By on May 11, 2018

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Ten automotive executives met with President Donald Trump this week, hoping to find ways to increase domestic production and mitigate the coming changes to corporate fuel economy regulations. The meeting, held in the White House’s Roosevelt Room, included General Motors’ Mary Barra, Ford’s Jim Hackett and Fiat Chrysler’s Sergio Marchionne. While a large portion of the event was spent discussing the administration’s attempt to roll back established fuel economy rules, Trump was focused on returning manufacturing jobs to the United States.

The president noted that FCA’s decision to spend $1 billion in order to expand truck assembly in Michigan made Marchionne more appealing than his contemporaries. “Right now, he is my favorite person in the room,” Trump said. 

Presumably, Barra and Hackett were only slightly injured by the president’s endorsement. Sergio is probably a lot of people’s favorite, and his Italian swagger and charming candidness are totally undeniable. Think about which of those three you’d want to talk about cars with over drinks if you have any doubts.

However, Trump’s praise wasn’t the result of Marchionne being a far cooler customer than his square peers. It was because FCA is taking truck production out of Mexico and putting it back into the U.S. Earlier this year, Fiat Chrysler announced it would invest over $1 billion to update and expand the company’s Warren Truck Plant in Michigan. Expected to create around 2,500 American jobs, the deal would move heavy duty Ram production out of Mexico by 2020.

The facility will also build the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, with Ram 1500 production shifting fully to Sterling Heights. Jeep assembly stands to see investment, with cash going toward production of the new Jeep Wrangler pickup in Toledo, Ohio. The decision has made Sergio fairly popular in the Midwest.

Following FCA’s January investment announcement, Macomb County executive Mark Hackel said the area was “extremely grateful for FCA and Sergio making that commitment … I can’t wait to give him a big hug at the auto show.”

Mexico’s Saltillo truck assembly plant will soon be repurposed to produce vehicles for global markets. Quoted by Reuters, Marchionne reiterated that plan before his meeting with the president. “I think we have to redirect the Mexican production to a global market,” he said. “I think there are things we can do but it’s part of a longer-term plan.”

Sergio also said he agreed with the White House’s efforts to revise vehicle fuel-efficiency rules to account for the growing popularity of larger vehicles. He hoped for an “agreed way forward” on the matter, likely referencing the issue with California, and claimed to support most of the U.S. proposals for automotive rules under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

NAFTA wasn’t the primary topic of the meeting, however — fuel was. The general agreement among automakers, according to the Detroit Free Press, was that they were in favor of softer fueling standards. However, nobody seemed interested in fighting with California and allied states who want to maintain Obama-era standards. Carmakers said they would prefer a cohesive national standard, if possible.

[Image: FCA]

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93 Comments on “Sergio CONFIRMED as Trump’s ‘Favorite’ Auto Exec, Hackett and Barra DESTROYED...”


  • avatar
    highdesertcat

    I caught that snippet on CNBC when Sergio said that auto makers find it a nightmare to accommodate all the different requirements and standards all over the globe. But they do it successfully anyway, he added.

    So to me, the core of this meeting was more about whether or not President Trump will let CARB determine what the national US FE standards will be, like in states’ rights, or if the EPA under Pruitt will determine the national standard.

    I favor much more relaxed standards that allow twin-turbo 4.6L and 5.7L V8s, or Supercharged versions of the same. GM had them in the past. Why not now? Tech is better today.

    There are more states aligned against CARB than there are those aligned with CARB.

    CA standards do not make sense in most other states, and should be rejected, as they were in decades past when the US had CA-emissions cars and all other states-emissions cars.

    Maybe we’ll go back to that.

    It worked then. It should work again.

    There’s nothing appealing about buying a pickup truck or SUV with a CA-approved three-cylinder turbo squirrel ICE spinning an alternator charging a battery, powering an electric motor as the main propulsion. A la Volt.

