Big Three

Link Love From The Car Connection: Nardelli Speaks To CNBC, Leno Speaks to eBay, And A Former Auto Employee Sings His Little Heart Out
Link Love From The Car Connection: Nardelli Speaks To CNBC, Leno Speaks to eBay, And A Former Auto Employee Sings His Little Heart Out

A gentle reminder -- Yo, peeps: the clock is ticking on our 2010 Toyota Prius schwag giveaway. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post; we'll do the rest. So easy, even someone crunked up on another kind of swag bag can do it. Not so funny -- Remember that Jay Leno gig we told you...Read More»

Steve Rattner, via the New York Times
Steve Rattner To The Rescue

Yesterday was an important moment for domestic automakers: former investment banker and de facto head honcho of Obama's auto task force, Steve Rattner, had his first chat with the media. Reading through the reports, we have to admit that the guy makes a good impression. (Then again, he's got a...Read More»

Chrysler dumping Canada?
No, Canada: Chrysler Prepared To Take Toys, Go Home

Chrysler co-president Tom LaSorda hopped across the border to Canada yesterday. It was not a leisure trip. LaSorda paid a visit to the House of Commons in Ottawa, delivering some very grim news to those assembled. In a nutshell, he explained that Chrysler's sales in Canada are down by about 27%...Read More»

Zoomi Monterey Electric Bicycle
Link Love From The Car Connection: Electric Bikes, iPhone Fun, And Gigolo Becomes Butt Of Soap-Dropping Jokes

Well, there's always Michael Moore -- Fellow PBS fans, the Big Three meltdown has a nasty surprise in store: to cut back on expenses, GM will no longer fund the films of Ken Burns. We understand the rationale; we just wish M. Night Shyamalan's backers would make the same move. Like, yesterday...Read More»

Daniel Simon concept for Cosmic Motors
Link Love From The Car Connection: Spacecar Concepts, Active Wheel Gets Real, And Hot Robot Action

Like a highly trained ninja or some straight-to-video Disney crapfest, Monday snuck up on us again. How does this happen? Space racing -- Daniel Simon has cranked out designs for Bugatti and Lamborghini, but it's the sci-fi concepts he's conceived for his Cosmic Motors brand that really get us...Read More»

Ladies and gentlemen, the Unknown Comic
Wall Street Journal Lets 'Person Familiar With The Matter' Do The Talking For GM

From time to time, journalists rely on anonymous sources, who, for whatever reason, prefer not to identify themselves to the public. And that's fine. But for the Wall Street Journal to base a 1200-word article about one of America's major corporate players on the comments of "person familiar with...Read More»

GM faces the reaper
GM Is Fearing Reaper, Barreling Toward Bankruptcy

Between lackluster sales, the sagging economy, and all that bailout mishegas, things are rough at General Motors. For weeks, we've been waiting for signs of improvement, convinced that the situation can't get much worse. We hate it when we're wrong. GM's auditors at Deloitte & Touche have...Read More»

Steve Jobs
TechCrunch Wants Steve Jobs To Run A United GM/Chrysler; We Respond Huffily

Yesterday, TechCrunch posted a letter to President Obama from Spark Capital's Todd Dagres, who offers the president some suggestions for dealing with the Big Three. In a nutshell, Dagres argues that the biggest problem with the auto industry is that Detroit doesn't design cars Americans want to...Read More»

Saab logo
The Epic And Endless Saga of Saab

One thing's for sure: Scandinavians love a good epic. As proof, look no further than the Sad Story of Saab, which is lengthening by the day. Here's our Reader's Digest recap: When GM bought Saab in 1990, the high-styling Swedish brand was a prestigious feather in GM's cap. Almost two decades later...Read More»

Big Three Bailout Bonanza as of 2-19-09
Big Three Bailout Bonanza: February 19th Edition

As noted earlier, we may not be trained "numbers people", but TCC staffers can usually hold their own on the brave frontier of math. Still, we've had a tough time wrapping our heads around the Big Three bailout bottom line, thanks largely to conflicting dollar figures floating across the interwebz...Read More»

Citroën Karin Concept from 1980
Link Love From The Car Connection: Lost Citroën Concepts, Blinged Rolls Royces, And Chances Are, You Hate Detroit

Just as Eskimos have dozens of words for "snow", we have scores for "Thursday". Our favorites? "Slack-off Day" and "Last Chance to See Straight Before the Big Hangover". Enjoy these news nuggets while you trudge through the second-best day of the work week. Pre-KITT car -- Let's face it: the 1980...Read More»

2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe
Restructuring Plans: Caddies, 300s, And Grand Cherokees, Oh My

If you've got nothing better to do on a Wednesday morning, we highly recommend you flip through the restructuring plans Chrysler and GM submitted yesterday. (And really, what could you possibly have to do that's more important than that?) Among all the legalese and financial statistics, there's...Read More»

Art car madness
Link Love From The Car Connection: Hot Art Cars, Lame Holograms, And The iChange Did It

Welcome to Tuesday, ladies and gents. With the industry hearings in D.C., it's bound to be a very busy day, but here are a few lighthearted links to distract you from all the grisliness: We just hope the cars remain crash-free -- Tech outfit Hughes Telematics has seen the future, and it looks a lot...Read More»

Nicholas II as The Car Czar
Obama Overthrows Car Czar

All that talk and speculation about who will or won't be named Car Czar has apparently been for naught: senior officials in the Obama administration announced today that the president will create an inter-agency task force to oversee the restructuring of America's auto industry, rather than placing...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Cobalt 2-door Coupe SS *Ltd Avail* Trunk
Big Three Opt Out Of Inaugural Festivities

For Bush's second term inauguration in 2005, Ford doled out $250,000 to that two-term president's inaugural committee. GM and the now disbanded DaimlerChrysler sponsored toney receptions at posh locales, attended by Supreme Court justices and members of Congress. But this year, on the heels of huge...Read More»

Barack Obama
WWOD: What Would Obama Do?

It's no secret that G. W. Bush left Barack Obama holding the bag on several things, including the fate of the American auto industry. Perhaps most notably, Bush left the Big 3 with a bailout package that wasn't really to anyone's liking, full of stipulations--some vague, some not--and compliance...Read More»

Japanese worker
Japanese Lawmakers Not So Interested In Subsidies...Yet

Congress wasn't exactly thrilled about the recent bailout, but clearly legislators understood that something had to be done if the American auto industry was to survive. Folks on both side of the aisle also recognized that this "something" had to be severe, given the cashflow problems that at least...Read More»

U.S. Capitol
GOP Senators Still Engaged In Urination Contest

"Change" may be the word on everyone's lips these days, but as Colin pointed out yesterday, "change" will likely come in theory faster than in practice. To demonstrate that point, we need look no further than the US capitol, where Republican senators are playing partisan politics yet again. You may...Read More»

Senator Bob Corker in Detroit
Senator Corker Goes To Detroit

One of the US Senate's most vocal critics of the American auto industry has paid a visit to the Detroit auto show. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) arrived yesterday and stopped to chat with each of the Big Three. So far, it appears he's the only non-Michigan politician to make the trek. Corker's...Read More»

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