CarKey's "Crash" Corrigan Swills Swag

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
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Yesterday, I called Autoblog (AB) to task for blogging pistonhead paraphernalia without disclosing whether they received swag for their efforts. AB jeffe Damon Lavrinc revealed his team follows AOL’s strict policy: no freebies and return any review items post post. So I removed my post. And now I’ve found Michael Banovsky’s over-punctuated, redundantly-named blog Cars, Culture, and Etc. Banovsky asserts that he’s not on the gravy train, and when he is, he donates the resulting air miles to Doctors Without Borders (perhaps there’s a Barnes and Noble nearby?). Underneath the post,’ s Kevin “Crash” Corrigan defends pocketing payola. “Whilst I applaud you for donating your air miles to charity, I think that I should say something from the flip side of the coin. Unlike the print guys, us web-based journos are rarely given ‘expensive’ gifts. In nearly 5 years of writing, the most pricey gift that I have received is a toy car. In fact, I’ve been given a few of them (Approx 6-7). Now I collect models cars, as do probably most most of us car guys, so that’s quite nice. On the other hand, does anyone truly believe that any of us could be brought off with a $10-30 model car?? Let’s look at this from another angle…I worked in the building trade for several years, and every year we were given bottles of booze from the suppliers. My father who owned a large company and often received crates of the stuff!”

“Now, like I said, I applaud you for handing over your air miles to charity (Mind you, I did note that you, as a newspaper journo, received more air miles in one year than I gathered in 5, but that’s another story!). Personally, I plan to use mine to take my wife along with me on one of the trips (we’ve managed one so far to New York). After all, I leave her to fend for the animals and shovel the snow when I go away, so I think that it’s only fair to her. You’re young Michael and you might change your view on this once you’re married and have to listen to, “You going away again and leaving me to look after everything again”!

“I think that you’re flogging a dead horse for no reason with this. Perks will always be a factor in business, so dig at the guys who get the fancy leather jackets, computers, and stuff like that by all means (I don’t know of anyone who’s received that kind of stuff, if you do, then by all means name them and shame them!), but leave us little guys out of it please. The general public looks down on us for all these “supposed freebies”, and all it does is create bad feelings for absolutely no reason.”

None whatsoever?

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  • TaxedAndConfused TaxedAndConfused on Jan 03, 2009

    Motoring journos accepting perks shocker ? Meanwhile it has been revealed that standing in the rain makes you wet.

  • Landcrusher Landcrusher on Jan 03, 2009

    Crash, Of course, much of the healthcare legislation aimed at reducing the costs has been to stop the freebies from flowing to doctors. So, someone in Congress must disagree with you. Wait, that likely means you are correct. Damn! Seriously though, I still like transparency. And, car models are like dogs named "Checkers". Let's at least hear about the real perks.

  • Master Baiter "...but the driver must be ready to step in and take control. The system is authorized for use during the day but at speeds lower than 40 mph..."Translation: It's basically useless, and likely more stressful than piloting the car ones's self.
  • Alan My friend has a Toyota Kluger (made in 'murica). A Highlander. These things are based on a Camry platform. I have driven the Kluger we had at work and I find them quite boring even for a SUV. An appliance. I hope this will deliver some driving pleasure. I found the Camry a better boring vehicle.
  • Alan Most Lexii look good to reasonable.....................until you see the front ends with their awkward grilles. It actually would look normal on a GWM, LDV or any other Chinese vehicle.
  • Tassos These last months, every day seems to be another great, consequential piece of news for Tesla, who does not just DOMINATE, it OWNS the US and FREE WORLD BEV market.It is the ONLY (repeat ONLY) maker that builds its huge best sellers at a PROFIT, ie, SUSTAINABLY. FOrd EV is bleeding 3 billion in losses. GM hides theirs, and I bet they are even HIGHER. VW has spent a huge no of billions and its ID series has been an UTTER FAILURE.Toyota, already 12 years too late, is yet to try. I doubt they will succeed to dethrone TESLA.
  • Tassos Again: I never took VOlvo seriously in the last 20 or so years.Chinese Volvo-Geely has a dizzying number of models, I have lost count how many,YET its sales and market share in the US has always been DISMAL these last 20 years.It ranges from a pathetic 0.5% to 0.8% of the US market.For comparison, Toyota has 15% and GM has even more. Tesla has almost 10 TIMES VOlvo's share, with a PITTANCE of really TWO Models, the 3 and the Y, as the S and the X hardly sell any copies any more.So why do we keep reading articles about Stupid VOlvo?Because they have the best PR department of any maker.