It’s well-known that Buick was on the chopping block during GM’s painful (but quick) 2009 bankruptcy. Buick had a history for years of building cars that old people loved; on one hand, old people tend to have enough money to buy new cars. On the other hand, they tend to die within a few years and not buy any new cars. Catering to old folks with oversized radios a simple technology is simply not a viable long-term strategy. So, Buick has the Regal, which is now refreshed for 2014 to add updated technology and to refine its design.
Jaguar’s XK coupe has always pushed the envelope when it came to luxury and performance, and on that front the company has unveiled the latest iteration of this sleek coupe, the 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT which was designed for maximum performance in road course racing.
Following the recent addition of a six speed manual to BMW’s M5 performance sedan, the company has announced that the 2014 BMW M6 will follow suit and offer buyers a six speed manual gearbox as a no cost piece of optional equipment along with stronger carbon ceramic brakes for the new model year.
When the current Buick LaCrosse first debuted back in 2010, it represented a new chapter in Buick design and performance, but newly-revitalized competitors such as the Lexus ES and the Chrysler 300 made the flagship Buick seem stale and outdated. Buick engineers aimed to solve this dilemma and have unveiled the final result of their efforts, the 2014 Buick LaCrosse. The car features reworked interior and exterior styling to make the Buick LaCrosse a compelling contender in the near luxury segment once again.
BMW has pulled the veil of secrecy off of the latest iteration of its popular line of “Frozen” limited edition models the 2014 BMW Frozen Brilliant White Edition 6 Series Convertible which is the first application of the ‘Frozen” nameplate on a BMW model outside the 3 Series model lineup.
Want to see GM’s stock price recover to something closer to the IPO price or – gasp – closer to the price at which Treasury would actually break even on its bailout of GM? Perhaps the answer is addition by subtraction. Maybe it’s time for GM to cash in its chips in Europe and put Opel, Vauxhall, and Chevrolet (the Europe version) out of their misery and sell them. And if nobody wants to buy them (a very strong possibility), GM should wind down the businesses.
They say that you often don’t know what you had until it’s gone. Such is the case with Drop Stop, a simple device that we were asked to sample more than a year ago, but kind of forgot that it was silently doing its job in my wife’s 2008 Sienna. Now that the Sienna is gone and we think we forgot to remove Drop Stop from it, we’re wishing that we still had it.
Bob King, the current president of the large-but-shrinking United Auto Workers (UAW) union, has said repeatedly that his union needs to unionize an auto transplant plant in the southern U.S. in order to stem the UAW’s membership losses of the past few decades. Such a move would be a huge moral victory for the beleagured union, which has lost 75 percent of its membership from its 1979 peak, going from 1.53 million members to just 380,719 as of the end of 2011 (I couldn’t find 2012 year-end numbers on the UAW’s website). So far, his organizing goal has been elusive, but there may be some help from the UAW’s brothers in Germany.