    • 0 avatar
      TwoBelugas

      Twin turbo Hemi would make me throw hundred dollar bills at Chrysler faster than Sergio throws liras at a custom sweater maker.

      I can’t remember last time we had a president that not only is not trying to sign more “free trade” deals to ship more jobs out of the country, but actively encouraging companies to move jobs back to the US, mitigating at least a little the damage that NAFTA and China entry into WTO did.

      • 0 avatar
        highdesertcat

        It’s been said that Americans always get exactly what they deserve because we vote for it.

        Maybe, just maybe, President Trump is the right guy at the right time for America, all the resisting ‘crats notwithstanding. His successes so far have already overwhelmed and buried the ‘crats who are staggering around without direction or purpose.

        All that hate on their part, and no way to diffuse it. What a spectacle. It would be funny were it not so sad. They thought Hilary had it in the bag, and so did I. Were they surprised with the outcome of the election. More changes a-comin’.

        I didn’t vote for Trump but I am sure glad that he got elected and we have someone in charge who shares MY values.

        Not since Reagan have I been in tune with a President. Until now.

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          He’s the new Reagan.

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            Maybe. But that remains to be seen. Or, as he is fond of saying, “We shall see!”

            As a voter I evaluate the people I vote for based on the results that I see. I don’t vote party-line. I vote on the merits.

            But I did not vote for Trump because he had no chance of winning. Hilary was going to be our next president, so I was told by the media. Over and over and over again.

            So far, I like what President Trump has done for America. I can also understand that the ‘crats hate his enormous successes in such a very short period of his presidency. Just bringing back the three hostages alive from NKorea was a huge triumph. Better than Otto Warmbier.

            You know, if President Trump can pull off the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, THAT would be an unprecedented feat and accomplishment. Just like Reagan and the Berlin Wall.

            I’m hoping he can because the alternative is just too terrible to contemplate, as in nuclear detonations with all that fall-out hanging in the atmosphere, encircling the earth.

            You can’t get away from it.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            “He’s the new Reagan.”

            One wanted the “Star Wars” defense system and the other wants a “Space Force”.

            That is as far as I’m willing to go in relation to similarities ;)

          • 0 avatar
            Sloomis

            “He’s the new Reagan.”

            Nah, Trump’s dementia is much less severe than Reagan’s…

          • 0 avatar
            NoGoYo

            Ah yes, Trump is certainly following in those great “financially enrich the upper classes and completely destroy the economy for the middle and lower classes in the future” footsteps…

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            @Lou

            I had a better response typed out but the site ate it so I will say this:

            The President is an 80s throwback and in some ways I still think his mind is stuck there. This may or may not be a bad thing, pretty much everything since 2000 has been wrong and Western society has gone extremely downhill since that point (I have argued the real economy never recovered from Dot Com, but I digress).

            Since he’s the throwback he’s using a similar playbook but it won’t have the same result because the economy has been hollowed out by GATT/WTO starting in 1995. C. Austin-Fitts has some interesting insight to the period, she argues “the money” moved to Asia on purpose because that’s were the truth growth was and it couldn’t earn the same return in the US anymore. Maybe she’s right? In any event, I believe the reason the President’s throwback agenda is being allowed because they are trying to keep the defense industries alive in the event of major conflict.

            I also believe he is being kept on a tighter leash than you might imagine. Sure he runs his mouth, but his foreign policy is still Kissengeresque, like, pretty much all US foreign policy since the 1970s or earlier. What happened to isolationist Trump? What happened to MAGA Trump? They took down Flynn so he would accept a swamp thing for National Security Advisor (McMaster). Now that everything is put in motion, McMaster exits and Bolton the madman is put in to take the heat for what happens next.

            Mark my words, they traded the President NK “peace” so he can look like a statesmen, for cart blanche to go after the Shia Crescent. They own Kim Jong-un and have for years. Their simmering war against the Soviets in Ukraine has essentially been dropped and now the war focus is on the Shia Crescent (and indirectly with the Soviets who back Iran). NK had to be neutralized before the moves could be made, so someone in Langley picked up a phone and gave Jong-Un his marching orders.

