General Motors has had a recent bout of very bad PR. A recent, and long hidden defect has reared its ugly head. GM has known about the defect, yet has done little to rectify the problem. Now, in the midst of the negative PR, GM has halted the sales of all 1.4-liter turbocharged Chevrolet Cruzes.
The Cruze is GM’s best selling car in America and the current halt on sales affects about 20,000 cars. GM spokesman Alan Adler said he didn’t know what halted the sale of the car, but did say that it wasn’t because of a recall.
While on the surface this looks like negative, it could bode as a positive for the company. The halt on sales makes GM appear proactive in catching any other potential future recalls.
“GM has to do more than appear to be making changes. They need to have verifiable shifts in how they handle safety issues,” said Karl Brauer, senior analyst for sales tracker Kelley Blue Book, in an interview with CNN Money. “What’s the big problem with the ignition switch—that they didn’t act quickly enough. Now they’re responding at the first signs of any problem.”
It may seem like a moot comparison, but when a new, 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray costs as much as the options alone tacked onto a Porsche Carrera 911, answers are needed about one’s sanity if they pluck down the cash for the 911.
In the video below, drifter extraordinaire Chris Harris takes the two sports cars out onto the track at Chuckwalla to see just how close these two cars compared.
While there is a power difference between the two—400 for the Carrera, 460 for the Corvette—they do accomplish their intended goals quite differently. The Corvette is, and always will be a General Motors product. It is the sports car for the masses, offering impeccable performance at bargain basement prices. It’s what the Corvette is known for, and keeps doing it better and better year after year.
The Porsche Carrera 911 is, and always will be a Porsche product. There is a certain level of opulence and importance that comes with the car the Corvette simply cannot match. There are things the 911 does better than the Corvette can ever dream of doing, but at the end of the day, the large price disparity between the two is enough to make anyone second guess their purchasing decision.