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Thursday, June 4, 2009
The woman is seen pestering a man to buy her a Buick, and then things got a little bit more interesting...This is not a scene from a typical episode of Desperate Housewives.
“The car doesn’t suit you,” the man tells the woman, to which she answers screaming: “It does suit me!”
“It’s like this each time we go shopping. I’m not buying this car for you!” he counters.
The woman is then seen jumping into and driving the burgundy sedan up and down the showroom, ignoring her frantically gesturing companion and the salesman.
Finally the man gives in, waving his credit card and shouting: “Stop! Stop! I’ll buy it! I’ll buy it!”
Go here for more info on the video.
The model the lady is so adamant of getting is a Buick Regal, but is a different version from that sold in North America.
Beyond the humour, this goes to show how much appeal GM brands have in China - the current largest car market in the world. GM in China is not exactly the same poor old dinosaur begging for government handouts the way American media paints GM to be. Chinese consumers didn't go through the traumatic experience that American drivers went through with 1980s GM products - under the disastrous "leadership" the late Roger Smith. And in GM China's plants - there are no UAW auto workers' union. Unlike in America, in China, Buick and Cadillacs are not your daddy's car. Chances are that daddy never owned a car. By virtue of not being your daddy's car and Chinese consumers strong affinity towards American culture (despite their political differences) - GM brands are cool among China's new rich.
I have said it before in an earlier entry here - Rick Wagoner may not be a perfect leader but in my opinion Rick Wagoner have been unfairly criticised by the American media, who were at one time busy propping up an "angelic and can-never-do-wrong" image for Toyota. Less than 2 years later the media is busy reporting Toyota's record breaking financial losses. This is what these people in the media do - they raise someone up and then tear them apart later. Rick Wagoner and current interim CEO Fritz Henderson inherited a very messed up organization whose rot began way back in the 1980s, under the leadership of the late Roger Smith and the counter-productive role of the UAW auto workers union. Rick Wagoner's dismissal was merely to appease the public, whose tax money are being used to bail out GM.
Posted by AutoIndustrie at 7:42 AM