General Motors Corp.'s decision to drop the Oldsmobile brand from its lineup (see related story, p.4) hardly comes as a surprise, especially considering its recent sales struggles and other key clues this year. But GM may have quit too quickly on a brand that hadn't even completed an overhaul of its product lineup. “If every time you get in a tough spot you give up, pretty soon nothing is left,” reasons former Olds General Manager John Rock, who helped devise the division's lineup overall, ...

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