thoma . . . .

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Words Not Deeds

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Quotes from GM Annual Reports

"We believe there is, among all of us at GM, a renewed sense of urgency...1999 is the year for GM to retake the lead. . . . .

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GM in Japan

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, June 15, 2008

From the 2007 Annual Meeting transcripts:

Mr. Dollinger: "And how many cars do we sell in Japan?"

Mr. Wagoner: "We've sold very few because, fra . . . .

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Failed Fortunes

Jim Dollinger
Saturday, June 14, 2008

As to Red Ink Rick's greatest failure (and there are many), some say Fiat, some say EV1, some say truck investment, others claim accounting irregulari . . . .

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Right On The Money

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, June 8, 2008

Notice how GM management spins excuses which ALWAYS blame the weather, fuel prices, the economy, exchange rates, value of the dollar vs yen, wages, he . . . .

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Annual Meeting

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Well another one in the books. Once again what should have been an open dialogue between shareholders turned instead into another rendition of the Red . . . .

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On The Cover of This Week's Barron

Jim Dollinger
Saturday, May 31, 2008

WELL WE'RE BIG CAP SLINGERS
WE GOT GOLDEN FINGERS (PARACHUTES)
AND WE'RE HATED EVERYWHERE WE GO

WE SING ABOUT EXCUSES
AND WE SING ABOUT PROMISE . . . .

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2007 General Motors Annual Report

Jim Dollinger
Monday, May 26, 2008

Once you get past the glossy photos and glowing PR, hold tight as you reach for the bi-focals or magnifying glass. Sit down for the shocker!

"A mat . . . .

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Root Cause

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, May 22, 2008

Our problems have nothing to do with the number of brands in the portfolio or the number of franchised dealers. It's not the economy, fuel prices or l . . . .

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zero percent (accountability)

Jim Dollinger
Saturday, May 17, 2008

When is the last time a GM executive was fired for failure? Trick question...answer is never (at least in modern times). Lovejoy heads GMAC when McNam . . . .

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The Fountainhead

Ayn Rand
Tuesday, May 6, 2008

"Throughout the centuries there were men who took the first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision. Their goals differed, but th . . . .

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Undeniably True

Jim Dollinger
Monday, May 5, 2008

Wagoner is a failure.
GM's marketing is the worst in the industry.
Our company is in dire straights.
The blame is easy to pinpoint, if you are outs . . . .

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Ever Wonder Why?

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Six large banks control roughly two thirds of the stock. minority stakeholders have no say ie. Kerkorian. exactly what is their "plan" and why is it s . . . .

Read more. . . .

Short & Sweet

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, April 27, 2008

Rather than a matter of liking, it's a matter of results. When one looks at the record of Red Ink Rick, the result is nausea.

"When will they ever . . . .

Read more. . . .

The Big Q

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Although some products in our portfolio are sub-standard, our Quality is improving significantly, from design and engineering through manufacturing. R . . . .

Read more. . . .

Blitz of Hits from Fritz

Jim Dollinger
Saturday, March 8, 2008

Fritz Henderson can handle a fastball. Here are some "Hit Singles".

"There were no highlights in the fourth quarter."
"Our business is not generat . . . .

Read more. . . .

Devil's Due

Jim Dollinger
Friday, March 7, 2008

If you recall last year when Red Ink Rick was also on the ropes (although belongs in chains), the Board of Bystanders wrote a published/advertised le . . . .

Read more. . . .

Enough Already

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, March 6, 2008

Historically, GM paid two thirds of earnings to shareholders in the form of dividends and appreciation. We set standards for return on investment, our . . . .

Read more. . . .

Red Ink Rick

Robert Farago
Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Watching Rick Wagoner is like listening to some weird ass fairy tale: the Emperor's New Car Company. Only no one's saying Wagoner's buck naked (presen . . . .

Read more. . . .

the right move and the right man

Automotive News
Monday, March 3, 2008

DETROIT -- General Motors today promoted Fritz Henderson to president and COO.
Henderson, 49, had been GM's CFO since Jan. 1, 2006. In a statement, . . . .

Read more. . . .

As Share Goes Bye

Jim Dollinger
Friday, February 22, 2008

You must remember this,
A loss is just a loss.
The pie is still in the sky.
Fundamental marketing does apply,
As share goes bye.

And when Toyot . . . .

Read more. . . .

GM Death Watch 163 What Doth It Profit A Man

Robert Farago
Wednesday, February 20, 2008

"Managing expectations." It's a term near and dear to the hearts of the people who pull our politicians' strings. Increasingly, it's the rhetorical we . . . .

Read more. . . .

Another Letter From Your Chairman

Porter Stansberry
Monday, February 18, 2008

Dear Shareholders,

It's disco time again. And I'm the dancing fool.

At the end of each quarter, when I must discuss our results with Wall Street . . . .

Read more. . . .

Decline and Denial

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, February 13, 2008

I've been saying it for years now, the trouble at GM is their marketing and lack of accountability. As you may know, I presented a comprehensive plan . . . .

Read more. . . .

The Grapes Of Wagoner II

Keith Naughton
Monday, January 28, 2008

Driving Towards Disaster

Michigan's woes may soon become familiar to the rest of the country as recession looms.

Newsweek Web Exclusive
Jan 28, . . . .

Read more. . . .

Your Next President II

Jim Dollinger
Friday, January 4, 2008

Ron Paul can no longer be ignored or referred to as a fringe, second tier candidate.

Considering Mitt's money (he was the real loser), Huck's majo . . . .

Read more. . . .

Your Next President

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, January 3, 2008

Last night Larry King taped this, then they decided NOT to run it. Makes you wonder what Main Stream Media(Faux News) and Big Business, Big Government . . . .

Read more. . . .

White Collar Shenanigans

Mark Reutter
Monday, December 10, 2007

Delphi, The Terminator, and the

Misuse of Bankruptcy Law

Interview with Mark Reutter

This interview about Chapter 11 law and Robert Steve . . . .

Read more. . . .

The Answer My Friend

Monday, December 3, 2007

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG2PUZoukfA&feature=related . . . .

Read more. . . .

Roger B Smith RIP

Jim Dollinger
Saturday, December 1, 2007

The greatest loss of market share was in the year Roger ousted Ross. We lost 4 points that year, mainly due to the negative publicity surrounding the . . . .

Read more. . . .

More From the Chairman of General Motors

Porter Stansberry
Saturday, November 10, 2007

www.stansberryresearch.com

Dear Fellow Shareholders:

Being the captain of the Titanic is no fun.

I am the CEO and the chairman of General Mo . . . .

Read more. . . .

thirty nine billion

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Bottom line, call it whatever you want, put any sort of spin on it...it's still a $39 BILLION QUARTERLY LOSS!!!...brought to us by the totally incompe . . . .

Read more. . . .

