GM is not that messed up as while they should have named it something else the Blazer is making tons of money. They should have called it a Nomad or something else and saved the Blazer name. As for the vehicle it has been a hit.
Actually the mistake was making Hummer a Division. It was expensive and more difficult to manage. Lutz said years ago it should have been a part of GMC. Well they have moved to that and will expand it under the GMC brand.
I just hope they use them to address the Wrangler/Bronco issue. There has just been too much internal conflict over this and it hurts GM.
Actually the H2 was large but it would crawl over about anything off road. I have gone placed in one I thought it would never make it.
The H3 size was better but the engine was crap. It is still alive as the Colorado is a dependent of this truck. This is why former Hummer people were used on the ZR2 and why it is so good.
Relative, I suppose. I’ve been places in my full-size that the Thad the H2 guy couldn’t make. Lots of them, actually. But it is all about where you’re going. In rocks, the H2 has a steering component issue. All GM IFS rigs do, and that plus the garbage gov-loc is their Achilles heel.
They were way too late to save the brand. Pontiac was lost years before. I am a Pontiac guy and the end started in 1979 when they killed the Pontiac V8. Then by the mid 80's most of the good engineers were gone and Pontiac was just a restyled Chevy.
Lutz tried to sell it as a specialty division but when money is short specialty cars are the first to go no matter the brand.
Pontiac was expected to die in the early 80's and the Firebird, Fiero and Grand Am saved them. That put Olds on the bubble. They did die.
Pontiac sold 6 to 1 over Buick here but in China they were making tons of money. That is why we have Buick today. Odds are good Pontiac may not have survived anyways. GM should have been cut to two divisions but the China sales saved Buick and in a way GMC.
Now GMC is a profit center as the Denali Brand has really raised their income much.
Once Olds cut the RWD Cutlass sales were tanking bad. They then named 3 weak FWD cars Cutlass and that did not work either. In the end the lack of sales killed them. It was not as good as some think.
Internal Politics yes but the trouble was they could not manage the divisions. The inter rivalry of the divisions did more damage than Toyota and Honda.
Also they brought a CEO in from the outside who lied about his credentials. They tried to market cars and had no idea how to run the company. It was much more complex than committee think.
The trouble was they had and still have tons of brilliance but failed to use it.
Lutz asked why the panel gaps on the new Malibu were so large vs the Sonota and why they could not do that. The guy in charge said we can do that. Lutz asked why they had not done it. He said because we were not told to do it. He was not allowed to ask to do it. Lutz said well go do it. and it was done for less than $500,000.
Read Beancounters vs Car Guys by Lutz. it is eye opening.