Blog: The shuttered 'old GM' legacy
Graeme Roberts | 4 December 2012
While the bailed out, post-bankruptcy version of General Motors is doing well, there is a less successful legacy left behind in the form of 'old GM'.
The New York Times shows just what happened in just one town after GM pulled out.
Seems a huge waste of modern buildings but this is the reality in parts of the US today.
And it's not just GM. The NYT cites Center for Automotive Research data saying over 267 auto facilities have been closed since 1979 and half remain unused.
Ironically, if you use Streetview in Google Maps to look at Centrepoint Parkway in Pontiac, about opposite the old assembly plant's rail sidings, you can see a car transporter whizzing by laden with new Chevrolet Camaros.
Made in Canada.
The US presidential campaigning that seems to go on forever is something that can look a little perplexing at times to overseas observers....
News just in from China suggests a Toyota joint venture there - via a new China-only brand - is readying what might be a decent five door hatchback rival for Nissan's well-entrenched Leaf EV....
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