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Link Love From The Car Connection: Feds Go Green, Corker Uncorks, And Volkswagen's PR Team Hits Overdrive

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2007 Volkswagen up! concept

2007 Volkswagen up! concept

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Volkswagen Polo Challenge for the iPhone and iPod Touch

Volkswagen Polo Challenge for the iPhone and iPod Touch

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Senator Bob Corker in Detroit

Senator Bob Corker in Detroit

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  • Following through -- The feds have announced plans to spend $285 million from Obama's $787 billion stimulus bill on 17,600 fuel-efficient vehicles from Detroit's Big Three. Included in the mix will be hybrid sedans, natural gas and hybrid buses, plus a few all-electric vehicles, though anything that earns 10% better mileage than the vehicle it's replacing is fair game. Looks like someone's putting his money where his mouth is--and even the dirtiest money has to taste better than foot. [DetNews]
  • His uppance has come -- Remember Republican Senator Bob Corker from Tennessee? The one who's done nothing but complain about the Big Three and the UAW and the bailout? Well, he's living in Ironyville this week, freaked out because GM is threatening to close its plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee. You can't make this stuff up, people. [Freep]
  • Japan joins in -- The list of nations riding the stimulus package/"Cash for Clunkers" bandwagon is growing: Japan has launched a $154 billion initiative, which includes a clunker program that'll provide incentives of $2,500 for anyone replacing a car that's over 13 years old. That's weaker than many similar programs, but stronger than a few we could name. [AutoNews sub req'd]
  • Moving (the) up! -- Volkswagen is mulling the idea of launching its up! minicar concept in the U.S. On the one hand, smaller cars haven't typically sold well stateside, but on the other hand, nothing's selling well stateside these days. Sounds like VW's taking the spaghetti approach to marketing: if they keep throwing stuff into the marketplace, something will eventually stick. [MotorAuthority]
  • Good Friday games -- In other VW news, the company has launched two videogames for the iPhone and iPod Touch--one for the Polo and one for the European-based Seat Cupra. In our not-so-humble opinions, both trump the Audi game we mentioned Wednesday, and the Polo version is a nifty marketing tool, too: after a lap or two, you can look up the location of the nearest VW dealer. Here's a clip of some gameplay, plus some footage of the real-life Polo unveiling--you know, just in case you're a dance major and you're wondering about career options. [Edmunds]
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  1. "Revenge Would Be Sweet"

    Senator Corker the Weasel fought GM getting Federal loans to stay afloat. He like other Southern Republicans wanted GM to go into bankruptcy. He also fought the stimulus package that will provide benefits to the unemployed. Well, I believe that the chickens should come home to roost. Close the Spring Hill plant which is duplicative and let the workers relocate to Michigan or get on the Tennessee dole. When the non-relocating worker benefits run out, Weasel Corker and his Southern Republican cohorts can get these workers some good old Southern style non-union jobs. Remember Corker you reap what you sow! It is too late to sit up on your hind legs and beg now. It is unbecoming. Oh, on second thought, maybe it isn't for you. GM should also find a way to bring Corvette production to Michigan. That way you can move those workers and state taxes right out of Kentucky. That way you can slap another pair of Southern dopes in the face -- McConnell and Bunning who were lock step in opposing loans to GM and the stimulus package too. If GM initiates carrying these actions out, we may even see the true colors of these Senators. Can anyone see an earmark hidden somewhere in the upcoming budget to save Tennessee and Kentucky GM plants? If not, come next election time, Corker, McConnell, and Bunning will be holding their places in the unemployment line too.
     
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  2. "NO BAILOUTS, PERIOD!"

    As a taxpayer into the system for almost 50 years, and never been a union worker, I find the bailouts, from every angle (bankers, wall street, Big-3, etc., etc., etc.) reprehensible. The powers in the house, senate and Oval Orifice now love the Komrad Karl Marx system of government so much they want to make ALL of us poor. So, bailout every hot dog stand, flower shop, auto maker, bank, every idiot who was so short-sighted they failed to understand the free market system of either being profitable, or you're free to collapse. To those who want bailouts, GO-TO-HELL!
     
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  3. "Get the Idea Yet, UAW?"

    I have bought many new cars (and used cars) in my life. The US cars used to be terrible, but are better now. BUT, they are horribly, horribly overpriced and not competitive with European and Asian cars with styling, comfort, and desirability. The unions have done to our country and our economy what world wars failed to do; bring the USA to her knees and are now seeking welfare dollars to further subsidize their $70+ per hour wages, early full retirements, top-of-the-line health benefits for life, longetivity pay increases, legacy benefits, 95% pay for unemployment (no limit on amount on this!), etc. NO OTHER AMERICANS RECEIVES THESE OBSCENE BENEFITS. To date, I/we car purchasers have paid for this baloney, but no more. UAW: Welcome to the "real" world! Welcome to those of us who do not have health benefits, retirement for life, annual Christmas bonus' for retirees of thousands of dollars, all at the expense of the TAX PAYERS! Welcome to reality, baby. Your greed and unwillingness to drop your pay, benefits, retirement, health care, and standard of living to something the rest of us could relate to now will have you unemployed, without "any" benefits or retirement, and you're in the tank with the rest of us. How refreshing that idea is to the rest of us ;-)
     
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