Hooray! Great News!!!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Here is the best sign of change at GM in quite some time. Mr. Ballew was undeniably so far out of touch with reality that the entire corporation suffe . . . .

Read more. . . .

Toyota is slipping, Consumer Reports says

MSN Money Staff
Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Magazine won't automatically recommend redesigned Toyotas, citing below-average quality in new models. Ford improves dramatically.

Consumer Reports . . . .

Read more. . . .

Strike Out VEBA

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Those in the know are fully aware that this whole strike is part and parcel of the plan to create the mother of all VEBAs. Watch the "agreement" be hu . . . .

Read more. . . .

Frenzied Finance

Thomas Lawson
Thursday, August 30, 2007

Considering the proposed creation of a VEBA for the UAW international to manage member health care dollars, I am reminded of a famous expose' written . . . .

Read more. . . .

GM Death Watch 143: Off Target

Robert Farago
Wednesday, August 22, 2007

www.thetruthaboutcars.comI

I'd like to meet the idiot who thought that the Cadillac BLS was a good idea. Actually, I'd like to meet the group of id . . . .

Read more. . . .

GM Death Watch 142: A Capital Idea?

Robert Farago
Thursday, August 16, 2007

www.thetruthaboutcars.com

By their own admission, General Motors' North American operations are currently doing business with negative working capi . . . .

Read more. . . .

GM Makes Quality Gains

Christine Tierney
Friday, August 10, 2007

www.detnews.com

For 12 years, Toyota Motor Corp.'s premium Lexus brand was the undisputed leader in J.D. Power and Associates' influential vehicle . . . .

Read more. . . .

The 1936 - 1937 Flint, Michigan Sit-Down Strike

Saturday, July 28, 2007

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A672310

All that harms labor is treason to America. No line can be drawn
between these two. If any man tells you he . . . .

Read more. . . .

Incentive Mania Frustration

Jim Dollinger
Friday, July 13, 2007

To: William J. Lovejoy
Subject: incentive mania frustration
Sent: August 17, 2001

was sent to Jerry Flint of Forbes:

Sent: August 14, 2001 . . . .

Read more. . . .

How To Get a Free Vehicle

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Did you hear about the customer who went into a GM dealership? He qualified for the following:

AARP
GM Discount
Recent College Grad
Active Milit . . . .

Read more. . . .

Return to Greatness - The Need

Sunday, June 10, 2007

"General Motors Leadership Doesn't Get It," Says Leadership Expert
"The automaker is paying the price for neglecting a key strategic driver: a le . . . .

Read more. . . .

Detroit Death Pool

Jack Brynaur
Wednesday, May 23, 2007

www.forbes.com

Anyone who has spent any time in Detroit recently will tell you it is by all apparent indications a dying city. Crumbling buildings, . . . .

Read more. . . .

Sloan's Vision Betrayed

Paul Niedermeyer
Monday, May 21, 2007

www.thetruthaboutcars.com

Imagine a different GM from today's confused and embattled automaker. A General Motors where each division has a clear an . . . .

Read more. . . .

Wouldn't You Really Rather Have an Enclave?

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, May 6, 2007

I picked up my new Enclave demo this past Friday. Everywhere from the school, to the church, to the grocery store, people were stopping me to comment . . . .

Read more. . . .

GM Death Watch 120: Definition of Insanity

Robert Farago
Sunday, April 29, 2007

www.thetruthaboutcars.com

After Rick Wagoner "woke up" to the news that Toyota had replaced General Motors as the world's largest automaker, GM's C . . . .

Read more. . . .

In Support of The Buick

Kate McLeod
Sunday, April 22, 2007

Doing a lot right
www.thecarconnection.com

The Buick division is doing a lot right. They brought their median age down to 53 from around 67 by of . . . .

Read more. . . .

Annual Meeting

Jim Dollinger
Friday, April 20, 2007

Please email any thoughts, comments, or suggestions for this year's Annual Meeting of Shareholders to Buickman@GeneralWatch.com. I will be preparing f . . . .

Read more. . . .

Beyond Ridiculous

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Here it is...proof positive that the GM marketing staff is totally clueless. How in the world can they possibly rationalize putting a rebate on a vehi . . . .

Read more. . . .

The Masters

Jim Dollinger
Monday, April 9, 2007

As our Chairman, G Richard Wagoner, implements his strategy to wear the Green Jacket of Greed, let's look at his "plan". First, strip the company of a . . . .

Read more. . . .

Goofy As it Gets

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, April 4, 2007

New Programs Today:

East of the Lake, extra rebate depending on model, different rates by term. Cap Cost Shuffle, some better, some worse. New bonu . . . .

Read more. . . .

Globalize This

Jim Dollinger
Saturday, March 31, 2007

Let's take a snapsot of the business as the first quarter comes to an end:

GM files SEC required paperwork late, delays release of financial statem . . . .

Read more. . . .

The View Through The Windshield

Joe Sherlock
Saturday, March 24, 2007

Name Game: Buick is going to resurrect the 'Super' moniker for some models. Introduced in 1940 and used until 1958, the Super was positioned just abov . . . .

Read more. . . .

Confusion or Corruption?

Saturday, March 17, 2007

A Letter from General Motor's Chairman
By Porter Stansberry

You can tell far more about a company's prospects by the language in its earnings anno . . . .

Read more. . . .

Letter From Lou

Lou Kaltenstein
Tuesday, March 13, 2007

There has been a lot of talk about Toyota Tundras new ads and how impressive they are. Here are some myths about their spots that I have found and t . . . .

Read more. . . .

Stupid Is As Stupid Does

John Teahen Jr
Monday, March 12, 2007

www.autonews.com
Pontiac Is Doing it Too
It will drop the Grand Prix for the G8

It will be called the G8. I don't know why, but it will.

I'm t . . . .

Read more. . . .

Seduced by the Siren of Globalization

Jerry Flint
Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Backseat Driver
www.forbes.com

No doubt about it: Going global is Detroit's latest cure du jour.

At the Chicago auto show, General Motors (nys . . . .

Read more. . . .

Reality Check

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, March 4, 2007

A GTO that comes from Holden's fails. The G this and G that will also die from nothing more than a lack of identity. The German Saturns completely mis . . . .

Read more. . . .

Caddy Leads the Way

William C Montgomery
Wednesday, February 28, 2007

www.thetruthaboutcars.com

Congratulations Cadillac. The GM brand scooped first place in BusinessWeeks first-ever ranking for the best provider of . . . .

Read more. . . .

Cannibals and the Secretary

Monday, February 26, 2007

Recently, a large corporation hired several cannibals to increase
their diversity. "You are all part of our team now," said the Human
Resources rep . . . .

Read more. . . .

By Any Other Name

www.acarisnotarefrigerator.com
Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Ford's Non Bankruptcy

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a Wall Street analyst's report about how GM was already in bankruptcy given the state if its b . . . .

