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Happy Holidays!

To everyone I know (and some I don’t).
Happy Holidays!

Talking about Nissan board approves GM alliance talks – Automotive –



Nissan board approves GM alliance talks – Automotive –


You want to see the results of a GM/Nissan alliance/  Look no further than Mazda/Ford.


Ford actually was doing a favor when it bought into Mazda years ago.  The plan was of course to make Mazda the platform builder for Ford products since apparently Japanese designs are better than anything the Ford mainline could muster.  This arrangement works similarly for the current Renault-Nissan arrangement, just look at the Nissan Versa/Renault Megane.


However, this apparently does nothing to boost mainline sales.  Ford’s June sales were dismal by all accounts.  Even with great cars running on top of the Mazda platforms (Fusion,Zephyr,Milan=Mazda6….Volvo S40=Mazda3) sales were just horrible.  no, GM can’t bail itself out of the mess its in just by pairing up with a Japanese maker.  The other fact is Asian platform sharing is nothing new to GM.  They do it with the Aveo (made by Daewoo), they did it with Toyota on the Vibe.  The problem with GM is they take a good asian platform and cheapen it to death, because they have created a customer base of cheapos.


So with those facts in mind, nothing GM can come up with Nissan is going to save them.  The following however will:


  They need to start closing brands and closing lines.  First on the block I would say is GM Trucks.  This redundancy with Chevy just needs to go away.  Either that or take Chevy trucks out of the lineup and only do GM trucks (not likely). 

 Next I would say Pontiac needs to take the dirt nap.  Its either that or Saturn, you take your pick. 


To its credit Cadillac has turned itself around, but its time for that gangsta rap Escalade to go away, along with any of its crossover variants.  Cadillac needs to be the premier luxo sports CAR brand.  It doesnt need SUVs no more than Lincoln does the Navigator.


Buick is the new Oldsmobile.  In this country it needs to go away.  GM can keep selling to the Chinese who think it is such a great brand (someone needs to educate them).


Hummer….back to the Army with you and get these horrible things off civilian streets.  Close the consumer brand.


I would severely par back the Chevy lineup, the SSR would go away, all of the truck based SUVs would go away save one…the Subruban.  No you aren’t going to hybrid your way out of this.  You are going to set a good example for America and go on a diet….as should your typical buyers.  Yukon XL, gone….Tahoe, gone…Avalanche…gone.  All gone because they serve no purpose on 95% of American streets.



next up….discussing Ford’s dismal US sales.

Cataloging downtown Tulsa tenants- McFarlin Building

I’m going to start recapping the history of downtown Tulsa Tenants.  I think many of you will be pretty surprised who have been here and who they are now.
I’m going to start at 5th and Main, down by Barlett Square, which seems to be the new de facto center of downtown with it’s little cutesy roundabout.
So for starters we have the McFarlin building.  It is the building at the NE corner of 5th and Boston.  You might have recognized it by the ornate crowned roofline.
The original "anchor" tenant in this building was none other than HALLIBURTON!  Yes back then the Halliburton drug of choice was general stores….not multinational energy contracts and dubious activities in Iraq.
Anyhow, Halliburton got out of the grocery business when it sold off the stores to Skaggs.  Now I’m sure a lot of you have heard of Skaggs.  They were sort of the Walgreens of the early 20th century.  Skaggs eventually was merged into a conglomerate called American Stores Inc, which included a handful of drugstore brands.
Well, in the late 1990s, Albertson’s bought out ASI, and we all know who Albertson’s is today.  We have quite a few stores here in Tulsa as a matter of fact.
However, in the meantime the Mcfarlin building underwent many changes, one of those being the subdivision of the ground floor space that Skaggs once occupied.  While it would be quaint to see a small downtown Albertson’s in the historical location of so many great grocery stores….this is unlikely to happen.
The McFarlin building currently sports a number of law offices and small lunch time eateries.

People and Cell phones

I put this under hobbies, because apparently for some people, seeing how fast you can get the latest cell phone and then post a "review" about it seems to be a hobby.  I really don’t understand it really.

Case in point.  There is this new phone, it is made by LG.  Well the LG-325 is the 2nd phone for SprintPCS that has bluetooth (some people say its the 4th, but thats another story).  Anyhow, I’ve never seen so much hype over a single device.  I happen to have a Sony Ericsson T608.  It isn’t the best phone in the world, but it does bluetooth, and it certainly isnt the worst. 

People think the LG-325 is the best thing, but the stupid thing cannot even connect to a laptop.  Sprint disabled half of the stuff on the phone.

In the meantime I’ll be sticking with my T608.