GM Thinks They Will Remain #1?


GM: NOT SO FAST, TOYOTA: A global sales surge keeps us ahead, Wagoner reports (Detroit Free Press)

Rick Wagoner points out that GM's sales growth outside the U.S. (selling more cars outside than inside the U.S. for the first time ever) means that they will stay ahead of Toyota for #1 in global auto production.

Maybe being #1 or #2 is meaningless? Maybe they should focus on things that matter to customers or focus on profitability? Is it just ego that makes you want to remain #1?

The article about Ford that Luke linked to (below) has a quote about how GM is willing to short change the long-term to focus on the short-term. That's 180 degrees opposite of the Toyota Production System approach.

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