Read more. . . .

Worthless Paper

Jim Dollinger
Friday, February 16, 2007

What people don't see are the hundreds of millions paid to the likes of Morgan, Merrill, Sachs, Deutsche, Lazard, UBS, etc... Witness the $140,000,000 . . . .

Read more. . . .

GM Death Watch 109

Robert Farago
Monday, February 12, 2007

www.thetruthaboutcars.com

Our man Mehta recently ran into a GM PR flack at an industry event. When Sajeev revealed TTAC as his spiritual home, the . . . .

Read more. . . .

Common Sense

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, February 6, 2007

You'd think a multi national corporation like GM who is losing share in droves and money like it was going down the drain would listen to their #1 sal . . . .

Read more. . . .

Auto dealer glut hurts U.S. makes

Saturday, February 3, 2007

About two-thirds of 15,000 dealers who sell Big Three vehicles need to close, says analyst and ex-GM adviser.

Sharon Terlep / The Detroit News

L . . . .

Read more. . . .

Car Dealers Under Pressure

Friday, February 2, 2007

Many worry business won't be any easier in '07

Sharon Terlep / The Detroit News

A NEW BIG 3?

Times have rarely -- if ever -- been tougher f . . . .

Read more. . . .

Perspective

AIADA
Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Detroit Automakers Only Have Themselves to Blame

Record breaking losses by Ford and similar reports from General Motors and DaimlerChrysler are fu . . . .

Read more. . . .

The Grapes of Wagoner II

Monday, January 29, 2007

The decline is becoming a free fall laden with excuses and empty promises amongst glamourous extravanganzas whilst we burn like Rome. When will the bo . . . .

Read more. . . .

Crime Pays

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, January 25, 2007

Is it any surprise that a thief who has stolen time and again and got away scott free would once more return to victimize? Wagoner, as I have claimed . . . .

Read more. . . .

Direction vs Division

Jim Dollinger
Friday, January 19, 2007

There's nothing wrong with our business model, it's the individuals at the helm who continue to destroy trust and respect between the manufacturer and . . . .

Read more. . . .

Well Enough Alone

Jim Dollinger
Friday, January 19, 2007

There's nothing wrong with our business model, it's the individuals at the helm who continue to destroy trust and respect between the manufacturer and . . . .

Read more. . . .

Musical Chairs

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, January 16, 2007

It's well past time for a major shakeup at GM. I'm not referring to another restructuring or reorganization. Rather, It's time for placing competent p . . . .

Read more. . . .

Realism

Saturday, January 13, 2007

The euphoria of the North American International Auto Show is unfounded, remindful of the glee under GMS. Glitz and glamour do not add up to market sh . . . .

Read more. . . .

Future Flick Starring Rick

Rich Kranz
Monday, January 8, 2007

Global dominance, sure -- but on GM's home turf, too?
www.autonews.com

To some it's unthinkable. But it may be inevitable.

Toyota Motor Sales . . . .

Read more. . . .

Same Results, More Excuses

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Once again, sales decline, market share drops, and GM executives offer more lame excuses and empty promises. Where is any form of accountability? Why . . . .

Read more. . . .

Stop the Losses (and excuses)

Jerry Flint
Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Backseat Driver
Pumping On The Brakes
www.forbes.com

At one time, General Motors had a 60% share of the U.S. market. By 1980, GM's split of the m . . . .

Read more. . . .

Holiday Heroes

Monday, January 1, 2007

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My da . . . .

Read more. . . .

Lutz Is An Idiot

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

See below, after article, for confidential email

General Motors Death Watch 105: Bob Lutz Screws the Pooch
By Robert Farago
www.thetruthaboutcars . . . .

Read more. . . .

Stock Only What Sells

Peter Brandow
Tuesday, December 26, 2006

WardsAuto.com, Dec 22, 2006 8:48 AM

I've been feeling like the dinosaur that early on felt an ominous chill in the air. I'm sure the vast . . . .

Read more. . . .

GM memo outlines comeback challenges

Bill Vlasic
Saturday, December 23, 2006

Frank report identifies inflexibility, shifting demographics as threats to giant automaker.

The Detroit News

Where General Motors Corp. once boa . . . .

Read more. . . .

Death Watch 104

Robert Farago
Wednesday, December 20, 2006

www.thetruthaboutcars.com

Gary Cowger recently sat down with Wards Automotive. GM's group vice president of global manufacturing and labor relation . . . .

Read more. . . .

Money Changers

Jim Dollinger
Friday, December 15, 2006

I'd like to find out how much GM has paid investment bankers since 2000 for advice, underwriting, and any other blood sucking mechanism employed by th . . . .

Read more. . . .

Death Watch 103 Deja Vu

Robert Farago
Friday, December 15, 2006

www.thetruthaboutcars.com

About two years ago, GM CEO Rick Wagoner made a critical decision about his company's products. Rather than fully revamp . . . .

Read more. . . .

First at Worst

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, December 10, 2006

An Email came into GeneralWatch.com recently which I thought would make a good topic...

Jim,

We do not agree here, Roger Smith gets my vote as t . . . .

Read more. . . .

Market Share Myopia

Jim Dollinger
Friday, December 8, 2006

Detroit News
Dan Howes' Weblog

On GM's share slide 'bottoming'

Here in the belly of the automotive beast, we look for signs the long march thro . . . .

Read more. . . .

I Spy the Big Lie

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Where, Mr. Wagoner, is the promised $3 Billion dollar investment in Buick? What about the hundreds of stand alone Buick dealers who are being starved . . . .

Read more. . . .

For The Birds (Really)

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Something to be proud of:

From www.carbuyersnotebook.com
GM Lansing Delta Township is Wildlife Habitat Council's "Rookie of the Year"
Detroit-Ham . . . .

Read more. . . .

Another Lick For Rick

Robert Farago
Friday, November 24, 2006

www.thetruthaboutcars.com
General Motors Death Watch 100: Tag It and Bag It
November 20th, 2006

In Friday's interview with Automotive News (AN), . . . .

Read more. . . .

Red Toe Tag II

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, November 19, 2006

Starting last Saturday, GM returned to another Fire Sale, once again promoting a "Red Tag" distress mess. Dealers are screaming confusion over the com . . . .

Read more. . . .

SAAB Strategy

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Well this week further exemplifies the continued FAILURE of "Red Ink Rick". As the Board of Bystanders continues in their deep sleep, Wagoner and Comp . . . .

Read more. . . .

Red Ink Rat Fink

Jim Dollinger
Friday, November 10, 2006

Here it is folks, the move predicted by GeneralWatch. GM has announced it's intention to move into retail, a manuever attempted a few years back by Ro . . . .

Read more. . . .

Last Straw

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, November 9, 2006

As if the loss of Olds wasn't enough, Wagoner is now about to spin off the Crown Jewel (nothing to show for it, absolutely ZIP to the shareholders). I . . . .

