Idiot Salesmen Are Killing Sales Of The Scion FR-S And Subaru BRZ

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Clueless dealers do the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ no favorsRoad & Track

We've covered the FR-S/BRZ sales problems extensively. Jack Baruth thinks it's because of the dealers. While I tend to think this happens with pretty much all cars these says as sales people are dying to get you to sign and drive, what Scion and Subaru salesmen told Jack and his friend is pretty laughable.

"Look at these seats," our salesman beamed, pointing at the red-trimmed buckets. "It's French stitching or some shit." As Albert pulled out of the lot, I mentioned that we were also considering the Subaru BRZ. "Those ones," he reassured me, "get the weak engines. They basically make the bad ones the BRZ. And you know why? That's because Toyota is more powerful than Subaru." I briefly envisioned two robots battling in Tokyo for the right to badge the more powerful GT86es as they rolled off the end of the line and onto the dynos.

More Advice for Aspiring DetroitersMetro Times

This is how to not get your car stolen in Detroit, but it would probably apply to a lot of other cities. There are obvious tips, and then there are less-than-obvious ones.

Don't lock your doors. Believe it or not, we know plenty of longtime Detroiters who don't leave any valuables in their cars and, therefore, don't lock the doors. Somebody wants to root around in the glove compartment? Let them try. It's empty. So if you have nothing to steal, you've just given any really enterprising thief no reason to break a window.

The day the Los Angeles Auto Show went up in flamesHemmings

Amazing photos from the catastrophe. Important fact: the show did go on.

Unlike today's auto shows held in permanent structures, the 1929 Los Angeles Auto Show took place in a group of four tents set up on the southeast corner of Washington Boulevard and Hill Street, on what appeared to be an empty lot at the time, with a renaissance fair-looking entrance facing the boulevard.

Photo: Subaru