Stupidest Question Ever Asked at An Auto Show?

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
stupidest question ever asked at an auto show

I’ve never noticed Poornima Gupta’s byline before. But I’ve sure noticed it now. The Reuters story “Ford says has no interest in Chrysler brands” could well be the most inane piece of non-journalism I’ve ever seen emerge from an auto show. This is news? C’mon. It’s not even grammatical (go get ’em, Jeff!). “Ford Motor Co (F.N) has no interest in acquiring any Chrysler assets or brands if the automaker is forced into bankruptcy, the president of Ford’s Americas unit said on Wednesday. ‘We’re focused right now on merging Ford around the world right now. We’re focusing on Ford, so no,’ Mark Fields said on the sidelines of the New York International Auto Show.” Seriously. She asked him that question? What ChryCo brands did she think Ford should pick-up? With what money? Still, I like this bit: “‘We do have a significant amount of liquidity and based on our assumptions … we have no plans to access any of the emergency taxpayer funds,’ Fields said.” Define “emergency.” And anyone who uses the phrase “slash cash” gets a mulligan. Or is that a mullet?

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  • NeonCat93 NeonCat93 on Apr 09, 2009

    I thought the stupidest question was the one asked of booth babes on The Simpsons: "Do you come with the car?" I'd think Jeep and Ford would go well together, but then I think about the fact that Jeep seems to be an albatross around the neck of whatever automaker that owns it. Sure, sure, coincidence, different situations, whatever. Jeep, destroyer of manufacturers…

  • on Apr 09, 2009
    C’mon Robert, you don’t think Ford needs a minivan? According to Ford, the Flex is their minivan (replacement). So...yes Ford needs a minivan. The Flex is selling about as well as a bowl full of bird flu.

  • Superbadd75 Superbadd75 on Apr 09, 2009

    @ P71_CrownVic: Totally kidding about the minivan. Ford needs a minivan like GM needs another compact CUV.

  • 05gt 05gt on Apr 09, 2009

    P71_CrownVic, Actually, I think the Flex is a perfect minivan replacement. You can still fool your friends into thinking its a SUV, yet you still get the passanger comfort of a minivan. I think if Ford lowers the price, sales will pick up.