Erik Brady and Steve Berkowitz and Christopher Schnaars Detroit Free Press Published 1:09 PM EDT Oct 3, 2018 Jim Harbaugh is making $7.5 million this season to coach Michigan football. Jimbo Fisher is making roughly the same at Texas A&M. Only Alabama’s Nick Saban ($8.3 million) and Ohio State’s Urban Meyer ($7.6 million) are making more. Such soaring salaries seem more suited to Wall Street than Sesame Street, but let’s borrow a sing-song game from the venerable children’s show anyway: One of these things is not like the others. Three of these coaches have won national championships. Harbaugh has not. Nor has he won a Big Ten championship, or even a division title; his Wolverines have finished third, third and fourth in the Big Ten East. Oh, and his record against bitter rivals Ohio State and Michigan State is a lamentable 1-5. The brassy fight song — Hail! to the victors valiant. Hail! to the conqu’ring heroes — sounds a tad hollow … [Read more...] about Is Michigan football’s Jim Harbaugh worth his huge salary?
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Earlier this week, Proton announced that it will absorb the sales and services tax (SST) for all its cars registered in the month of September. SST started on September 1 after three months of tax holidays, following the abolishment of 6% GST by the Pakatan Harapan government. Proton said that the move is to maintain its good recent sales performance, which started with 6,173 cars in June. Boosted by the tax holiday, deliveries jumped to 8,012 units in July – that was not just the highest monthly figure in 2018, but also the best month for Proton in the last 30 months. That record was broken in August with 9,501 units, its best in 35 months. The carmaker is hoping to maintain momentum by absorbing SST in September, which will also see promotions in conjunction with Merdeka Day and Malaysia Day. Discounts from RM500 to RM1,000 will be offered for the Saga, Iriz and Persona; while the recently launched Ertiga Xtra will be offered with RM2,000 off the list price. That’s … [Read more...] about Proton aims to maintain momentum by absorbing SST
Technology usually comes at a price. So, when you get a car loaded with such glitz coming around, entering the market at a price point below that which you’d normally expect to pay because of tax and excise exemptions, you can be pretty sure it’s going to get a lot of attention. The magic word is of course hybrid. Though the landscape has changed, with things having moved up the scale in recent times, the idea of not having to unnecessarily pay more for a car – especially when it’s not for the car itself – continues to have much appeal, even if current offerings taking advantage of that relief are stratospheric to most. UPDATE: The BMW 330e iPerformance has been launched in Malaysia. Single Sport line, CKD, RM248,800 OTR without insurance. Launch report here. The recently-introduced F15 BMW X5 xDrive40e is a good example of value (well, in its particular tier, that is). At RM185k cheaper than its petrol-only xDrive35i sibling and RM194k less than it would … [Read more...] about BMW 330e iPerformance Hybrid Malaysia Review
EVEN if you don't own a Ford Fiesta, you will know someone who does, writes William Scholes. Or maybe you owned one in the past. There's probably one in your street, and there'll have been a bunch of them in the car park the last time you went shopping or did the school run. The Fiesta is ubiquitous. It's been a best-seller in the UK for 40 years. Its perennial dominance of Northern Ireland's sales charts may have slackened slightly in recent years, but one feels that Ford was only lending the Hyundai Tucson and Volkswagen Golf the top spot while it readied a new Fiesta. That car is with us now, replacing the long-serving version that launched in 2008. Being the most popular doesn't mean you are the best, of course. Arguably, the 2008 Fiesta was above average only for its handling verve, but as a well-rounded package it was hard to beat - as those registration figures demonstrated year after year after year. The enthusiast might have found a Mini or Mazda 2 even better to drive; a … [Read more...] about Ford Fiesta: Still number one