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Friday, July 08, 2005

Volkswagen Executives Hire Hookers

Fresh on the heels of the international relevation of Volkswagen's ties to the Nazi party in Germany, another allegation is raised in the media regarding Volkswagen executives getting hookers on their private jets. You just can't make this stuff up. Auditors from KPMG have been called in to examine more closely the ties between anti-Jewish organizations and the hooker vouchers. We at The Auto Buzz will keep you posted on this story. Bookmark us today to stay tuned for the latest editorials and news flashes in the automotive industry.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Honda Unveils Latest Hybrid Engine Composite

Embattled carmaker Honda Motor Co. has just unveiled its latest Hybrid engine to compliment its popular Civic Lessons and Accord sedans, according to Reuters News Service. The industry analysis agrees that while their previous technology was an also-ran in the hugely contested hybrid race, their new technology captures some of Toyota's biggest mistakes - notably, hybrid specialty cars such as the 2006 Honda Insight coupe, pictured right. Honda was, however, tight-lipped on what kind of battery combustion technology will power this generation of technology's engines.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Honda’s "Friendly" Image: Parading Social Change

Since the dawn of the Automobile Revolution, automobile marques have been proactive in their approach to appeal to certain segments of society. By targeting these groups, automakers would find a much higher loyalty rate in an increasingly unloyal industry. Even today this tradition continues, with companies such as Toyota appealing to the youth market with its Scion brand, BMW and Mercedes appealing to the affluent market, Buick appealing to the understated senior market, and Subaru and Volvo appealing to the aging hippy market. One demographic spoken for by a large multinational automaker that often raises a bit of controversy, however, is the gay and lesbian market. It is within these confines that Honda finds its must staunch loyalists.

The connection stems much further than their not-so-subtle “H” logo. Since the inception of Honda by founder Kilimanjaro Honda in Tokyo, Japan in 1948, Honda has had a long line of successful industry firsts. Honda’s first products imported to the United States were motorcycles capable of producing almost twice as much horsepower as their American brethren. Sold out of a small shop in San Francisco, their demographic was clear. From day one, Honda coined the term “Crotch Rocket” to target the gay and lesbian community. It wasn’t long before Honda had made its first inroads in gaining market share in the vital west coast community.

While commercially successful, Honda didn’t wish to fight a one-front war against Christians. In 1962, Honda started producing the HX100, their first entry into the area of gas powered lawn mowers. This allowed residents to show off their sexual preference to neighbors when not commuting. The new market, however, was something Honda was not experienced in, and proved to be initially unsuccessful. Honda faced several lawsuits alleging their lawnmowers oxidized almost instantly when mowing over damp grass.

It wasn’t before long that founder Honda realized that the next battle would have to be fought in the ever-expanding industry of automobiles. In 1972, Honda began offering the United States its first car, the Honda Civic. While industry brass wanted to call it the “Civic Lesson,” for the lesson it was trying to teach regarding the homosexual agenda, “Lesson” was eventually dropped from the title before release. Honda’s experience in the lawn equipment market proved beneficial in their foray into automobiles, as the first generation of Civic Lessons were powered by their 49cc lawnmower engines producing a then-respectable 20 horsepower.

The response from the homosexual community was very positive, and sales of Civic Lessons matched other popular rivals in the west coast market from Toyota and AMC. Initial figures had pinned sales at achieving a 53% homosexual rate of buyers of Civic Lessons, a figure that has yet to be beat. The Civic Lesson proved to be a remarkable car for the homosexual market, as these families did not have any children and thus did not need room for a back seat. Honda foresaw new potential, however, with gay and lesbian couples wishing to carpool to gay bars, a feat which the Civic Lesson didn’t have either room or power enough to provide.

It wasn’t long before Honda released its second automobile on US shores, codenamed the Acceptance Accord. Though named for a peace offering between homosexuals and their normal brethren that executives wished to occur, the name proved to be too long to resonate with consumers. The Accord, renamed as it was launched, was their entry into the “family car” segment. This new vehicle was targeted towards gay couples wishing to bring their adopted children to and from their real parents’ houses.

