The Jalopnik reader is a discerning car connoisseur, and every day, we discard a slew of tips deemed sub-prime. Here's our new daily look at the in-house meat grinder — and five scraps that didn't make the cut.
TIP: Chrysler considering unibody Dakota replacement
WHAT WAS IT: Article
WHY WE DIDN'T COVER: Because this zombie story's old news. And when we mean old news we mean it predates the Carpocalypse. It's so old Automobile Magazine and PickupTrucks.com covered it and we blogged about it too... last year!
Heck even the Detroit News covered this once this year already.
Someone needs to cut the head off this story before it bites some other unsuspecting news outlet.
TIP: "General Motors will invest $336 million in the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant to begin production of the Chevrolet Volt electric car, with extended-range capabilities, in 2010"
WHAT WAS IT: Press release / event
WHY WE DIDN'T COVER: We already covered news the Chevy Volt would be assembled at Hamtramck, why the hell would we need to cover GM finally opening up the checkbook to follow through with making it happen? Does GM have to tell us every time a designer moves a muscle or an engineer working on the Volt takes a toilet break? Are they that concerned the public doesn't think the Volt is real? Oh wait, maybe they are. Did you see the headline on this GM-produced video?
TIP: Five Chrysler plants get extended holiday shutdown
WHAT WAS IT: Article
WHY WE DIDN'T COVER: It's the type of news important to 4,000 UAW workers (3,000 of whom don't own computers and 500 of those who do can't seem to figure out how to navigate away from the AOL or NetZero.com home page), 15 industry analysts, six Truth About Cars readers, the AutoExtremist and Dave Zatz at AllPar. And frankly, none of them actually care enough to read about it — just reading the headline would probably suffice for them.
[Source: Wall Street Journal]
TIP: "Mulally easily met Ford's list of qualifications"
WHAT WAS IT: Pitch / Article
WHY WE DIDN'T COVER: The Detroit News's Bryce Hoffman provides so many story favors to Ford we're wondering if he's even got time to wipe his mouth in between swallowing down the missives for favorable stories from FoMoCo. We mean, we know your old boss got a big job over in Ford PR, but do you think you'll be following him through the automaker's pearly Dearborn gates by continuing to be a yes-man? We think not.
Anyway, this article's nothing more than a PR-produced puff-piece on how happy the family's getting along with the Jesus CEO. Nothing to see here. Move along.
[Source: Detroit News]
TIP: "Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) President and CEO H.I. Kim, drove HMMA's 1,000,000 vehicle - a 2010 Sonata off the assembly line."
WHAT WAS IT: Press release
WHY WE DIDN'T COVER: It's fucking boring.