• Jan 12, 2009
Click above to start the GM booth tour

Seeing as this is the first post-bailout Detroit Auto Show, we figured it might be interesting to take a look at the display areas for the two automakers that are now taxpayer-subsidized. Would we find extravagant layouts, visible signs of austerity, or pretty much business as usual? First up is General Motors. For now, it's still eight brands. But who knows what that number will be a year from now. Jump into the gallery below for photos and accompanying observations. And note that some of the cars shown here (like the Cruze and Beat concept above) are likely to be relocated when the show opens to the public.

Photos copyright ©2009 Alex Núñez / Weblogs, Inc.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      If I had the cash, I would totally make an offer for Hummer, Saab and Saturn.

      Hell, I'd even take Pontiac off their hands. This way I would have a nameplate to compete with each of their remaining brands:

      Saab vs Cadillac
      Hummer vs GMC
      Saturn vs Chevrolet
      Pontiac vs Buick

      Ah, to dream of what I would do with these car companies!

      As for why GM will never get rid of GMC, it's simply the nameplate. GM and GMC are too closely associated and similar for GMC to be made by someone else.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Honestly, I like this better than the more extravagant displays of the past. It's much more tasteful and, to me at least, more professional.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Their displays look exactly the same as they do every year. Maybe I'm missing some of the glitz and glamor the journalists are treated to, I heard they cut back on that, but it looks the same for the public.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Note that some of the cars shown here (like the Cruze and Beat concept above) are likely to be relocated when the show opens to the public."

      Probably relocated to somewhere where the public can't see them so the public won't see they have great products outside of the U.S...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Cruze looks good, but will th overall package compete with 2011 Civic? So far GM has been unable to do it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I know that, Jason. The Cruze is slated for April 2010, and the Volt later on the same year.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Torrent, not until late 2010.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Cruze and Beat/Spark are going to be released to America, smarticle.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You said it brother! I just don't understand their logic.
        • 6 Years Ago
        They'll probably put them up on a stage so the uneducated public can't ruin their delicate exteriors.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's a great photo tour. Thanks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Cruze looks good, but I can't help wonder what it would look like if the slightly odd, thin upper section of the grille was removed. Photochop, anyone?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Then you put a bolt emblem and you have a good looking Opel.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Funny how life can be. The year the General has some of the hottest, greatest products they have ever made, they can't spend the $$$ on extravagant showmanship and features.

      But you know what? The product this year will speak for itself. GO GENERAL!!!
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