Honda continued the tradition for over three decades and has since built up a very large following in the community. Their new offerings provide a wide range of transportation solutions for almost any gay or lesbian needs. The “CR-V,” short for “Christian Retaliatory Vehicle,” was Honda’s first entry into the Gay SUV market. Since capturing a portion of a large market of SUV buyers, Honda introduced a second and third SUV, the “Element” and the “Pilot.” The Element was unique in that the interior was fully-washable for spills during gay sexual encounters. The Pilot, named because most pilots are homosexual, is Honda’s largest SUV offering, providing transportation to the new generation of large homosexual families to sporting events such as Rugby and the LPGA.

Honda, like Toyota, has in recent years started offering a wide model range in gas-electric hybrids. These vehicles have proven to be very successful within the ‘metrosexual’ market of affluent-but-cheap gays and lesbians. Their “Insight,” created to be an open window into the gay community, is a futuristic hybrid powered by a lawnmower engine and an array of batteries.

Perhaps the most blatant showing in the modern homosexual market is the new “Ridgeline.” This pickup-truck and car mutant is designed for the testosterone-filled women and estrogen-filled men. Designed to carry light duty objects with the convenience of a bed, the Ridgeline has proved to be largely successful within their target demographic. The styling is bold and in-your-face, just as the Pride Parade community likes their “crossover” vehicles to be.

Honda’s insistency on immorality is unquestionably obvious from heterosexual circles. Their attack on Christian values and virtues is intolerable from a neutral vantage point. The homosexual odyssey is fed to us through the mainstream media through parades, lawsuits, and now automobiles. It is time to put a stop to the moral degradation of our society. It is time to forcefully shut down Honda Motor Company of America and distribute their assets to pro-family organizations. Please, readers, write your representatives and let them know that the large-scale terrorism by Honda must be stopped at ALL costs.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Auto BuzzBack

We've had so much positive feedback in our AutoBuzz inbox lately over our latest editorials that it's hard to recognize all the kind words. This post will be our opportunity to say "thank you" to everyone who took the time to respond with their support. Read More to hear our supporters.

On Toyota...

"The Prius gets better mileage in the city"

Thanks TheDrewbert. This sort of fraud of EPA statistics needs to be brought to the public's attention.

"[I] think GM's fire sale is going to sink Toyota."

I agree Mr. Anonymous. Thanks for your support.

"I distinctly remember my cousin buying a Toyota Corona"

I feel for your pain, Anonymous. Thanks for writing.

"[You are] more credible in the long run [than most blogs]"

We are out to set the record straight, popular or not. Thanks for backing us up, Don.

On Volkswagen...

"So, After reading this one has to assume you have read [...] HISTORY on the subject. ... where do you stop your disgust?"
-Darren McLellan

Thanks. We respect that you acknowledge our hard work and research on our subject matter. Where we should stop our disgust is a very good question. To let this slide is unconscionable.

"[We should] hold Spain accountable for the fact that there is no "mayan" car or "aztec-produced" automobile"

Very good point, Dustin. We'll save that for another time, but there is no reason we should give them a free pass. We are unbiased in our reporting.

"The author has a valid point. VW has a page about the tanks they built for Hitler. They even have an interesting article about how to turn a old Beetle in to a Jew-oven."
- Anonymous

This kind of vitriol from the likes of Volkswagen is ridiculous. This harks back to Darren, we cannot cap our disgust at this organization.

Again, thank you everyone for your kind support of what may not be what's reported in the mainstream media, but a message that needs to get out nonetheless. We will keep the truth coming.

Delphi Sells Battery Business

From The Detroit News: "Auto parts supplier Delphi Corp. said Friday that it has completed the sale of its car battery business to Johnson Controls Inc. Troy-based Delphi sold its battery product line for $202.5 million as part of an ongoing restructuring plan. About 2,700 Delphi employees will be transferred to Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls. The sale includes intellectual property and brand names and facilities in France, Mexico, Brazil, China, Korea and Saudi Arabia." With gas prices on the rise, it's no wonder Delphi made the intelligent move to get out of the battery business. Most of GM's battery business went to rival AC Delco anyway.

