12:14 PM, Aug 4, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
GM’s woes continue. As James R. Healey of USA Today reports:
Federal safety regulators say that not only are General Motors ignition switches defective, so is GM's website for determining if you are driving one of the defective cars.
The website is, of course, entirely the creation of the “new” GM. The one that Joe Biden tells us was so gloriously rescued by his boss. It cannot be blamed on the previous administration, Mitt Romney, the Tea Party, or anyone other than the company that was saved by the taxpayers. And this company has created a website where:
People who use the GM "VIN look-up" site are told their cars aren't part of an active recall if the repair parts aren't yet available, even when the cars are, in fact, being recalled. VIN is the vehicle identification number. GM and other automakers maintain websites that allow owners to check for recalls by plugging in their vehicle's VIN. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said late Friday that it "determined that owners of some recalled GM vehicles are receiving incorrect and misleading results" using the automaker's VIN look-up system.
Washington is on the case, however, and:
… said it told GM to fix the system and tell owners about the problem.
Feeling certain, no doubt, that this would take care of it and all would copacetic.
Wouldn’t it be nice, one thinks, if we could get a do-over and just let old GM go bankrupt?
Didn’t someone suggest that?
4:26 PM, May 23, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
It has been days now (at least two of them) since General Motors has issued a recall on any of its cars. But then, the law of diminishing returns applies here. After the first 15 million, there aren’t that many GM vehicles left out there for recalling.
1:21 PM, May 21, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The bailout of GM – at a final cost to the Treasury of $10 billion and change – was a landmark event in evolution state capitalism, American-style. The company was saved, certain creditors were stiffed, the unions were protected, and the corporate culture, it seems, was not altered in any fundamental way.
1:34 PM, Apr 16, 2014 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
Nobody loved Shai Agassi and his company, Better Place, more than Tom Friedman. Friedman dedicated two slobbering, wide-eyed, wet-kiss columns to Agassi's Better Place in 2008.
8:42 AM, Apr 9, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The administration’s enthusiasm for GM extended to its electric car, the Chevy Volt. President Obama once said he’d like to drive one when he leaves office and no reason he couldn’t. There’s lots of inventory lying around.
10:14 AM, Apr 2, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The new CEO of the new General Motors testified yesterday before Congress and said that she is “deeply sorry” about the company’s negligence in selling cars that came standard with a flaw that could kill you. The company knew. A government regulatory agency knew. And if the administration of President Obama did not know, then one is inclined to wonder why not and go to the only possible explanation, which is incompetence. The administration rescued the company from bankruptcy, after all, using billions of taxpayer dollars. Should it not have taken a careful look at what the money was buying?
11:22 AM, Mar 31, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The script is familiar. General Motors’ top executive heading down to Washington to be grilled by Congress. As Joseph B. White of Market Watch reports, fifty years after the Corvair controversy that made Ralph Nader a household name:
12:01 PM, Mar 30, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
His promising career in politics having come to an inglorious – and no doubt temporary – end, Anthony Weiner has turned to punditry.
9:26 AM, Jan 18, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Vice President Joe Biden addressed the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Thursday and reminisced about the state of the industry before
12:12 PM, Jan 16, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden thanked the executive chairman of Ford at today's North American International Auto Show for "saving our ass." The event took place in Detroit.
Via the pool report:
Vice President Joe Biden toured the North American International Auto Show for more than 30 minutes after making remarks in Detroit. The show remained open to invited people with tickets -- but it doesn't open to the general public until Saturday.
8:26 AM, Nov 1, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
Although CO2 is considered a "greenhouse gas" that contributes to climate change, if the Energy Department (DOE) finds partners to capitalize on the research of one of its laboratories, someday cars might run on sunshine. Technically, cars would run on the product of sunlight, CO2, and water using a "two-step solar thermochemical cycle" developed by the Albuquerque, New Mexico government lab.
11:17 AM, Feb 5, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu is leaving and in parting, writes this about his time in office and the green energy investments his department made:
Terry Eastland’s brave new VolvoJan 28, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 19 • By TERRY EASTLAND
Late in the afternoon on New Year’s Eve, my wife Jill and I were driving through Vienna, Virginia, toward Tysons Corner when we found ourselves in front of, and then beside, and then right behind an old gray Volvo wagon. The car caught our eyes, and quickly we realized why, for it wasn’t just another car on the road but a car we’d once owned—from 1987, to be precise, when we bought it new, until December 2011. That’s not a misprint: The car was ours for more than 24 years.
9:22 AM, Dec 17, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The legislation to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy has been turned into something of a mini auto bailout, according to those familiar with the Obama administration's request. The request includes millions of dollars worth of cars, to be paid for by the federal government.
Obama's request, as detailed in a letter sent to Capitol Hill by the director of the White House's Office of Management and Budget, Jeffrey Zients, includes these requests: