By on January 17, 2008

v526263uqqlwofp.jpgOne 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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10 Comments on “Loverman: Detroit Auto Show Unplugged...”


  • avatar
    mastermik

    Johnny is back?!?!! Hallelujah. This is epic.

  • avatar

    …it seems Loverman will once again bless us with his literary talents.

    Yay! The man has a gift, no question. :-)

  • avatar
    blautens

    I see Mr. Lieberman’s point about the HHR SS (and also Mr. Farago’s). John Heinricy has a proven track record (pun intended) of really working magic on otherwise moribund GM platforms, especially the SS variants that he personally supervised.

    Problem is, they have limited appeal, sell in limited numbers, and don’t add much to the bottom line in terms of halo cars, because GM doesn’t know how to use them in marketing.

  • avatar
    ajla

    Re:GM class leaders

    Here’s my list:
    1. Z06 (mentioned in the podcast)
    2. CTS-V (mentioned in the podcast)
    3. Pontiac G8 GT (Reviews of the Commodore paint it as a vehicle superior to the Charger R/T, 300C, or the Grand Marquis- which are the only three vehicles that share its layout at the moment.)
    4. Silverado (Has the advantage at least until the new F-150 and Ram come out)
    5. Tahoe (Consensus has put it over the Armada, Expedition, and Durango. Not sure about how it compares to the new Sequoia though.)
    6. Avalanche (Mostly a niche player, but gives a lot of versatility over the Mega Cab Ram and Crew Max Tundra- which are the closest things to it).

  • avatar
    CarShark

    @ajla:

    Soooo, basically nothing under $35,000.

  • avatar
    ajla

    @CarShark
    Well, the Silverado starts at $19K and you can get a well-optioned one for under $35K. If GM keeps away dealer mark-ups, most G8 GTs should be available for under $35K too.

  • avatar
    Steve_S

    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.

  • avatar

    I’ll take a rodded Country Squire.

  • avatar
    Nemphre

    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.

  • avatar
    CyberNick

    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

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