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I would note the following calendar year car market shares (from Ward's
Auto for Jan-Oct):

2005 2006 Delta

Chrysler 6.9 6.5 -0.4
Ford 13.8 14.6 0.8
GM 23.0 21.0 -2.0

I would suggest that the facts support a contention that Ford's car
line-up is showing the most strength among the "Detroit 3" (not Big 3
any longer....).


But remember Rob, GM is walking away from unprofitable fleet sales. Remember, it's not just he who sells the most car wins, its he who sells the most cars and can make money doing it wins. Fords losses are mammoth in that same period, while GM had a palty loss given the economy of scale in Q3, and a profit in Q2 of this year (believe they had a loss of about 1/2 a billion in Q1, and are down about 300 million for the year - a huge turn around from 2005). A loss is a loss so don't get me wrong - but you can show "growth" if you're giving them away. GM tried that strategy for a while, it doesn't work.

Just sayin' Ward's marketshare numbers are not the end all be all
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