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CNBC’s Better Idea?

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Ford CEO Alan Mulally was interviewed today by CNBC on its morning business news show.  During the interview he said, among other things, that, “We are really turning the tide in North Amer...

Is GM the Next Toyota?

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Nobody asked me, but . . . More than a year ago, as I viewed GM's "situation," I only somewhat facetiously told colleagues that the best thing GM could do would be to simply shut down all its operations in the US and...

You Can Take This to the Bank

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Okay, so let me see if I’ve got this straight.  Citibank officials want more of our tax dollars so they can pay bonuses to employees demoralized by the drop in the bank’s stock price? Perh...

Fast Lane Teen Driving School

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Nobody asked me, but . . . A few weeks ago Cousin John, who had declared himself an emancipated minor at the age of 16, called to tell me that his daughter, Gen, a senior in high school, had decided she didn’t “need”...

2009 VW Jetta Diesel

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Back in the ‘80s and ‘90s safety critics didn’t worry about pedestrians not hearing a diesel coming as they do with current electric vehicles.  From three blocks away you could hear diesel ...

2009 Mazda6 i Grand Touring

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Mazda designers and engineers faced a serious dilemma as they gathered to create the next Mazda6.  The current model didn’t have the broad appeal of its direct family sedan Asian competitor...

Fast Five with Dick LaHaie

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Dick LaHaie was arguably the most humble, yet fiercest competitor around. Selected No. 31 on the NHRA's all-time Top 50 drivers list, it's no surprise the Lansing, Mich. racer/owner/crew chief was named Grand Marshal ...

2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

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Nobody asked me, but . . . It’s gonna come up at some point anyway so let’s deal with the hyperbole surrounding the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid right now.  Here’s what Chevy says: “First example of GM’s two-mode ...

What’s a 710? (joke)

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Here's yet another great joke shared by my grandfather. A few days ago I was having some work done at my local garage. A blonde came in and asked for a seven-hundred-ten. We all looked at each other and another cust...

2008 Nissan Rogue SL AWD

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Take a practical and functional Nissan Sentra compact 4-door sedan and send it to a Jose Canseco athletic club for a 2-week “treatment” and what do you get? Give up?