How many of the automaker CEOs (and by the way, that includes Gettlefinger, if my viewing of the hearings is correct) travelled commercial to get to Congress yesterday and today?
All three CEOs - Rick Wagoner of GM, Alan Mulally of Ford, and Robert Nardelli of Chrysler - exercised their perks Tuesday by flying in corporate jets to DC. Wagoner flew in GM's $36 million luxury aircraft to tell members of Congress that the company is burning through cash, asking for $10-12 billion for GM alone.
GM and Ford say that it is a corporate decision to have their CEOs fly on private jets and that is non-negotiable, even as the companies say they are running out of cash.
As a US Taxpayer this is my answer to your request for a bailout:
Is that clear enough or do you need it spelled out one letter at a time?
I agree entirely. Not only no, but HELL NO!
Build some cars that we WANT, not the crap that you've been pushing on us for the past 30 years.
My parents purchased a brand new 1979/80 Subaru DL sedan that provided 38mpg city and 44 hwy. It was a decent car, and my mother drove it until sometime in the mid 90's, when she traded it in. It burned regular and unleaded fuel, was a standard transmission, and seated the entire family comfortably, with a trunk that could hold a good days' shopping. (It was about a 4 on the "gambino" scale - meaning you could get four dead bodies in the trunk)
Tell me, how is it that the US car makers cannot provide an automobile that was present for us over 20 years ago.
How does that work?
It's not 1979. Go to any Big 3 dealership and look at the products. They are well made, cost competitive, and come with stellar service intervals and maintenance packages. You can hardly get a better value these days.
Perhaps, if you want a vehicle that doesn't get good gas mileage.
This is bullshit. The average engine size in the US is 3.2L, and in Europe it's 2.0L.
That is due to the marketing, the hype, and the lack of efficient choices by the big 3. They sell vehicles that are crap, that "look" pretty... and fall apart in 3-5 years. I'm still driving a 1994 Toyota Camry 2dr, that get's 33MPG. That's on my daily commute, not just hwy miles.
I had a big 3 dealership last year tell me that I needed a new car, because, "Your Camry doesn't have any warranty, and can't be that efficient." And they wanted to sell me a vehicle that got 24/28mpg for 19K.
Sorry, the Big 3 have been screwing the American people for FAR too long. Let them fail. Good Riddance.
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