I get a lot of car magazines. In part, cause I’m interested in cars, in part, because I get some really good deals because I’m an automotive journalist (yeah, right)! Anyway, I’ve noticed a trend… Most of the car mags have had some editorial diatribe against the current government involvement in cars. What total hypocracy!
First off, without a lot of our taxpayer dollars, GM would be gone. Toast. Dead. Belly up. Liquidators would be hacking up what was left, like vultures on a carcas, buying IP and brands at a very large discount, and throwing the rest down the crapper. Same for Chrysler.
These editors also ignore the fact that the auto industry is one of the most subsidized out there! Car companies didn’t build the roads! Eisenhower used taxpayer dollars to create the national highway system that we all take for granted! We spend tons of tax dollars securing shipping lanes so that oil can flow freely to fuel our cars.
With all this support, both direct and indirect, I really wonder why more of the editorial pieces aren’t less about “keep your hands off my car” and more about “let us help shape the car industry of the future!”
I’ve got a 65 Mustang convertable. It’s got a ~92 EFI 5.0 Ford V8 in it now, and going from the carb to the fuel injection got MORE POWER and almost double the gas mileage! My 2002 Mini Cooper S has more power per liter than pretty much any engine that’s ever been put in a Corvette (more than 100 HP per liter) . This is all because of computer controlled fuel injection. Guess what. Adoption of EFI was driven by emissions regulations that couldn’t be met with carborators and non-electronic engine controls.
So Automotive Editor Luddites (you know who you are), get with the program! Embrace change and shape the future you want! Don’t just sit there and bitch.Share This: