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  1. It has been a crazy couple weeks here at the Cheers & Gears Detroit bureau, hence why there wasn't a Sunday Column last week. Well for this week's column, I'll be doing a bunch of quick hits as there has been a bunch of news for the past couple of weeks. Thoughts from the past couple of weeks: Possibly the big story of the past couple of weeks has been the suspension of Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson and subsequent canceling of the current series of Top Gear. This is due to a 'fracas' between Clarkson and a producer, which resulted in Clarkson punching a producer.Fun fact: Fracas is worth 11 points on Scrabble. [*]Since this story broke last Monday, it has developed into a parody of itself with a number of supporters delivering a petition to the BBC in a tank to reinstate Clarkson, along with Clarkson delivering a profanity-ladened talk during an auction. [*]Whether or not Top Gear returns with Clarkson, or is given the boot, the BBC comes off worse - both in public perception and money. The BBC had to pay back a large amount of money to TV stations that broadcast Top Gear. [*]As for Clarkson, he is a bit of a loose cannon as history shows us. Whether he makes a return to Top Gear or moves to something else, you can bet there will be a legion of people that will follow him. [*]I want to give to give a quick plug to Blake Noble who has written two editorials on the whole Top Gear mess. One on whether its the end of Clarkson and Top Gear, and the other on how Top Gear saved and then messed up automotive journalism. This pas week also saw some brands bid farewell to some international markets: First up was Chrysler, which will pull out of Great Britain at the end of year. Not surprising since they only moved 1,982 vehicles in the past year. I wonder if Chrysler would have been better off being a niche brand with importing a small number of vehicles like the 200 (the new one) and 300. Also, rebadging Lancia vehicles as Chryslers may have been seen as a good idea in the beginning... The plus side is this give a bit more breathing room for Jeep. The brand moved 3,909 units last year in the U.K. and expects that number to go up like it has in the United States. With the new Renegade, I would not be surprised if they double that number. [*]The other big leave was GM pulling Opel and most of Chevrolet from Russia. "This decision avoids significant investment into a market that has very challenging long-term prospects,” said GM President Dan Ammann." Those challenges in question include economic conditions, volatile currency, and the mess in Ukraine. Just how bad are car sales in Russia? The Association of European Business which tracks sales, state that 128,298 vehicles were sold in Russia last month - a drop of 38 percent when compared to the same time last year. The head AEB's manufacturing division warns that this is only the beginning of a big sales decline. Other Bits and Pieces: Volkswagen is strongly considering entering the U.S. commercial van market with either the Caddy or Crafter. My money would be on the Crafter since that happens to be the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter in Volkswagen clothing. My heart though wants the Caddy.I'm wondering why another Volkswagen van, the Transporter isn't being talked about. [*]The 2015 New York Auto Show is just around the corner and it appears there's going to an impressive line of debuts - Cadillac CT6, Chevrolet Malibu and Spark; Jaguar XF, and Kia Optima to name a few. I will say that I'm glad the Chevy Camaro will be debuting at a separate event. If they showed it at New York, it would take away the attention for Chevrolet's more mainstream, yet equally important, debuts.
  2. It has been a crazy couple weeks here at the Cheers & Gears Detroit bureau, hence why there wasn't a Sunday Column last week. Well for this week's column, I'll be doing a bunch of quick hits as there has been a bunch of news for the past couple of weeks. Thoughts from the past couple of weeks: Possibly the big story of the past couple of weeks has been the suspension of Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson and subsequent canceling of the current series of Top Gear. This is due to a 'fracas' between Clarkson and a producer, which resulted in Clarkson punching a producer.Fun fact: Fracas is worth 11 points on Scrabble. [*]Since this story broke last Monday, it has developed into a parody of itself with a number of supporters delivering a petition to the BBC in a tank to reinstate Clarkson, along with Clarkson delivering a profanity-ladened talk during an auction. [*]Whether or not Top Gear returns with Clarkson, or is given the boot, the BBC comes off worse - both in public perception and money. The BBC had to pay back a large amount of money to TV stations that broadcast Top Gear. [*]As for Clarkson, he is a bit of a loose cannon as history shows us. Whether he makes a return to Top Gear or moves to something else, you can bet there will be a legion of people that will follow him. [*]I want to give to give a quick plug to Blake Noble who has written two editorials on the whole Top Gear mess. One on whether its the end of Clarkson and Top Gear, and the other on how Top Gear saved and then messed up automotive journalism. This pas week also saw some brands bid farewell to some international markets: First up was Chrysler, which will pull out of Great Britain at the end of year. Not surprising since they only moved 1,982 vehicles in the past year. I wonder if Chrysler would have been better off being a niche brand with importing a small number of vehicles like the 200 (the new one) and 300. Also, rebadging Lancia vehicles as Chryslers may have been seen as a good idea in the beginning... The plus side is this give a bit more breathing room for Jeep. The brand moved 3,909 units last year in the U.K. and expects that number to go up like it has in the United States. With the new Renegade, I would not be surprised if they double that number. [*]The other big leave was GM pulling Opel and most of Chevrolet from Russia. "This decision avoids significant investment into a market that has very challenging long-term prospects,” said GM President Dan Ammann." Those challenges in question include economic conditions, volatile currency, and the mess in Ukraine. Just how bad are car sales in Russia? The Association of European Business which tracks sales, state that 128,298 vehicles were sold in Russia last month - a drop of 38 percent when compared to the same time last year. The head AEB's manufacturing division warns that this is only the beginning of a big sales decline. Other Bits and Pieces: Volkswagen is strongly considering entering the U.S. commercial van market with either the Caddy or Crafter. My money would be on the Crafter since that happens to be the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter in Volkswagen clothing. My heart though wants the Caddy.I'm wondering why another Volkswagen van, the Transporter isn't being talked about. [*]The 2015 New York Auto Show is just around the corner and it appears there's going to an impressive line of debuts - Cadillac CT6, Chevrolet Malibu and Spark; Jaguar XF, and Kia Optima to name a few. I will say that I'm glad the Chevy Camaro will be debuting at a separate event. If they showed it at New York, it would take away the attention for Chevrolet's more mainstream, yet equally important, debuts. View full article

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