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GM Picks a “Government Guy” to Run Cadillac
Wall Street Journal ^ | October 9, 2012 | By Joseph B. White

Posted on 10/09/2012 3:06:38 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

Robert Ferguson, named today by General Motors Co. to the new position of “vice president, global Cadillac,” is not a “car guy,” in the Detroit parlance. He’s a government guy, and before that, a deal guy and a phone guy.

This is a sign of how things are changing at GM as it tries to rebuild itself post-bankruptcy.

Mr. Ferguson, 53, joined GM in 2010 and until today was GM’s vice president for public policy, aka chief lobbyist in Washington. He led GM’s negotiations with Obama administration officials over the details of the president’s plan to nearly double the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks sold in the U.S. to an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

Before he signed on at GM, Mr. Ferguson worked at Public Strategies, a high powered public relations firm. Prior to that gig, Mr. Ferguson worked for more than a decade at AT&T, and according to GM, got sales experience as head of the SBC Corp.’s enterprise business services unit that employed about 10,000 people.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: automakers; cadillac; failure; governmentmotors; porkulus; socialism
Hugo Chavez would be proud.
1 posted on 10/09/2012 3:06:49 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Bye, bye Gummed Motors!


2 posted on 10/09/2012 3:09:03 PM PDT by Leo Carpathian (FReeeeepissed)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Young Barack!
3 posted on 10/09/2012 3:11:22 PM PDT by Darteaus94025
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“I’m proud to show you our new Cadillacs!”

“Uhhh.....that’s a coffee cart, Mr. Ferguson.”

“Can we sell these to the government for $75,000 each?”


4 posted on 10/09/2012 3:24:15 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

GM is still on track for a SECOND bankruptcy action, this time it will be real and not just a sham with bail-outs.

Maybe Tata Motors of India could pick up the pieces for, maybe, pennies on the dollar.

I was vaguely sorry to see the end to which Pontiac, Oldsmobile, the Hummer division, and the Saturn line came to, and indrectly, how Saab also got caught in the backlash.

But the contenders, Toyota, Nissan, Honda, and Mitsubishi, and the Korean upstarts, Kia, Hyundai, and Daewoo, have all been there to fill in, and the US will not be without road vehicles in the future. In 1960, nobody had ever HEARD of these companies, and if they had, they certainly did not associate them with serious highway vehicles.


5 posted on 10/09/2012 3:27:44 PM PDT by alloysteel ("You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity".)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This guy sounds like a real loser. Picked to keep the federal money running, no doubt.


6 posted on 10/09/2012 3:31:46 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The first priority is get Obama out of the White House.)
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To: popdonnelly

Yep, this is a political appointee in disguise.


7 posted on 10/09/2012 3:37:39 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: alloysteel

Hyundais are great cars. We own two. They come with a 100k mile warranty, 7 year rust through warranty, and a 60k mile power train warranty.

And as a bonus many of them are assembled in Tennessee using non union labor. We are going to buy a third Hyundai when our 2001 model finally gives up the ghost.

That may take a while, though.

We may never buy another American car again.


8 posted on 10/09/2012 3:41:45 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
SH!T there goes Cadillac.......really liked their suv's....really hated the government takeover.


9 posted on 10/09/2012 3:42:39 PM PDT by thingumbob (I'm a bitter clinger...I dare you to take my gun)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/10/08/lg-plant-that-got-150m-to-make-volt-batteries-in-michigan-puts-workers-on/


10 posted on 10/09/2012 4:01:35 PM PDT by BereanBrain
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To: Leo Carpathian
I will never buy a GM or Chrysler car again.
11 posted on 10/09/2012 4:19:23 PM PDT by factmart
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Robert Ferguson, named today by General Motors Co. to the new position of “vice president, global Cadillac,” is not a “car guy,” in the Detroit parlance. He’s a government guy,

Lincoln is going to be a global brand, now too... rather have a FORD product than a GOVERNMENT MOTORS product or a AmeriFiat product!

12 posted on 10/09/2012 4:24:32 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Yes, Obama, I had help with my business. MY CUSTOMERS!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

He is a communist guy which is all that matters. All hail to the Chev-it Volt.

Pray for America


13 posted on 10/09/2012 4:43:24 PM PDT by bray (If you vote for a communist what does that make you?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Atlas Shrugged isn't a novel. It's a documentary.
14 posted on 10/09/2012 4:44:53 PM PDT by Noumenon (“...the other side wants everything in America to be free, except us.” Paul Ryan)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Chevy Volt as a Cadillac...The Voltillac!


15 posted on 10/09/2012 6:08:15 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: alloysteel

“But the contenders, Toyota, Nissan, Honda, and Mitsubishi, and the Korean upstarts - - - “

I consider Subaru a contender.

We have owned numerous Chevy’s, still own two pre-obama’s, but never again!

Tomorrow we take delivery of our 2013 Subaru Legacy built in Indiana. The only US car we considered was Ford. When Mitt becomes a certainty, we will likely buy some Ford stock.


16 posted on 10/09/2012 6:15:09 PM PDT by redfreedom (Just a simpleton enjoying the freedoms a fly-over/red state has to offer.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

My parents’ Cadillac will be our last. At least we got a great deal from a used car dealer.


17 posted on 10/09/2012 7:24:56 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I remember when the PepisCo CEO soda pop guy John Sculley was put in charge of Apple Computer. Didn’t work out to well as I remember. They had to put some guy named Steve Jobs BACK in charge.


18 posted on 10/09/2012 8:10:43 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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