AdAge Sheds More Light on GM's Marketing Realignment

An article in this week's issue of Advertising Age takes an in-depth look at the changes announced earlier this month by General Motors to strengthen its car brands. The "moves are designed to empower" the "four newly created brand czars" at the company with a "voice in incentives, vehicle development."

Importantly, the new VPs will have a seat at GM's product-development councils, which Peter Ternes, a GM spokesman, said was "the biggest change." Under the current system, a centralized global panel headed by product czar Bob Lutz decides which models will be made. Three of the four new channel chiefs "will have a voice" on new products, the spokesman said. That fourth channel chief, Ms. Lajdziak, was the only one not promoted to North American VP; she remains Saturn's general manager and will "have input" in what models GM's European Opel brand develops.

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Opel released another teaser of it's upcoming 10th-generation Astra. A thinly veiled cover is all that separates the car from full view, but it can't hide the vehicle's sinister looking headlamps. Opel's goal is to generate interest about the new car while keeping the as much of it concealed as possible.