Loverman: Detroit Auto Show Unplugged

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

One of my favorite TV ads of all time was for Q-Tips. This scruffy looking guy in a plaid bathrobe walks up to the camera and asks "Don't you hate everybody telling you how to clean things?" Bang! I'm his. Yeah! I DO hate it, all those stupid ads about cleaning stuff! I'm OCD enough without hundreds of graphic lessons in how to annihilate [previously unimagined] germs. And then the guys says "Well I'm going to show you how to clean your ears." And bang! I'm his again. OK, show me how to clean my ears! Well, this is a bit like that. Don't you hate all those morning-after Detroit Auto Show roundups? Well Jonny Lieberman's going to tell you like it was. And here's a bit of goss: it seems Loverman will once again bless us with his literary talents. Hearing the news is like a tsunami having breakfast with a sinkhole. Or something like that.

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  • S is for Supra S is for Supra on Jan 17, 2008

    It is pretty sad that as of 2007 GM did not have more than 1-2 class leading vehicles out of all of their models. I agree tehy are getting better but sheesh.

  • Samir Syed Samir Syed on Jan 17, 2008

    I'll take a rodded Country Squire.

  • Nemphre Nemphre on Jan 17, 2008

    I don't know that GM had a good showing. The ZR1 and CTS-V are irrelevant. Normal people don't care about any of this performance bullshit. The Venza sounds like the most logical idea to me. Take a Camry, make it a station wagon, and jack up the ride height a bit.

  • CyberNick CyberNick on Jan 17, 2008

    Robert, I discovered your site almost a year ago when I was researching a vehicle purchase. I have long since bought the car, and even tough I no longer need information on cars your style and humor keep me coming back to your site daily to get my fix of truth! Keep up the good work! “They may even have enough parts to make a profit.” – LOL, They probably do! Regarding your comment that GM ride their suppliers hard, I read someplace (might have been here, I can't remember) a comment from a gentleman claiming to have worked in the auto parts industry supplying many different makers. He said the big 2.5 usually ask how you can make the same part cheaper, while the Japanese makers wanted them to make it better at the same price... From GM, I really like the Saab 93 and 95 but I did not buy one because I thought they are overpriced. If they are made with cheap parts then they won’t last either… The big 2.5 really have to get their act together to survive; unfortunately I am not seeing any sign of it. No wonder they are on death watch. Best regards, Nick