Read more. . . .

Upswing

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Today we went over the 300,000 visitor mark here at GeneralWatch. Your comments, suggestions, and opinions are most welcome and appreciated. Please co . . . .

Read more. . . .

GM Death Watch 95

Robert Farago
Monday, October 30, 2006

From www.thetruthaboutcars.com

The Sun Will Come Up Tomorrow. Or Not

constant amusement. The press' collective reluctance to investigate the tru . . . .

Read more. . . .

Unkind Cuts

Joe Guy Collier
Saturday, October 28, 2006

As "Red Ink Rick" continues to refuse to listen, everyone directly or indirectly connected to GM will feel the slice of the knife. When will he listen . . . .

Read more. . . .

Blame Game

Dan Howes
Friday, October 27, 2006

From Detroit News

Usual suspects may not be to blame for Detroit's auto ills

Good thing this town has the Tigers to cheer, because the hometown . . . .

Read more. . . .

Numbers Don't Lie

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The GM publicity spin artists would have you believe things are going according to plan. I'm not quite sure exactly what their "Plan" is except to eli . . . .

Read more. . . .

Caddy Won't Carry

Jerry Flint
Sunday, October 22, 2006

From www.thecarconnection.com
Flint: Cadillac in the Slow Lane
Cadillac had momentum for a moment, but that moment is over.

Back in my army days . . . .

Read more. . . .

Another One Bites The Dust

Friday, October 20, 2006

Cherry Hill dealership to close

Scott Eckenhoff, owner of the Buick dealership across Route 38 from the Cherry Hill Mall, will close the store next . . . .

Read more. . . .

Top Bob Grease Job

Gunnar Heinrich
Friday, October 13, 2006

A Car Czar Too Far: Why Bad Things Happen to Good Saabs

From www.thetruthaboutcars.com


Leave it to the Germans. When it comes to resurrecting, . . . .

Read more. . . .

There May Be Hope

Peter DeLorenzo
Wednesday, October 11, 2006

From www.autoextremist.com

GM Marketing goes back to the future.

Detroit. Big changes for GM marketing are imminent, as the path they have fo . . . .

Read more. . . .

Size Doesn't Matter

James Treece
Friday, October 6, 2006

GM's size is a false defense

Automotive News

Q. Heading into the 1980s, are you as CEO of IBM concerned about the rise of so-called personal co . . . .

Read more. . . .

Attitude from Altitude

Peter Brown
Thursday, October 5, 2006

No alliance? GM already knows everything

Automotive News / October 5, 2006 - 10:58 am

Here's all you need to know about why General Motors wi . . . .

Read more. . . .

GM Death Watch 94

Robert Farago
Wednesday, October 4, 2006

So much for Maximum Bob

From www.thetruthaboutcars.com

GMs September sales figures are out. Despite generous Labor Day incentives, zero per cen . . . .

Read more. . . .

Letter to the Ed

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, September 24, 2006

A reply to a request by Ed Lapham, Executive Editor of Automotive News

Dear Ed,

In response to your request for nicknames, I respectfully offer . . . .

Read more. . . .

On The Brink

Jerry Flint
Monday, September 18, 2006

From Forbes:

Detroit's carmakers are entering a period of crisis. For the next half-year car sales are likely to decline because of rising interest . . . .

Read more. . . .

Happy 98th Birthday GM

Jim Dollinger
Saturday, September 16, 2006

In honor of GM's 98th Brithday, here is a repeat of one of our first editorials which details the reason behind the downslide. Believe me folks, Wagon . . . .

Read more. . . .

First Thing I'd Cut

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The General Motors Standards for Excellence program gives dealers the opportunity to meet sales and service criteria after having ponied up an initial . . . .

Read more. . . .

Guaranteed

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, September 6, 2006

GM Extends Powertrain Coverage

With our higher quality and lower warranty expense, this move is a positive marketing decision. Furthermore, any cos . . . .

Read more. . . .

Naivety Scene

Jim Dollinger
Monday, September 4, 2006

I, for one, have a memory. The empty promises have gone on for years and only the most naive still believe. THIS IS FROM 2001!!!

11/07/2001 - Updat . . . .

Read more. . . .

Value Pricing?

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, August 29, 2006

As forcast last week by GeneralWatch and reported in today's Automotive
News, GM once again proves why management has no credibility. Wait until the . . . .

Read more. . . .

Here We Go Again

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, August 24, 2006

Starting Tuesday 8-29 through Labor Day, cars get $500, $1,000 on P/Us and Full Size Suvs, and $1,500 on Mid Size SUVs. GM just doesn't get it. They l . . . .

Read more. . . .

Count Those Beans

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

To: All General Motors Dealers

From: William E. Powell
GM Vice President
Industry Dealer Affairs

Subject: 2006 Fuel Allowance Guidelines

Ef . . . .

Read more. . . .

Changes

Jim Dollinger
Monday, August 21, 2006

Guaranteed they'll kill Buick like they did Olds. By "channeling" management avoids the legal entanglements encountered the last time a division was s . . . .

Read more. . . .

Bungling Buick

Jim Dollinger
Monday, August 14, 2006

It's true that Rendezvous has sold well, but only because of cheap leases. It is a Mexican made motor vehicle with a fancy French name, looks like an . . . .

Read more. . . .

Spade a Spade

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, August 13, 2006

Consider that perhaps the greatest automobile buying demographic (baby boomers) were allowed to move through the Buick segment as it was starved of pr . . . .

Read more. . . .

Behind The Mask

Jim Dollinger
Saturday, August 12, 2006

Here is further proof that GM intends to close Buick and probably Pontiac. How can you not have an "identity" after 100 years? Management is falsely p . . . .

Read more. . . .

Costs Aren't The Real Problem

Tuesday, August 8, 2006

From Forbes.com
Backseat Driver
Jerry Flint 08.08.06, 6:00 AM ET

General Motors and Ford Motor are focusing the turnaround plans on cutting costs . . . .

Read more. . . .

Management Offers Zero (Credibility)

Jim Dollinger
Saturday, August 5, 2006

From the Annual Report

General Motors' management is responsible for establishing and maintaining internal controls over financial reporting and di . . . .

Read more. . . .

Big Three?

Dale Jewett
Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Automotive News

Toyota passes Ford in July
Honda moves ahead of Chrysler group

How tough was it for General Motors and Ford Motor Co. in July? . . . .

Read more. . . .

Tell 'em Tom

Tom Walsh
Thursday, July 27, 2006

Detroit Free Press
It is good news ... well, kind of

You know these are strange days in Detroit when a second-quarter net LOSS of $3.2 billion at . . . .

Read more. . . .

GM: like flies to manure

Bill Cara
Wednesday, July 26, 2006

From www.BillCara.com

I am unimpressed with anything I read about the state of affairs at General Motors. I sold it a year ago at $35, and about si . . . .

Read more. . . .

Men of Money

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, July 23, 2006

The biggest problem at General Motors lies in the company being controlled by bankers who have systematically drained the corporation of capital. The . . . .

Read more. . . .

Gotta Love Jerry

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Dealer Consolidation is Copout
By Jerry Flint
WardsAuto.com, Jul 19, 2006 5:21 AM


The best way to sell cars and trucks is through a . . . .

Read more. . . .

Ziegler Zinger

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

"Well Rick, resigning may not be your option. Increasingly, it seems to appear there are dark forces in motion in the background lathering up a 'lynch . . . .

Read more. . . .

Ideas

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Report: Combined GM, Ford Would Emerge Stronger
Wall Street Journal Offers Own Solution To America's Auto Problem

POSTED: 6:53 pm EDT July 17, 200 . . . .

Read more. . . .

Great Suggestion

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

How can Rick keep Kirk at bay? Be like Carlos
Charles Child
Automotive News / July 12, 2006 - 11:16 am

It's clear that Kirk Kerkorian will not . . . .

Read more. . . .

GM Death Watch 84: Going, Going, Ghosn

Robert Farago
Monday, July 10, 2006

From www.thetruthaboutcars.com

After carefully considering the potential benefits of a GM - Nissan - Renault alliance, auto industry analysts have . . . .

Read more. . . .

Typical

Jim Dollinger
Friday, July 7, 2006

H. Ross Perot:
"Where I come from, when you see a snake, you kill it. At GM the first thing you do is form a committee on snakes, next you hire a con . . . .

Read more. . . .

Motivating Factor

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, July 6, 2006

Kerkorian has every right to buy as much GM stock as is available on the market. If doing so allows him to gain control of the company, then so be it. . . . .

Read more. . . .

Tale of Two Companies

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, July 5, 2006

It is the time of turnaround...
It is the time of desparation.

We are all headed to profitability...
We are all headed to bankruptcy.

Carlos G . . . .

Read more. . . .

Tick, Tick for Rick

Tom Walsh
Tuesday, July 4, 2006

Time for Wagoner to Show Why GM Needs Him
Detroit Free Press
7-4-06

If General Motors Corp. CEO Rick Wagoner wants to keep his job and lead GM's . . . .

Read more. . . .

GM takes first steps toward health

David Robinson
Sunday, July 2, 2006

Buffalo Evening News

General Motors Corp.'s crash diet is going a little better than planned.
But that's only part of the solution if the struggl . . . .

Read more. . . .

GM Death Watch 83: End of Days

Robert Farago
Saturday, July 1, 2006

From www.thetruthaboutcars.com

Relax. The news that GM stockholder Kirk Kerkorian has been playing footsie with Renault/Nissan doesn't represent s . . . .

Read more. . . .

Devil's Handmaiden

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Dear Friends,

It's high time to call a spade a spade. Mr G Richard "Red Ink Rick" Wagoner is nothing more than the evil incarnate, purposely placed . . . .

Read more. . . .

More Excuses, Same Results

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

GM: June sales dive spells brutal summer

Bill Vlasic / The Detroit News

DETROIT -- Sales at General Motors Corp. dropped sharply in June as the . . . .

Read more. . . .

GM Still Looks Weak

Mary Crane
Monday, June 26, 2006

From Forbes.com

General Motors

Banc of America analyst Ronald A. Tadross said General Motors' tactics to fix its business won't work and advi . . . .

Read more. . . .

Latest Gimmick

Jim Dollinger
Saturday, June 24, 2006

To be announced next week: 0% for 6 years 6/27 - 7/5 only.

Zero for 72 is OK compared to most goofball promos to come out of VSSM. The most favorab . . . .

Read more. . . .

'Rightsizing GM'

John Schnapp
Monday, June 19, 2006

Wall Street Journal
Page A14

"Rightsizing" is the corporate euphemism for shrinking your resources to match your prospects. General Motors is now . . . .

Read more. . . .

Why? Part II

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, June 11, 2006

Folks, the point is that G Richard Wagoner was pre-ordained as Chairman. He was a failure in purchasing, accomplished nothing overseas, was a disaster . . . .

Read more. . . .

The Tooth Fairy, Santa, and the Easter Bunny

Jim Dollinger
Friday, June 9, 2006

and Dorian Gray, 'cause it's gettin' old.

Wagoner: Restructuring Should Lift GM Bottom Line This Year
By Scott Anderson
WardsAuto.com, Jun 6, 20 . . . .

Read more. . . .

The Indictment of G Richard Wagoner (2)

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, June 8, 2006

OPENING BRIEF

Statement of the Case

"Rick" Wagoner, at 39 years of age, became Chief Financial Officer of the General Motors Corporation in 1992 . . . .

Read more. . . .

Review

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, June 8, 2006

The Annual Meeting was a significant first as shareholders exerted their influence. Not only did Item 7 pass with 54%, but then Item 8 passed by 58%, . . . .

Read more. . . .

The Indictment of G. Richard Wagoner (1)

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Today's Free Press quote from yesterday's Annual Meeting:

"Mr. Wagoner, last year, I called for you to resign. This year, I'm calling for your indi . . . .

Read more. . . .

Bloomberg News Interview

Jim Dollinger
Monday, June 5, 2006

Dear Friends,

Tune in tomorrow to Bloomberg News at 6:45 AM, or the "E" channel, and view the live interview I've been asked to do, broadcast from . . . .

Read more. . . .

GM Annual Meeting

Jim Dollinger
Monday, June 5, 2006

Once more befits it that the voice of Truth,
Fearless in innocence, though leagured round
By envy and her hateful brood of hell,
Be heard amid this . . . .

Read more. . . .

GM Death Watch 78 - Bad News Bears

Robert Farago
Saturday, June 3, 2006

Last week, Merrill Lynch analyst John Murphy counted GM and Delphi employees rushing for the exits, struck-up a chorus of happy days are here again an . . . .

Read more. . . .

GM's Bitter Medicine

Forbes
Thursday, June 1, 2006

New York - Alarmists will undoubtedly seize upon General Motors' 16% drop in vehicle sales last month as further proof that the once-mighty carmaker's . . . .

Read more. . . .

GM Death Watch 77 - BULL

Robert Farago
Friday, May 26, 2006

From www.thetruthaboutcars.com

Why is GM's stock rallying to a six-month high? Delphi's Sword of Damocles still sways above The General's head. The . . . .

Read more. . . .

GM Death Watch 75

Robert Farago
Tuesday, May 23, 2006

From www.thetruthaboutcars.com
Desparate Times

Rabid Rick Wagoner lacks self-esteem. Why else would GM's CEO submit himself to triple presidential . . . .

Read more. . . .

Return to Greatness

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, May 18, 2006

As was well known prior to last year's Annual Stockholders' Meeting, the call was made for Rick Wagoner to resign, based upon his record. Security at . . . .

