Nice article by Scott Blazey in the online Roundel this week. It recited a good historical account of BMW after each of the World wars and how it recovered. Trouble is that now it resembles GM, Ford and Chrysler just prior to their troubles, escapes from oblivion, and their lessons learned the hard way. Gee, where can I find a new Saturn, or Pontiac, or Oldsmobile or Mercury or Plymouth, Dodge, DeSoto or Edsel? LOL at the Hummer, what a waste of $1B+ development. Buick is really only kept alive by its success in China, but they do try to come out with a serious performance model every 10 or 20 years. Is this the fate of BMW during the next global financial crisis? I sure hope not, I've already had to switch my brand preference three times during my life while my favorites went bust. Message to BMW management: you are probably already overextended. Get real, soon. Some of the models in you lineup are dogs, others are suitable for consumers who don't understand the first thing about what this brand really means. They are there for the social image and that is about it. They are better off in a Cadillac or Chrysler 200 or MBZ. And lastly, I am absolutely positive the German taxpayers will not stand for a government bailout.