Archives for month: February, 2011

Understatement of the Year

Ummm, looks like just a tad more than a ding!

junk car understatement

How Do You Know Your Car is Ready for the Junk Yard?

If you lock your doors like this then it is time to get a free junk car pickup from!

funny junk car

GM Going Green Without Borrowing

Chevy_Volt_Pre-ProductionMore good news from the auto manufacturing industry as General Motors, in another sign of its progress since a government-led bankruptcy, said Thursday it is withdrawing its application for $14.4 billion in federal loans it had sought to help build more fuel-efficient cars.

GM, which has posted three straight profitable financial quarters since its 2009 bankruptcy, said it no longer needed the loans because the company’s cash position has improved. GM applied for the loans in 2009 to modernize plants to build fuel-efficient vehicles.

“This decision is based on our confidence in GM’s overall progress and strong, global business performance,” said Chris Liddell, GM vice chairman and chief financial officer. Liddell said withdrawing the application was “consistent with our goal to carry minimal debt on our balance sheet.”

The $25 billion low-interest loan program is administered by the Energy Department. It was created by a 2007 law to help car companies retool older factories to build green cars.

Getting Ready to Boost Chevy Volt Production

Separately, GM said it would explore ways to increase production of the Chevrolet Volt rechargeable electric car. GM’s vice president of global design Ed Welburn said at the Washington Auto Show that GM would also accelerate its distribution of the Volt, making it available to dealers in 50 states by the end of the year.

GM sought bankruptcy protection in 2009 and accepted nearly $50 billion in government help. The new GM had an initial public offering of stock in November.

Several automakers and auto suppliers have applied for loans from the federal energy program. It is nice to see GM bounce back like this but I still am not  happy with my Grand Caravan.