Daily Podcast: 29 Percent

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Google is a rational thinker's nightmare. If a surfer has the slightest pseudo-scientific bent– astrology, phrenology, Dianetics, Jessica Albanism– Google reinforces their problematic predilection. For example, while Wikipedia defines numerology as "any of many systems, traditions or beliefs in a mystical or esoteric relationship between numbers and physical objects or living things," there are 6.8m more credulous alternatives. It's even worse if you start a search with the idea that numerology is for real. Enter "GM 29 percent" and you find the USPO's FlexFuel fleet gets 29 percent worse mileage than its gas-only vehicles, GM's SUV sales fell 29 percent in April, GM CEO Rick Wagoner got a 29 percent raise in 2002, GM sales in Brazil rose 29 percent in the third quarter of 2007 and GM reduced its output of Saturn vehicles by 29 percent in 1994 ( the same year Tahoe sales increased by 29 percent). Search "GM 29 percent lapel" and The New York Times reports on the magic number. "In 2003, G.M.'s market share dropped to 28.3 percent, said Paul Ballew, G.M.'s chief sales analyst. That is down from 28.7 percent in 2002, and the first decline for G.M. in three years. Some G.M. executives have started wearing lapel pins with '29' on them to encourage employees to push the company's share over that figure." Guess who was CEO back then? Guess what GM's share is today? And guess who's still in charge? And while you're contemplating that non-mystical mystery, Justin and I discuss the day's car news.

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  • SCE to AUX I like it, but I don't know how people actually use dune buggies. Do you tow them to the dunes, then drive around? Or do you live close enough that the law winks as you scoot 10 miles on public roads to the beach?As for fast charging - I doubt that's necessary. I can't imagine bouncing around for hours on end, and then wanting a refill to keep doing that for a few more hours in the same day. Do people really run these all day?A Level 2 charger could probably refill the 40 kWh version in 6 hours if it was 80% empty.
  • Lou_BC This is a good application of EV tec. A play toy where range isn't an issue.
  • Roadscholar I just bought a Veloster N Auto for $500 under MSRP
  • JMII In 5 years these cars will be worth about the same as normal (non-Proto Spec) version of the car. My limited edition C7 (#380 out of 500) is worth maybe about $2k more then a similar spec C7 and this was a vehicle with a $75k price tag when new. The problem with these launch editions is they rarely contain anything more then different paint, interior trim, some bundled options and a few badges. Thus there are that "special" other then being new and limited, two things that will fade into history very quickly. As they saying goes a fool and his money are soon parted.
  • J. Stephen Tevis Hello Everyone! My name is Stephen Tevis and I am the General Manager at the dealership in question! The information that was sent via text was incorrect, the info got trickled down to our internet manager thru a couple of different people thus the info being wrong. Nevertheless, we are NOT marking 'our' Z up $50K!! It was a discussion that I personally had with a few other Nissan dealers and the $50K number came up in that conversation. We have never marked a car up that much and just wouldn't. We have been in business for almost 50 years and gouging our customers is not how we achieved longevity. The Z is an incredible car and we are looking for to seeing it as I'm sure you all are, there are only 11 coming to our region which includes over 230 dealers. We are proud of the heritage of the Z but not so proud that we will bend our morals to sell it. I hope that this clears up any confusion, I am always available to give accurate and timely information, james.tevis@jeffwyler.com. Thank you for your time.Respectfully,J. Stephen TevisGeneral Manager