General Motors (GM: 4.78, +0.70, +17.16%) needs $18 billion from the government and taxpayers and wants the American people to know why. In an open letter titled GMs Commitment to the American People which ran in Automotive News, a trade journal ready by industry executives, lobbyists and other insiders, the beleaguered car maker candidly acknowledged it has disappointed U.S. consumers and pledged to do better. It said recent strides to improve the company have been hurt by the economic downturn, which is why it needs the loans. At times we violated your trust by letting our quality fall below industry standards and our designs become lackluster, wrote GM. We have proliferated our brands and dealer network to the point where we lost adequate focus on our core U.S. market. Whats more GM said it wrongly focused on pick-ups and SUVs over other brands and as a result paid dearly. GM Makes its Case to Americans; Admits Mistakes - FOXBusiness.com GM just needs to get the hell outta dodge.. pardon the pun..