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7-9-2016 You are driving on the crowded highway at rush hour and what happens, your car quits on you. Agghh, what a nightmare that is. Other cars swirl around you to keep from hitting you, drivers honk their horns at you. You are afraid for your safety, and feel antsy about even being in the car at this moment.

Your next thought is how do I get out of this situation?

Car repairs in an emergency was not on your agenda for today. Rather business meetings which you will now have to cancel will take up a lot of time and provide more anguish in this situation.

Stop, think about who you can call to have your car towed and to where. If you have towing insurance for your vehicle you are in luck. However, your comfort and fear levels may rise and fall because it depends on how long it will take an emergency vehicle to get to you and your disabled car to get you back on your way again. Then again you might just have to have your car towed to a car repair service center for repairs. Emergency car repairs are not fun.

As you gnash your nails, and feel the beginnings of sweats from fear of the entire situation that almost disables you, you finally get a confirmation phone call back from you tow truck rescuer. At last help is on the way. Your mind plays back an old carton “superman will save the day” and you laugh at your thoughts for a second or two between the loud and obnoxious honking of other by now angry drivers. How dare you break down in front of them!

Your mechanic then calls you back and says yes have your car towed here we will look at it for you and make recommendations. Oh faithful car repair center mechanic you are my saviour for the day.

Next up what to do about a relacement car. Thank goodness you have car rental as part of your insurance. And another bonus, there is a car rental business next to your mechanics shop. Mabe the day won’t be such a loss after all.It is a good thing that your car repair center provides certified mechanics on staff.

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How Can We Trust Toyota Anymore?

Toyota -Lexus Recalls Because of Engines Stalling Out?

Well, as the crow has it the companys' statement says;

Lexus has discovered faulty valve springs in some V8 and V6 engines in certain Lexus models sold in the U.S. Due to slight variations during the manufacturing process, some foreign material may have contaminated the valve springs resulting in potential breakage.

In such a situation, there is a remote possibility that abnormal engine noise or idling may occur. In extremely rare instances, the engine may stop while the vehicle is in operation.

Lexus has not received any reports of accidents or injuries related to this issue.

Approximately 137,000 vehicles are potentially affected in the U.S., including the IS 350, GS 350, GS 460, GS 450h, LS 460, LS 600h L.

Current model years are not affected.

Lexus is moving quickly to resolve the situation and will announce an appropriate remedy as soon as possible.

"In the meantime, we sincerely apologize to our customers for any inconvenience and request that they contact their nearest Lexus dealer if they believe there is a problem with their vehicle," said Mark Templin, group vice president and general manager of the U.S. Lexus Division.

GM Announces Recall of 1.5 million Cars

If it isn't one thing it is 1.5 million problems for the company. Say, who is watching their suppliers in the first place. Apparently this is a case of not paying atttention to what your supplier is doing. Now that same suplier is not making those parts anymore and GM does not have another supply of the item in question. Hmm, sleeping at the switch are they. Listening to the drone of the motors and tires too much I think. Another head will roll because of not paying attention to the situation and previous problems.

Has GM really lost its grip this time? Is the management better or worse off? If you have to pay out a hundred dollars to 1.5 million people that is a lot of money out of someones pocket. Hopefully it won't have to come out of line workers pay.

New Investments in Products

2-18-2010 Meeting announced an investment in manufacturing facilities to support the next generation, fuel efficient Ecotec engine from GM. This investment, totaling millions of dollars with a positive impact on employment, will position these communities for a bright future as GM transforms its product portfolio with new technologies and engines to reduce vehicle fuel consumption and emissions.

New offices and new office furniture will probably be included in the changes at the plants as well as new doors with name changes.

Tonawanda Plant

2995 River Road

Tonawanda, NY

Bay City Plant

1001 Woodside Ave.

Bay City, MI

Defiance Plant

26427 State Route 281

Defiance, OH

GM in Your Pocket

9-28-09 General Motors now has you in their pocket. Why? Because the US government bailed them out, They are now out of the bankruptcy and moving on to a newer direction.