Read more. . . .

As Share Goes Bye

Jim Dollinger
Monday, May 15, 2006

You must remember this,
A loss is just a loss.
The pie is still in the sky.
Fundamental marketing does apply,
As share goes bye.

And when Toyot . . . .

Read more. . . .

Nightmare

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, May 11, 2006

Let's start with Red Tag, Road to Redemption, March Madness, Overnight Test
Drive, Hot Button, 72 Hour Sale, Four on Us, Value Certificates, Coupons . . . .

Read more. . . .

Report Court

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, May 9, 2006

"We believe there is, among all of us at GM, a renewed sense of urgency... Nineteen Ninety Nine is the year for GM to retake the lead."
1998 Annual R . . . .

Read more. . . .

Our Company

Sunday, May 7, 2006

General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM), also known as GM, is a United States-based automobile maker with worldwide operations and brands including Buic . . . .

Read more. . . .

Buick

Bob Elton
Saturday, May 6, 2006

from www.thetruthaboutcars.com
4 May 2006

Anyone remember Buick? You know; "doctor's car", big, expensive, highly-styled, just this side of a Cadi . . . .

Read more. . . .

Death Watch 68

Saturday, April 22, 2006

20 April 2006
By Robert Farago

[As read by Robert Farago]




The ancient Greeks knew the truth: character is fate. If Oedipus hadnt been s . . . .

Read more. . . .

The Whale Exposed

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, April 20, 2006

The effects of "Red Ink Rick" are being felt across the United States. Someone has to stop this man and his league of looters from expanding their tra . . . .

Read more. . . .

Medicine Man

Jim Dollinger
Monday, April 17, 2006

The upcoming manuever in the campaign of GeneralWatch is the strengthening of Buick stores with the emphasis on stand alone points. Just got the list . . . .

Read more. . . .

Show Me the Money!

Jim Dollinger
Saturday, April 15, 2006

Detroit Free Press

Nation/world business
AUTOS: GM to spend $3 billion on health fund

April 14, 2006

"General Motors Corp., the world's larg . . . .

Read more. . . .

Empty Promises

Friday, April 14, 2006

Auto analyst slams GM in speech to local dealers
By JEREMIAH MCWILLIAMS, The Virginian-Pilot
© April 13, 2006

VIRGINIA BEACH " It would be near . . . .

Read more. . . .

The Call Continues

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Street Patrol
GM's CEO must go

The sale of a majority stake of its finance unit can't boost car sales and the board shouldn't use it as an excuse . . . .

Read more. . . .

Fallout From Failure

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Jubak's Journal
Bad for GM, bad for America

General Motors has launched a time bomb that could push the company into Chapter 11 -- and take down t . . . .

Read more. . . .

Corruption or Ineptitude?

Jim Dollinger
Monday, April 10, 2006

Reuters
Navistar fires long-time auditors; to restate profits
Friday April 7, 5:22 pm ET


CHICAGO (Reuters) - Truckmaker Navistar International . . . .

Read more. . . .

Face the Nation

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, April 9, 2006

Word is that G. Richard Wagoner will be a guest today at 10:30AM on "Face the Nation". Our failed CEO has been making the rounds of newspapers, radio, . . . .

Read more. . . .

No Emmy for Rodeo Rick

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, April 9, 2006

On this morning's broadcast of Face the Nation, Mr. Wagoner did a decent job answering some very tough questions.(he's had plenty of practice lately o . . . .

Read more. . . .

Malice in Motorland

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, April 6, 2006

If you are interested in seeing one of the greatest propaganda efforts of all time, purchase tomorrow's Wall Street Journal. Mr. Steve Harris (The Rus . . . .

Read more. . . .

Momentum

Mike Ellis
Wednesday, April 5, 2006

From Yesterday's Detroit Free Press:

On Monday, GM reported a 14.4% drop in its U.S. car and truck sales, causing its share of all U.S. sales to fa . . . .

Read more. . . .

Flint Journal Letter to the Editor

Theodore Edick
Tuesday, April 4, 2006

GM Management to Blame

Let's take a look at some of the decisions General Motors' top-level management has made over the years, and it will be easy . . . .

Read more. . . .

The March

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Well it's official March 2006 - GM declines in North America by 14% vs. last year. Market share 23% Of course we hear from management the usual "spin" . . . .

Read more. . . .

Maximum Bob vs. Red Ink Rick

Jerry Flint
Monday, April 3, 2006

My friend Jerry and I often disagree. Today we are in complete agreement:

What About Bob?
Jerry Flint, 04.03.06, 2:30 PM ET

"New York - General . . . .

Read more. . . .

60 Minutes

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, April 2, 2006

I was extremely disappointed by viewing what was simply more company propaganda against union payscale and benefits. There was no discussion about the . . . .

Read more. . . .

The Puppet

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, March 30, 2006

In 1992 GM's Board ousted Stemple and brought a new team to lead GM, Jack Smith and the then 39 year old chief financial officer, Rick Wagoner. Tell m . . . .

Read more. . . .

Worth Repeating

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, March 30, 2006

Arm's Length vs. Hand in Pocket

"Enron was not the first company to compromise the work of it's auditor. Before anyone had heard of Enron, Just For . . . .

Read more. . . .

Arm's Length vs. Hand in Pocket

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, March 29, 2006

"Enron was not the first company to compromise the work of it's auditor. Before anyone had heard of Enron, Just For Feet, a sorry-a##, Super-Bowl-ad-r . . . .

Read more. . . .

Not Everyone is Asleep

R Zwarich
Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Apathy
by R Zwarich

Surely we all have an innate instinctual sense of what 'apathy' means. Even as we use our own spirit of determination to hack . . . .

Read more. . . .

Succession

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, March 26, 2006

Dear Buickman,

I always read the information you send with great interest. Thank you very much.

Recently I have pondered one question related to . . . .

Read more. . . .

Yanking the Pitcher

Jim Dollinger
Friday, March 24, 2006

What has the man responsible for North America done to strengthen US brands and grow the business? Cadillac has had some success, Buick and Pontiac ar . . . .

Read more. . . .

Fueling the Fire

Peter DeLorenzo
Thursday, March 23, 2006

Exerpt from www.autoextremist.com

Time is running out on the Rick Wagoner Era at GM
by Peter DeLorenzo

"Last week, with GM restating its earni . . . .

Read more. . . .

Case Closed

Peter Morici
Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Why It Is Time for Rick Wagoner to Go

Last week we learned that mistakes in GM accounting raised its 2005 losses above $10 billion. That is well ov . . . .

Read more. . . .

Hang Him High

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, March 19, 2006

What's been well established is that Rick Wagoner is a complete failure, and his continued reign is a guarantee of financial ruination. $50 Billion in . . . .

Read more. . . .

