Not to bring this up again, but GM was the funding source for the series 2 Elise/Exige and it's new factory before the bail out...not too mention there are a few GM parts in our S2 cars. Plus they saved the brand with owning Lotus in the late 80's and 90's, when the Esprit really developed.
Seriously if you want to be mad at bailouts, let's look at the foreign aid with no roi.
Also Ford still owes between $5.9-8.8 billion from their government loans during the same timeframe- google it.
When GM did their deal with Lotus, it was free market. They can do whatever they want with their own private money. That doesn't excuse the bad things later. Otherwise, we can all save up karma for later.
As for foreign aid, I hate that too. Also hate funding 1/5 of the UN budget. Hate having to contribute to the IMF.
Ford may owe money from loans but it wasn't a bailout and the Government sure ain't lying about how Ford paid them all back from another bogus account.
Why do discussions of GM products have to devolve into the GM hate threads? And with a lot of misinformation, too - for example GM did declare bankruptcy in a prepackaged plan financed by the federal government; GM could have rejected union and supplier contracts, but did not do so on a wholesale basis because the federal government wanted it that way. And the good people of GM who design, engineer and test cars deserve to be hated over all of that?
If you can't discuss the merits of the vehicle itself, go start another thread about how you hate GM and why.
I like the car, am glad GM departed from the retro trend of the past 10 or so years, and think the new C7 Corvette will sell well.
Every single employee may not have a part in the overall decision, of course not, but they work for the entity which did these things. Do I hate the individual employee? No, but I hate the company and I hate the unions, and that is what is at stake, not an individual working in any department.
The Corvette will always sell well, no doubt about it. Even the anemic L82 sold, right? This one will still sell to the legions of fanboys and others who want a car that throws out world class numbers at a relatively budget price. That formula works as it should.