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Old August 2nd, 2008, 05:58 AM   #1
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Should GM go back to making buses again?

Seeing as they recently announced some of their most depressing numbers in their corporate history, what do you think of GM exploring bus manufacturing? For better or worse, they were a main player in buses becoming the primary mode of transit in many cities, and their buses became some of the best selling. Even today most every city still has a fair number of GM New Look buses servicing various routes.

With oil prices continuing to increase with no slowing down in sight, this would be a great opportunity for GM to invest in public transit solutions.

Other pluses include they already have facilities dedicated to making over sized vehicles and since all transit operators have mechanics, they don't have to worry about improving reliability
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You are genius too Electrify, never would have thought of this if not for your thread.
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What is GM?????
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What is GM?????
In this case, General Motors Truck & Coach, or Diesel Division, General Motors of Canada.
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Old August 2nd, 2008, 08:03 PM   #5
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I thought GM makes hybrid drive for buses? We got those here in Seattle. I know they don't make the whole bus of course.
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Old August 2nd, 2008, 08:39 PM   #6
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If I were them, I'd be looking at ways in which to exploit the current high prices. High Prices are pushing people to using public transport. Cities will need to be buying more buses to expand. GM should be looking at Bombardier as an example and try to diversify into the public transit sector.

They are certainly large enough to do it, although definitely not cashflow rich at the moment.
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No with the high cost of fuel buses could be obsolete in 20/30 years better to invest in trams trolleys LRVs. Cities around the world must start planing now for when oil runs out.
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