Hopefully that direction will be good for us as taxpayers and they will begin to make some money again.The company is now owned by the US, Canada and Ontario.Their members of their board of directors have also been changed.

Unfortunately all of the jobs that were lost are still lost. The giant grew too big for his house, so he was put out of it. Many employees lost their homes because of GM business practices going too far afield. They built too many types of cars that did not really serve their customers.

It is no joke that US President Obama is now in the car business. You could say he and GM President Fritz Henderson are partners. However, when I went to check to see who the new members of the board were, the web site did not work. Nothing showed up on their web page about the newest members. So we wait to see what has really happened.

You would think that as big as GM is they could get their web site working prior to the day they announce a new company out of the rags of the former GM. While their new Senior staff was named, no where on the site was their new board of directors named. Oh well it’s Friday right, no one at GM works on Friday, I guess everyone took off after the announcement of them having new people on the board and that they were out of the bankruptcy, now they are all out partying at our expense. I really hope not.

Listed as senior staff are:

Frederick A. Henderson President and Chief Executive Officer

Thomas G. Stephens Vice Chairman Global Product Development

Robert A. Lutz Vice Chairman and Senior Advisor

Ray G. Young Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Troy A. Clarke Group Vice President and President,GM North America

Canadian Workers Sacrifice

5-27-2009 Canadian auto workers were asked to give up $19.00 per hour in negotiations to keep their Chrysler jobs and the company in business. President of the canadian auto workers union Ken Lewenza said "They wanted us to eliminate our 30-and-out plan, eliminate survivor income benefits. We said 'no way. What we had to sacrifice was significant, he said. Not one (concession) was less painful than the other. The negotiations were tortuous, but Chrysler operations in Canada will live to see another day." GM is going to go the bankruptcy route as well and will also seek reductions in labor costs. In recent negotiations Lewenza said it was "a struggle" to reach a deal with GM, but he added that the union had done the best it could under the circumstances, saying: "we have protected most of our core benefits."

It must be noted that all auto workers in the past have made really good salaries. Those wages have been a good tax base for both the Americans and Canadians to help pay government expenses as well as community growth and services. So because auto executives have not made the right choices, and their boards of directors and stock holders have stood by pretty much voiceless in cowardice we the people and auto workers have to pay the price in suffering for lack of executive smarts. They did not pay attention to their own bottom lines and overwhelming rates of inaction or stupidity of their overseers. I am not sure which has been the more prevalent.

No one was listening to the guys and girls on the front lines of their conveyor belts. Or else they just didn't want to hear what was being said. Common sense was abandoned amidst illusions of grandeur when they started to ship cars out of the country to sell in other parts of the world. You big guys in the corporate chairs have to get out and see what is real on a daily basis. Maybe now that most of them are out of the companies anyhow or on their way out better choices can be made. The bottom line is still that citizens in both countries will suffer for many years to come because of inaction of true leadership and lack of guts to do the right thing at the right time instead of waiting until it is too late.

5-13-2009

Chrysler has 3,200 car dealerships throughout the U.S. Approximately 800 of them will have to be closed to comply with their bankruptcy “restructuring franchise agreements.” Real hard decisions will be made by the makers of Fiat located in Italy, Chryslers new corporate partner. According to President Obama a Fiat partnership could provide "a chance not only to survive, but to thrive in a global auto industry.

Chrysler's Chapter 11 filing is the sixth-largest ever in the U.S. While the U.S. Unions want to protect the jobs here in this country, Fiat in Italy could hold a majority stock position if all criteria is met within their agreement.

In a statement release this week from Chrysler leader Bob Nardelli who was at the helm of Home Depot for two years and left in 2007 along with 210 Million dollars in a pay out bonus. Some Home Depot employees are still sore about his bonus package because it directly effected their annual bonuses. Nardelli is now earning $1.00 a year at Chrysler, bur probably earning more with executive perks beyond his $1.00 salary. As a private company they are not required to report his total pay package.