Ziegler Zingers

Jim Ziegler
Friday, March 17, 2006

From Dealer Magazine and my friend Jim Ziegler:

THE CROWD HAS MOVED ON

"My February article, Return to Skull Island, which I thought a masterpie . . . .

Read more. . . .

A Fool and Our Money

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, March 16, 2006

Here it is folks, proof positive that things only get worse the longer "Red Ink Rick" remains at the helm. It's time for the shareholders, employees, . . . .

Read more. . . .

Now is the Time

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The Annual Meeting of shareholders will again be held this year in Wilmington, Delaware at the Hotel duPont the first week in June. As the event appro . . . .

Read more. . . .

MAO vs. NAO

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, March 12, 2006

The Long March

It was a military feat which not only preserved the Chinese Communist party and the Red Army, but enabled Mao Zedong to eliminate h . . . .

Read more. . . .

Imagine the Image

Jim Dollinger
Friday, March 10, 2006

An extra $2000 on Trailblazers and other models starts Wed. That will be just wonderful for public perception. So much for "Value Pricing". Think how . . . .

Read more. . . .

Fiat Fiasco

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Check out this article from 2002 and notice how Merrill Lynch, with representation on GM's Board of Directors, also was advising Fiat. Is this a case . . . .

Read more. . . .

What's Done in the Dark

Bill Hanline
Monday, March 6, 2006

When a company self destructs like GM has, people ask questions. Here are a few from my friend Bill Hanline:

Brother and Sisters:

As many of you . . . .

Read more. . . .

Example Email

Friday, March 3, 2006

With permission:

----- Original Message -----
From: Kel
To: buickman@generalwatch.com
Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2006 4:57 PM
Subject: Wag . . . .

Read more. . . .

Never Ending

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, March 2, 2006

WHY IS RICK WAGONER STILL IN CHARGE AND WHY DOES THE BOARD DO NOTHING?

February slides to 23.4% market share for General Motors here in the ever i . . . .

Read more. . . .

Heard on The Street

Michael Lewitt
Wednesday, March 1, 2006

From John Mauldin's "Outside the Box":

OVER THE RAINBOW
by Michael E. Lewitt

Feb 27, 2006

General Motors

Perhaps the inevitable General . . . .

Read more. . . .

Who You Know

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, February 28, 2006

As Vice President of Field Sales, Service and Parts, Brent Dewar replaces
Pete Gerosa at VSSM, reports to Mark LaNeve.

Mike Jackson (Zarrella Zea . . . .

Read more. . . .

Zarrella Zealot

Monday, February 27, 2006

Apparently no lesson was learned during the downfall of Ron Zarrella's failed marketing strategies. The biggest cause of his failure was having no kno . . . .

Read more. . . .

Incline Board

Jim Dollinger
Monday, February 20, 2006

"Corruption: violation of duty, an act of self interest harmful to the organization." Webster's

"Bad Board of Directors are all too common in Corpo . . . .

Read more. . . .

Stan's Plans

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, February 19, 2006

As we welcome Jerry York, let's never forget the "contributions" of Stanley O'Neal Chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch & Co, Inc, the company that:

A . . . .

Read more. . . .

Other Side of the Coin

Bill Hanline
Friday, February 17, 2006

The Constitutional Death of the UAW #7

By William Hanline and friends

In September of 2005 Uncommon Sense, Issue 24, published an article writ . . . .

Read more. . . .

Leadership Structure

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, February 12, 2006

Waterfalls begin as raindrops
Avalanches begin as snowflakes
Bankruptcies begin with poor decisions

General Motors' current difficulties are the . . . .

Read more. . . .

Top Ten

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, February 7, 2006

Reasons Why Wagoner Must Go:

10. CAR SALES
Market share down again, year after year.

9. SELLING FINANCING (instead of cars)
Didn . . . .

Read more. . . .

Wages of Wagoner

Friday, February 3, 2006

New York Times

February 1, 2006


As General Motors slashes jobs, closes plants and battles to avoid
bankruptcy, the company's CEO has set up a . . . .

Read more. . . .

Durant's Spirit Is Alive and Well In The "Buickman"

Daniel Durant Merrick
Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Dear Jim:
If you will recall we met several years ago back in Flint when my wife and I had the honor through the efforts of Bob Wilson to attend t . . . .

Read more. . . .

Wouldn't You Really Rather?

Monday, January 30, 2006

Here's some good news about Buick. Now let's hope we can keep the marketing people from damaging what our engineers and designers have accomplished.
. . . .

Read more. . . .

The Steve Miller band

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Bankruptcy means: richer bosses, poorer workers
By Martha Grevatt

Published Jan 28, 2006 8:47 AM
Bankruptcy is good business. No, that's not so . . . .

Read more. . . .

The Steal Industry

Jim Dollinger
Saturday, January 28, 2006

Gallagher: Are there parallels between Wilbur Ross' operations in the steel industry and in coal?

Reutter: Yes. Pension stripping is the most obvio . . . .

Read more. . . .

Why?

Jim Dollinger
Friday, January 27, 2006

Why does GM continue to lose market share?
Why do the losses continue to mount?
Why is the stock at an historic low?
Why are more facilities closin . . . .

Read more. . . .

Card Trick

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, January 24, 2006

At one point, the GM credit card program was a tremendous success. Cardholders were able to receive rebate points equal to 5% of charges placed, and m . . . .

Read more. . . .

Robespierre

Shakespeare
Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Once more befits it that the voice of Truth,
Fearless in innocence, though leagured round
By envy and her hateful brood of hell,
Be heard amid this . . . .

Read more. . . .

But By The Eternals

James Watson
Monday, January 16, 2006

"These great masters of production, after having enriched themselves and their corporations in this country, are using the wealth they thus obtained t . . . .

Read more. . . .

Choo Chew

Jim Dollinger
Saturday, January 14, 2006

F. Reck's "On Time" 1948

In the spring of 1935, while structural steel was rising skyward on the LaGrange site, Electro-Motive had three 1800 . . . .

Read more. . . .

Distress Duress

Jim Dollinger
Friday, January 13, 2006

NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- Wachovia Corp. (WB) could reach a deal to buy a stake in General Motor Co.'s (GM) finance arm as early as this month, according . . . .

Read more. . . .

York Un-Corked

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, January 12, 2006

Oldsmobile used to deliver over ONE MILLION units in a single year, until GM ran it into the ground. You had better believe that hurt. I am amazed by . . . .

Read more. . . .

The Grope of Dopes

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, January 11, 2006

The result of this repricing decision will be as bad, if not worse, than GMS. The confusion reigning in the stores right now has ground business to a . . . .

Read more. . . .

Marketing Madness

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Did you hear about the customer who went into a Mid-Michigan GM dealership? He qualified for the following:

AARP
GM discount
Recent College Grad
. . . .

Read more. . . .

