Some issues seem to have a life of their own. The Pontiac saga in Canada continues to endure.
We have always been of the opinion that losing Pontiac deeply affected GM sales in Canada. In addition to greatly assisting Korean manufacturers in quickly establishing additional sales points.
Not only did GM close Pontiac sales points, created internal turmoil; it quickly assisted its Korean competitors.
Some Pontiac dealers in desirable "open points" for the Koreans did well, and very quickly. Other dealers did not do so well. In addition to the various buy and sell side agreements to ideally consolidate the GM dealers into the ideal "full line" representation.
It begs the question "How much sales momentum did GM lose in Canada?"
A few years ago we were reading about various legal positions regarding the closings, and the various players and stakeholders that were involved. Back then it seemd a little complicated, and convoluted.
Yesterday the trial started, this article in the Globe and Mail provides a glimpse of the proceedings, stakeholders, conflicts.
It will be interesting to see how these legal proceedings develop, and who will come out ahead.