Future Schlock

future schlock

If you think it's hard keeping up with the auto industry on a daily basis, you should try figuring out what the future holds. Just five years ago, no one would have predicted an aircraft executive would be running Ford, Chrysler'd still be selling Vipers (or Pacificas or much of anything) or GM would be embracing hybrids. So what's going to happen in the next five or ten years? It's hard to say. But since we've never been known to lack for an opinion on anything, here's a look at the future, TTAC-style.

GMNA Files for Nonprofit Status – After losing money for the past 25 years, General Motors North America filed with the IRS for status as a non-profit organization. CFO-for-Life Fritz Henderson explained the rationale behind the move: "After all that business with the Volt's windshield wipers, we finally realized we're never going to turn a profit with our North American operation. So Rick and I decided we should get the maximum benefit from our situation and write-off the salaries of all our executives." In other news, GM said it was developing a new, rear wheel-drive platform for its "premium economy" Saab, Saturn, Pontiac, Buick and Cadillac models.

Ford Renews Wagner's Contract – Even though Mercury's last customer died five years ago, Ford has announced that they've extended spokesperson Jill Wagner's contract for another three years. "Jill's got– I mean is our finest asset," said Ford's President of Public Appearances, Mark Fields. "She'll continue to appeal– I mean appear in all our commercials." When asked why there were no cars shown in the ads, Fields replied "That's not part of the process."

smart USA Announces New Marketing Program – smart USA has revealed that they've formed a partnership with NBC's reality show "The Biggest Loser" to promote their ailing automotive brand. Spokesman Harold Clark denied that the company had asked Mark Burnett to change the show's title to "The Smallest Loser," and promised that the product placement deal would show the slow-selling city car in a highly favorable light. "This year, the first person to lose enough to fit into the smart wins the contest and the car. Additional prizes will be given to those contestants who finish the show weighing less than the fortwo." When reminded that the brand's tie-in with the reality show "Little People. Big World" hadn't stemmed the sales slump, Clark replied "I told you not to tell me that."

Lincoln Introduces New Model – Ford's worldwide luxury Lincoln division unveiled their new MK7W8R4Z. The new model's based on the latest U.S.-spec four-door Ford Focus. Continuing Lincoln's new "Reach Backwards" theme, it features a four-cylinder engine connected to a five-speed automatic transmission, with an upright grille, padded vinyl top and spare tire bulge in the deck lid. The MK7W8R4Z comes with SYNC 6.7, which promises to fix the bugs found in SYNC version 1.0 to 6.6.

Chrysler Completes Outsourcing – Cerberus has completed the final stages of Chrysler's "It's a New Day" program by licensing the Jeep name to Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M). This marks the end of Cerberus' venture into auto manufacturing. Over the last two years, they licensed the Chrysler model names to China's Chery and the Dodge model names to India's Tata Motors. "This certainly is a ‘New Day' for Cerberus, as they reap license fees from M&M Jeeps and Tata Magnums," explained former Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli from his yacht, the Golden Parachute.

Kirk Kerkorian Dead at 117 – The AP reports that billionaire Kirk Kerkorian died three years ago at the age of 117. Friends of the "Lion of Las Vegas" were shocked by the news. "Who knew? Kerkorian mouthpiece Jerry York had spoken for him for so long that everyone just took it on faith that he was saying what Kerkorian told him." "I just thought he was taking another nap," York explained. "Anyway, I've worked for him so long that I knew what he wanted in any given situation. I just didn't see the point of bothering him." When questioned about the future of Kirkorian's Tracinda Corporation, York indicated he wasn't worried. "Kirk gave me power of attorney 10 years ago."

President Clinton Raises CAFE Standards to 100mpg by 2030 – President Hillary Clinton announced she's working with Congress to raise Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) requirements. "There is no reason why a combination of good old American know-how and massive federal subsidies can't create vehicles capable of driving 100 miles per gallon of E85 gasoline, with zero emissions," Clinton said. When asked how much the new technology would cost the average consumer, President Clinton said "Nothing– at least as far as they know."

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  • Chaser Chaser on Feb 13, 2008

    Great article. I've always thought TTAC should do a humour piece from time to time. It would be a nice break from the rampant negativity in most other posts.

  • Jurisb Jurisb on Feb 13, 2008

    year 2050. GM folds in the last division- Cadillac Software mega-Turbo Incorporated. After failing to sell CGI caddies to Hollywood and red-inking in pushing Cadillac Royal Katnips, GM CEo Ritz Wagoneer( Rick`s clone) signs a new go-ahead program in acquiring toyota, honda and all the german luxury brands in order to significantly embedd GM global portfolio in lucrative markets. Chrysler uses old versions of mahindra 20ies platforms in order to get foothold in developing US markets and finally fight the imports. Chrysler , in order to differentiate their sheetmetal from mahindra, mahindra, And Mahindra Co, gives a go-ahead for using different colour cues and larger cupholders for supersize Dr.Pepper or akin soda. US forensic expertize court creates a new software that allows crashed ford products to tell apart from mazdas. otherwise in crashes where a badge has flown off , even Jay Jr. Leno has no clue of origin of the due car. Ford creates a joint venture with Mattel to enter lucrative markets for very pony sized vehicles.

  • TyL Ticket Scalpers...the lot of 'em.
  • FreedMike Needed more ride height, some plastic cladding, and some fake-outdoorsy name like “Cadenza Dirt Cross”. Great success!
  • Zang Guys, its a 370z with a new hat.
  • Art Vandelay The X-90 was the one to get!
  • Art Vandelay I can get a minty MKIV Supra for that money if I've just got to own this sort of car. As a bonus it will be better built and garner more attention down at the Cars and Coffee and in 6 months nobody will say "I only paid 40k for mine!" I can only figure that the dealer just wants to keep it on the showroom floor to get you in there where they will then order you one for later delivery at a sane price.
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