          • 0 avatar
            dantes_inferno

            >As a voter I evaluate the people I vote for based on the results that I see.

            “I am the great and powerful OZ! Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!”

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            “they are trying to keep the defense industries alive in the event of major conflict. ”

            The military-industrial complex is ALWAYS at the heart and core of US national economic and political policy, even in peace time.

            Been that way since Dec 7th, 1941, unchanged, regardless of which political party controlled the White House and/or the Hill through the decades.

          • 0 avatar
            ect

            28-Cars-Later, any idea that the US economy “has been hollowed out by GATT/WTO starting in 1995” is completely false.

            In today’s dollars, US GDP is 1995 was $10 trillion, in 2017 it was $17 trillion. Apart from the Great Recession of 2007-09, the economy has grown every year since 1991.

            Since NAFTA was signed, the value of US manufacturing output (in constant dollars) has doubled. More recently, manufacturing output has grown in every year after 2008.

            Those are facts, your statement is fiction.

        • 0 avatar
          megaphone

          I’ve disliked Trump since he first became well known in the 80’s and still do. Fair to say we don’t share the same values.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            Megaphone gets the award for understatement today.

            Seriously, what separates Trump from Reagan is simple: decency. Reagan’s basic decency is the reason why he was able to appeal to people who wouldn’t necessarily support him politically (including me). I didn’t necessarily agree with the guy, but I trusted him.

            So far, as far as I can tell, Trump’s coasting on bluster. He did the same thing in his business career, and the results were, to be polite, mixed. We’ll see, I suppose.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @FreedMike -agreed. I liked Reagan. There is nothing I like about your current Potus.

      • 0 avatar
        MoDo

        NAFTA was supposed to build a Mexican middle class that would then purchase US and Canadian goods. It didn’t do that – so bring ’em back.

      • 0 avatar
        dantes_inferno

        > Twin turbo Hemi would make me throw hundred dollar bills at Chrysler faster than Sergio throws liras at a custom sweater maker.

        Which eventually leads to throwing $4.00/gal+ at the gas station.

        • 0 avatar
          highdesertcat

          We’re headed there now as the oil transport pipes in the US are now maxed out, as of today. And the Iran oil has been taken off the market. Those effects will hit us in 10 days.

          To get more oil to market in the US they’d have to marshal more rail-road tanker cars and tractor trailer-tankers to move the stuff.

          And we’re not even in the peak-driving season yet.

          Yeah, I’d say by June will be at $3.50/gal average nationwide, except for CA where it will be $4.50/gal.

          Bringing more output to market still results in it having no place to go, or anyway to get to the refineries because transport is maxed out in the US.

          Let’s hope cooler heads will prevail to keep gas/diesel/kerosene prices down and keep the US economy booming. Like maybe open up the SPR temporarily.

    • 0 avatar
      HotPotato

      I know you were being a smartass, highdesertcat, but I think you actually just had a genius idea. A fuel-electric truck makes good sense. Think diesel-electric locomotive. TORQUE FOR DAYS.

      • 0 avatar
        highdesertcat

        HotPotato, I’m sure THAT concept has appeal for some people, and it may even have a limited application in the real world.

        But like EVs in general, it currently has no mass appeal.

        Now…, that would change whenever we run out of Dino-juice for real.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Well, he’ll be the favorite until next week, or he says something that represents a 12.147% deviance from The Big Huge Hands List Of Currently Set In Stone Positions (This Week’s Edition), or someone else kisses up more effectively, or (gasp) he dares to disagree…

    Then he’ll be painted black.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Splitting_(psychology)

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    “I love Sergio. He puts the HEMI in soooooo many things.”

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Were you briefly possessed by BTSR?

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        I was simply waiting for my post to be one of the DJT tweets we get treated to.