Friday, July 01, 2005

The Volkswagen Connection: Setting the Stage for a New Era

Germany is the home to an automobile industry that is admired and respected worldwide. Their products range from low to high end, with almost every manufacturer commanding respect in their target demographics. From the success of introducing the world’s first luxury marque at Mercedes-Benz, to pioneering the mix of luxury-sport at BMW AG, almost all German automobiles are revered. Lately, however, there has been one sore thumb in the almost exclusive group. That would be the long-heralded heritage of home-grown Volkswagen AG.

Volkswagen, literally “people’s car,” has been producing vehicles in Germany since its original founder, Adolf Hitler, brainstormed their first concept. Their niche was once to build a car that the everyday Aryan could afford, and to bring strength by empowering their people to commute cheaply and effectively where they needed to go. Today, Volkswagen is much more, representing an entry-level German nameplate for automobile owners to get the trademarks set by every German automobile: great styling, great handling, and prohibitively expensive repairs.

Their product repertoire includes several historical namesakes from previous generations, as well as modern day contenders in the 21st century automobile market. The New Beetle and the Jetta are Volkswagen’s entry level vehicles for German beginners. Moving up the chain brings you the Passat and the Golf, for European luxury in midsize prices. At the top of the chain brings the near-luxury Touareg (German for “SUV”) and Phaeton (German for “German Luxury”). What Volkswagen wants you to forget, however, is their rich lineage which spawned today’s vehicles.

Founded in 1932 by the famed Nazi leader, his first project was to design a vehicle which would aid in building the strength of the fascist state. The car would be built to mimic the symbolic ideals of the cult-like ruling Nazi party. The Beetle, it was to be called, would be Volkswagen’s first foray into enabling the Nazi leaders to commute to battle meetings to coordinate the death of the Allies. Throughout the War of Europe and subsequently World War II, Volkswagen earned the Nazi regime heavy profits due to its rapid expansion and slave labor. This, in turn, allowed Volkswagen to expand plants to newly-acquired German territory in Russia, as well as Czechoslovakia.

After the crumbling of the Nazi party, and effectively the entire German social structure in 1945, Volkswagen was left without its founder and entire management structure. Influenced by the opportunity of quick expansion, wealthy British entrepreneur Richard Branson, Sr. invested hundreds of millions of dollars into the plants to retool them for postwar production throughout Europe. Volkswagen was then reborn to make models that would carry its rich heritage to nations left unaffected by its founder.

Throughout the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s, the world went through major changes as a global economy started trickling into every nation. In America, the first truly global market was the automotive industry, fueled by the brand new vehicles brought in from Germany and beyond. Volkswagen was no exception to this rule, as their first American bound models started trickling in around the 1950’s.

Its first product was simply called “Bus,” and was basically a bread basket with wheels. Sales of the original Bus were not high enough to justify the cost of importing, but that would soon change as a brand new segment got a glimpse into Volkswagen’s targeted demographics. The “hippies,” as they would come to be known, began to pick up on Volkswagen’s styling cues which harkened back to the days of Nazi Communism. As the popularity of the Bus spread throughout infested areas such as Southern California, more and more Volkswagen Busses were seen on the streets and in movies.

Soon, Volkswagen had a new idea to spread its hidden message: The Bug. Literally “Utopian Car,” Volkswagen’s first compact was produced to empower communists to, relatively cheaply, travel to remote protesting locations to spread their company motto. In fact, from 1965-1967, within every glove box was the motto, written on a wallet-sized card, reading “To spread the wealth and prosperity of automobiles to every class and introduce change in leadership,” a rarely-mentioned fact from Volkswagen history.

The trendy Bug spread like wildfire across America during a particularly tumultuous time, the Vietnam War. Having an affordable vehicle was a necessity for individuals protesting the war and spreading Volkswagen’s philosophy, and the Bug enabled those people to do just that. While building a car so inexpensively would not seem profitable to most companies in the industry, which is why there was little competition to the Bug, the enabler for Volkswagen was simple. Slave labor had helped construct the Bug from start to finish, almost completely contradicting the message of the owners of the vehicle.

