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Joel Ewanick resigned, so now what?

Ewanick FrenemyLast weekend, GM’s marketing head honcho, Joel Ewanick, resigned. Business Insider covered it, the Detroit News covered it and a whole bunch of other websites covered the story too. People had a love-hate relationship with the man. He’s the automotive world’s frenemy. Think of Ewanick like coffee. It’s bad for your teeth and probably your health, but it’s just the kick in the pants most people need to get their day started.

Ewanick fired advertising agencies, started a war with Facebook and said Super Bowl commercials were a waste of money. Ewanick also changed company culture, developed an advertising strategy to save GM billions, helped turn around a failing brand, took risks with their media spends and demanded creative ideas. So what does Ewanick’s exit mean for Mojo Motors, car shoppers and dealerships? Let’s take a look.
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Putting it into park: Weekend Linkage

The past week has been a whirlwind of auto news. Check out the links below for all the happenings.

Ford Fusion Nascar Racing Mojo Motors

Jalopnik test drove a 485HP, twin-turbo Nissan Juke R in Dubai

The world’s longest bus in China can hold 300 passengers

The new Ford Fusion NASCAR stock car actually looks like a Fusion

Ford has the highest brand loyalty, Toyota is second and Chevrolet is third

President Obama’s old 300C has been listed on ebay for $1,000,000

A Texas man filmed his wife giving birth while driving down the highway

Putting it into park: Weekend Linkage

The last full weekend before Christmas is upon us so you’re probably doing one of two things. One, hanging out all weekend because you’re done shopping or two, you’re scrambling to finish your shopping. If you need some last minute ideas, check out our Gift Guide. Otherwise, peruse the auto news from the last week.

Silver Arrow Image Barret-Jackson Mojo Motors

The Silver Arrow and other cars at Barret-Jackson that are harder to find than a republican front-runner

DiRT Showdown, slated for release in May 2012, isn’t like DiRT 1, 2 or 3

The next-generation Viper won’t be a Dodge

Edmunds InsideLine’s 100 Worst Cars of All Time

The most popular trending car on Mojo Motors in November was the Subaru Impreza

A small peak at Buick’s new crossover, the Encore

Cool used car of the future: Dodge Hornet Concept

Dodge wants to replace the beleaguered Caliber. Wait, you don’t know what the Dodge Caliber is? That is precisely why Dodge wants to launch a brand new compact model. From the sounds of it, Dodge won’t call their new compact a Hornet (named after the Hudson Hornet), but with no other alternative, the Mojo Motors Blog will refer to Dodge’s new concept as the Hornet.

Dodge Hornet Concept Image Mojo Motors

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The Monday Grind

The days following a Halloween weekend are usually best for nursing stomachaches after eating too much candy and salted pumpkin seeds. This year, it is also a time to get nostalgic about the past 100 years of Chevrolet. The brand celebrates their centennial-anniversary this Thursday and the media hoopla around Chevy has begun. Here are those stories and more.

Michael Waltrip finally stars in a commercial that is actually funny…gross too

It was “Chrysler Sub-Compact Weekend” on Hooniverse featuring the Omni and Sundance among others.

Mark Phelan refers to America as “baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet.”

Chevrolet’s biggest misses over their 100-year history

The ten best lines from Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson (with video)

What Bob Lutz can teach brands about success

Bob Lutz Cigar Mojo MotorsBob Lutz, legendary gear head and businessman who has worked at BMW, Ford Europe, Chrysler and General Motors tackles the challenges he faced during the decline of General Motors in his book Car Guys vs. Bean Counters. He writes about the disorganized management, layers upon layers of red tape and the embarrassing debacle known as the automotive bailout when General Motors pseudonym became Government Motors.

The book has gotten a bad rap because Lutz blames a large chunk of GM’s downfall on the penny-pinching financial types who were given charge of the automotive design. These folks were focused on cost-cutting, systematizing production and making the most money on each car produced, even if that meant sacrificing quality. As a result, Lutz contends, General Motors was building vehicles notorious for wide body gaps between panels, cheap interiors and being, well, really ugly.

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Putting it into park: Weekend Linkage

Ending each week on the Mojo Motors Blog is “Putting it into park,” a compilation of newsworthy links from the past five days.

World Record Breaking Hearses in Hell Michigan

-A parade of 51 hearses in Hell, Michigan breaks the Guinness World Record. [link]

-Taking a page out of the Tesla Motors book of delays, Alfa Romeo pushes back the release of their 4C roadster. [link]

-The 1969 Camaro was named the greatest Chevrolet ever, but did the voters get it right? [link]

-Jalopnik’s ten best car commercials ever. [link]

-Completely customize the new Ford Mustang down to the hood pins. [link]

-A new reality show on the Discovery Channel, “Carfellas,” is about three guys who run a used auto lot. [link]

-Auto blog Hooniverse is “staking a claim in the automotive fringe.” They also have a cool name. [link]


Photo credits: Livingston Daily

Cool used car of the future: Maserati Kubang

For those of our readers who appreciate the finer things in life, like stuff from Italy, feast your eyes on the latest from luxury automaker Maserati. It’s called the Kubang and while it’s still a concept, production is slated for both the States and abroad. Maserati has put a lot of thought into the production of this concept and you’ll see what we mean below.

Cool Used Car of the Future Maserati Kubang SUV Concept Image

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