Is the retro look the answer?
Is the retro look the true answer here?
Lets look at the T-bird. Sales started out strong - now they are in the tank. It has the beautiful retro look but has failed. I see Ford pulling the plug on it very shortly.
Take the PT Cruiser. Sales started strong but have tailed off in recent years. Now they are offering the big rebates just to move them.
In my mind, the GTO was a replacement for the Firebird/Camaro. I like the outside design of the GTO, but it is not unique by any means. Take a look at Chrysler - their quality may suck, but their designs sure are unique. I still find myself driving by to see the 300 and the Magnum. BTW - rumor mill has the option of having a HEMI with 400 HP next year.
The US auto companies are going back to the RWD, V8 cars in the very near future. I saw the Bonneville the other day, and it already had a V8 in it. The Grand Prix and others will be next.
Cars have fads like anything else. And, auto manufactures must keep up with the latest design trends. Bottom line, when was the last truly unique car designed by GM?
The GTO is the best GM car I have ever driven. I am impressed by the quality of the product. Lets hope GM continues along these same lines.