Hey, remember when Oprah gave everyone in her audience a new car (previously
)? It was ten years ago tomorrow
Washington Post humor columnist Gene Weingarten somehow talked his way into reviewing a Chevy Volt (GM's new electric vehicle) for 7 hours over 4 days. That's about 6:30 more than most reviewers get to spend with the vehicle. What resulted is a auto review unlike any other you've read before.
Previously on Metafilter.
. Today GM reached a deal
to sell (previously doomed
) Swedish car manufacturer SAAB
, not to Koenigsegg
, maker of exclusive sports cars, but to Spyker
, maker of exclusive sports cars. The fans are rejoicing.
Saturn is no more.
"Other industries could learn from the Saturn Corporation
Certainly GM is taking what they have learned from their Saturn
investment and incorporating it into their existing plants and
facilities where practical. It will not be an overnight
experience. Like Saturn, it will take time, investment and a
strong commitment to regain the role of world leader in the
The cars of tomorrow, today.
Link goes to NYT, you may need to use BugeMeNot. [more inside]
GM announces plans to roll out gas/electric hybrid cars
for consumers in the next four years -- including pickup trucks and SUVs. Plus a brief discussion of ways to get the general populace to buy hybrid... apparently tax breaks are being mooted? Interesting. The cost increase / gas savings breakdown still isn't as impressive as one might like it to be, though... would you give one a try?
GM are looking to the future
with plans to get a fuel cell vehicle (dubbed AUTOnomy
) on the road by 2010, unlike past attempts where fuel cell powerplants were shoe-horned into conventional cars
GM are redesigning it from the ground up with a six inch flat chassis that contains the fuel cell and powertrain allowing them to plonk a variety of different bodies on top all the while cutting costs by being far simpler to produce than conventional cars.
The Day My Car Ratted Me Out.
Dear Winston Smith,
Your 1984 Corvette has informed us that over the past month, you have failed to obey the speed limit 36 times, at times reaching speeds exceeding 130 MPH. As A result, we feel that we can no longer provide you with coverage. We have also supplied this information to the proper authorities, their jackbooted thugs should be in your driveway momentarily. Thank you.
First it was the rental car companies, now it is GM and the Insurance companies. This is the top of a very slippery slope of privacy issues and technology, specifically GPS.
WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, and, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.
GM encourages new SUV owners not to drive.
"No injuries yet." But how bad does the defect have to be for them to tell their customers not to drive the damn things?
The next Java frontier: your car.
Sun Microsystems announced Monday it would partner with General Motors' dashboard technology division, OnStar, in an effort to make Java the computing standard for the automotive industry.