Archive for the ‘cars’ Category

Communism at work: Give up your car

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Translation: Workshop:
Maximum Socialist Efficiency
The State enterprise building
the New Economic Order

My latest article, Communism at work: Give up your car, is up at Da Tech Guy Blog.

In other related news, Maduro says he needs $15billion to rebuild the exhange system, which is the amount Hugo Chavez spent on weapons purchases three years ago.

Damme!

Friday, November 15th, 2013

As in Jean-Claude Van,

On second thought, the song is Only time,

How Volvo Created the Jean-Claude Van Damme ‘Epic Split’ Video

Argentina: Pope Francis, Renault 4 Club’s lifetime member

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

A few days ago an Italian priest gifted Pope Francis a popemobile that is a lot like him: frugal, clad in white and with a fair bit of mileage. The Pope will use it for getting around the Vatican, which tells me a couple of things:

  • Popes get parking privileges
  • Francis likes stick shift
  • The little car looks like fun
  • He runs his own errands.

Following the news of the Pope’s new wheels (which, at 186,000 miles goes beyond “certified pre-owned”), the Buenos Aires-based Argentina Renault 4 Motor Club has granted Pope Francis a lifetime membership, since Pope Francis owned a green Renault 4 back in the day.

Here’s a YouTube of the club’s loyal fans meeting in the cold rain to show off their “roadrunners”, as they call their cars,

I can’t wait to see photos of the Pope washing the car when he needs to think.


Mexico: Iron Man? No, Peatónito!

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013


Nice abs, too.

Standing for truth, pedestrians, and the Mexican way, at the intersection where wrestling meets traffic.

Take a look,

A Very Pedestrian Superhero Grapples With Mexico City Traffic
Peatónito, Walkers’ Masked Champion, Leads a Double Life; Has Paint, Will Travel

There is no one more neglected than Mexico City’s walkers, says Peatónito.

“The pedestrian is nobody in this city, he has been forgotten by authorities and our own citizenry,” Peatónito says. “The curious and paradoxical thing is that we are all pedestrians at some moment. As such, we have forgotten ourselves.”

The guy has his work cut out for him. Follow him on Twitter,

Hierarchy >> Pedestrians, especially vulnerable people; cyclists; public transport riders, cargo vehicles and automobiles.

Oh goody! More subsidies for the Volt UPDATED

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Government Motors to increase Chevy Volt subsidy from $7,500 to $10,000!

ReVolt: Obama wants you to pay even more for cars nobody wants

In a speech before the Daimler Trucks North America manufacturing plant in Charlotte, N.C. today, the president delivered his answer to rising gas prices: He wants to increase the $7,500 tax credit for alternative-energy vehicles to $10,000, earmark $1 billion to reward cities that provide infrastructure for such vehicles, earmark an additional $650 million for a research program to increase the range and decrease the price of the vehicles, and repeal $4 billion of tax incentives for oil and gas companies.

Are talking about the expensive car that goes up in flames?

The one whose manufacturer stopped production due to low demand?

The one getting over $256,000 in subsidies per vehicle?

Oh, yes.

Warms the cockles of your heart, doesn’t it?

UPDATE:
Via Instapundit: Volt for you, but not for Chu.


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Volt goes down in flames

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Volt production on hold for 5 weeks

General Motors has told 1,300 employees at its Detroit Hamtramck that they will be temporarily laid off for five weeks as the company halts production of the Chevrolet Volt and its European counterpart, the Opel Ampera.

“Even with sales up in February over January, we are still seeking to align our production with demand,” said GM spokesman Chris Lee.

“Seeking to align our production with demand” = nobody wants them so we can’t keep making them, in spite of the fact that the total amount of state and federal subsidies for each Chevy Volt sold is as much as $256,824 per vehicle.

Maybe Obama’s still on time to buy one, there must still be plenty of Volts on the dealers’ lots,

Related:
Coinkadink: Obama rips small oil companies for their $4B in tax relief, which is roughly the same amount he blew on the Chevy Volt

UPDATE
Barack Obama blew more money on the Chevy Volt than the entire annual GDP of Belize.


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Volt, the ad

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Via Denny.

Related: Auto bailout helped Obama’s friends, at taxpayers’ expense


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Another reason to {heart} Allen West: His Hummer

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

As gas hits $5/gallon and it’s not even Spring yet, while the government bans by decree the exploration and exploitation of our natural resources,
Allen West fills Hummer, blames Obama

Rep. Allen West says he is not happy that he had to spend $70 this week to fill up the gas tank of his Hummer, and he’s directing his anger at President Barack Obama.

“People have asked me before is there any area where I could praise President Obama? Certainly, he has an impeccable penchant for understanding the power of the bully pulpit,” the Florida Republican wrote on his Facebook page Thursday. “President Obama is also very adept at promulgating deceptive language masquerading as policy, actually just insidious political gimmickry.”

He continued, “This ‘tax policy’ is an example as well as today’s speech on his ‘energy policy’ shall be. Here is the bottom line, last night it took 70 dollars to fill the tank of my 2008 H3 Hummer, what is it costing you? What does it cost the president to fill his gas tank?”

Truck on, Congressman!

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Mercedes-Che?

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

What the hey??
Mercedes-Benz Uses Communist Madman Che Guevara to Sell Luxury Cars

Mercedes forgets that

Che Guevara, not to put too fine a point on it, was a psychopath whose sadistic lust for blood was not easily quenched. He killed for pleasure.

As Ed Driscoll puts it, The Baader Meinhof Complex comes full circle.  Or, is it Stockholm Syndrome for marketers?

(updated with photo)

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What would be the #3 worst product of the year? UPDATED: ALL VOLTS RECALLED

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Drumroll, please!

Yay! The Chevy Volt!

Yessss!
The bland little car that looks like every other forgettable little car in the parking lot, each costs $230,000 of taxpayer subsidies, and gives new meaning to burning rubber when it catches on fire.

Only Netflix’s Qwikster, and A&F’s push-up bra for little girls could top that, but, for my taxpayer bang-for-the-$230,000-bucks, the Volt is #1.

Government Motors: Wasting your money in the most hazardous way.

UPDATE
I left one out,
Obama gets two ‘awards’ for worst product failures of 2011

Obama’s second flop took sixth place.

The booby prize want to the Fiat 500 auto, which administration officials touted when they arranged for Fiat to buy the ailing Chrysler company.

“The car was expected to be a big seller, rivaling BMW’s Mini… [and] Fiat expected to sell 50,000 500s during 2011 in North America,” according to the Yahoo! Finance Top 7 list. However, “Fiat sold fewer than 12,000 [and] sales were so poor that Chrysler Group, which manages the Fiat brand in the United States, ousted U.S. chief Laura Soave this past November,” noted Yahoo.

UPDATE 2:
ALL VOLTS RECALLED!
Chevy Volts Called Back By GM For Battery Fixes

GM is making the repairs after three Volt batteries caught fire following crash tests done by federal safety regulators.

Fire hazard.

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