GM Leads Stronger U.S Vehicle Sales - October 14, 2004
DETROIT (Reuters) -
Motors Corp. (NYSE:GM
news) on Friday said its U.S. sales
soared 20.5 percent in September as month-end incentives from
the world's largest automaker lured consumers back to
dealerships after three months of weaker results.
But Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F - news), the third-largest automaker, suffered a 7 percent drop in sales for its fourth consecutive month of weaker results even though it matched GM's offer of interest-free loans during the last week of September. The Detroit automaker's aging car lineup failed to attract more buyers.
Ford's foreign brands also fared poorly, with Jaguar sales dropping nearly 42 percent, Land Rover falling 46 percent, and Volvo slipping 3 percent.
GM's surge and double-digit gains from many other automakers drove the industry's September sales to the second-highest annual rate of the year, despite the hurricanes across the U.S. Southeast and slipping consumer confidence.
Industry sales rose 5.8 percent to 1.44 million vehicles for a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 17.5 million, far above the rate of around 17 million that most analysts had expected and the 16.9 million in September last year. Only the annual rate in May was bigger, at 17.7 million.
Analysts said that GM was more aggressive than Ford in advertising its latest incentives, which included zero-percent loans for terms of up to six years. Dealers said they were pressured to stay open longer to maximize sales.
"All the (GM) dealers seemed to buy into it," one Michigan dealer said. "A few dealers around here stayed open all night long."
Tidwell Picture - August 28, 2004
I was going to
save this for tomorrow, SpaceApe's two year birthday.
But recent occurrences has led me to post this today. So
if you are offended or think it's wrong, they always say don't
write what you don't want others to read, and I think that
I have decided to take the picture off at Tidwell's request. But I do have something to say to the less educate crowd of people out there. There are these things called proverbs, if you would like me to define it for you I can. As defined by Websters...
Prov∑erb: A short pithy saying in frequent and widespread use that expresses a basic truth or practical precept.
So when I said "they" it was in reference to a proverb used by a group of people, and if anyone thinks that is blackmail then I would have to call you out on your ignorance. Let me define blackmail for our less sophisticated ones. As defined by Websters...
Black∑mail: Extortion of money or something else of value from a person by the threat of exposing a criminal act or discreditable information.
So in no way
does your carelessness translate into blackmail, I am truly
sorry if you can't understand this. Let me speak words
you may understand. Get Learned.
NASCAR, Powered By Chevy! | August 10, 2004
Silverado Parallel Hybrid Truck (PHT) provided a real-world
demonstration of General Motors' hybrid technology after a
local power outage threatened to shutdown Chevy's largest
annual motor sport display at the NASCAR Brickyard 400 on
The Chevy Silverado PHT features four 120-volt, 20 amp electrical auxiliary outlets under the rear seat of the cab and in the pickup bed that can accommodate up to four accessories while driving or when parked. The truck could power tools or appliances for up to 32 hours non-stop.
When the power went out in Indy affecting everything from the scoring tower to a large portion of the midway, a 2005 Chevy Silverado PHT was simply repositioned to power the various audio systems being utilized in the Chevy American Revolution display to entertain thousands of race fans.
"With some quarter of a million race fans at this venue, our ability to communicate is critical and without power everything comes to its knees as we lose all ability to communicate with our guests, " said Terry Dolan, Marketing Manager for Chevy Racing. "Having that Silverado hybrid allowed us to recoup and get back in action after only a couple of minutes. It was pretty remarkable how easily we were able to overcome such a potentially disruptive event."
The Silverado pickup was used for nearly two hours to power the audio systems being used by the emcee of the event, former MTV vee-jay Ricky Rachtman, as well as sound panels broadcasting XM radio stations during intermissions.
Farewell Bakersfield High School | June 3, 2004
As my senor year
of high school draws to a close I think more about what lies
ahead. How much I don't want to move on, because I am
comfortable where I am at. They say that your high school days
are some of the best ever, I don't really know if that is true
or not. What I do know is that I had one hell of a time here
at BHS and am excited at what lies ahead, but fearful at the
same time. In just a few short days I leave all the childhood
games we played behind, all of the time fighting over
unimportant things and enter a world of adulthood and
responsibility. If you would like to know the truth I would
much rather stay here than move on, but I don't have that
choice. All of the times spent trying to find something to do
and ending up climbing mountains, jumping out of trucks,
almost killing ourselves countless times, and getting pulled
over by the cops. These were the great times and I leave them
all to the students left behind at Bakersfield High School. I
wish I could share them all, maybe someday you will have great
adventures of your own and live to tell them. All I can say is
these are the days of your lives, live them to the fullest.
Iraqi Nerve Gas, WMD Find Blows Away Pundits | May 17, 2004
The discovery of
an Iraqi artillery shell armed with nerve gas has the liberal
community and mass media in a panic.
The 155mm nerve gas shell was rigged to kill U.S. troops but it failed. U.S. Brig. General Mark Kimmitt confirmed the discovery during a news conference in Baghdad.
Yet, the discovery of nerve gas was followed by a second revelation. A second shell, equipped with mustard gas was found two weeks ago.
The mustard gas shell identified by the special WMD inspection team in Iraq appears to be one of 550 declared by Saddam to U.N. inspectors during the early 1990s. These shells disappeared later in 2002 when Hans Blix asked to see them.
The sudden discovery of nerve gas and mustard gas in Iraq can be added to two other recent events ignored by the mainstream media
Fun Making Rant | May 4, 2004
|Iím really starting to get tired of how people make fun of someone they donít even know for being fat or what not. I mean come on this is someoneís daughter; sister how would you like it if other people were to make fun of him/her and they are actually a kind hearted person. I donít mean to sound soft or anything it just makes me mad that people do this crap. End Rant.|
Forums Up! | April 20, 2004
Welp once again
SpaceApe has forums hope you enjoy them and let get them going
again. I will be working on them here soon so they are
going to improve if I am not happy with them.
- ReD-DaWg-OnE -
SpaceApe.Net - What's Next?! | March 30, 2004
SpaceApe is taking on a new form.
More oriented toward the content aspect of the site then the
forums. Although the forums will still be there.
Hope you like it, because if you don't that's just to bad.
- ReD-DaWg-OnE -
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