An automotive mulligan is when an automaker realizes they have a dud on their hands, and they scramble to remedy it as quickly as they can. These are the ten biggest.
Today I learned that in the early to late 2000s, a number of Cadillacs were built in Kaliningrad, Russia. Take that, smoldering embers of Soviet Russia.
Auto manufacturing is an over one trillion dollar industry that does the very important jobs of (1) keeping a good percentage of the world's population busy from 9 to 5 and (2) giving us machines to zip around in. But can we, as humans, really be proud of what it produces?
It seems crazy that so many automakers are dropping manual transmissions from their lineups, because stickshifts ought to be so cheap compared to high-tech dual clutch systems. Well, manuals are much more expensive than you think, and software is to blame.
With all this talk of corporate jets, slumming it on road trips and idling hybrids, it’s easy to lose track of the human cost of Carpocalypse Now. Has anyone thought of the standard of living adjustment the Big 3 CEOs will have to take when their salaries are cut from tens of millions to a paltry $1-per-year? One man…