January 12th, 2010

kaiju

Auto Show

I haven't been to the International Auto Show in a few years and probably have only attended twice since it started, but I do take a look at the reports to see what is happening in auto design and fuel economy. I'm happy to report that there are some exciting developments coming out of the show this year including:

-- Chrysler is at least talking about being able to re-hire some lost workers if they continue to perform better than they expected as a company, which is the story even for so heinous a year as 2009 was.

-- Michigan will be an early market for the 100% electric Chevy Volt.

-- GM is also talking about re-hiring now, in addition to the possibility of re-opening some shuttered factories due to growing demand
for the Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain and Cadillac SRX crossover vehicles and the Buick LaCrosse sedan.

-- And 'congratulations' is to be extended to FORD for their awards this year for the Focus Hybrid.
Ford Fusion Hybrid wins 2010 car of year award.


Could this be the years when the US economy starts its turnaround in earnest and put the struggling US Automakers back on the Global Competitive Map? Time would tell, but at least all of the news isn't gloom and doom!
kaiju

And so it begins...

... nervousness ensues. This could have a huge impact on other such measures, since this will undoubtedly go all the way to the Supreme Court. Here in Michigan we also had a measure pass which denies my partner of 13 years from enjoying all the automatic property, insurance, economic, inheritance and power-of-attorney benefits which come with a state license. Good luck to Messengers Bois and Olson in what is bound to be a long and exhausting fight:


Text of Ted Olson’s Opening Statement in Prop. 8 Trial – As Prepared

kaiju

Ice and Winter

Some of you may have seen the news reports of ice jams in the St. Clair river - we had (at one time) six freighters get stuck in the river, necessitating Coast Guard assistance.

Because of this, we were warned that ferry service may be affected as the ice began to shift, possibly closing up the path the auto ferry used to get us to the mainland. I left early on Monday morning to be sure to be on the main land side when the ferry was shut down.

Learning my lesson from last time, I've got clothes and am hoping to make it home on Saturday morning.


Wish me luck!



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