On the China thing:
My Silverado was build in Canada with Canadian & American parts. From what I've seen crawling under my truck, & from taking things apart for accessory installation, & looking at various tags & labels on parts, my trucks cosmetic parts are mostly built in Canada, while the drivetrain & engine were built in the USA, with final assembly in Oshawa, Ontario Canada. My VIN starts with a "2" -- If your GM starts with a "1", then it was built in the USA. I would have rather bought one built here, but I like what I like & it was on the lot at the right time. It's still a Chevy, built by GM.
I don't think fuel efficiency is the entire reason for GM's failure. That argument may apply to the econo-box & teenage kid market, but not to their trucks, performance, & luxury markets. You think a guy out in Iowa who wakes up at 3AM & uses his brand-new Chevy (that replaced his 30 year old Chevy) to put food on his family's table, gives a *censored* about mileage? Or the yuppie in Boston commuting to his 6-figure salary job in his Caddilac? (Or me?
) The vehicle needs to get the job done, regardless of what that job is -- bottom line.
I personally have no interest whatsoever in a fuel-efficient vehicle, & neither does anyone I know, with the exception of 2 relatives who "coincidently
" voted for Obama. Most everyone I've talked to that drives foreign, did so because GM's are big $$$ when compared to imports. I probably could have bought a Toyota or Nissan for $10,000 less than I paid for mine, but there's so many things I just don't like about foreign trucks -- ride quality, interior parts quality, & looks being my biggest issues. Gm's ride better & are quieter inside than most comparable foreign cars/trucks, in my opinion. My mom has a Honda Civic, brand new & you can feel every little marble in the road ( but it gets great mileage!
) Little cars aren't the answer to everything. As far as trucks go, test drive a Chevy pickup after a Toyota pickup & compare ride quality -- I think you'll form the same opinion. Bigger IS better in that department. As far as the old "reliability myth" that foreign vehicle owners perpetuate to justify their purchase ( was true in the 80's -- not so much now ), I'd put mine up against ANY foreign vehicle. If it's mechanical, it WILL break sooner or later, regardless of where it's built. I'm at 24,600 miles & I DON'T slow down for bumps in the road, I DON'T slow for turns, & I mash the pedal to the floor on just about every start, 7 days a week & get 15mpg out of a 5,500 lb. vehicle. (as a side note, I drove my '94 with 266,000 miles on it the same way). The biggest issue I've had so far is the seat belt mounts on the ceiling rattle. If it were up to me, the truck wouldn't have seat belts anyway.
Gm knows it would never sell a vehicle here that was built in China. At least I would hope it knows!