I have another family visit this weekend, so posting may be a bit lighter than usual. We’ll see how we go.
I moved to an island to cut down on this stuff…….
The elephant in the corner of the room is still there. I haven’t written about it for a while, but that’s not to say that it’s any less relevant to GM, and by extension, to Saab. What is it?
It’s a conglomorate of the UAW, the Delphi situation and believe it or not, we can now throw the Chrysler situation into the mix.
UAW agreements are up for re-negotiation soon and that’s going to have big implications for both GM and the UAW. Pete De Lorenzo has a very interesting perspective on the whole situation over at Auto Extremist.
If the UAW deigns to think that they’re going into these negotiations from a position of strength and power, then we’re talking Eve of Destruction-type scenarios here. In this global economy, the classic UAW position of entitlement and “getting what we deserve” is so obsolete and out of touch that it’s excruciatingly painful to even contemplate.
The clincher here is Cerberus/Chrysler. Click the link to read why.
The Dream Trippers and their Toppola-equipped Saab 900 are now in Lithuania:
We are staying in a part of town called Uaupis, where the Vilnia river makes a bend. It is kind of arty, hippie place for alternative living. April 1st 2002 they announced the new republic, and the angel is their symbol. As a republic they of course have their own constitution too. Here are a few of the more memorable lines ”Every dog has a right to be a dog”, ”People have the right to sometimes not know if they have any duties” how about “People have the right to die, but it is not a duty”.
My dog Charli agrees.
GM are about to launch an OnStar campaign in the US (I can hear the collective groan from here). Some interesting stats from the press release:
On average, each month from February through April 2007, OnStar received 900 air bag deployment notifications; 750 Advanced Automatic Crash Notifications; 9,500 requests for emergency services; 700 stolen vehicle location assistance requests; 53,000 remote unlock requests; 6,000 Good Samaritan calls and 338,000 route support calls. In addition, OnStar subscribers make more than 15 million hands-free calls per month. On demand remote diagnostics are performed 55,000 times per month and more than 2.5 million subscribers received OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics e-mails (April 2007).
It’s a big country, I guess. I’m a small-town boy now.
For those of you, who like me, are also closet Alfa Lovers.
The Brera is nice, but the GT is almost perfect. Especially when it’s dressed up like this. Click through to Auto Express to get the rather superb stats on this little beastie.