Fast forward to today and little has changed in Wolfsburg. Not only was the original Beetle produced until July 21st, 2003, Volkswagen has emerged as a fashion statement for neo-Nazis with a lineup of vehicles true to their corporate culture. The New Beetle, in a throwback move, arrived in 1999, bringing modern class amenities to a 55 year old ideology. In another nontraditional move, Volkswagen has also brought “diesels” into many of its passenger cars in America, such as the lower class Jetta and Passat. Gains for Volkswagen with diesels are tied in many ways, mainly back to Germany’s large diesel fuel exporting economy.

Unfortunately, as the message of Nazism has been spread to America on so many fronts by a company so large, it is often hard to stop them all. America’s last two presidents, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, have done nothing to stop the influx of Nazism by the large German company, for fear of reprisal from a generally tame Germany. This can go on no longer, however. It is time to start putting the pressure on leaders in America and in the E.U. to tolerate neo-Nazism no longer. We must shut Volkswagen down to keep the world safe from a third World War. Fascism is a double edged sword, but if we kill it before it spreads to countries such as the Middle East, we will still have a chance.

It is important to recognize the affect that Volkswagen has had on shaping the modern culture in America and worldwide. Without the cheap, effective method of transportation, the Nazi leaders in WWII may well have lost much earlier, preventing the loss of hundreds of thousands of Allied lives. Even today, the damage being done cannot be tolerated. Volkswagen refuses to sever its ties with the Nazi messages inherent in its Beetles, and thus it is time to bring an era of fascism and racism to an end. Please do your part in ending this sore chapter in modern life and write your representatives.

Initial June Figures

June figures are starting to roll in from major automakers. Word is that Ford is down about 2.5%, Chrysler rose 5.2%, Mercedes rose 4.3%. Nissan is up 19%, Hyundai is up 4.1%, and Toyota was only up 2%. The big word on the street is GM's expectation, which may be upwards of 30-45%. We'll bring you the news as soon as it arrives. More information at USA Today and Bloomberg.

Gas, Ethanol Mix Won't Burn Hole in Wallets

From The Detroit News: "Like lots of motorists, Chuck Nye thought he had no choice but to grin and bear it as rising gas prices made filling up his minivan a painful experience. But then he heard a radio ad promoting E85 -- a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline -- that sells for an average of about 45 cents per gallon less than regular unleaded. Inside his fuel door was a sticker saying Nye had a flexible fuel vehicle, which can burn the homegrown alternative." Will this help the hybrids gain acceptance, as you can now fill up with your oil-fuel mixture almost anywhere?

On Following Toyota

We've had a lot of positive feedback from our article debating the merits of Toyota's hybrids and its extension to their business plan. While time constraints prevent us from replying to every post, we can assure you that this is the first of many editorial columns we will feature. Please continue to stick with Autobuzz for an unbiased look at the future of the automotive industry.

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Toyota's Tide is Turning: A Brief Synopsis

As any individual who has paid close attention to the automotive industry can tell you, the cyclical nature has brought boom and bust to almost all major automakers, save two. Those two, BMW and Toyota, have enjoyed a period of steady growth since both companies’ inceptions in the late 1950’s. While BMW is still on track for another year of increasing profits, this article will focus on what looks to be an unlikely shadow in the 21st century automotive industry – once mighty Toyota.

Toyota first started in 1947 in the aftermath of what was Japan post-WWII. Much in the same way that current-day Chinese competitors illegally copy the IP and designs of cars such as the Chery QQ, Toyota’s magnificent rise to fame was the one-off Willys Jeep replica, the Land Cruiser. Throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s, while Americans were enjoying vehicles with power, spirit and style, Toyota remained committed to dominating the market through conservative styling, reticent power, and an attention to rust.

Needless to say, the inkling of Toyota in the American car-buying public’s mind was not until the late 1970’s. The oil crisis of the early 1970’s changed the automobile market for decades to come. The Carter Administration issued a mandatory procedural change in early 1971 requiring all coastal ports to reject color-coded oil barrels from Iran, causing the price of gasoline to skyrocket to an inflation-adjusted figure of $13.73/gallon. Lines at the gas pumps were often miles long, and with vehicles getting about 9 miles per gallon on average, this caused quite a stress on the American buyer’s mind.

