Daily Podcast: TTAC's Back and It's Bad
Our detractors are sure to take that headline literally. So be it. If you judge a man by the quality of his enemies, TTAC's about as good as it gets. In any case, I apologize to TTAC's Best and Brightest for the extended site crash. We're just as addicted to posting the truth as you are to reading and commenting upon it. In fact, I was apoplectic today at a certain website (who shall not remain nameless) that smeared Frank Williams, and enormously frustrated that I couldn't let loose the dogs of TTAC on the rat bastard who dared allow such an unsubstantiated, poorly-written piece of libelous garbage onto his corner of cyberspace– without even bothering to read the article in question. There. I'm feeling better already. On a more General Motors level, the interruption of service ruined our product cadence. Which is a fancy way of saying we've lost our mojo. For a bit. 'Cause when it comes to automotive journalism, we're the new generation, and we've got something to say. If you've got ten minutes, have a listen.
top gear does have it's own track ya know (besides the airfield). the one stig tests the cars on. I think they're putting it in the new GT game even.
IMHO, Jeep still has some positive brand value here in Europe, although it's waning a little bit. Jeep suffered a lot with the Grand Cherokee when the X5 came along, because it's positioned directly against that in Europe and the current model just can't cut it anymore. I almost never see any other Jeeps on the road. I vaguely remember there's a new Cherokee (Liberty) now but I've never seen one so I can't really be sure. The Patriot/Compass--> never mind. The Commander might even have been discontinued here in the Netherlands. Basically the appeal is still based on the Wrangler, although there really is no market for it over here. It's a niche product anyway, but even more niche right heren than in the US. Still a lot of people will designate cars that have some resemblance to a classic 4*4 with the name Jeep...but unfortunately for them they can't really capitalize on that and given fuel+tax costs I doubt if they could in the future. In other continents it might be able to do well if there's economic growth, although in Asia and by that I mean China/India I fear most will opt for cheaper rip-offs.
The first 25 or so Teslas were sold to investors. If you're waiting for them to start selling to people who aren't associated with the company in one way or another before you consider them "delivering" cars, you'll be waiting a while.
Is it me, or did Justin sound pretty down for most of the podcast? Still feeling queasy from the last podcast? :)