What does this quote mean? I am slow this morning...
"Finally, its well-received performance car, the high-revving WRX, has been given to Saab by partner General Motors in an attempt to patch up some of the Swedish automaker's U.S. market woes. Saab wins with a new 9-2, maybe, but does Subaru lose? Again, Subaru insiders have shown little faith in a clearly corporate decision. Don't tell the disgruntled, but it's safe to say that it's only a matter of time before Subaru gets a platform from the General Motors whopping chassis family...growing pains indeed."
This may not be all bad , the Holden Manaro (sp) made it to the USA as a Pontiac GTO. Also having worked in America for a Japanese parent company I can tell you genrally the mindset of Japanese execs is such that they don't get the American market. Katayama had problems with the Z car launch and lets face it Soichiro Honda was very un-Japanese in his thought process. So it is no surprise to me that GM would want control of the North American Market. One more fact the Mazda Maita was an American design team project.Long term if rally gets big in USA perhaps GM will pump in dollars as they do with NECK-CAR.
I don't think Subaru would abandon their own lines already established by their use of AWD wagons. If anything I think we'll see more Subaru vehicles being rebadged under GM names and probably a Subaru SUV based off of a GM SUV format. They can't just drop what has gotten them where they are today and if they were to take a Cavalier wagon and put cladding and the word Outback on the back their sales would slump. I think they'll stick to what they know and we'll continue to see vehicles like the Saab 9-2 based on Subaru platforms and see a Subaru full-size SUV based on a GM vehicle. Cheaper than trying to develop one themselves.