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  1. I find it sadly ironic that the savior of General Motors will very likely be it's Chinese and Korean connections. It surprises me to no end how much the Japanese corporate sycophants and those rabidly opposed to the 'bail out' of Detroit smugly point to all the factories GM owns overseas - like that is something to be ashamed of. The fact that Japan builds 10 million vehicles a year, while only buying 1.5 million themselves and ranks DEAD LAST in the OECD's recent survey of 28 industrialized nations with respect to foreign vehicle market penetration, is totally lost on these truly delusional
  2. You guys cannot afford to be the world's cop anymore. Your total debt and current account deficits are unsustainable. As a taxed-to-death-Canadian (we pay until sometime in July before we hit 'tax freedom day'), it seems strange that every election Americans strike DOWN tax hikes (like, who in their right mind is every going to vote FOR a tax hike?), but somebody has to tell you that the cupboards are bare! I have an ugly feeling the fat lady has not sung yet. I know the real estate market around here is hanging by threads; held together only by the myth of globialization and the additio
  3. No list would be complete without Micheline Maynard Steve Rattner Kirk Kerkorian Roger Smith Emma Lowenstramm (perhaps a little too obscure for most) Arthur Chamberlain Tammy Fay Baker... ... wait a minute, sorry, I think I misread the list. Never mind....
  4. Well, setting aside $56B to 're-value' the yen probably doesn't help. Or the cozy relationship MITI (and its successors) have had with Japanese corporations for decades. Or the banks loaning money to Toyota and others at 0% to finance their overseas conquests, while the hapless Japanese consumers tolerated moribund returns on their investments. A negative birthrate doesn't bode well, either. (Although they could import a ton of cheap laborers from West Africa for giggles - see how that's working for Germany, France and others.) Not gonna get a lot of sympathy from the Carbiz corner. Ja
  5. Although many good points have been mentioned in this thread, one major one has been overlooked: that is that Toyota's boring cars mainly appeal to the (large) minority of people who can't think for themselves and believe everything that they read. That type of consumer is VERY susceptible to media 'piling on.' What is happening to Toyota now is nothing more than media 'piling on,' and although I am loving every minute of it, I believe this has the potential to hurt Toyota very, very deeply. Consumer's Reports already threw up the first warning shot 2 years ago when they apologised for au
  6. Hmm, I guess Jim Press' career move a couple years ago is looking better and better. I wonder if he has a map to where all the bodies are buried...
  7. Methinks there is a lot of pooh about to hit the fan. I guess it has gotten to the point where the Himalayas have been poking out from under the carpet where Consumers Reports have been sweeping the bad Toyota news. It's been a long time coming. The future looks so bright, I gotta where shades....
  8. Sigh. Same old banter from the same old armchair critics: too long overhangs, pushrod engines, 4 spd automatic, blah, blah, blah. Too bad the package works, but I guess in this day and age of 'what have you done for me TODAY?' a 4 year old design may as well be a Model T. See, the trouble is that while the GM 'fans' attack GM because their cars aren't sporty enough, don't have RWD, or just don't have whatever is a particular fan's G spot on a vehicle, the vast majority of consumers don't CARE. And they have been buying boring, crappy Toyotas and Nissans because they are TOLD to by the lib
  9. Sir, you are a God! There is one reason and one reason only that the Malibu has 'disappointed:' it came on the eve of General Motors going bankrupt! When I was still in sales, I lost countless deals to persons who readily admitted the Malibu was better than the Camry or Accord, but they were vexed about GM's financial troubles and didn't want to risk spending $20k and being out their warranty. I'd wager GM has lost 50k sales on the Malibu that way, then throw in another 50k in sales due to the economic implosion in the States of the past 18 months. Add those figures together and the Mali
  10. Now that lawyer is being subpoened to testify in Washington - and Toyoda himself is going to come down from the heavens and grace us mere mortals with his words of wisdom. Oh, how the mighty have fallen! As I predicted 2 years ago, the media would turn on Toyota once it achieved world dominance. And now it has! Karma is a bitch. Not that any of this is new, to those of us who once worked in the auto industry! Hell, even the Toyota Star published front page news 2 weeks ago about Toyota's foibles. I guess Toyota stopped sending them their monthly cheques! I would be loathe to defend
  11. Looks like they can't follow their own editorials: what about the mea culpa they printed 2 years ago where they virtually apologized for giving Toyota free reign on their new model releases? (But only after the 'new' Avalon had so many serious defects - far beyond shiny chrome pieces, that they had to acknowledge SOMETHING.) It's a rag, and I wouldn't let my cat crap on it.
