DODGING THE DEALERSHIP CLOSURES

BACK SEAT DRIVING – The terminated GM and Chrysler dealer story will not go quietly into the night. Back when both companies made their painful decisions to appeal to the Government for help rather than close-up shop, there was at least an understanding that they would come out of the process leaner and meaner, and ready to compete in a market that had fundamentally changed…

RAM RODDING

AUTO REVIEW – It’s too bad that Dodge doesn’t have the hundreds of millions of dollars in its advertising budget, because the 2010 Dodge Ram is one hell of a pickup truck. Ever since it was redesigned and reintroduced in 1994, the Ram has been an innovator, bringing forth the third and fourth door to its lineup, along with the Hemi engine, unique storage options and a sedan-like interior…

HONEYMOON LASTS THREE-TIMES LONGER FOR WOMEN THAN MEN

BACK SEAT DRIVINGLeaseTrader set up the survey to ask men and women how long they loved their car and when they finally realized the honeymoon period was over. For men, the average was four months until they started parking close to other cars (33%) and began transporting sports equipment in the backseat (22%). The survey also finds huge differences between men and women…

“Lol no im nt bsy im only driving”

BACK SEAT DRIVING – So it goes with texting. In 2009, textsmart.org surveyed young adults between the ages 18-24. The survey asked “Do you text while driving”? Of the 200 young men and women (73 female and 127 male) who answered the survey, 40 percent of the females and 39 percent of the males stated that they text while driving, more than they should. Other research shows that it only takes a distraction of four seconds to cause a major driving disaster…

LEAFING CUSTOMERS OUT IN THE COLD?

BACK SEAT DRIVING – If you’ve been salivating at the prospect of making your reservation for the new Nissan Leaf, it looks like you’ll have to wait a bit longer. First among the problems: Many customers on the pre-interest list never even got the email about registration being opened – and we were among the many who were left out in the cold by Nissan. Once we found out about the availability of the $99 refundable registration through other means, we were among the those who jumped on it – and then found that the registration system was no longer available…