Monday, April 04, 2011

Expect summer shortages for Japanese automobiles

AutoNews Now (4/4/11)

Click link for today's broadcast from AutoNews. I was reading in another publication that one of the biggest bottlenecks to vehicle assembly right now are control modules that are manufactured at Japanese tech plants. They need constant, clean electricity... and the "rolling blackouts" happening in Japan right now make it difficult, if not impossible for them to get up and running. There may be problems spreading wider beyond assembly plants of Japanese automobiles, as some domestic cars rely on components sourced from Japan.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

The biggest repo job in history.

GM recovers 1,700 vehicles after dispute with hauler | detnews.com | The Detroit News
GM recovers 1,700 vehicles after dispute with hauler
Robert Snell / The Detroit News

Detroit— General Motors Co. has recovered more than 1,700 vehicles that were allegedly being held hostage by a car hauler, the automaker said today.
I know this is serious business, but some of these shenanigans are so outrageous it just makes me smile.

GM finished recovering the new Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks and Camaro coupes, worth almost $47 million, earlier this week, company spokesman Dan Flores said.

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The "rescue" was disclosed 10 days after GM sued Georgia-based Allied Ltd. in federal court in Detroit. GM wanted immediate possession, arguing the vehicles could depreciate in value and dealers would be deprived of valuable inventory.