The Week in Reverse

August 12, 2005
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Jeep's flag-waving patriotism will fare well here in the States - but how's it going to go over in Germany during the Frankfurt show? The Compass and Patriot concepts are the right size at the right time, but maybe they're debuting at the wrong auto show.

Speaking of Frankfurt, more and more concepts and production cars are breaking cover before the actual show begins. TCC offers to pioneer news coverage without actually attending the news event. We'll do the same for the Cruise-Holmes "wedding" too!

Kia's looking for a site to build a U.S. plant. They're looking at four states, three of which are in the southeast and one of which might as well be - at least, if you're taking the Krugman gambit. Notice how Michigan, California and New York City are not on the short list?

Delphi's threatening bankrupcty unless it gets a Visteon-like deal from GM. And Ford itself is folding all its American brands into one organizational structure. Prediction: by 2010, American auto-related companies will be managed by a Microsoft software suite and the vehicles will be built in Laos.

The Detroit News says Ford's Wixom plant is on the line as the company preps for another round of job cuts. We say drop the price on the Ford GT to $50,000 and crank that baby up to full assembly speed instead!

Frankly, the endless GM boosterism at this Web site is beginning to sound a bit too biased, even for us. It's like they love everything General Motors ever built! Well, everything except the Chevette.

An L.A.-area man found the Jethro Clampett solution to eternally sounding car alarms. We're wondering if the Camry still ran perfectly afterward.

Lest you think we're deprived, wan creatures welded to our laptops, two of TCC's writers have been to Jackson Hole lately. Oops, sorry - the town is upscaling itself into "Jackson." Now, is that Jackson as in LaToya, or Michael?

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