Here are some of the best articles I’ve seen covering the GM crisis in the last few days. Many of them are long articles, but are well worth the effort if you want to round out your understanding of the situation.
AutoExtremist: Pete’s latest rant is a compare and constrast of the way the Detroit CEO’s have been treated in Washington vs the way the CEO’s of financial institutions are treated.
What’s going on is the activation of a New American Double Standard, one that goes something like this:
Washington to Detroit: Drop Dead.
Washington to Wall Street: Who do we make the check out to again?
He definitely has a point.
This is a translation of an article that appeared recently in Dagens Industri. It was written by Rolf Wolff, dean of the School of Business, Economics and Law at Gothenburg University, and in it he argues that it’s time to nationalise the Swedish car industry, or more specifically, Volvo. Saab doesn’t get a mention beyond it’s single mention in the fouth paragraph.
On Autoblog, J-Mac discusses the apparent lameness of the testimony and leadership provided by the big 3 CEOs at the congressional hearing last week. He also has some travel tips:
Why didn’t they car-pool and all drive to DC together? That would have sent a message. Especially if they had been in a hybrid.
Better still, next time they should each take a fuel-cell car, a plug-in, or a two-mode hybrid. They should caravan down together, asking supporters to join them along the way, pulling into Washington with thousands of American-made cars and trucks, pitch pup-tents on the Mall, hold a march, and turn it into a movement.
As silly as it reads at first glance, that would actually be quite a sight and a show of support.
Ford Europe beats GM Europe if the worst happens in Detroit – Detroit News
This is the article from which my Don’t Call Me, Dude article was written. It’s got a lot more in it than just The Dude and is well worth a read.
An excellent article by an intellectual capital specialist about Detroit’s need to innovate with a lot of references to the way VW run Skoda.
11 other countries with big auto industry problems – Huffington Post
As the title says……
It spends most of its column space on GM’s problems in these various locations and is therefore interesting by default.