GM needs to do something bold and innovative to get buyers into the showroom.
Once they're in the door, research shows GM has an excellent record at closing the sale.
The problem has been convincing people to give the new models a chance.
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That's where new Chairman Ed Whitacre comes in to play. Whitacre will be featured in some of the commercials, much the way Lee Iacocca was for Chrysler back in the 80's. Back then, Iacocca would say, "If you can find a better car buy it." Now, Whitacre will be telling the public, "May the best car win." With Whitacre delivering that line in his no-bull, Texas twang style, the ads will show GM is serious about winning back customers.
Lutz deserves credit for trying something bold and different. Sure, there have been money back offers in the auto industry in the past, but never on this scale. And Lutz knows he can't just roll out another big rebate or zero percent financing campaign. He needs to create a buzz around Chevy, Buick, GMC and Cadillac. This campaign may just do that.
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