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Putting it into park: Weekend Linkage

December starts tomorrow so you should probably shave off that Movember ‘stache unless your Geraldo Rivera. Before pulling out the clippers, get the recap of car news from the last full week of November.

- Thank China if GM brings back the Buck red white and blue

- GM is contemplating a Buick Grand National revival

- Fisker hires former marketing honcho at GM Joel Ewanick

- Best and Worst of NASCAR in 2012

- Truck driver sneezes then crashes into 10 cars


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

Welcoming in the weekend is this Friday’s edition of “Putting it into park” with the most essential and almost essential automotive news and links from the past week.

Mojo Motors Suzuki Kizashi Image

-Has anyone actually ever seen a  Suzuki Kizashi in person? [link]

-This commercial is the most unrealistic portrayal of how motor racing works. [link]

-Speaking of unrealistic things, the Fast Five DVD has just been released. [link]

-Top Gear set to hold alternative olympics and Jeremy Clarkson will compete. [link]

-GM partners with RelayRides to let GM owners rent out their whips. [link]

-Ford will let the public into their proving grounds for the first time ever to raise money for charity. [link]

-The video below is one of the closest calls on a motorcycle caught on tape. [link]


Photo credits: Suzuki

Mojo Deals: American vs. Import

This week’s new car is the 2011 Toyota Camry base model. The Camry is a well-known player in the midsize family sedan market. It offers a smooth ride and good fuel-efficiency, but leaves some things to be desired. A manual transmission is standard in the base model, meaning you have to pay extra for automatic. Also standard is a 2.5L 4-Cyl engine that doesn’t impress most drivers. Additionally, the car is without a sunroof, leather interior, and navigation sytem. The Camry is a nice car, and absolutely acceptable as a family sedan, but by taking advantage of the Mojo price, we bet you can get a lot more for your money. First, let’s take a look at the Camry and its specs:

New Car
2011 Toyota Camry (Base)

Engine: 2.5L 4-Cyl
Power: 169hp and 167tq
Interior Space: 116.4 cu. ft.
MSRP: $22,000

So $22k gets you a solid, but not spectacular midsize sedan. However, now more than ever, Americans are choosing to support American auto companies instead of buying imported vehicles. If this is the way you shop, you’re in luck! We believe that for the same price as this Japanese entry-level sedan, you can ride in American luxury! Let’s see what we can find on Mojo…

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