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Resurgent GM nips at Toyota's heels in auto sales race
Associated Press via Yahoo News ^ | 01/25/2011 | Tom Krisher

Posted on 01/25/2011 7:05:06 AM PST by SeekAndFind

FLINT, Mich. – General Motors has a shot at being No. 1 again.

The resurgent automaker reported Monday that its worldwide sales last year came within 30,000 of beating Japanese rival Toyota, which took a big hit because of safety recalls.

GM is hiring, producing more and basking in a better reputation for quality. It expects to sell even more cars and trucks this year, putting it within reach of the title of biggest in the world — an honor it held for 76 years before losing it in 2008.

Regaining the global lead means a lot to workers on the assembly line in Flint, a town devastated by years of auto industry job losses. Just two years ago, they didn't know if their factory or even their company would survive.

Dana Rouse, a union official at the pickup truck factory here, called overtaking Toyota the Heisman Trophy of the auto business.

"We're going to take Toyota on, and the people in Flint are going to be a part of that," he said. "This is the birthplace of General Motors. We kind of take it a little more seriously than maybe some other towns."

GM executives say they are focused on keeping customers happy, not on the title. They remember the company's disastrous recent history, when it sold cars at a loss just to hold on to market share.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: gm; sales; toyota

1 posted on 01/25/2011 7:05:12 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
So long as we screw the GM bondholders,
And give GM tens of billiosn of taxpayer dollars,
And punish Toyota with bogus safety recalls ...

We CAN be globally competitive!

2 posted on 01/25/2011 7:07:55 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: SeekAndFind

Do we really believe this?


3 posted on 01/25/2011 7:07:58 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: SeekAndFind

Good luck with that. As for me I refuse to purchase any vehicle assembled with UAW labor.


4 posted on 01/25/2011 7:08:34 AM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: SeekAndFind
Resurgent GM

I think that's a little vitriolic.
5 posted on 01/25/2011 7:12:30 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (formally known as Kerretarded....I changed my name)
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To: UB355

China sales.


6 posted on 01/25/2011 7:12:30 AM PST by scooby321
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To: SumProVita

GM sells more cars in China than in the U.S.


7 posted on 01/25/2011 7:12:50 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: SumProVita

“Do we really believe this?”

Sounds like BS from the Marxist government
propaganda machine.
The last GM (Buick) that I bought was in the mid 70s.
I swore, never again.
From then on, I had Toyota and used Volvos.


8 posted on 01/25/2011 7:13:48 AM PST by AlexW
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To: SeekAndFind

Sorry, UAW, none of your crapcars for me.....EVAH!!


9 posted on 01/25/2011 7:14:51 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: UB355
I just bought a 2011 Malibu LTZ. I'm very happy with it! Personally, I would never buy a foreign car, or outboard motor. I know many of you don't think that way..that's OK. Of course, my wife is salary at Cadillac in Lansing;)

Mike

10 posted on 01/25/2011 7:15:23 AM PST by MichaelP ("Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What a strange coincidence that this comes out just before The State of the Union Show.


11 posted on 01/25/2011 7:15:26 AM PST by FourPeas (From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Ja 3:10)
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To: SumProVita
Do we really believe this?

I was thinking the same thing. GM isn't a company any longer. Its a Gov't entity and a political showpiece, with bureaucrats and politicians running the show. There must be temptation to spin, exaggerate or even lie on all numbers they put out.

12 posted on 01/25/2011 7:15:44 AM PST by PGR88
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To: SeekAndFind

Ain’t that just special? We have and will continue to buy Toyota for the rest of our lives. We love them.:)


13 posted on 01/25/2011 7:16:54 AM PST by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: MichaelP; All

So your wife works for the Government?? Buy the way since you brought a GM car, you are supporting Obama..


14 posted on 01/25/2011 7:18:45 AM PST by KevinDavis (If you buy a car from GM, you are supporting Obama..)
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To: FourPeas

Needed something to counter today’s awful housing news — 8 cities just hit the lowest prices since the housing bust started.


15 posted on 01/25/2011 7:20:08 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: SeekAndFind

And they sold 8.29 million vehicles ... only ONE MILLION FEWER than in 2007! ( http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_cars_and_trucks_does_general_motors_sell_each_year )


16 posted on 01/25/2011 7:20:23 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: FourPeas

“What a strange coincidence that this comes out just before The State of the Union Show.”

The drive-by media was playing up hard yesterday news about corporations planning on hiring this year. The propaganda war is in full swing.


17 posted on 01/25/2011 7:21:23 AM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: SeekAndFind
By a poster in the Comments section:

It would be great if the AP covered the whole story here. During the same time period Toyota revenues were 104 billions compared to 67 billion for GM. GM has been aggressively using rebates and 0% interest to sell cars. In addition government fleets now all by GM cars rather than an open bidding process. Anyway, AP got the headline they wanted and that seems to be all that matters.

18 posted on 01/25/2011 7:23:11 AM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: SumProVita
Do we really believe this?

AP reporting on government motors and quoting union members? How can you doubt it?

19 posted on 01/25/2011 7:26:32 AM PST by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government.)
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To: MichaelP

So you get the employee discount or did that program go away?

My father-in-law retired after 20+ years at GM; my mother-in-law called it Generous Motors. Before getting married, I’d always purchased foreign cars. Years of hearing about GM from him — he loved his job, and his union — convinced me to never buy a GM car. The government take-over was just icing on the cake.


20 posted on 01/25/2011 7:27:33 AM PST by FourPeas (From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Ja 3:10)
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To: KevinDavis

You can KMA!


21 posted on 01/25/2011 7:29:20 AM PST by MichaelP ("Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe.)
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To: SumProVita
The sales are there, they have unlimited amounts of newly printed money to lend to anyone breathing. Wait to the amount of bad loans starts coming out.
22 posted on 01/25/2011 7:30:10 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: SeekAndFind

And yet another way to report this situation: “Toyota Number One, GM Still Number Two”.


23 posted on 01/25/2011 7:31:22 AM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Made from the right stuff!)
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To: MichaelP
I would not by a government motors car to haul my hog in If i had a hog, and I'm talking about the four legged variety.
24 posted on 01/25/2011 7:31:47 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: FourPeas
You still get the employee discount

Mike

25 posted on 01/25/2011 7:33:10 AM PST by MichaelP ("Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe.)
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To: Mind-numbed Robot

“AP reporting on government motors and quoting union members? How can you doubt it? “

Lol!!!! Exactly....


26 posted on 01/25/2011 7:37:44 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: KevinDavis

“So your wife works for the Government?? Buy the way since you brought a GM car, you are supporting Obama..”

WHOA! I think you’re crossing the line there, don’t ya think? Not everyone who works for GM is an Obama supporter.

I have a friend who retired from GM 10 years ago and is conservative to the core and was ardently opposed to the UAW and the Democratic Party.

I don’t agree with what happened to GM, but there are many patriotic Americans who work/have worked for that company and it is simply unfair and not right to automatically assume that people who buy GM products are Obama supporters.

For the record, I also drive a GM product: an Oshawa, Canada-built 2008 Chevrolet Impala LS and I love it! Spacious and very fuel efficient for a larger car, averaging 32-34 MPG on the hwy, all the time.


27 posted on 01/25/2011 7:38:51 AM PST by wk4bush2004 (PALIN 2012! AMERICA WILL SHINE AGAIN!)
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To: Dawgreg

“We have and will continue to buy Toyota for the rest of our lives.”

Yep. Toyotas and Hondas are still the best cars out there today, though I get the impression that some of the Korean cars are almost as good, certainly better than GM crappola.

GM passenger vehicles have always sucked and it’s pretty evident they always will, right up until the moment GM goes bankrupt for real. The “new” GM is behaving exactly like the “old” GM. With a shortage of new models, GM recently “rebranded” their pathetically failing and miserably made GM Daewoo cars as “Chevrolets”. So they attempt to make up for having no engineering with slight of hand. Hey, say goodbye to the old GM; say hello to the new GM!


28 posted on 01/25/2011 7:39:03 AM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Made from the right stuff!)
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To: MichaelP
I would never buy a foreign car...

Me neither. That's why my next pick-up truck is gonna be American: a Toyota Tundra, not some Mexican piece of crap like a Dodge Ram or Chevy crew cab.

29 posted on 01/25/2011 7:40:47 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: SumProVita

Gad, the spew of lies coming from the Administration is just too much. Those skunks tried to do in Toyota, and I bet it was just for this headline. Planning ahead.


30 posted on 01/25/2011 7:44:56 AM PST by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: SumProVita

Gad, the spew of lies coming from the Administration is just too much. Those skunks tried to do in Toyota, and I bet it was just for this headline. Planning ahead.


31 posted on 01/25/2011 7:45:04 AM PST by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: SeekAndFind

LOL...everything becomes a propaganda event for this team...

...and good luck selling more bonds.

Oh! let me guess, the unions buy them but the government will hold them as security on the “peoples” investment.

BWWWAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!


32 posted on 01/25/2011 7:48:16 AM PST by exPBRrat (...because without America, there is no free world.)
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To: SeekAndFind

NIPS???? How racist!


33 posted on 01/25/2011 7:52:18 AM PST by JewishRighter ( Multiculturalism is killing us.)
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To: bboop

“Those skunks tried to do in Toyota...”

They certainly did....and the media was eager to assist.


34 posted on 01/25/2011 7:54:25 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: catnipman

RE: Yep. Toyotas and Hondas are still the best cars out there today, though I get the impression that some of the Korean cars are almost as good, certainly better than GM crappola.


For those of you living in the cold Northeast, I can recommend the 4 wheel drive SUBARU OUTBACK or FORESTER. Great for all weather driving and MADE IN Lafayette, Indiana.

I’ve owned two of these gems for 6 years and NEVER had any problems. Who says Americans don’t make quality cars anymore?


35 posted on 01/25/2011 7:59:06 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: KevinDavis
Buy(By) the way(,) since you brought(bought) a GM car, you are supporting Obama..

You're not too bright, are you...

36 posted on 01/25/2011 8:14:19 AM PST by Tex-Con-Man
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To: SeekAndFind
General Motors has a shot at being No. 1 again.

And then Tom Krisher, AP hack for liberals, woke up. His sheets were soaked.

I will NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER buy a GM car...you got that, Tom? You got that Obama? Toyota, yes. Ford, yes. Any NON-BAILED OUT company? YES. Hell, I'll drive a VOLKSWAGON before I buy any GM product.

37 posted on 01/25/2011 8:18:41 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: UB355

I believe most car and truck purchases are by governmental units. The UAW can scratch my family off as potential customers.


38 posted on 01/25/2011 8:21:38 AM PST by mcshot (So this is how it feels to be flushed. The "that's impossible" days are upon us.)
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To: Mind-numbed Robot

I might buy a ford, but a Government Motors and Dodgee cadre car, no thanks and I don’t believe this tripe for a moment from the state run media.


39 posted on 01/25/2011 8:38:15 AM PST by sarge83
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To: SeekAndFind
Very little is being said about how these “Sales” is being made.

Of course, the Chinese and other foreign markets are very strong, but for those sold here, they are mostly financed by GMAC and other “Bailed Out” banks. They are backed by Federal money like Fannie and Freddie were before 2008. The very same thing that caused the crash in the first place is being accelerated into hyper drive.

These 40 thousand dollar vehicles on 8 and 10 year finance contracts will come crashing down hard and fast when the economy really tanks. These “sales” numbers are all smoke and mirrors, as the so called “profit” they have made. GM/Chrysler is the first Fed backed ponzi scheme in Auto industry history!

40 posted on 01/25/2011 8:52:37 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (Patriotic by Proxy! (Cause I'm a nutcase and it's someone Else's' fault!....))
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To: ClearCase_guy

well stated !


41 posted on 01/25/2011 10:21:48 AM PST by Patton@Bastogne
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