• Nov 11th 2008 at 1:31PM
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General Motors' ongoing financial problems mean that the company Gulfstream won't be shuttling executives to the LA Auto Show next week. After canceling plans to unveil the new Buick LaCrosse and the production version of the Cadillac CTS coupe, it became clear that there really wasn't anything else to discuss in LA. As a result, there won't be a GM press conference at the show.

GM spokesman Scott Fosgard told the Detroit News that with all the bad financial news and discussions about a bailout, any product news would simply get lost in the shuffle. Instead, GM will still show the Saab 9-X Air concept from the Paris Motor Show along with the production version of the Chevy Volt.

Now, two questions remain: 1) Will GM last long enough to make it to the Detroit Auto Show in January, and 2) Why are they spending cash on a driving "experience" at the Alabama "International" Auto Show?

[Source: Detroit News]


Public Invited to Put Pedal to the Metal Behind the Wheel of GM Vehicles at the Alabama International Auto Show November 14 -16

-- Consumers Invited To Test Drive Escalade Hybrid, Chevy Traverse and other '09 GM Vehicles --

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Consumers attending the Alabama International Auto Show Friday, November 14 -Sunday, November 16 will have a unique opportunity to truly 'experience' the GM display by getting behind the wheel and test driving many of General Motors' new, fuel-efficient vehicles.

Vehicles available for test drives that illustrate the breadth of General Motors' 2009 product portfolio include:

* The new Cadillac Escalade Hybrid, award-winning CTS, spacious Cadillac SRX crossover, and the Cadillac DTS full-size sedan
* GMC's professional grade Yukon Hybrid and Sierra 1500 extended cab
* The iconic and powerful HUMMER H3T Alpha
* The sleek Buick Enclave CXL
* The sporty Pontiac G6, high performance G8 GT and the Pontiac Vibe GT
* The dramatically restyled Saab 9-3 Aero convertible
* The Saturn Aura mid-size sports sedan, the popular Saturn Vue SUV and the Saturn Astra
* The all-new Chevy Traverse, completely redesigned Malibu Hybrid, award-winning & best-selling Chevy Silverado, full-size SUV Chevy Tahoe, Chevy Avalanche, Chevy Colorado LT, popular Chevy HHR truck, Aveo 5, and the youthful and sporty Chevy Cobalt LT

The "GM Experience" Ride & Drive will be held Friday, November 14 from 10 am – 7 pm, Saturday, November 15 from 10 am – 7 pm and Sunday, November 16 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Registration will be located at the entrance of the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex adjacent to the main ticket window (off Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. North, directly across the street from the Sheraton) and inside the show and inside the show at the GM auto show display on the show floor.

To participate, drivers must be at least 21 years of age and present a valid driver's license. Children may ride along as passengers if seating is available. No sales people will be on-site at the "GM Experience" Ride & Drive, however product specialists will be on hand to answer any consumer questions. Test drive participants will also receive a car care kit upon the completion of the drive.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      The "driving experience" event in Alabama can translate directly into sales, whereas the press conference can't. And I doubt it costs nearly as much.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Exactly, they are driving current products. The LA Show would be presenting cars that will be facing delayed introductions. Besides, the dealers in Alabama must be stocking the event with the product since no one can get financed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "International" means you can go see Toyotas, Hondas, Hyundais, or any other foreign car brand. Doesn't seem so special now, does it?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dayum. I was actually looking forward to it since this is my first major auto show attending. Since when did Alabama get an "international" show? I've never heard of this before. That's my homestate so that's kinda cool. lol
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's international because non-US automakers will be participating as well.

        Seattle's International auto show was last weekend.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Of course they will be around. Sam just likes to stir the rumor pot.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is crazy!!!

      If GM wants to sell cars they should be promoting these new cars and not cancelling them so the public can not see them. GM does not have to send their Exec team all the way to LA to have a press release and show the cars to the public. Send the people that know more about them then the Exec's - The Product Managers!!!

      GM should create excitement around these new cars so that G*d for bid people may want to buy them.

      Not everyone is so strapped they can not buy a new car and by sending the Product Managers like they did with Cheryl (forgot her last name) the Camaro Product manager that I met at SEMA last week is a much better bet since they know the cars better than most of GM. I am sure she did not travel in the company Gulfstream to Las Vagas.


      Signed a GM Diehard.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This makes zero sense. Why not show the cars anyway to call attention away from the bad news? instead the news outlets and talking heads will focus on the bad and help things spin out of control.

      If money is the problem, show off the cars at GM HQ or wherever the execs are. Invite the press. There is no law saying cars have to be unveiled at auto shows.

      Think outside the box, GM!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Alabama's had an International Auto Show at the BJCC since at least 2002. It's the best place to see the concept cars from two years ago--the ones whose production counterparts are already on the streets (http://bradbarnett.net/mustangs/shows/05autoshow/mustangs/concept/1114-1.jpg) or that the manufacturer has said won't be produced. It's awesome.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Burn bitches burn...I hope they go down in flames.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Goes to Noz. Stop playing video games with flamethrowers kid. My next car would be american, just because I care for this nation. Saturn Sky redline I hope.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I hope your mom goes down in flames.
        • 6 Years Ago
        A quick check of Noz's comment history reveals that he is a pathetic, feeble little loser who's own miserable existence is reflected in his words. Just check his profile. Pathetic. :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm with Mazdaspeed on this one - we can't afford for any manufacturers to go out of business. The more players in the game, the better the competition, and the better the product. Competition drives innovation. If only one brand existed, they would produce complacent crap because they had nobody to compete with. As consumers, we need GM, even if we don't buy their cars.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You've got it backwards....if you care you'll do whatever you can to make sure the country has strong and efficient companies to back it up...not companies that are a cancer to your economy.

        I wouldn't expect people like Happy_P to understand..it's a bit above him....I mean look..he can only speak in single sentences.
        • 6 Years Ago
        She was getting pretty hot when I did her...
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you really care about your country, you will hope that GM smartens up, survives, and thrives. Otherwise, that 3 million people out of work (not counting supplier layoffs) in the US, and the consequences would be devastating.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And the dumbest comment of the day award goes to.........
      • 6 Years Ago
      A little late with the cuts but at least they are finally taking tangible action. People need to be reminded once again though that bankruptcy is not the same as "going out of business". The math just doesn't work out for GM to meet all it's union obligations unless Toyota suddenly decides to switch to selling blenders. They'll do some slashing to get some government bailout money, that's a given. Hopefully they'll use it to hire some experienced turn around artists.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes GM will last until NAIAS. Sheesh.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder if we'll ever look back and say "Do you remember how close GM was dying out completely?"? It's kind of scary to think of a country (and a Detroit) without a GM.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What is the GM's future?

      Finally, It conquered by Japanese car industry.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yet another example of lack of intelligence...

        Sore loser...sounds like you have GM stock and you're losing your shirt....ah well...better luck next time.

        Pathetic indeed.
        • 6 Years Ago
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