Hooray for GM’s 500 millionth vehicle?, from Automotive News.
DETROIT — General Motors CEO Mary Barra and other top brass are in Kansas City today to mark the company’s 500th million vehicle.
It must be hard for GM to decide when to celebrate its considerable corporate heritage, and when to pretend that it doesn’t exist pre-2009.
A GM press release ticks off an impressive list of innovations that have rolled off GM assembly lines among those half billion vehicles over 106 years. The first V-8 engine. The first automatic transmission. The first production airbags.
All stuff to be proud of.
But wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that GM’s attorneys were in a courtroom straining with every legal argument they could muster to distance the current GM from the old, pre-bankruptcy one that made 2.6 million small cars with defective ignition switches now linked to 97 deaths?