Today Josh Marshall tells us that the Deepwater Horizon rig was built by Hyundai, saying “no wonder.” What does he have against Hyundai? The EPA says they make the most fuel efficient cars sold in America, Consumer Reports ranks them 4th in reliability, JD Power has them in third place for quality. Anyway, it’s not […]Read more "uncalled for"
Now I’m all upset about the Cash for Clunkers program. Should we really be encouraging proven Clunker-buyers to purchase more cars? Aren’t they likely to purchase the Clunkers of the future? I say; take away the car, the keys, the license, the auto loan, and let these folks take the bus for a couple of […]Read more "clunk"
Last night’s dream-scape included the following: I’m driving on a freeway with The Passenger, and the road starts crumbling away on the right side. I’m angling to the left to stay on the pavement, but then we go off the road – we’re plowing through dirt and gravel at freeway speed, then collide head-first into […]Read more "all coming back to me now"
Just because I’m not wild about GM’s interpretation of a “small car” doesn’t mean I’m not a fan of the genre. Being loyal Subaru enthusiasts, we’re looking forward to the R1e, whenever it gets here. And Fiat has lots of very neat looking tiny cars. I just don’t see how they’ll be re-badged as Imperials, […]Read more "don’t get me wrong"
So GM says it will build 160,000 small cars in the U.S. as a signal of its intention to compete in the global marketplace. Didn’t I already recommend that we let GM fail? Why are they still talking about building cars? I’m not optimistic about what they’ll come up with. Maybe a three-door diesel hatchback? […]Read more "small is not beautiful"
I’d posted a suggestion to “let GM fail” to the change.gov site a few months ago, and that received some criticism from others. One guy questioned my patriotism. Too late, buddy, I was already questioning it. And now, it looks like we’re proceeding with what can only be described as “the Mellowcat Plan” to reduce […]Read more "help gm fail"
Dealerships here and there are seeing their inventory of cars taken back by the manufacturer. It turns out that dealerships use something called “floor plan” loans to get their inventory – they don’t own the cars, the manufacturer does – and that financing is now difficult to secure. Also, manufacturers are concerned that if a […]Read more "now, where did we park the car?"
Consumer Reports rates the best value small cars, and our new Honda Civic EX is at the top of the list. They get their “value” rating by combining CR’s five-year owner cost estimates, the overall road-test scores from their comprehensive test program, and their predicted-reliability ratings. As a new owner, I’d say this is right […]Read more "EXcellent choice"
Subaru was the only major automaker to report an increase in U.S. sales in February 2009. Just a 1% gain over last year – and all due to the sales strength of the new Forester. It had a 100% increase over 2008. The Impreza was also redesigned last year, but it’s not doing all that […]Read more "forester leads the way"
Recently we bought a car from a dealer that mostly communicates via their web site and email. Surprisingly, I received an email yesterday from the sales manager saying he’d been informed we’d decided not to buy a car. I responded, letting him know that, yes, I’m not interested in buying a car right now, since […]Read more "failure to communicate"