May 28

My dad’s first wish upon moving to North America was to own a General Motors car and specifically an Impala. The brand had such prestige in other continents. The Impala he finally bought in 1975 was a great car. When I met my father-in-law for the first time in the late 80s – he was driving a late-70s vintage Impala – he was also sold on the brand.

1976 Impala 4 Door

1976 Impala 4 Door

My dad’s next General Motors car, a Delta 88, which he bought in the early 80s was not the same. I remember he had many problems and my mom still complains that repairs on that car were just not worth it. By the mid-80s, the GM brand was losing its luster.

My dad now drives a Toyota Camry and loves it. He wants another one, this time a hybrid. My father-in-law drives a Honda Accord. 30 years from top of mind, to non-event.

GM will likely go bankrupt on June 1, 2009 (Bloomberg).

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