You've got to hand it to General Motors
First, we had corporate value-unlocker Kirk Kerkorian appearing with a generous tender offer in May. A month later came rumors that the company would get tough with its unions and demand concessions on everything from wages to pensions to health-care benefits. Finally, the June sales numbers came out just a couple weeks back, and the news looked very good indeed -- a 41% year-over-year increase. That jump so impressed Ford
There's an awful lot of hoopla going on over in Detroit. I really don't mean to rain on anybody's parade, but there's a bit of just-released trivia worth examining before we all go ga-ga over "GM the Wonder Company."
I'm talking about J.D. Power & Associates' monthly tally of the "top 10 hottest models" selling in the U.S. It's calculated from the length of time cars sit on dealer lots before being sold. In April 2004, Toyota
More than a year later, Toyota has increased its lead, claiming seven of the top 10 slots. Its Prius hybrid remains the pick of the litter; each Prius takes an average of just eight days to move from a dealer's lot to a customer's driveway. And there's not so much a gap as a chasm between first and second place this year. BMW, Honda, and Nissan's
Why is this survey significant? First, it shows that Toyota continues to dominate the mindshare of American car buyers. Second, in the same month when GM wowed critics and fans alike with its 41% jump in sales, not one GM vehicle made the top 10. A Fool might suspect, then, that GM's June success owed less to the popularity of its cars than the popularity of its discounts.
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Fool contributor Rich Smith owns no shares in any company mentioned in this article. He buys his trucks from GM and his commuter cars from Nissan.