I heard on the radio today that the US auto-execs are all driving to Washington for their meetings with Congress. The fact they are driving is sad on two accounts. First, these are CEOs of multi-billion dollar companies whose time is far more valuable than spending approximately 8 hours in a vehicle between Detroit and DC; and second – and the topic of this post – is the type of vehicle they chose to drive. If you gotta drive to appease some leftist – do it in style.
Two out of the three chose hybrid SUVs and the third, GM, chose the mighty hybrid Malibu. Don’t get me wrong, I like SUVs – they’re comfortable and fun to drive – but, frankly, what the hell were these guys thinking? Why not fire up a V-8 Crossfire or the V-10 Camaro or a Bullitt Mustang instead of a …. wait for it … Malibu?
All three of them had a chance for a great PR move. Screw gas mileage. I’d want
to be the CEO who squeals his breaks in front of the capital – jumps out just as the Illinois State Police sirens become audible.
The first thing he says to the media as he’s running up the steps – “Detroit to DC, 6hrs 15 minutes. You try doing that in a f#$king Prius.”
That, would sell cars.