        • 0 avatar
          Luke42

          I’d be surprised if DJT even knows what a hemi is.

          AFIAK, no engine has been featured on Fox & Friends lately.

          • 0 avatar
            "scarey"

            @Luke42 and the other Trump haters- You exhibit so much HATE, and so few brain cells. Wake up and smell the VICTORY- something that was totally absent for the previous eight years.

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            Actually it went back farther than that and I was equally unhappy with Shrub&Iraq and Bill&Monica before him. What were they thinking?

            But yes, the last guy in office was a f’n disaster.

            Hopefully President Trump will stay in power long enough to undo the miserable administrations of the past 25 years and right all the wrongs that kept America on the wrong track.

            The question everyone, including the Trump haters and Ne’er Trumpers, should ask themselves is, “Am I better off today than I was during the last administration?”

            And for me, and millions of other American citizens, the answer is a resounding YES!!!

            I also recognize that millions of others, including illegal aliens, fear what Trump’s America will bring.

            For many it may even mean getting a…GASP…job so President Trump can shrink the welfare rolls.

          • 0 avatar
            Luke42

            "scarey":

            You’ve mistaken my disdain for hate.

            I do not respect Trump, what he stands for, or those who voted for him.

            Trump can’t say two sentences without contradicting himself (sloppy thinking) or insulting someone (boorish behavior), and a lot of people just eat it up.

            Do I hate Trump et al? No. But I don’t respect the guy, or his followers, very much.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Funny, I recall being told over and over I didn’t have like his predecessor but had to respect the office and the man. But now we’re allowed not to respect the man.

            What’s up with that?

    • 0 avatar
      dantes_inferno

      >“I love Sergio. He puts the HEMI in soooooo many things.”

      Today’s HEMI is just a marketing term. The engine actually has a pentroof combustion chamber similar to most current multi-valve engines.

      A true HEMI (Hemispherical) engine has a combustion chamber which resembles the shape of the top half of a golf ball. Chrysler hasn’t built a factory version of a true HEMI since 1973-74.

      • 0 avatar
        TR4

        ^^^^^^This^^^^^^^^

        Although you have to admit it’s been a very successful marketing term.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        @dantes_inferno – The current line of “hemi” engines were based on a Porsche design. Dual plugs were needed to “save” the design since the engine would not meet emissions requirements without them.

        htt p://www.automo bilemag. com/news/hemi-engine/

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    The Apprentice, final season.

  • avatar
    bluegoose

    If Sergio could make a car that doesn’t vibrate itself to pieces after 15K miles he might be my favorite too. This account coming from a disgruntled Dodge Dart owner on Allpar.com…

    “The entire leading edge of the hood appears to have herpes. Both rockers at the exact same point are losing paint. Dashboard rattles so loudly private sale is impossible. Driver’s seat loose and padding worn beyond comfortability– I weigh 140lbs. Seat track plastics cracked. Rear trunk pull handles fall out. Washer jets broken. Drive-by-wire fault that made the car undriveable.

    Broken pavement makes the car sound like a gnome is under there playing the xylophone. The engine mounts are collapsed. The shocks blown. The rotors, warped.

    Every. Piece. Of. The. Car. Is. Loose.”

    • 0 avatar
      Middle-Aged (Ex-Miata) Man

      The only acceptable response:

      “They bought their [Fiasler]. They knew what they were getting into…”

      • 0 avatar
        iNeon

        This would be my car– Peggy Wanker(don’t bother to thank her!)

        Good quote, but the car has 47,xxx now– these problems all started under about 25. Year two. No warranty work was ever authorized by FCA on the car. It’s only been serviced at dealerships.

        The Allpar moderators are editing-out everything I say about the car now. And I say a lot. Like today I’ll say: we can add non-functional cruise control to this list. It stopped working last night.

        I’m working on writing the story. It may be good. Stay tuned.

        P.S. I only thought I knew what I was getting into. This is my third compact Mopar. 300,000 miles in the first two should have prepared me for owning a third, but this Dart is in a class of one. What others say about me is none of my business– until it becomes public.

        Be nicer.

        • 0 avatar
          FreedMike

          Safe to say iNeon will not be a repeat Dodge buyer.

          • 0 avatar
            bluegoose

            I’m a Mopar guy. I most likely will never buy one again with what I have read about on the forums. You have cars sitting for months that can’t get parts. Horrible service. The LX models turn into rattle boxes in about a year. It is a house of smoke and mirrors.

          • 0 avatar
            iNeon

            I’m not doing the 4-peat, no.

        • 0 avatar
          Middle-Aged (Ex-Miata) Man

          iNeon, you put your problems with the car into the public. I suggest you temper your indignation when the public responds.

          The Dart’s rushed development and predominantly Fiat DNA really should have served as a giant flashing CAUTION! sign, but you know that now. Chalk these experiences up as lessons learned and go forth that much smarter next time.

    • 0 avatar
      civicjohn

      bluegoose,

      I think that model was built on OB’s watch, if we’re going to keep playing the same game.

      Make engines HUUGGE again!

    • 0 avatar
      DeadWeight

      FCA has some great vehicles, and awful ones.

      Their great ones (300C, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Durango, some version of Challenger, Wrangled, RAM – especially upcoming one) are not only excellent, solid, well-sorted out, but incredible bargains against competitors’ vehicles that cost much more.

      I would stay away from their FIAT-based vehicles, personally.

      If I had to replace my E350 tomorrow, I’d at least strongly consider a 300C, Jeep Grand Cherokee or Durango (all with the bigger motors) -‘which can more than compete in their segments as near top of the class or category killers, especially optioned up, then price negotiated down, at significant lower transaction prices than those competitors.

      Hemi 300’AWD, JGC and Durango SRT (or even RT) all are fantastic, reliable, fantastic vehicles.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        p.s. -‘I would put the great FCA vehicles I mentioned above (and new RAM) up against anything from GM (Cadillac, Chevy/GMC, Buick) Ford, Honda/Acura, Toyota, VW, Nissan, and even the JGC up against anything from BMW, Audi, Acura, MB in terms of refinement, solidity and “just works.”

        I’m seriously considering a JGC or Durango (SRT) as my next ride given now SHITTIE the f’ing road surfaces in Michigan are (like a 3rd world country), but if I lived in Nevada, Utah, Arizona or somewhere with great roads, would go to a tight riding, powerful, rwd German or Japanese coupe or sedan (maybe the new 2020 Charger if it has the 6.2 and is smaller in size and has a brake/shock/suspension package that increases lateral grip, and gets improved interior materials and reshaped surfaces and improved dash).

        If I loved in the west with great road quality now, I’d probably daily drive a smaller sedan that has a tight suspension, very stiff chassis, a V8, and throaty exhaust.

  • avatar
    EBFlex

    Take note Ford. This is what happens when you make good business decisions…not asinine decisions like ending car production because you cannot figure out how to do it properly.

    • 0 avatar
      Rocket

      Good business decisions? You mean like FCA’s decision to largely get out of the mainstream sedan business? I fail to see what makes FCA’s decision to do it ‘good’, and Ford’s decision to do it ‘asinine’.

      • 0 avatar
        Booick

        Canceling dart and 200 was a good decision, both were turds and everyone knew it. Now just cancel renegade, all US fiats, journey, etc.

        Sell more jeeps, the market is turning and likely not going back to mainstream sedans.

        • 0 avatar
          Rocket

          Right, it was a good decision, although one questions who approved the Dart and 200 in the first place. Rather than spend the money to fix them, FCA chose to invest elsewhere. It’s really no different than what Ford is doing. Hackett just handled it poorly. Really, REALLY poorly.

