Skip to comments.Edward Niedermer: Welcome to General Tso's Motors
Posted on 05/05/2013 10:58:05 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
After decades of slogans like "See the USA in Your Chevrolet" and "Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Chevrolet," General Motors GM +3.02% has retreated from its overtly patriotic marketing approach since emerging from government-funded bankruptcy. Maybe that was a wise move, given that American taxpayers paid for the $50 billion bailout of "Government Motors" and not all of them were happy about it.
But another dynamic also seems to be at work: The auto maker has fundamentally shifted its focus. American taxpayers may have rescued GM during its moment of need, but it is China that is disproportionately benefiting from the bailout of America's erstwhile automotive icon.
GM's most recent round of investments vividly demonstrates the change. At last week's Shanghai Auto Show, GM announced it would spend $11 billion on new production facilities in China by 2016, creating some 6,000 new jobs there. By contrast, GM has invested only $8.5 billion in U.S. operations since its 2009 bankruptcy, and since 2005 the number of workers it employs in North America has fallen by 76,000, according to the industry publication Automotive News.
At first glance, this seems little more than a function of China becoming the world's largest auto market. But GM's investments aren't merely about meeting Chinese demand, which has actually slowed in recent years. According to statements to the press made by company officials at the Shanghai Auto Show, GM is targeting 100,000-plus exports of Chinese-made cars this year, a record, with export growth likely to be more than 50%.
Once merely an important growth market, China is fast becoming GM's global export base, and the change can be seen in the very structure of the company.
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For those who have short memories or never watched the Presidential debates:
Last October 2012, Mr. Obama chided Mitt Romney at a presidential debate by saying, “You know, if we had taken your advice, Gov. Romney, about our auto industry, we’d be buying cars from China instead of selling cars to China.”
America: This is your wake-up call.
What is happening is we are being beaten by Communists.
America is shipping our manufacturing to China, and paying to buy things back.
We have done this voluntarily, both parties, and are doing it still.
The author ends with this observation:
With GM’s technology and manufacturing jobs streaming into China even as other auto makers invest in the U.S., taxpayers might well wonder what their billions of bailout dollars really bought. Certainly the future that the Obama administration has promisedone of high-tech green cars designed and built by GM and Chrysler in America for export around the worlddoesn’t seem to be forthcoming. Instead, GM has become what one might call America’s subprime auto maker, increasingly dependent on cheap credit, fueled by the Federal Reserve’s near-zero interest rate policy, to support its made-in-China production strategy.
Ultimately this new direction is less a problem for the administration, which is in the process of divesting its shares of “New GM” at a loss, than it is for General Motors. After decades of wrapping itself in Old Glory and campaigning against “import” brands, GM is becoming the new face of Chinese-made cars. If GM’s executives think the bailout made the company a political football, wait till they see what happens when American car buyers start finding “Made in China” tags on Chevrolets and Cadillacs.
“You know, if we had taken your advice, Gov. Romney, about our auto industry, wed be buying cars from China instead of selling cars to China.”
When GM built a plant in China the Chinese built a duplicate next door. One day the Army showed up and demanded copies of all the intellectual material. The Chinese then started producing identical cars next door. There are no intellectual property rights. Any company that does business in China deserves whatever happens to them.
BTW, it cost billions to design a new car. Imagine the jump on profitability you get if you simply steal the design?
You can see from the less than enthusiastic response to this thread, that people are conflicted on this.
On one hand - cheap stuff.
It’s hard to argue with the appeal of a lower price tag.
At the same time China has now hit the level of competition, that we need to start paying attention.
China OUT-PRODUCES America now.
We need to stop handing our manufacturing out, and giving it away. I don’t care if they are cheaper, it is time to start demanding an equal market.
Either China buys stuff from us, or we bring back manufacturing.
The way things are going, is totally unsustainable.
No Chevy Suburban or GMC Acadia for me; I’ll buy Ford after my 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo gives-up the ghost, someday. There’s a lot of years left in that pristine unit. Plus, too many electronic things to deal with in the new vehicles; I just don’t need/want them.
See the USSR in an armored car.
Niedermer....DEAD! Bluto, Animal House
American taxpayers may have rescued GM during its moment of need, but it is China that is disproportionately benefiting...
***It figures. What was obvious to some of us at the time but ridiculed by statists... has now become obvious in hindsight.
Theirs or ours... Our home grown ones like Oboingo are doing us in from the top down, bottom up inside out to para-phrase Van Jones.
Kruschev was right we are being burried but I didn't expect it would be from within...
Fragged by his own men in ‘Nam.
No Conflict here, FRiend.
For years, I have refused to but stuff “MADE IN CHINA”, even if the alternative product “MADE IN THE USA” was more expensive.
I recently passed up a $2.00 broom made in China for an $8.00 O-Cedar Broom made in the USA.
If I can’t find the item i want that is NOT made in China, I do without.
Yep...I actually went months without a working vacuum cleaner(that is why I bought the broom! LOL), because ALL of them were made in China.
I will NOT buy food from China, even though there are a lot of yummy instant soups and noodle meals which would be quick and easy for me.
I am an impoverished widow who has lost everything in two years, so if i can do it, any American can.
For years, I have refused to but stuff also.
If more people do it, there will be no market for the junk they send us.
I’m not conflicted. China is cleaning our clock. We are giving them the rope to hang us. This is going to be the Chinese century. I didn’t believe that when I heard that in the 1980s because I thought we would fight to keep on top. I didn’t realize that communist subversives and US financiers and bankers would all combine to sabotage us.