I have rage issues. There I said it. Fortunately, I take out most of my aggression on inanimate objects (I’m great at patching drywall) and the rest gets spent at the gym. After spending a week in the Hyundai Veloster I couldn’t figure out why I was so angry about it. I really, really like the car. After reflecting on the subject for a while I realized it was not because of the car in any way. I was pissed at all of the other journalists that spent so much time complaining about how “limped” this car was by its lack of horsepower. Read on to find out why.
Reading a story on Jalopnik this morning about how a 1985 Pontiac Fiero was after 22 years underwater caused my mind to wander to the last rusty submerged car that I remember seeing in the news. Of course, that car is the 1957 Plymouth Belvedere that the city fathers of Tulsa, Oklahoma buried in front of their city hall in 1957, to be unearthed in 2007 and awarded to the person who most closely guessed Tulsa’s 2007 population.
My test vehicle for the past week was the first Cadillac SRX I’d ever driven, and judging by the comments of automotive pundits gleaned hither and yon, the 2012 model is the one the General finally got right. Notably, the SRX now boasts a new 3.6-liter V-6 engine with 308 horses on tap, 16% more than the old 3.0-liter (a 2.8-liter V6 turbo was also available but much sneered at). It is, indeed, a superb engine, capable of hauling this beauty to 60 from a standstill in (per dependable Swiss chronometry) 6.8 seconds, with a nice satisfying snarl under the hood. I ascertained this important fact as early into my stewardship of the thing as possible. So far so good, I thought.
At almost the same time news broke that PSA Peugeot Citröen and GM were in alliance talks, Ford’s former alliance partner, Mazda is going in the opposite direction. The Japanese automaker is looking to raise up to $2 billion USD (162.8 billion yen) to shore up its balance sheet.
According to comments from French labor minister Xavier Bertrand last night, French automaker PSA Peugeot Citröen is in the midst of talks with GM on a far-reaching alliance. While the outcome of the talks is unlikely to include any cross-shareholding arrangements (such as Renault and Nissan have, or (ahem) Volkswagen and Suzuki do), it may help both companies deal with serious problems in Europe.