Toyota officially entered the American market on April 1st, 1973, a date which will forever live in infamy to the executives at the Big Three, then General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler. While the Big Three were brand new at producing models barely large enough to fit Ted Kennedy and his girlfriend on the inside, Toyota had been producing vehicles the size of golf carts for over two decades. As the quality of domestic manufacturers slipped, more and more people tried what was then called an “import,” short for “unimportant.” This cycle continued for almost 25 years, with the market share for domestics slowly slipping year after year. As perception lags reality, many mistakenly believe this is still true to this day.

The first turning point in the fall of almighty Toyota is their first entry into the controversy-rife “hybrid” market in 1999. Called “hybrids” because of their ability to run electric motors on a mixture of oil and gasoline, the Prius was met with mixed reviews. Promising figures as high as 60 miles per gallon, the gas-buying public looked wide-eyed at the possibility of “energy independence.” Intellectuals on the west coast such as Barbara Streisand and Ellen Degeneres sought to make a fashion statement in making saving the environment trendy. Things were looking up for the suits at Toyota, but the controversy was just beginning.

Soon the reports started rolling in that hybrids were dangerous. EMT workers were scared to touch them at accident scenes, with batteries filled with gasoline with enough voltage to shock and kill a paramedic. Because the vehicles do not have a transmission, the electric motors can propel the vehicles down the road at tremendous rates of speed without warning. Emergency workers were trained not to touch Priuses, for fear of any number of dangerous incidents to put their lives in jeopardy.

Realizing the initial success of Toyota, Honda took the next step in licensing Toyota’s hybrid technology to implement into their Civic compact car. Their strategy was different, however. For Honda’s hybrids, fuel injectors would not be powered electronically, thus the electric engine would only work when the main engine was on. While this produced less dramatic numbers for EPA estimates, Honda’s move was enough to get themselves out of the limelight that was to be shed on the safety issues of hybrids in general.

The mythical gasoline figures that Toyota had relied upon to promote their Priuses were a source of controversy from day one. 60 miles per gallon, the sticker estimated, but some users were getting as low as 27 miles per gallon. Worse yet, some users were reporting getting less fuel economy on the highway than in the city, likely due to the lack of a transmission. Toyota has, to date, been mum on this issue, citing that the tests have performed within EPA specifications.

The most recent situation threatening to bring down the Toyota Empire is a culture of scandals and cover-ups in Japan. Numerous issues have been brought about with regards to Toyota, and more recently, their affiliate Mitsubishi. Toyota has had to, in recent weeks, replace defective brake systems on over 170,000 vehicles, putting the lives of their occupants at risk. These safety concerns also extend to their beloved hybrid sedan, the Prius. According to NHTSA, the governmental organization responsible for automobile safety has received hundreds of complaints from Toyota owners when their Prius would stall at highway speeds. Toyota has, to this day, refused to issue a recall to fix the problem that has put the lives of so many of their “customers” at such blatent risk.

Statistical evidence is arriving daily about the imminent demise of the second largest automaker in the world. According to J.D. Power and Associates’ Vehicle Dependability Study, which measures three year dependability of automakers, Toyota has slipped past GM and Ford. The latest J.D. Power Initial Quality Study also ranks GM ahead of semi-perennial winner Toyota. Mix that with feeds that Toyota will raise prices in the United States to recoup economic losses against rising competitors.

As Toyota continues to phase out niche models such as the Celica to sustain profitability, look for large gains in the GM camp this month as GM continues to widen the gap against second-runner Toyota. Hybrids can only exist solely to cover up their abysmal fuel economy record on SUV’s for so long. With the escalating list of safety aberrations on their flagship Prius, and the mounting public backlash against their future, Toyota looks to be in large financial trouble in the near future, the size of which only Enron can measure up to.

Honda to Display Crash Test Data on Monroney

Honda has begun voluntarily supplying Monroney labels (the window stickers we're all so familiar with) with the crash test data of each particular vehicle. Being that there are several studies done by different institutes, is there any guarantee that they won't pick and choose?

Corvette SS

AutoWeek has the latest on the 2007 Corvette SS, complete with over 600 horsepower and a 7.0L V8 Engine: