4. More people buying American.
It has been interesting to follow sales this year as Detroit's carmakers continue to gain share in the market place. In September, the traditional domestic carmakers grabbed 48.1 percent of the market, a 16.9 percent jump over last year. For the year, Ford, Chrysler Group LLC and General Motors Co. have 47.3 percent of the market.
One reason often overlooked for the increasing domestic sales is the solid lineups of Ford and GM, in particular. Chrysler, which has improved dramatically in the past two years, still lacks a competitive compact car, though I have been told that it is working on that just as fast as humanly possible.
While it's refreshing to see, I would never tell someone to buy a car or truck because of the nationality of the people who built it, but I would tell them to buy the best vehicle for the best price for what you need. Nowadays, nearly half the time, consumers are choosing something from Detroit.
From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20111008/AUTO03/110080316/10-notable-things-about-September’s-hot-vehicle-sales#ixzz1aHqtlx3k
Chevrolet to build next-generation Colorado pickup in U.S.
Christina Rogers/ The Detroit News
Chevrolet confirmed Monday that it will build its next-generation Colorado pickup in the United States after unveiling the all-new version last week in Thailand.
The iconic American brand also said it will build its most powerful Camaro convertible as it tries to up the ante on its pony car rivalry with the Ford Mustang.
The news comes just in time for Chevy's centennial anniversary on Nov. 3. To celebrate, General Motors Co. has invited journalists from around the world to Detroit this week to preview its Chevy lineup.
The all-new Colorado will be sold globally, keeping in line with GM's efforts to engineer and design one global vehicle that can be put on the market worldwide with only minor tweaks for each region.
Price details will be announced at a later date along with when and where the new midsize truck will be built. General Motors Co.'s Shreveport, La., plant makes the current generation Colorado, but the factory is slated to close July 2012.
Production of the Colorado is expected to go to Wentzville, Mo., where GM has pledged to add a shift, 1,850 jobs and invest $380 million to upgrade the plant, which now makes full-size vans.
Ford Motor Co. also has a new global midsize pickup, the Ranger.
From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20111010/AUTO01/110100391/Chevrolet-to-build-next-generation-Colorado-pickup-in-U.S.#ixzz1aPsk3MMz
I agree. That we can disagree on it.
I'm just glad to see they are increasing jobs and that the lower tier workers are getting a little more money in their checks. Its good for the economy. I also heard that Otis Elevator is building a new plant in S. Carolina and not Mexico. More good news.
<<I don't remember the last time I was out looking for friends?>> That's OK, they aren't looking for you either.
<<They say people like you don't retire well. The moment they lose a semi-important job at a semi important company, they get belligerent and annoying in retirement and begin to tell everyone about how they were different than those who sunk with the ship. All of a sudden they were smarter than they used to be.>> Is that what 'they' say. I would be an exception. Is 'they' the other salesmen you associated with?
<<I have seen dozens like you. Quite as a church mouse, whipped, scared of their own shadow while still on the payroll.>> LMAO. You know nothing.
<<Were you even allowed to be on a message board to post anything about GM..>> I have a news flash for you. I didn't even know this message board existed before I retired. Nobody at GM cares, not even a little, what a washed up, never was, salesman thinks. I discovered it by accident one day. Yes, I do have more time these days, sometimes. You seem to have all kinds of time all the time. For me, It's mostly entertainment when I'm watching sports, like now. You never get my full time attention. I don't need to think about it much to spar with the likes of you.
<<Of course it was, I would be the first one to say so so I can show you in the proper light making fun of the handicapped.>>
Are you handicapped, in a physical sense I mean?
<<Think of them as sustained pauses.>> Kind of a black out thing?
<<It is not what someone does you are stuck on, it is WHO.>>
<<You'll grow out of it.>> I really don't think so. It's similar to the way you think of Jeye.
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Hertz suspends Muslim shuttle drivers
Once again we witness a group of Muslims demanding special accommodations not afforded to anyone else.
In the MSNBC story below (highlights added), we read that Hertz suspended Muslim shuttle drivers who took time off work to pray but did not clock out when doing so. (Not all Muslim shuttle drivers refused to clock out and those who did clock out were not suspended.)
Clocking out is a perfectly reasonable requirement—in spite of what a union official said. The union official said requiring the Muslim drivers to clock out to pray “is like having workers clock in and out for smoke breaks or bathroom breaks.”
Uh, no it isn’t.
In case you missed it, here’s another example of Muslims demanding special treatment. This time, it was at a New York theme park in August, where Muslim women were told that safety rules required they not wear headscarves on certain rides.
Again, sounds perfectly reasonable to us—but not to some of the Muslim women. A brawl erupted.
Some foolishly and incorrectly called this safety requirement further evidence of “Islamophobia.” Would those people be willing to pay the legal costs incurred by the park if a Muslim woman got strangled by her headscarf on a ride and then her family sued the park for not protecting her safety? Of course they wouldn’t.
A central element of radical Islam is an ideologically-based supremacist mindset that demands that societies accommodate them, rather than their assimilating into their host societies. This also reflects sharia law’s requirement that human laws must always be subordinate to Islamic law.
Muslim drivers suspended over praying time
The rental car company has suspended 34 drivers in Seattle, Wash., for praying on the job without clocking out.
By Al Olson
More than 30 Seattle-area Hertz shuttle drivers are without work in a clash over Muslim prayer, the Seattle Times reported Friday.
Hertz has "suspended indefinitely" 33 drivers — all of them observant Muslims who work out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Hertz contends the drivers are taking prayer breaks without clocking out first.
According to the Seattle Times:
While the drivers were allowed two, 10-minute breaks during their work shifts during which they could pray, Teamsters officials said managers had agreed in negotiations that workers would not have to clock out and in, though the contact itself does not address the matter.
And the workers and their union said Hertz had previously not required that workers clock out for prayer. The union said it has filed an unfair-labor-practices complaint with the National Labor Relations Board against Hertz for failing to notify the union in advance of what it called a policy change.
But Hertz said the rules aren't new; that it had been trying for some time to enforce the terms of an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission settlement it reached with the workers two years ago that required them to clock out.
A Hertz spokesman said the workers had been repeatedly told they needed to clock out and that the suspended workers had not complied
Did Mallen lose another job
"You understand nothing. You couldn't find a friend in a room full of moonies looking for converts. I think we agreed one time that you were an unmitigated a--hole. Maybe the only thing we ever agreed on.
Blah Blah Blah.
I don't remember the last time I was out looking for friends? Is that what you come in here for? Your mission changed I see.
Tell me about this room full of Moonies are they fun? Do they respond well when you begin talking about the days you were important at GM?
How can you tell who supports me and who doesn't? Why is it important to you?
They say people like you don't retire well. The moment they lose a semi-important job at a semi important company, they get belligerent and annoying in retirement and begin to tell everyone about how they were different than those who sunk with the ship. All of a sudden they were smarter than they used to be.
I have seen dozens like you. Quite as a church mouse, whipped, scared of their own shadow while still on the payroll. The moment they are fired, laid off, retired, they were the Young Turks at GM. They begin telling everyone how they would have done this and done that while they worked there....Nothing but "Yes Sir, Yes Mam".
Today you are GM's greatest supporter. Where were you when you could have made a difference. Were you even allowed to be on a message board to post anything about GM..
You defend that culture at GM I will remain in contempt of it. It sucked and doesn't look like it is going to change.