There were three cars I really wanted to see this year at the Atlanta Autoshow, the CTS-V, GTO and C6. (The new Mustang and Ford GT too, but I'm not actually considering one of those). So I get to the show and head straight to the Chevy booth. As expected the C6 is up on a Dias with a rather unattractive 40 year old chick showing the car off. Thankfully she couldn't distract me from the car though which looked wonderful.
So then I walk over to the Caddy stand to check out the CTS-V. First off, there was no one at the Caddy booth..... Well there was some bling bling action over by the Escalade, but other than that the entire Caddy section was vacant. The CTS-V was up on a dais
so I couldn't do what I had come to do and get a feel for the car. Not to mention being 5 feet off the ground you really had a hard time getting a feel for the way the exterior looked too. So I left the caddy stand rather annoyed. The worms eye view of the interior was wholly unflattering for the car, and my mood was rather dour at this point.
So I head over to the Pontiac booth to see the GTO. Ha! and I thought the Caddy section was vacant? There was only one person at the entire display. Some handicap guy in a wheelchair next to the only GTO on display.... up on a freaking dais
I can't sit in the car or even get a good feel for it as it's up at a weird angle. So the Handicap guy was orating to an empty floor about the GTO, I had enough and went to go look at the other offers.
GM wouldn't let me sit in a $50K CTS-V or a $35K GTO, but Mercedes has no problem with me sitting in a $100K SL. Guess what I want now?
The Range Rover booth was full of super-hot booth babes giving people guided tours of the Range Rovers. Hmmm, must be too obviously sexist for GM to do.
The Ford section was packed but 90% of the people were huddled around the Ford GT, the other 10% around the all-new Mustang. I guess they've succeeded in creating a "halo-car" wonder if they'll sell more trucks because of it?
It's funny to see the demographics shake out so visibly. Well dressed people hung out at the high end luxury car sections, teenagers flocked in droves to the Mitsubishi stand, late 20's early 30-somethings hit VW/Audi, Ford and Chevy attracted the blue-collars, Caddy and Pontiac attracted no one.
As a casual observation, if the Atlanta auto show was any indication of GM's future, I think I can say it's looking rather glum.