          • 0 avatar
            Scoutdude

            Building the Dart with a minimum MPG level was a condition of the US gov’t giving the rest of Chrysler to Fiat. So that is where you can lay the blame and it is also the reason that it turned out half baked. They had an on-sale deadline and Fiat wasn’t willing to spend that much money on it. So they hacked it together and didn’t really care how crappy it was or if they lost some money on the deal. It was just the means to gain 100% ownership of the artist formerly known as Chrysler.

            The 200 is another story.

        • 0 avatar
          "scarey"

          Isn’t the Renegade selling well ?

        • 0 avatar
          dantes_inferno

          >Sell more jeeps, the market is turning and likely not going back to mainstream sedans.

          Until gas prices rise above the $4.00/gal mark and the herd mentality of panic sets in once again.

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          Saw a white 200 earlier with limo tinted windows and 80s looking door decals about 1/3rd of the door saying “PHRYME”. Ya can’t make this sh!t up.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Was it a good decision, or a lucky one that was made out of necessity?

      I’m going with the latter.

  • avatar
    NoID

    What a coincidence, Sergio is MY favorite auto exec too!

  • avatar
    dusterdude

    Pa-pow ! Actually Trump does have it right , Sergio is a great CEO, he has a very keen sense of auto biz….. his fashion sense (sweaters) is a different story!

  • avatar
    megaphone

    If Trump likes Sergio I’ll find something else to buy not made by FCA

  • avatar
    pmirp1

    As I have said before Sergio is a genius. He should remain chairman, there is no reason for him to quit.

    Look at what Chrysler has now, the new Wrangler the best ever. The new RAM shames the new GM, even if it is still behind F150. The new Pacifica is the best minivan by miles. The Challengers and Chargers and Durangos proudly carry the Dodge flag. The 300 is around.

    He gets rid of what need to be got rid of. Yes the Fiat is a miserable piece of you know what. And the Alfas are not going anywhere.

    But when it comes to Jeeps, RAMs, and Dodge and Chrysler he is the master.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Smoke and mirrors, like the whole industry as of late. Sergio is right to go out on top in 2020 or so, and yes I agree he is a good product manager/executive.

      • 0 avatar
        pmirp1

        The new scrambler, the new Grand Wagonner, the new redesigned Cherokee, the better looking Compass. No smoke and mirror if you follow the business instead of just the buzzwords.

        • 0 avatar
          iNeon

          Wait until any of that new product is a few years old.

          New Chrysler is nothing more than the physical manifestation of the public’s opinion of old Chrysler.

          I finally got the Chrysler everyone warned me about in an FCA vehicle.

          • 0 avatar
            pmirp1

            iNeon, The Pentastar is proven. The HEMI is proven. The 8 speed ZF transmission is proven. The platforms are solid and proven. The entertainment system is tops.

            Sergio knows what is he doing. Please pay attention to today’s events, not the Chrysler of Mercedes era.

          • 0 avatar
            SC5door

            pmirp1,

            You do realize that the Dart that iNeon is talking about from the FCA era? Try again before you tell someone to “pay attention” when you clearly didn’t yourself.

        • 0 avatar
          dantes_inferno

          Man! The FCA Kool-aide is flowing strong these days.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        “Smoke and mirrors, like the whole industry as of late.”

        Wasn’t FCA already planning to move HD trucks to the USA?

        This sounds like the same game plan as the other “domestics” which is to make it LOOK like their long term planning was actually all about “him”.

        The real plan is to bring all of the high profit vehicles to the more expensive union shops in the USA and offload the low margin crap to Mexico and Asia.

        • 0 avatar
          pmirp1

          Lou_BC, Indeed the big RAMs are coming back to US.

          Sergio has product after product out, and yet you doubt him. What else do you want for proof? I just shared aboove all the products already out (New Wrangler, New RAM, Revised Cherokee, New Compass, New Renegade, proven and refined Challenger and Charger and durango) and others in pipeline.

