Category Archives: people

Republicans Starting to Like Putin. Treason over Patriotism?

By January 2017, after the presidential election, Democrats had become far more likely than Republicans to view Russia as a threat – though views have changed little since then. Pew does not express a view on Russian tampering with American Democratic processes. Continue reading

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Laws Mandating DUI Interlocks Save Lives

Twenty-eight states, the District of Columbia and four California counties have some type of interlock requirement that applies to first-time offenders. If all states without such laws adopted them, more than 500 additional lives could be saved each year. Continue reading

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Troubled Asset Relief Program – Total Cost $32B

The Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) of 2008 and other desperate actions let the Department of the Treasury promote stability in financial markets through the purchase and guarantee of “troubled assets.” It was a latter part of the Emergency Economic … Continue reading

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Ford Driving Skills for Life Allows Saudi Women to Participate

Ford is training more than 250 Effat University students with lessons thought to be necessary for new drivers, tips from experts, and an understanding of safe driving practices. Continue reading

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US Car Sales Plummet in February. Trucks Gain Again

The smoking tire and news wheel spin of the month – given Trump’s ongoing trade tirades amidst a complete collapse of White House staff support and an ongoing exodus – came from the American International Automobile Dealers Association Continue reading

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Cadillac Names Deborah Wahl Global Chief Marketing Officer

She led marketing for three years as Chief Marketing Officer at McDonald’s, “where she played an instrumental role in transforming the business and increasing brand perception,” a dubious distinction in AutoInformed’s view. Continue reading

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Chinese take 10% stake in Daimler. Unwelcome?

Translation: the Germans didn’t seek this, and it could turn out to be a complicated ménage à trois with lots of conflict over the loot. Continue reading

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Ford Motor Shakes Up Senior Management During Sexual Harassment Debacle

Ford Motor Company today announced changes to its senior management team as it struggles with numerous sexual harassment charges, electrification and mobility business shifts that threaten its future. With a couple of exceptions the management team is y-chromosome male. Continue reading

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Me Too? Raj Nair, President North America, Fired by Ford

Job One at Ford appears to include masturbating on the assembly line, showing off pictures of penises, molesting and propositioning women and retaliating against those who refused to “go along with the program,” thereby providing an expanded definition of tit for tat. Continue reading

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Gutting Consumer Finance Protection Bureau Hurts Auto Biz

As a congressman, Mick Mulvaney sponsored legislation to abolish the CFPB. A White House budget proposal cuts funding for the CFPB by ~$150 million – 25% of its total budget. Mulvaney has already frozen hiring and put a temporary hold on payments to victims of illegal banking practices. Three to 5 million American households turn to payday loan companies whose storefronts in working class neighborhoods outnumber McDonalds and Starbucks. Continue reading

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Corvette ZR1 Sets Lap Record at VIR

Reuss once kicked the author’s butt at a closed track in New York State. It’s surprising when the president of an auto company appears at a race track to drive a car he worked on as an engineer. It’s embarrassing, though, when he’s as fast, well frankly faster, than any hot shoe out there. Continue reading

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Automotive Hall of Fame Honors Roy Lunn and GT40

Lunn was ideal to work for Ford. A former designer and engineer for AC, Jowett, and Aston Martin, he previously led a Le Mans campaign for Aston and his work had led him, eventually, to a position in Dearborn – via Ford of England where he designed the Anglia. In that Detroit suburb, notable for a racist Mayor, Lunn contributed to the mid-engine 1962 Ford Mustang I. Continue reading

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Kittens, Err, Tigers Visit NAIAS

The Tigers are coming off a dreadful 2017 season, winning 64, losing 98, for 5th place in the AL Central; Chevrolet had mediocre one, too. Continue reading

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Racing Legend Dan Gurney Dead at 86

Gurney was also the first driver to spray champagne on the podium, inadvertently starting a tradition that is now imitated all around the world. Hoosier milk doesn’t foam, though. Continue reading

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Street Legal Mustang Shelby GT500 in ’19. Bullitt Edition First

An all-new Mustang Shelby GT500 with a +700-plus horsepower supercharged V8 will be the most powerful street-legal production Ford ever. The Mustang is said to be legal on roadways and race tracks, with claimed “new innovative track technologies, performance hardware, … Continue reading

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