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Quick, Act Like We Give a Crap

Today the president of Toyota Motor Company, Mr. Akio Toyoda, appeared before a U.S. congressional committee to answer questions about the ongoing recall and safety/PR crisis that his company is currently suffering. My wife watched the proceedings on live TV, and as she put it, the result could only be described as “a serious culture crash.” Like a runaway Camry stuck at WOT, Mr.

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Farewell, Red Arrowhead

…In the misty morning, on the edge of time We’ve lost the rising sun, a final sign As the misty morning rolls away to die Reaching for the stars, we blind the sky …Oh they say that it’s over And it just had to be Ooh they say that it’s over We’re lost children of the sea …Black Sabbath, “Children of the Sea” (1980) On Monday, April 27th, 2009, General Motors announced the discontinuation of Pontiac Motor Division.

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What Defines an American Car?

CNN’s “QuickVote” polls, which they offer on their website for the public to take, are often of questionable value, or at least questionable objectivity. In light of the “Will Renault/Nissan buy a minority stake in GM?” story flying around in the press today, CNN made tonight’s QuickVote poll: “What defines an American car?” The two choices are “Its style” and “Where it’s made.” I picked choice number one, since that’s always, absolutely been what it’s about for me.

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