Superhero

Jim Dollinger
Monday, January 9, 2006

Adventures of Buickman

Faster than a speeding Corvette!
More powerful than a Red Tag Sale!
Able to leap GM Management with a single Plan!

Lo . . . .

Read more. . . .

Buick Blues

Jim Dollinger
Saturday, January 7, 2006

They took the lease incentive off Park Ave in April of 01 just as Spring began.
In 02 they offered the Century with $500 extra off only in white, sil . . . .

Read more. . . .

Wagoner's Goal

Jim Dollinger
Friday, January 6, 2006

How will you feel when they take your pension? GM employees/retirees specifically, and Americans in general, had better wake up and stand up before th . . . .

Read more. . . .

The Scam

Gregg Shotwell
Thursday, January 5, 2006

GM/Delphi Greed Affects Everyone

Corporate Greed not Necessity drives GM/Delphi's planned attack on workers and our communities.

Delphi was a h . . . .

Read more. . . .

Hindsight

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, January 5, 2006

Is there a glimmer of hope that maybe they'll listen?

Link: wsj.com

GM EXEC "REGRETS" LAUNCHING EMPLOYEE PRICING PROGRAM.

GM EXEC: "NO PLANS . . . .

Read more. . . .

As Share Goes Bye

Jim Dollinger
Monday, January 2, 2006

You must remember this,
A loss is just a loss.
The pie is still in the sky.
Fundamental marketing does apply,
As share goes bye.

And when Toyot . . . .

Read more. . . .

Red Toe Tag

Jim Dollinger
Saturday, December 31, 2005

The "Red Toe Tag" was another of many unremarkable marketing campaigns by GM. We were leasing full size crew cab 4x4's for $300 per month. GM lost mon . . . .

Read more. . . .

Recipe For Share Loss

Jim Dollinger
Friday, December 30, 2005

Mix 4 price increases with half-baked rebates, hold against competitive flame until burned, then chill with recall. . . . .

Read more. . . .

Gas Mask

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, December 27, 2005

In October General Motors ran a promotion for Free Gas with the delivery of eligible vehicles. Dealers were instructed to inform prospects that a $500 . . . .

Read more. . . .

A Mystery Rick's Not History

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Earlier this year, Buick sponsored Desparate Housewives showcasing the LaCrosse. The actress, Eva Longoria, worked a mall display in which no one was . . . .

Read more. . . .

Murder Incorporated

Jim Dollinger
Wednesday, December 14, 2005

The following are answers to questions posed by a member of www.CheersandGears.com I thought you might find interest in the some of the responses.

. . . .

Read more. . . .

Dark Shadows

Jim Dollinger
Monday, December 12, 2005

WAKE UP

On a sweltering summer day, an old man went down into a cool cellar for some relief. The moment he entered, he was blinded by the darkness . . . .

Read more. . . .

Fingerpointing

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, December 11, 2005

In spite of my best efforts, and those of others, LaNeve, Gerosa, and Dewar continue their erroneous ways as if on a chosen path of self-destruction. . . . .

Read more. . . .

Rats in the Glovebox

Jim Dollinger
Thursday, December 8, 2005

A close look should be taken at the Fiat scandal. Wagoner agreed to give Fiat 32,000,000 shares of GM common in exchange for the initial $2.4 Billion . . . .

Read more. . . .

Wag's Whine (Vintage 2005)

Jim Dollinger
Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Special blend of denied responsibility, missed forcasts, broken promises, losing joint ventures and foreign alliances, combined with alienated dealers . . . .

Read more. . . .

By Popular Demand

Jim Dollinger
Monday, December 5, 2005

GENERAL MOTORS


RETURN to GREATNESS

____________________


FOUR PILLARS
For Market Share
____________________



Customer Long Term . . . .

Read more. . . .

Board of Bystanders

Sunday, December 4, 2005

>From the WSJ; October 24, 2005; Page A14:

"" Inadequate corporate governance. A company like GM badly needs a board with at least a core group of . . . .

Read more. . . .

Grapes of Wagoner

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, December 4, 2005

Man walkin' down the car sales path
Sees share slidin' and there's no turnin' back

Competition comin' up over the hill
Loomin' bankruptcy is a bi . . . .

Read more. . . .

By Popular Request

Jim Dollinger
Friday, December 2, 2005

As was well known prior to the Annual Stockholders' Meeting, the call was made for Rick Wagoner to resign, based upon his record. Security at the even . . . .

Read more. . . .

Return to Greatness

Jim Dollinger
Friday, December 2, 2005

As was well known prior to the Annual Stockholders' Meeting, the call was made for Rick Wagoner to resign, based upon his record. Security at the even . . . .

Read more. . . .

Ghost of GM Past

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, November 27, 2005

How many times did Edison fail before he saw light? What do we remember...that he succeeded.

Years ago, a banking organization named Morgan thankfu . . . .

Read more. . . .

Red Ink vs. Green Light

Jim Dollinger
Sunday, November 27, 2005

Imagine millions of autos across America with Red Tags in the windows. Now imagine those vehicles covered with snow and ice to the point that no one c . . . .

Read more. . . .

Stupid Steering

Jim Dollinger
Saturday, November 26, 2005

Perfect example of poor leadership, being quoted in the press that you have a $1500 benefit cost disadvantage. Immediately the public thinks you're ov . . . .

Read more. . . .

Prophecy

Jim Dollinger
Friday, November 4, 2005

Months ago, before it was fashionable, I called for Wagoner to resign at the annual meeting. Offering constructive criticism, I presented Return to Gr . . . .

Read more. . . .

Does GM Need a Superhero?

Ed Lapham
Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Automotive News / May 10, 2005

COMMENT
Edward Lapham is the executive editor of Automotive News. He writes commentaries for Automotive News onlin . . . .

Read more. . . .

CAR SALES CHAMP CRUSADES TO RAISE PROFITS FOR GM

Ed Garsten


First comes the mile-wide smile, followed by the warm handshake and then the barrage of bromides like "waterfalls begin with raindrops." The next thin . . . .

Read more. . . .

GM Death Watch 87: Dead Beat

Robert Farago


from www.thetruthaboutcars.com
8-15-06

A few days after GM's vice president of vehicle sales, service and marketing
assured auto industry analys . . . .

Read more. . . .

Return to Greatness - The Need



"General Motors Leadership Doesn't Get It," Says Leadership Expert
"The automaker is paying the price for neglecting a key strategic driver: a le . . . .

Read more. . . .

The Elephant Can Dance

Buickman


(Although this article was published in the April, 2001 issue of RETAIL INSIGHTS newsletter, it was really the result of a speech ten months earlier . . . .

Read more. . . .

D-Day Near for GM

The Toledo Blade


Published 8-1-06

AUTOMOTIVE insiders mostly have disdain for investor Kirk Kerkorian's efforts to force General Motors into an alliance with Nissan . . . .

Read more. . . .