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Old 01-18-2009, 03:45 PM   #1

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2010 CAMARO will be Sold in JAPAN

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GM aims to double sales in Japan by 2011

by Frank Filipponio on Jan 18th 2009 at 3:04PM

If you think things have been tough for General Motors in America, you should see how bad it's going for them in Japan. Forget pulling out of the Tokyo Motor Show, we're talking a steady sales decline over the past decade that has brought volume to just 2,000 units a year from a high of 50,000 in 1996. That really sucks, so GM wants to try and change things ASAP. They have announced a modest goal of doubling sales in Japan over the next three years.

Part of the problem with Japanese sales is image, but product selection and a shrinking dealer network are also to blame. Rick Brown, president of GM Japan, says they plan to address those issues by adding a couple of dealerships a year, and by shaking up the product mix. They plan to start selling the Chevy Aveo, the new 2010 Camaro, and despite the struggling economy, some new luxury cars and SUVs like the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon, Saab 9-3X, 9-4X and 9-5.

Even though those products might help, it might be a case of too little too late. Japanese buyers might be even more hesitant than usual to buy cars from the Detroit 3 because of bankruptcy fears. It's not like Ford and Chrysler are doing any better in Japan either, with similar sales declines over the pact ten years. Heck, they aren't even buying as many domestic cars these days.
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Old 01-18-2009, 04:53 PM   #2
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GM will at least have China. They are HUGE there.
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Old 01-18-2009, 04:58 PM   #3
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Hey, as long as it doesn't slow down the process of getting our Camaros over here first. Otherwise, more power to them for selling overseas like that
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Old 01-18-2009, 06:03 PM   #4

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This is the sort of thing that needs to be done to be successful. The market is global, build a car that can be sold to the whole market and sell it everywhere.
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Old 01-18-2009, 06:26 PM   #5
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we've already talked to the Camaro team and it was confirmed that the first Camaro available for export to countries like Japan (right drive countries, more specifically) would be the 2011 model years... so while they might be selling some converted cars over there, it wont be a conflict to delivering cars here in the North American market
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Old 01-18-2009, 06:32 PM   #6
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The US needs to be selling cars in Japan. We should pull some JDM tricks, too, by offering special upgrades only available in the American domestic market (ADM). That will develop some additional interest in the performance community.
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Old 01-18-2009, 06:40 PM   #7
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Believe it or not, when I was stationed in Japan I was amazed at the amount of Mustang GT's they have. Seriously they are everywhere. It blew me away. American muscle has a following in japan.

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Old 01-18-2009, 06:43 PM   #8
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That just means more aftermarket add ons.
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Old 01-18-2009, 07:30 PM   #9
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Old 01-18-2009, 07:34 PM   #10
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As long as our friends 'down unduh' get their RHD cars first, that's cool.
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Just means more likely we'll get the RHD now. YES! I am excited
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Old 01-19-2009, 10:14 PM   #12
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This is what really caught my eye
volume to just 2,000 units a year
Thats practically nothing
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Old 01-19-2009, 10:47 PM   #13
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i've been trying to find out how to get one of the RHD models since they brought up the idea of european distribution. that would be friggin sweet!
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Old 01-20-2009, 03:44 AM   #14
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Japan? I hope those kids don't put a giant wing on the back.
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