I heard on NPR that GM has over 7,000 dealers throughout the US and Toyota has 1,500.
So Toyota is able to take marketshare from GM with less than 25% of it's distribution channel?
The discussion also mentioned that the auto dealers association lobbied state lawmakers to make it virtually impossible to renegotiate the contracts once they were in place.
They UAW also has a Jobs Bank where more than 12,000 are paid to do nothing. Jobs bank programs -- 12,000 paid not to work
Should we hand an industry that simply does not understand how to compete more money to burn? Of course not ... let the market work its course. Those that can compete and whose theory of business is sound will survive, others should perish.