Johan de Nysschen’s appointment at Cadillac comes at a critical time for the 112-year-old GM luxury unit, where U.S. sales are flagging and plans call for 10 new vehicles for the brand by the end of 2015.
Although author Kenneth Feinberg declines to weigh in on the number of death claims expected, the protocol addresses several other key items of speculation since the depth of the defect emerged earlier this year.
The chief executive’s visit will give lawmakers an opportunity to pursue answers to questions Barra could not provide in April, when she often cited an internal investigation the automaker expected would deliver complete findings.
It is unclear whether a key factor in the vehicle-development process, uncovering a connection between the defective ignition switch and airbag failures, may exist with parts in other GM vehicles on the road today.
The chief executive will speak to GM employees from the automaker’s Warren, MI, technical center via a global broadcast tomorrow. GM will not comment on content of the event, beyond calling it an update on the recall.
In the case of battery-electric vehicles, experts see the ramp-up of public charging stations as particularly sluggish. “Bottom line, all the talk about public charging isn’t happening,” says GM’s Britta Gross.