Who doesn’t love a battle between automakers? Personally, I find the upper-crust sniping between Rolls-Royce and Lagonda both charming and hilarious, but the fun ramps up when the fight involves builders of more accessible products. In a Wall Street Journal article published late Wednesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk copped to sleeping under his desk near his Fremont assembly plant’s body shop, part of an all-out effort to reach a lofty (and delayed) June 30th production target. Some of the plant’s assembly work has moved into a large outdoor tent. Old-fashioned manpower has been called in to help crank out vehicles. This, from an automaker that not long ago expressed worry that wind resistance might slow down the pace of its futuristic automated assembly line. Musk admitted he’s made some mistakes. There’s a tent, after all. But that didn’t stop him from telling the reporter, “I think there’s a good vibe—I think the energy is good; go to … [Read more...] about Bad Vibes: Ford Takes on Tesla After ‘Morgue’ Comment
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Suddenly, old-fashioned road trips are trendy again. Surveys show they’re on the rise. Websites, newspapers, magazines and even books are featuring road trips like they’re the next big thing — even though they’re actually a longstanding American tradition steeped in nostalgia and pop culture, from the 1950s Beat Generation literary classic “On the Road” to the 1983 comedy movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” On Instagram, the hashtag #roadtrip shows up 37 million times. In some ways, the comeback of this 20th century-style vacation is surprising in an era when “time has become more far more precious than money, a priceless commodity not to be squandered lumbering along down endless miles of highway,” writes Richard Ratay in his upcoming book, “Don’t Make Me Pull Over!: An Informal History of the Family Road Trip.” In other words, why spend 18 hours driving 1,200 miles when you could get there in two … [Read more...] about Are old-fashioned road trips trendy again?
Phoebe Wall Howard Detroit Free Press Published 11:37 p.m. UTC May 28, 2018 Jody Gooden Chatham, 63, of Carmel Valley, California, found a well-preserved diary after her uncle died. She started looking at each word, carefully written in cursive, and read with shock that Roy Leighton (Bud) Wall of Detroit was part of the D-Day invasion. July 5 - Received induction notice July 3 telling me to report at the draft board July 5th. Having passed the physical at my draft board I requested the Marines as the branch of service I would like to be taken into. I was informed the Marine Corps was filled by volunteer only and was taken into the Navy. From the draft board I drove myself and five other boys to the Federal Bldg. where we were all sworn into the Navy. We were given our choice of being taken into active duty at once, or a week’s furlough. I took the latter. July 12 - I reported to the Federal Bldg. at 9 A.M. and from there we were taken to the Navy Club. I ate lunch with … [Read more...] about Service Diary of a Corpsman: Roy L. Wall, LST 509
Desmond Butler and Tom Lobianco Associated Press Published 11:15 p.m. UTC May 22, 2018 Washington – After a year spent carefully cultivating two princes from the Arabian Peninsula, Elliott Broidy, a top fundraiser for President Donald Trump, thought he was finally close to nailing more than $1 billion in business. He had ingratiated himself with crown princes from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who were seeking to alter U.S. foreign policy and punish Qatar, an archrival in the Gulf that he dubbed “the snake.” To do that, the California businessman had helped spearhead a secret campaign to influence the White House and Congress, flooding Washington with political donations. Broidy and his business partner, Lebanese-American George Nader, pitched themselves to the crown princes as a backchannel to the White House, passing the princes’ praise – and messaging – straight to the president’s ears. Now, in December 2017, Broidy was … [Read more...] about The princes, the president and the fortune seekers
Flashy commercials, trendy hashtags and big events in the world of fashion and the arts are just a few of the ways that Cadillac attempted to woo new buyers in the nearly five years that former U.S. Audi boss Johan de Nysschen ran the shop. Yet while these efforts look good in the glossy pages of a men’s magazine or as a subway station ad, they never really translated to sales, and aggressive campaigning couldn’t hide what the brand lacks: a quality, competitive product that can speak for itself. Yesterday, news broke that Cadillac’s CEO Johan de Nysschen would depart the company. He had served as Cadillac’s head for just under five years. Though de de Nysschen’s apparent slowness for catching onto the SUV-craze sweeping the market certainly didn’t earn him any favors from upper General Motors management, there was a bigger issue at work behind Cadillac’s floundering sales under his leadership: the value placed in branding and price … [Read more...] about Cadillac Proved That Brand Means Nothing If You Can’t Back It Up