Daily Podcast: The Phoney War

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

Well, I've sent it off: my email to the Detroit Auto Dealers Association. I've politely requested that their Credentials Committee reconsider their decision to deny TTAC press passes for the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). As the Powers that Be didn't list any reason for their rejection, all I could do was throw some new stats into the mix and forward a letter of recommendation kindly sent by former Car and Driver editor and occasional TTAC contributor Stephan Wilkinson. The data was mined by Adrian Imonti, one of The Gang of Four that we hope (still) to send to Cobo to cover the car confab. Mr. Imonti reported that our Google page ranking is "7." That's equal equal to that of AutoWeek, Autoblog and the home page of the Business Week and CNN/Money Autos' sections. It's better than The Detroit News Autos Insider page, Car and Driver, Motor Trend, Automobile, Top Gear, Road and Track and Edmunds Inside Line (all rated "6"). I don't know about you, but I'm impressed. We have a tiny fraction of their resources. But we do have an unstoppable dedication to telling the truth about cars, and you, the autoblogosphere's best and brightest. And that's the key. These days, whenever I write/edit a review, editorial or blog post, I think of it as a starting point for your evaluation, discussion, context and yes, correction. In fact, we are a team. In the coming days, I may need team TTAC's help in this matter. But for the moment, let's assume that the Detroit Auto Dealers Association will recognize the importance of this website, and our potential positive contribution to Detroit auto show coverage.

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  • Mud Mud on Dec 11, 2007

    They do not like this site because it holds them accountable. I picked up an issue of Motor Trend in an airport the other day and if I could have opened up the plane window, I would have chucked it into the breeze. Nothing but a huge advertising rag. Good for you Robert! PS - Eric, you forgot to mention Ford power steering pump whine.

  • Lprocter1982 Lprocter1982 on Dec 11, 2007

    I only read TTAC online... but I do subscribe to C&D... it's kinda hard to bring a PC into the bathroom with me...

  • Sajeev Mehta Sajeev Mehta on Dec 11, 2007

    Sorry Robert, but I think Fords smell great. They are the sweetest smelling mainstream rides, a close second would be Hondas. GMs are pretty good, have been for years. Today's Chryslers smell like epoxy, but thankfully Hyundais smell a lot better than the toxic stuff of the 1990s. The best smelling cars are BMWs and Porsches, especially those with Alcantara headliners. I'll have to give second place to a cheapo Ford with dealer installed leather seats.

  • Davey49 Davey49 on Dec 11, 2007

    Right on about Subaru being the new Volvo. I've been saying that for 4 years or so. The same people who used to drive 240 series wagons are driving Foresters now.