  12. And this is why Detroit will die: so-called fanboys who shoot a model down BEFORE IT'S EVEN LAUNCHED. And your opinion is based on what facts, exactly? Have you test driven the last Ford Fiesta offered on these shores (how many years ago was that, exactly?), and compared it to the latest Aveo? Hell, have YOU even been to Europe and driven the new Fiesta? The Spark is more than a year away from launch and yet the naysayers line up to throw fuel on the fire to watch it burn. Just like the Volt. The biggest reason I stopped reading C&G, after 5 years on this site was the mewling
  13. No less than Wards Auto did an article on Apr 26, 2006, entitled "Tyranny of the Enthusiasts." John McElroy penned the article. It's the downright derogatory tone of self-appointed flabby, middle-class writers who turn their noses up at an Aveo or Taurus because of its 'mundane' steering or ride, while lavishing heaps of praise on a 300+ horsepower sedan. WTF? Why? Unless you live in Montana, where the hell can you drive these vehicles to their full potential anyway? Are men's penises getting smaller these days? Let me tell you 2 stories from my hundreds of anecdotes: 1) Friend buys a
  14. Well, it IS a Detroit newspaper........... If any media has the right to be biased, I'd say it was by those in a city built by the Big Three.
  15. The Toyota Star, er Toronto Star, buries this in their business section.... Six years ago when GM (and some Nissan and Fords) were experiencing gas tank sending unit troubles, resulting in motorists running out of gas even when the needle showed a quarter full(I would know, the '03 Malibu demo I was driving at the time left me stranded on the side of the road), the Star put it on the FRONT PAGE of their Saturday section (over 1 million readers) and then dedicated 1 1/2 pages inside to the incident of a dumb blonde who ran out of gas on a busy highway in her Cavalier. Oh, but did the Star
  16. I would have expected a more intelligent, less visceral response coming from ocnblu... I've driven the Aveo as a demo more than once, and it is far from a horrible car. It may not measure up to YOUR standards of 'fun to drive' (whatever the hell that is!), but people looking to spend $10k or so on a new car to go from A to B, want a good warranty, a reliable vehicle that is easily serviced would happily buy an Aveo, or the upcoming Spark. Sure the Cruze is a better car, even the TDI - but not everyone has that kind of cash to dole out. VW's quality numbers have been in the $h&
  17. It looks no more overwrought than the latest iterations from the Mazda and Honda school of design. I wouldn't want a car that small, but then we aren't paying $2.36 a litre (about $8 a gallon)like they are in Brazil and most of Europe. I've said this before and I'll say it again, the world begins to look a whole lot different at $5 a gallon - especially if you're a commuter. To me, the Spark doesn't look that much different than the current Aveo, more evolutionar, IMO. But a car like this never going to light up the posters on C&G, that much is a given.
  18. I like it: GM taking the battle right to the self-appointed Green Capital of the Universe, California. It looks like the new GM has finally grown some cajones and is setting up new turf in the urban markets where it has been largely trounced.
  19. Living proof that General Motors never had any intentions of selling Opel....just a stall tactic while they put their 'new' house in order. Opel is too valuable an asset to let go, and when the European market rebounds, GM is poised to reclaim a lot of development money. Without Opel, GM would never have a chance at being a truly global company.
  20. There are very few cars of the '70s that stand out today. Detroit got hit with 2 oil shocks, bumper crash ratings, unleaded fuel, pollution control regulations, virtually all at once. One of the solutions to reduce a vehicle's weight (and save gas) was to lower the carbon rating of steel, which resulted in most vehicles of the '70s rusting out pretty quickly. The only Ford my father owned, a '76 LTD had rust on nearly every square inch of that car within 3-4 years. His '69 Chrysler 300 had not fared much better. I will say this again, for the umpteenth time: critics like to harp on Detr
  21. Will continue to be a Consumer's Reports recommended buy until the front wheels start flying off (again!).
  22. Cars like this are a hedge that future gas prices WILL hit $5+ a gallon in the not too distant future. The Aveo/G3, Smart, etc have all done well in urban areas of Canada BECAUSE we are used to $4 a gallon gas. When the world economy rebounds in late '10 or '11, you can bet the price of oil will start climbing and all those V8 Camaros, the new CTS coupe, etc. won't be the vehicles people are lining up for, WHETHER 'ENTHUSIASTS' LIKE IT OR NOT.

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