• Nov 26, 2008
Bad idea: Detroit 3 CEOs showing up for a Congressional hearing to beg for money in private jets. Good idea: said CEOs showing up at Congress' curb in their respective company's greenest vehicles. Just such a caravan has been proposed by Tim Leuliette, CEO of supplier Dura Automotive Systems Inc., and it's gaining steam. The idea is to highlight how integral the Detroit automakers are to the lives of many who work outside the companies themselves, and to showcase their latest fuel efficient models.

Expect the march to Washington to remain a grassroots effort. Each of the Detroit 3's spokespeople have commented that they are in support of the plan but are not interested in organizing it. It is also highly unlikely that any Detroit 3 CEO would travel to D.C. in the motorcade, as well. To be as effective as possible, some are suggesting that the organizers create a central website with information for those who want to participate like where they should go and when they should be there. Now, if Bob Lutz lead the procession in a Volt mule, that'd send a message. Do it, Bob!

[Source: Automotive News, sub. req'd]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      They did this in "Tucker" right? Didn't work out so well.

      So, exactly HOW should the CEOs come to Washington? Anyone wonder if Citi owns a private jet or two? We're on the hook for $300 BILLION to help them out and their CEO hasn't had to "present his case"

      Autoextremist nailed it today folks!

      http://www.autoextremist.com/current/
      • 6 Years Ago
      The more I hear of "CEO's flying private jets" and how congress and the media are trying to set an example out of the Big 3 and are over looking the other 700B that actually cause this mess to start with the more if I were the CEO of the big 3 I would just have to play hard ball and sh*t on the US and just shut down the plants send everyone home and sit back and see how this country would be better off with out the big 3.
      • 6 Years Ago
      For those willing to let Detroit sink......
      Please listen carefully for YOUR options will change
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      For English Press one zero
      • 6 Years Ago
      The more I hear of "CEO's flying private jets" and how congress and the media are trying to set an example out of the Big 3 and are over looking the other 700B that actually cause this mess to start with the more if I were the CEO of the big 3 I would just have to play hard ball and sh*t on the US and just shut down the plants send everyone home and sit back and see how this country would be better off with out the big 3.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That is perhaps the most brilliant plan I have heard of yet. Won't happen, but it's brilliant.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Did anyone else think that was Leslie Nielson for half a second?
      • 6 Years Ago
      LOL. They'd probably fly the cars in the belly of their jets to Washington to save time.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Green = The new "Red Badge of Gayness"
      • 6 Years Ago
      Do they have enough money for the march?
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's somewhat ironic how nobody seems to favor the wall street bailouts yet they just keep coming and coming, and congress is putting Detroit through the ringer to get a fraction of the money and people are organizing grassroots efforts to support it because it may not happen. There seems to be a serious disconnect between the wishes of the people and the actions of our government.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "There seems to be a serious disconnect between the wishes of the people and the actions of our government."

        Winner: Understatement of the Year
        • 6 Years Ago
        Amen!
        • 6 Years Ago
        The gov is just doing what they do best: keep their friends happy, keep the largest industries afloat, and pretend to actually be serving the people's best interest. I mean finance is a multi-trillion dollar industry, wheres autos... not so much. I think labor in auto is considered expendable by the talking heads in office.
      • 6 Years Ago
      And just what are the flying perks of our elected officials in Washington?
      GiantkillerSS
      • 6 Years Ago
      The general public seems not understand how important the US automakers are to overall domestic economy. Thousands if not millions of people’s livelihoods & lives are or have been dependant on this once great industry. The big 3 may have made some mistakes, but the fact is a lot cars they make today are as good if not better for the money than anything from the imports. People have to wise up, not go on a basis perception and really look and drive some of the great products out there; i.e.: Ford Fusion, Chevy Malibu, Cadillac CTS, & Etc. U.S automakers have not had the luxury to dump vehicle into our country, and short sale them below the their true valve in order to gain market share, like some of the Japanese manufacturing have. This is in sharp contrast to how our vehicles have been taxed on export. Out of country pride alone we should take to the movement with the US auto manufacturers & supplies, and show Washington & the world the best we have to offer; past, present and ensure further successes in the future. The US economy and the way of life for very many depends on it, and don’t kid yourself; it’s that important.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Seriously can we get over the fact that they got to D.C. in private jets? Your sister site Autoblog Green just wrote an awesome article about how tired that point is--let's move on already!
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