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Quality = Less Repairs & Customer Loyalty?

Posted in Rants with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2009 by JD

fiesta The Salt Lake Tribune’s Autos section this past  Friday cited a pilot that Ford Motor Company conducted over the course of the past year or two. The pilot was to see what would happen if they increased the overall quality of their vehicles by not cutting corners like usual and going for the cheapest parts available.

This pilot had the most amazing results, nothing anyone could have ever predicted…..required warranty service repairs dropped drastically, saving the company millions of dollars and customer loyalty increased!!

Seriously Ford??? You actually had to pilot a program to see what would happen if you made quality vehicles?? This is just sad and is a true testament as to why the US automakers are in such dire straits right now.

On a lighter note…..Ford did finally figure out that all the cool cars they make for the European market for years just might fly in the US as well.  The EU version of the Ford Fiesta will be introduced stateside in 2011 (and believe me, this is not the ghetto Fiesta we in America know) and they are currently running a contest to find 100 people to be the first to “own” one.  All you have to do is create a short video telling them why you should be chosen and then upload it to Youtube.  100 winners will get to “own” the car for 6 months, plus, Ford pays your gas and insurance.

Make Noise!

On the Right Track Big 3

Posted in Rants with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2009 by JD

The Detroit Auto show was this past week and it would appear that the big 3 are pulling out all the stops in the field of electric and hybrid cars. …and it’ about goddamn time!!  Of course the pessimist in me asks….. is this only a front to get the feds off their backs for a bit? Will these cars actually even see the light of day?  Will they give up on them like GM did the EV1 years ago? (go rent “Who Killed the Electric Car?”)  US car makers are great at producing amazing concepts, but then they just go on putting the same old shit in the showrooms.  Let’s hope they change their ways.

Among my favorites from this year’s show….

The Chrysler 200C EV

“Chrysler promises this vehicle, or one like it, will head to the showrooms soon.”   I like the “or one like it” part. This means, it won’t be nearly this cool and Chrysler will wonder why it isn’t selling, then blame everyone but themselves.

The Chevrolet Spark
Actually revealed two years ago and not hitting the showrooms until 2011, the final version of this car will debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March and will go on sale in Europe a year before it hits the US. But of course, the US Big boys make all their best cars for the European markets.  I am sure they will find some reason to not bring this to the US…possibly due to “poor sales in the EU”.  (* note: this is not a hybrid or electric, just a cool compact.  Although they could easily make this a great little electric… and should)


Cadillac Converj
I am not even going to bother with commentary because this one will never see the light of day.  Just look at the picture and imagine yourself never behind the wheel of a car this cool.


Like I said, we’ll see what the US automakers produce to stay afloat, but I get the feeling that we won’t be seeing anything awesome anytime soon.

Make noise!!