TTAC Daily Podcast: Yesterday's Podcast Today
When Frank and I heard that Mike Spinelli was disengaging from daily Jalopnik, we agreed: blogging ain't for sissies. To have a hope in Hell of attracting a regular audience, a blog must constantly and consistently feed the gaping maw that is the internet. As a former CNNer and borderline workaholic, I've got no problem facing an empty literary quiver every morning. I just bloody well get on with it. Frank's military discipline and undiagnosed personality disorders also qualify him for the task. But I understand that what we do requires a rare level of craft and commitment. If you think about it– and I have– every week, TTAC produces the equivalent amount of editorial as a monthly car magazine. And we're doing it for a fraction of the cost– and getting a fraction of the revenue, but that's a whole 'nother story. Anyway, all this is an excuse for why I didn't post this podcast yesterday; I simply ran out of time. Well, that and I had to drop my step-daughter off with her Dad in Boston and my brother-in-law wanted to see what The Ocean State has to offer in the way of nightlife (let's just say parking isn't a problem on Thursdays). Normally, I'd let the podcast slide and move on to the next one, but Justin had some real insights worth presenting. I think.
Spinelli was the cleverest writer over there. IMO they haven't been the same since. Young Matt shows promise though.
Cry-sler is being setup for liquidation, that is my guess. Nardelli and the rest were brought in to handle the gavel on the auction. the dealer network will become a a distribution channel for all kinds of overseas makers, the wal-mart of car selling it will become. Dealers can squawk all they want but ultimately they have bills to pay.
Look anytime i hear this end of the world (in this case end of Chrysler) talks i start questioning the people. Come on we all know that things are bad, but did you guys follow Mitsubishi few years ago? I bet you didn't because it is a small Japanese company. Well it was in some serious sh**, poor product was a huge problem as was the fact that they sold a lot of cars to people who could not afford them. However few years later Mitsubishi introduced good cars...new eclipse, and new Lancer and things took off. Same can and i am sure will happen to Chrysler. If the new Journey will take off they have a chance of coming back. If Chrysler will work on 300c they'll have a winner, they have sports cars that Toyota and Honda do not have, they have the new Challenger. Bottom line is, do not predict these end of the world scenarios. Worse comes to worse, i think Bob Nardelli has a proven record of running an industrial giant (GE) and a retail giant (HOME DEPOT). If GM is still alive after falling a full decade behind Toyota in hybrids, offering that crap that they do and still have people come back for more...i am sure Bob can do at the very least the same job.