Employee discount pricing is now a thing of the past, and analysts don't have happy things to say about the US manufacturers' prospects for selling lots of cars for the remainder of the year. Opinions abound as to why overall car sales are strong but the Big 3 — especially GM — suffer from declining market share: UAW chief Ron Gettelfinger has made claims that GM's marketing and product decisions and executive wages are to blame, and S&P analyst Scott Sprinzen says it's lingering customer perceptions that GM vehicles are poor in quality, as well as lack of foresight in terms of product lineups, including being behind the 8 ball on crossover vehicles and hybrids.

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