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          @Lou

          I was referring to what I believe is the whole industry being in a poor position with oversupply in the aftermarket being put out in storage or exported rather than hitting wholesale and lower price per unit. Couple this with the fact stagflation prevents a whole series of buyers from general economic participation, new product being built cannot be sold. The Ford thing may simply be cover for this, I think if the whole industry follows suit and limits production – not necessarily product mix – this would be indicative of my point.

          Regarding your point about low margin going abroad, I agree. However this has been the case for several years, this may only simply be on a larger scale.

    • 0 avatar
      EBFlex

      The new Ram blows the pitiful F150 out of the water. Sales will increase ince they get production figured out but the F-Series will still remain the sales champ. Lots of very dumb people out there will believe Fords marketing.

      But who knows. With how bad Ford handled the development and implimentation of the baby PowerStroke in the F150, it seems there is no end to Fords mismanagement. I would have thought the trucks were safe but clearly they are not.

  • avatar
    Tele Vision

    Sergio only won Trump’s ‘Best Guy In The Room’ award because Barney The Dinosaur had another gig that day.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    I think L.A. has unique needs and should be allowed to do whatever batshit crazy stuff it wants to its air. However there needs to be a high ceiling for anyone else wanting to go along with them because quite frankly, attempting to play along is a huge cost to everyone. Perhaps a referendum by um, those voting proles, before a state can tag along with the PRK. Then again, many elections are rigged but at least people will feel as if they live in a democracy.

    Personally I’d like to see CARB work with automakers using LA as a beta tester for future emissions. Then over a long phased in period, would the previous iteration be mandated. This is not to say it would not come sooner in some models, but the final everyone out of the pool mandate every decade or so.

  • avatar
    pdog_phatpat

    Oh good, another click bait that has TRUMP in the title. Goody gumdrops. I think the only good response is that Sergio was obviously bought off by the Russians. Perhaps some lawyer will break the law again and release some shlub named Sergio(s) bank records and then the msm can railroad him and ruin his life as well. I cant wait!

  • avatar
    Trucky McTruckface

    Thanks for the clickbait non-story. This sort of Trump comment in this sort of meeting is the most Trump thing ever. Rather than reporting this (or just ignoring it) as a “Trump continues to American labor emphasis” type story, you had to blather on about it in typical snarky millennial style until getting to the point.

    That said, Sergio most certainly remains the best of the Detroit executive lot. Hackett is the most cynical hire since Roger Smith – good to know that the Ford family still hasn’t figured out that a stockholder-first business strategy is a long-term bust. Meanwhile, Barra’s diversity hire brownie points continue to mask her unremarkable, andGM-lifer management style and the company’s unremarkable post-bankruptcy performance outside of trucks and SUVs…on the whole GM seems to have their head less firmly lodged up their posterior than Ford, so I’ll give Mary that.

  • avatar

    there was a day when the President came to GM for direction, not the case in a looong time…

  • avatar
    geozinger

    Any of those three? Mary Barra hands down. She’s a stone fox for a woman my age. She’s a stone fox for many women of any age. Plus, she likes cars!

    Where was she when I was single? Dammit!

  • avatar
    V16

    Sergio promised Trump that going forward, FCA would make the color ORANGE an option on all vehicles.

  • avatar
    HotPotato

    Yesterday: TTAC readers hate Sergio. “Can’t get anyone to buy his failed car company, makes crap products, stupid furriner, yadda yadda yadda.”

    Beat.

    TTAC reports that Trump says he likes Sergio.

    Today: TTAC readers love Sergio. “Smartest guy in the auto business, great product line, would have a beer with him, MAGA.”

    Ridiculous.

    • 0 avatar
      dantes_inferno

      >Today: TTAC readers love Sergio. “Smartest guy in the auto business, great product line, would have a beer with him, MAGA.”

      Sounds like they consumed kool-aid instead of beer.

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    Nick_515

    Trumpti Dumpti.

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