Losing Voltage: Is GM Trying To Kill Hype On The Electric Volt?

According to Sharon Terlep at the Detroit News, the General may be attempting to limit their PR rock down the electric avenue via the Volt concept car shown at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Although we knew from the start the Volt, a plug-in hybrid concept car, relied on battery systems nowhere near ready for… » 3/23/07 10:31am 3/23/07 10:31am

Wizard Of Audi: Automaker Unintentionally Shows How Sausage Is…

Sometimes I feel like marketing a new car is kind of like making sausage. Sure, the end product looks like it could taste great, but you just know the process to get there is messy. And what about actually knowing what's in it — forget about it! But basically, it's the job of the marketing team at an automaker to… » 2/27/07 1:00pm 2/27/07 1:00pm

Fun With FoMoCo PR: We Like To Live Life On The Edge

The automotive power-towers scattered across the Metro Detroit region are filled with people whose only job is to make people think sky-blue-pink thoughts about the vehicles sold by their company. These people — are people who need people to love them, and although they're known by different names at each company,… » 1/16/07 12:08pm 1/16/07 12:08pm

A Staggeringly Underwhelming Press Release On Ford's New Seat Technology

We know it's a slow news day FoMoCo, but seriously — seat cushions? Seriously. The boys n' girls in Dearborn are hailing their newest "American Innovation" — a "major breakthrough with soy-based polyurethane foams", which apparently are the primary substance that makes up a vehicle's seat cushions. Wait, we'll let… » 10/13/06 10:53am 10/13/06 10:53am

Hook 'Em When They're Young: GM's Hooking Up College Journalists With…


The General's West Coast PR maven Diedra Wylie, in an e-mail to reporters and editors of a number of university newspapers, offered a free trip to Vegas this past weekend — with ten Universities reportedly accepting the trip. The program reportedly focused "on car customization culture which is relevant to young… » 9/11/06 9:37am 9/11/06 9:37am

Ford's Thinking Hollywood, Baby! Bold Moves: The Movie!


Ford must really think the public is concerned with how they're turning the company around because Ford's hitting the "big (little) screen" like a star — like a not-so-bright, not-so-shining star — in a 50-part documentary series highlighting the "Bold Moves" FoMoCo is taking. In an e-mail today to all Ford staff,… » 6/26/06 4:28pm 6/26/06 4:28pm

Overworded PR Lard Sandwich of the Day

Zag is an independent technology and services business, committed to dramatically improving the way consumers buy cars while simultaneously helping dealers enable sales. Zag is transforming the auto-buying experience with a groundbreaking online platform that extends current online buying capabilities - and soon will… » 6/20/06 10:30pm 6/20/06 10:30pm

"Disciplined Pizzazz" Is Chrysler's Mantra? Sez Who?


Apparently Chrysler's had an official "mantra" no one seems to have heard of before — or maybe our institutional memory is fried from too many nights of booze, babes and blow. Either way, like a drunk in an alley we stumbled across the front page of DaimlerChrysler's Chrysler Group media site and were like "Dude,… » 5/10/06 2:43pm 5/10/06 2:43pm

Breaking! Mixed-Message Day At Ford — Sales Are Up And Down


Ah, don't we love it when the automaker PR types try to play us with their three-shell game on sales numbers? Example, you ask? How about when FoMoCo drops a press release today at 8:47 AM today touting their jump in hybrid sales of 115% (which by the way, were anemic at best before that whole super bowl ad blitz… » 5/02/06 1:55pm 5/02/06 1:55pm