Thanks to all who wrote up their car coloUr infomation yesterday, especially to all the first-time commenters. Your contributions are most appreciated. We’re at 144 comments as I write this and many of them feature more than one car, so we’ve got a good basis for results.
If you haven’t added your car’s coloUr to the list, then please feel free to do so at the link above.
I’ll be tallying the results in the next few days and will present them soon. I’ll see if I can get some production coloUr information from Saab as well.
Legislators and news outlets thought that there might be a vote today on the bill to allow loans to be paid out to GM and Chrysler.
There are some pretty stout provisions in the legislation, but it seems that a number of US politicians are still hesitant to
end their best chance in ages to be in front of the camera commit to the bill and to the industry. From the Detroit News:
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, urged President Bush to try to convince more Republicans to support the auto loan package and that the prospects for quick action in the Senate have grown dim.
“It has gotten very tough in the Senate in the last several hours. The optimism I had 24 hours (ago) has been tempered at this point,” she said. “This president and the Republicans in the Congress have got to decide if they are truly willing to pay Russian roulette with the lives of 3 million Americans and the economy. I hope that more rational heads will prevail.”
The reaction is a big setback for automakers and means supporters may have to go back to the drawing board to grant a federal auto czar more powers. Two supporters of the auto bill, Sens. Kit Bond, R-Mo., and George Voinovich, R-Ohio, said they will be seeking new changes.
“If there are changes needed, we will work with the leadership,” Bond said. “There needs to be a strong hammer and nails” to ensure they make changes. Voinovich said the bill was to give automakers “some oxygen while the patient puts a plan in place so they can stay alive.”
A number of Republicans are even proposing an alternate bill, which will see the government act as insurers for 50% of any amounts forthcoming from private investors to the embattled companies.
My thoughts, FWIW: these guys – all of them – seem to be doing a lot of talking and wielding a lot of big sticks. Meanwhile, the companies are dying. Literally. If they can’t pass a vote this week then a Christmas break will loom closer and closer. Somebody there needs the authority to make a decision.
UPDATE: The US House of Reps has passed the bill today, but the bill still has to go through the US Senate, which is where the tough guys are.
Sixty of 100 senators must agree to end debates on controversial measures. Democrats have a 50-49 advantage, including the two independents who side with them.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he wanted to vote quickly, but opponents could delay final action from occurring until Saturday or Sunday.
With that bailout legislation in mind, there’s a piece over at CNN Money that actually offers some level headed advice for the Car Czar, whoever they might be.
Full text at CNN Money, but here’s the bullet points:
1) Don’t ban the auto executives from their corporate jets.
2) Remember that developing a new car is like a pregnancy
3) Don’t expect the automakers alone to wean America from its gas-guzzling habits
4) Never forget that you can’t force consumers to buy cars they don’t want
5) Inflict equal pain on everyone
6) Don’t be too hard on the automakers
It really is worth a read.
Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson drives the Ford Fiesta.
Is this the best road test ever???