In his remarks about Tommy Lasorda, “As we move into a new era for Chrysler, Tom LaSorda has announced his plans to retire from Chrysler LLC. Tom joined Chrysler in 2000 after more 23 years with General Motors Corp., where he earned a reputation as an authority on lean manufacturing by helping to launch the GM-Suzuki joint venture plant, CAMI, in Canada and Opel Eisenach, GM’s pioneering venture in the former East Germany. He began his career at the Chrysler Group of the former DaimlerChrysler on the manufacturing side and moved up to Chief Operating Officer, and then became President and CEO, guiding Chrysler through the transitional period of the de-merger.

5-9-2009 I have been writing for months about the Big three and their problems with the business realities of the day. How can they in good conscience expect to be bailled out of their problems which by the way were not caused by the economy, rather their own egotistical blindness. That is right they have not paid the slightest attention to the realities of their competition for years and years. They apparently thought they were too big to be taken down.

Guess what guys, the bloom is off the flower, the fragrence stinks, and the honey bees are not spreading the pollen anymore. The American public has finally spoken up and they don’t want what you have to sell.

1. The quality isn’t high enough

2. There are not enough innovations

3. Gasoline Mileage is not enough

How can these CEO’s expect to be taken seriously when they have ignored sales figures? Then they have the nerve to say they want to stay in their positions because they know the business. Oh what a nasty taste that thought leaves in my mouth.

To put one thing up front, I do not have a grudge against these men. However, I also do not like the idea of thousands of people being put out of work because of someone else’s negligence, which is just what has happened. These men at the top have been negligent in their duties and business practices, and in my opinion, they ought to be tied to the bumper of their biggest SUV’s and drug through the streets of Detroit. They have no right to any bonus’ vacations or special privileges.

What the United States public needs is accountability from the automobile manufacturers.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said during hearings recently, “It is all about accountability and about viability. Until we can see a plan where the auto industry is held accountable and a plan for viability on how they go into the future, until they show us the plan, we cannot show them the money.”

If the business of the automobile industry was not so important to the economy, I would tell Gm to take a hike on a low road. There needs to be a shake out and this is the time to do that to get rid of the fat cats who did not listen. Many people thought of America as a big industrial nation and in some respects we still are, but the automobile industry is the elephant in the middle of the room that no one wants to address or talk about. We need to change that and take a different road, a higher one if you will. But, we need to do that as soon as possible so we can get on with some hope instead of hopelessness as many of the industry workers must surely feel at this time of the year.

Maybe we could fire the top three bosses and replace them with industry bosses from the likes of Toyota, Hyundi and Honda. Then workers could begin a new respect for their bosses and technical know how as well. The industry leaders needs to come together and play nice, not run away with big fat checks in their wallets. Just like our recent political upheavel it is a new day, be thankful for what you have and respect one another from the highest boss to the janitor.

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There are Clouds Over GM

GM Says

GMC EXPANDS HYBRID PORTFOLIO WITH ADDITION OF YUKON DENALI HYBRID

Joins Yukon Hybrid SUV and Sierra Hybrid Pickup, Making GMC the First Manufacturer to Offer Three Full-Size Hybrid Models

Provides full-size luxury and capability with more than 50-percent increase in city fuel economy

Powered by GM’s advanced, patented, two-mode hybrid technology

Eight-year/100,000-mile hybrid powertrain warranty with no deductibles

NEW YORK – GMC’s all-new 2009 Yukon Denali Hybrid makes its world debut at the 2009 New York International Auto Show. It is a luxurious, full-size SUV that seats eight, tows up to 5,800 pounds (2,636 kg) and achieves an estimated 21 miles per gallon in city driving, thanks to the engineering excellence of the Yukon’s patented 2-mode hybrid system.

The GMC Yukon Denali Hybrid arrives in May at Buick-Pontiac-GMC dealer showrooms. It joins the Yukon Hybrid and Sierra Hybrid pickup truck in the GMC hybrid lineup, making GMC the first manufacturer to offer three full-size hybrid models.

“The eight-passenger GMC Yukon Denali Hybrid goes just as far on a gallon of gas in the city as a much smaller, V-6 Toyota Camry sedan,” said Susan Docherty, vice president, Buick-Pontiac-GMC. “And in terms of fuel savings, the GMC Yukon Denali saves about 250 gallons of fuel a year over the Lexus GX 470.”

The GMC Yukon Denali Hybrid infuses a new level of luxury to the Yukon Hybrid introduced for the 2008 model year. Docherty said the number one consideration for those purchasing the GMC Yukon Hybrid is fuel economy (80 percent); followed by 66 percent for its environmentally friendly technologies and more than half because of its technological innovation.

Patented, industry-leading hybrid technology

GM’s most advanced hybrid technology drives the GMC Yukon Denali Hybrid’s superior fuel economy, performance and load-carrying capability. Powering this hybrid system is a fully integrated combination of two lightweight electric motors packaged in the transmission; an electronic brake emulator that provides blended regenerative braking; electric power steering and an electric air conditioning compressor.

The heart of the system is GM’s 6.0L Vortec V-8 engine with fuel-saving Active Fuel Management, late intake valve closing and variable valve timing technologies. It produces 332 horsepower (248 kW) and 367 lb.-ft. (498 Nm) of torque.

Unique hybrid exterior, luxurious interior

The Yukon Denali Hybrid rides on new 22-inch, eight-spoke, flangeless chrome wheels that make a unique Denali appearance statement.

Inside, designers filled the cabin with luxurious amenities such as standard 12-way power, heated/cooled leather-appointed perforated front seating and heated, second-row, leather-appointed bench seating. Buyers may choose an Ebony or Cashmere interior. The only three options on this fully equipped vehicle are a sunroof, rear-seat entertainment DVD system and side blind zone alert mirrors.

Enhanced connectivity includes standard OnStar with Directions & Connections and Turn-by-Turn Navigation, navigation radio with rear camera system, a Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound System and three years of real-time XM NavTraffic.

A comprehensive safety package of crashworthiness and crash-avoidance features includes front- and side-impact air bags, anti-lock brakes and StabiliTrak with traction control. The Yukon Denali Hybrid also is equipped with GM’s MagnaRide suspension, the first application of this advanced technology in a Yukon. MagnaRide uses magnetic particles in the shock absorber fluid to adjust the damping rate of the shock absorbers – based on road conditions and vehicle dynamics – to help keep tires in contact with the road.

MSRP starts at $59,185 (2WD) and $62,030 (4WD), including the destination freight charge of $950. Buyers may be eligible for a tax credit of up to $2,200

Gates, Buffet, and Bill Ford

The stimulus bills are a wiggly beginning, just like a childs young wobbly legs when they are starting to walk. Americans are arriving at this juncture of reality because of actions taken in the past by politicians and businessmen's greedy actions. I don't think you can really say they were mistakes because there were so many of them made by so many people in different and various business entities.Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and CEO Bill Ford of Ford Motor Company are all grown men, but they were young and small at one time.

Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and CEO Bill Ford of Ford Motor Company would not have made that type of mistake. While they have tried different things, they also controlled them. Note; last week the Chief Executive of Ford, Alan Mulally has agreed to take a 30 percent salary cut for this year. Bill Ford already took a 30% pay cut. One thing all of these men have in common is the ability to ask lots of questions, listen to other people, and respect their opinions when given. They also have an insatiable appetite for information,an independent open mind at the same time while looking for new ways to make things better.

Bill Gates is currently heavily involved in health car across the globe, Warren Buffet has been donating millions of his money to The Gates Foundation and Bill Ford wants to make Ford Motor company more environmentally clean than Toyota. Lets see how all three men walk or wobble in the next year in this wobbily economy, and how much they help Americans.

The Behometh is on a Diet for Sure

The giant GM is on a massive diet, but can the company surive or is the weight of the company just too great? Traveing the maze of its financial dealings, can the maze of available diets just be too overwhelming?

Survival of the fittest is a question of can we survive that they must be dreaming everynight. Are the leaders setting realistc goals, or just putting in smoke clouds of dreams?

GM and Chrysler A Marriage Made in Hell

Why would a major player like GM plan to acquire more car models that are not selling in th first place. Another nightmare that GM is not acknowledging, just like the bulding of SUVs past their market share. Maybe all of the US carmakers should be consolidating and we can have one gigantic company to compete with the Japanese cars, and Volkswagen, etc. Dunderheads by any other name. They seem to be taking notes from the rest of the banking industry prior bailout. Surely this is a company on the downslideing side of the money surge. Look out for your stocks in the car manufacturing sector.

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RECALL: Ford Motor Company

DEARBORN, Mich., March 29, 2017 - Ford Motor Company is issuing three safety recalls and one safety compliance recall in North America. Details are as follows:

Ford issues safety recall for certain 2013-15 Ford Escape, Ford Fiesta ST, Ford Fusion and Ford Transit Connect 1.6-liter GTDI vehicles for under-hood fire risk Ford is issuing a safety recall in North America for approximately 230,000 2014 Ford Escape, 2014-15 Ford Fiesta ST, 2013-14 Ford Fusion and 2013-15 Ford Transit Connect vehicles equipped with 1.6-liter GTDI engines. Ford's investigation of these vehicles has identified a risk of under-hood fires.

In the affected vehicles, a lack of coolant circulation could cause an engine to overheat, resulting in a crack in the cylinder head. A cracked cylinder head can result in a pressurized oil leak. Oil that comes into contact with a hot engine surface increases the risk of a fire in the engine compartment.

Ford is aware of 29 reports of fire associated with this issue in the United States and Canada. No injuries have been reported.

Affected vehicles equipped with 1.6-liter GTDI engines include:

2014 Escape - Louisville Assembly Plant, Feb. 12, 2013 to Sept. 2, 2014

2014-15 Fiesta ST - Cuautitlan Assembly Plant, Jan. 22, 2013 to May 27, 2014

2013-14 Fusion - Hermosillo Assembly Plant, Feb. 15, 2012 to June 6, 2014

2013-15 Transit Connect - Valencia Assembly Plant, June 13, 2013 to Dec. 14, 2014

There are approximately 230,756 vehicles equipped with 1.6-liter GTDI engines located in North America, including 208,584 in the United States and federalized territories, 21,854 in Canada and 318 in Mexico. The Ford reference number for this recall is 17S09.

Ford will mail customers instructions from the owner's manual on how to check and refill coolant. Customers can continue to drive their vehicles, but should see their dealer if their vehicle exhibits a coolant leak, overheating or frequently needs coolant added. When service kits are available, dealers will install a coolant level sensor with supporting hardware and software at no charge to the customer.

Kelly Blue Book Helps Consumers Learn About Better Trade in Deals

10-21-2016 Working with Auto trader and KBB.com they are providing information to provide more consumer confidence,and increase trade-in volume for the entire industry.

Dealerships will have a more frequent amount of information "weekly" to help buyers make better decisions about which car to pick for their best use.And of course the cash incentives will likely draw in more customers.

The Center for Automotive Research has recently made Sustainability more Important.

Consumers who are environmentaly conscious are always looking to improve their mileage and interested in the actual technical information that will make their vehicle get more mileage and better performance.

Lets face reality, everyone is more technicaly educated these days simply because of the available information available on line. Consumers can get the info quick and are better educated on how to find the answers.

Car Talk Radio Show

10-21-2013 Car Talk is a Peabody Award-winning radio talk show broadcast weekly on NPR stations and elsewhere.

It is a wildly effective information outlet for those wanting to fix their cars without being charged a fortune. Hosted by Tom and Ray who are brothers make it more humane and fun. Known for their humor they are also known as "Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers".

One major reason it is so popular is because they help consumers understand their cars and the industry much better. Their format lets people ask the real questions that they have been wanting information on. Not everyone is going to buy a new car, rather they want to find out to better treat their car and make it last longer.

Not inly do the hosts know what they re talking about, but almost everyone can relate to them becaue the information is presented with humor, yet diligence.Their show is available onyour local NPR radio station.

 

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Dave Tanner 1st man and friend made the Hi Ho Dirive In display inside the museum. He is an avid car pattern maker. He made a pattern for the first parts truck that travelled across Canada. Dave also built the truck and it was mechanically correct and ran.The Hi Ho Drive in was the first drive in in Canada.

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