Running a union local does not qualify someone to make predictions about auto sales, especially when the potential customers you are talking to are on your bowling team.
With the exception of northeast Ohio, you'd be hard pressed to find a Cobalt, except on an Avis or Hertz rental lot. The same will be true with the Cruze.
The reason for lackluster GM sales is simple -- consumer anger. We just don't like the idea of tax money being used to bail out GM and give the UAW a big chunk of the company. The plain fact is that a lot of car buyers will never again set foot on a GM dealer lot.
Yesterday's auto sales figures confirm this trend. In a bad economy, sales at Ford and Toyota were up, while at GM and Chrysler sales were down again.
Mr. Green, good luck with the Cruze. I'm sure you'll sell a lot of them in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.
January 6, 2010 at 10:21 a.m.