• Mar 24th 2006 at 11:02AM
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None other than Geraldo 'Take-Him-Or-Leave-Him' Rivera whipped out a Dubya-style haymaker on General Motors and Ford Wednesday, calling the automakers' present fiscal and public-relations gulag the result of 'whining' management and too many 'crap' cars. Not exactly the prose of florid journalist, or even as carefully measured as George Bush's call for domestics to build more 'relevant' products, Rivera unloads:

Among the lowest rated vehicles on the Consumer Reports list are the once mighty, now tired, Ford Taurus, the homely Pontiac Grand Prix, and the dreadful Chevy Equinox. And unless you live in Kabul or Baghdad, isn’t the Hummer the ugliest, dumbest vehicle on the road today?

Rivera gives DaimlerChrysler a 'pass,' a move one might expect given his admission that he owns a 300.

We're not exactly sure what qualifies Mr. Rivera to comment with authority on such issues, and as such, what weight (if any) our readers give to his latest rant is a purely individual thing. Feel free to leave a 'haymaker' or 'kudos' of your own in the comments.

[Sources: GeraldoAtLarge.com and Dave Clegg]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Nothing new here. Geraldo buys cars just like the rest of us and, just like most of us, shakes his head over GM's inferior products. The only difference is that he gets media attention and the rest of us don't.

      GM has lost so much of the excellent reputation it once had that it now must be BETTER than its competitors, not almost or just as good.

      Some GM cars are good, but their service record is substandard. A friend's Cadillac SRX drives well, but has had too many problems such as: misaligned rear hatch, hard starting, and a rear end whine that will be fixed when new parts are sent to the dealer.

      As good as the SRX is to drive (it has fantastic seats!), it's been more of a pain in the ass than I'd put up with--hopefully it'll grow old gracefully after the problems are corrected.

      I'd like to see GM regain its MOJO, but it's going to take major work for this to happen, if it can happen at all.
      • 9 Years Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      The American auto companies Ford & GM have way more than enough time to fix their act. They deserve what they're getting and i do hope they crash so that will show them that you can't win thinking you can f someone over time and again.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "Have you sat in a Dodge Neon... who the hell would place the trunk opener in the glove compartment?"

      People who want a cleaner interior by placing a relatively little used button out of the way?

      "Ford Focus... the interior quality and handling doesn't quite put it up there with their Import counterparts."

      Many magazines still rave about the handling from a 10 year old platform that competes with much newer import platforms.
      • 9 Years Ago
      What a laugh !
      people are siding with a guy who was searching for Al Capone's hidden loot.
      This guy cannot tie his shoes yet he knows GM's sales totals ?

      Give me a break, the issue is people blow 8 billion bucks a month on imports, are not loyal to their own family as to protecting their jobs and whine, piss and moan about American Cars.

      Any time I looked at a junk yard I see many more Non Amercian cars rotting there.

      Some fad, buy a car that looks like a box, cannot go faster then 60 MPH, sounds like a 2 banger and is more boring then watching paint dry.

      Wake up, that dude is a moron, as his claims all 15-20 million Illegal aliens belong here.

      Just as bad as people who cannot even balance their checkbook are telling GM how to be a sucess.

      • 9 Years Ago
      I guess Geraldo has as much right to comment on these things as any of us...

      This morning as I drove to work it occurred to me that there are spot products in the lineups of both GM and Ford that are really kind of nice.
      Cadillac CTS, Escalade, XLR
      Chevy Corvette, Tahoe, Express Van
      Escape, F150, Mustang, 500
      Lincoln Town Car
      Mazda 3, 6, MX5
      Volvo S40
      Range Rover
      Aston Martin

      Ford is much more worldly than GM, but really only Mazdas feel like Ford products when I'm working on them. The rest are acquisitions that give up a passthrough to Ford for profit.

      The problem I have with most of the domestic vehicles that are nice is that they are a bunch of gas guzzlers, particularly the nice GM models. The Aveo is a clever little car, but one look at it tells me an Asian company designed it and struck a deal with GM. Chevy's other bread-and-butter cars are, frankly, embarrassing. Everytime I get a rental GM product, it always disappoints me.

      The big problem I have with all US-market cars in general is that so many are so bland and uniform in appearance. To be honest, a Honda Accord doesn't excite me any more than a Pontiac Grand Prix. They're both nasty in an appliance sort of way. Toyota cars are not all that exciting, either, they just ride a little tighter. The most stylistically different cars we have here available to the regular Joe are often saddled with the most burden: Scion xB is fantastically outrageous but woefully underpowered, Hummers are truly outrageous but have mean appetites for fuel, Chevy SSR is out there swinging but eats fuel, MINI Coopers have a dismal dealer infrastructure, Chrysler 300 rides like a camel.

      Out of all the interesting models in the international market they could have brought here to the USA, GM brought the decidely boring GTO.

      Here's hoping for a return of style to the automotive landscape. Renault anyone? Citroen? Heck, Opel?!?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Geraldo, like each of us, is more than entitled to having and stating his opinions. The problems I have with his rant are 1) He is largely basing his analysis on Consumer Reports' top-10 list. They are an influental, but certainly not comprehensive way to look at the state of the US auto industry; 2) He calls the Highlander the 'Highland' (makes him look ignorant); 3) He calls out the fleet-only Ford Taurus; 4) He excuses Chrysler from 'Crap' car status based on 1 vehicle. By that standard, you can excuse both GM (CTS-V, HHR, Tahoe, Solstice, etc) AND Ford (Fusion, Mustang, F-150, etc). Don't forget, Mopar still tries to sell their forgotten (crap?) Stratus, Avenger, Sebring, Crossfire, and others.

      As for sales, yeah GM and Ford are down, but they are still ahead of most Japanese competitors (except Toyota) - How irrelevant does that make them?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Exactly #1, that says it all, perfectly. Domestic brands are just now beginning to build cars the way the Japanese built them ten years ago. Hopefully, with offerings like the new Tahoe, Impala, Fusion and Solstice people will start looking at American brands again.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Why does Fox News hate freedom and America? (oh, and, of course, qualified or not, Geraldo is correct -- like a stopped clock)
      • 9 Years Ago
      I don't like Geraldo. I don't like the new GM cars. I don't like Fords, Mopars, Toyotas, Hondas much either. There a few modles within all these brands I do like, but not enough to run out and buy one. I would like to see more Diesels, less electronic crap designed for the moron who can't drive, and interior floor mats, not carpets. I have about a gallon of upstate New York saltwater/dirt mix on the blackish/grunge that was a tan carpet. Seems like someone would at least look at what winter in the north does to a car. (Not to mention the holes along the bottom where metal used to be.) From a $25K investment to scrap steel in 10 years. Why would I buy anything I wonder?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Man my bud wonk the stonk then it car chug ug luggga lug lug. Me an expert man. Yee ha giddy yup, uh huh. I likem dem domestic pickee ups.
      • 9 Years Ago
      #38 Learn how to spell,GM,Ford and Chrysler suck balls,they will never produce a good product EVER,your an idiot and a moron.The Subaru Impreza WRX STI's and Mitsubishi Lancer EVO's will rape your Corvette,Mustang,Viper, so i suggest you stfu,also the unions are sucking ford,chrysler and GM dry,so you can blame them,luckily for other brands they dont have unions,because unions are bad news.
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