Thursday Snippets – Jokes, GM, Datsun and Sales

I work in an audit office. Suffice to say, jokes aren’t our strong point. I heard a couple of good ones on TV last night and thought I’d better record them for posterity. I’m sure they could be useful in the future.

#1

A sweet young girl, around 8 years old, walks into a pet shop. She walks up to counter and asks the owner “Please sir, I’d like to buy a bunny rabbit.”

The shopkeeper looks over the counter to the girl, smiles and asks “Would you like a white rabbit or a brown rabbit, young lady?”

The girl thinks for a moment, then says “I really don’t think my python will give a $#%!”

and #2

You can’t polish a turd, but you can roll it in glitter.

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And that leads me nicely to Cadillac, the GM luxury division that’s had its plans to build a truly luxurious car based on the Ciel concept car, cancelled.

2011 Cadillac Ciel Concept

Autoextremist, Peter De Lorenzo, is always happy to sink the boots in when it comes to GM’s upper management. The monotony of it all gets quite boring, to be honest. But he’s right on the money here.

He quotes former GM head Alfred P Sloan – The business of business is business.

Well, kinda. When you’re in the business of selling an emotive product, the business involves building something that truly moves the emotional needle. Cars done in half-measures don’t do that and companies like Alfa Romeo, Saab, Peugeot, Citroen and countless others over the last few decades have learned that the hard way.

Car companies need scale, for sure. But if they’re not chasing the bottom of the market then they also need to have a worthwhile story to tell and a product that backs that story up.

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A quick visual scan of the automotive sales results for both Germany and the US should give you an idea as to how the North American and European markets/economies are doing.

Don’t worry about reading the numbers. Just look at the respective amounts of red vs green.

GermanSalesJune13

UsSalesJune2013

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You know that a car is reaching mainstream acceptance when it’s mocked this way.

Hopefully that’s a wrap that can be removed from this Tesla Model S, and the wheels might be loaners.

Spotted at The Truth About Cars

PinkTesla

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There were sighs of disappointment at geeky desktops around the world this week when fans of cheap, thrashable cars found out that the model proposed to re-launch the Datsun brand was something other than the 510 or the 260Z.

In fact, it’ll be this:

Datsun_large

Yes, you could put pretty much any automotive company’s badge on that and no-one would know the difference (which is quite possibly the biggest crime a vehicle designer for a known brand could commit, IMHO).

I guess it’s to be expected, but it’s still a little disappointing.

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I mentioned in a previous post that we were thinking of building a new house. Complications with the land we were looking at have led the deal to fall through. Uncertainty about some employment factors means the whole idea is on hold for what I think will turn out to be quite a while.

Result – car shopping is back on the agenda!!

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12 Comments

  1. What about something ‘a bit special’ then. Not common, not seen all that often, loads of cachet and increasing values into the future. Italian styled, German built, fully optioned, GT tourer. And it goes. Hard.

    Guess the car….

        1. The scary part is that you’re correct. I’m smitten. I’d need to get it for a lot less than what he’s asking, though. I reckon $15K or $16K might be a bit fairer. $21K is just too much.

          But then I go and watch the Youtube videos of these little cars and I’m ready to pay just about anything! Mama!!

  2. Oy, that Datsun has been hit with the Kia ugly stick. It could easily be Korean. Spot on, Swade.

    I must confess that the entry title had me thinking about the silly old joke about how Nissan came up with the Datsun brand name in the first place. Good times!

    1. Ah, OK. Yes, I have looked them over with some interest, mainly as a tourer for our east coast trip. I think I might have just covered that base with something else, though.

      So many cars. So little time/money/space.

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