Daily Podcast: Must Focus
Autoblog: "You're going to be reading in the mainstream press about how horrible sales were in the U.S. during June, 2008. Yes, they were bad for many automakers, but consider that there were only 24 selling days last month versus 27 days in June, 2008. This makes comparing raw sales numbers misleading, since there were three fewer days to sell. Thus, as always, all the percentages below represent the change in Daily Sales Rate, i.e. the average number of vehicles sold per day, not the change in raw number of vehicles sold." TTAC joins Automotive News in rejecting this metric. We go by cars sold per month. Period. That said, TTAC got caught-out when Automotive News started with adjusted numbers, then revised to non-adjusted numbers. But no matter how you crunch these stats, they ARE horrible. "Not That Bad Edition"? The idea that any credible news organization would say otherwise is almost as astounding as the chaos afflicting the U.S. new vehicle market. How about this: there are industry players in Detroit who ascribe to Autoblog's Pollyanna philosophy. And while you're thinking about that (or something), Justin and I perform our usual reality check.
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I'm so glad you mentioned that SUV on the Simpsons. It has to be one of the best songs that makes fun of SUVs. Instead of listing the lyrics here is a link to the text and video Lyrics: http://artists.letssingit.com/simpsons-the-lyrics-canyonero-5pgz4jq Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoPon3xuCjE Whoa Canyonero!
Robert- The NYT is not america's newspaper of record. It hasn't been for at least 10 years. At this point its one of the last places to get reliable news.
A twin turbo W-12 makes sense, because as far as packageing goes, the VR-6 engine is a slightly widened and elongated I-4, with intake on one side of the cylinder bank and exhaust on the other. A parallel bi-turbo VR-6, and by extension quad turbo W-12, would be a packaging nightmare. Hey, for north of $200K, go for it.