Posts Tagged ‘chrysler’

“OOOOH, Barracuda” – A Classic Plymouth with HEART- Mopar Madness in Golden Gate Park

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Sing along: Barracuda.

I think this is it – this is the best license plate / car combo I’ve ever seen:

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Know your Plymouth ‘Cudas.

Ooooh, street cred, sort of:

“In 2009, it was named the 34th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.”

Catalyst

“Ann Wilson revealed in interviews that the song was about Heart’s anger towards Mushroom Records’ attempted publicity stunt involving her and her sister Nancy Wilson in a made-up incestuous affair. The song particularly focuses on Ann’s rage towards a man who came up to her after a concert asking how her “lover” was. She initially thought he was talking about her boyfriend, band manager Michael Fisher. After he revealed he was talking about her sister Nancy, Ann became angry and went back to her hotel room to write the original lyrics of the song.”

And if the real thing don’t do the trick
You better make up something quick
You gonna burn, burn, burn, burn, burn to the wick
Ooooh, barracuda
Oh, yeah

A Chrysler New Yorker on the Streets of San Francisco – Driver’s All, “I’M BETTE” – This Woman Rules, Benevolently

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

As seen on Masonic:

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Mopar Madness, Western Addition – Yet Another Collector Parking Cars on the Streets of San Francisco

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

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Road Rage, Western Addition – RRAAARR! – Mopar Madness, Plum Crazy

Friday, August 8th, 2014

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I Don’t Care What They Say, Here’s the Real Star of SF’s “Terminator 5″ Film Production (Code Name: “VISTA”)

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

This Chrysler product, having decals I’ve never seen before IRL, has something to do with the filming of Terminator 5 about San Francisco these days.

That’s my first point.

Does This Thing Have A Hemi? Yes, yes it does:

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Also, the code name for the production is VISTA, as you can see on the yellow sign.

That’s my final point.

The Masonic Avenue Crackdown Continues – SFPD Park Station has a New Attitude to Match Its New Cars

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

As here, on Oak just past Masonic.

Stopped in the fast lane during the evening drive – not where you want to be:

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That Law School Got a Hemi? The University of California Police Patrolling UC Hastings – Twitterloin Mopar Madness

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

The first I’ve seen of this:

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“Serving the Hastings Community” it says on the side.

So Hastings still has unarmed uniformed security guards? IDK. Back in the 1990’s there was some push for them to cowboy up with sidearms* but some people thought it a bad idea.

Anyway, presenting one of the few police vehicles in San Francisco not made by Ford…

*Or “assault weapons” in the lexicon of our day.

Mopar Madness: Sighting a Chrysler-Supplied Dodge Charger Police Car in SF – Hey SFPD, That Thing Got A Hemi?

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Remember back five years ago, when the SFPD pined for Chrysler products?

As seen in 2008

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Well, it’s happening, man. It’s finally happening.

Sighted yesterday in Randy Shaw’s corrupt Twitterloin / corrupt Microsoft Yammerloin, here’s my white whale, a Dodge Charger in SFPD livery

Is this a one-off, merely a test? Or is it the start of a flood of SFPD radio cars what aren’t Ford Crown Victorias?

I know not.

Anyway, this is a shock after seeing decades of Crown Vics prowling the 415.

Does anybody know?

Apparently, Nobody Wants to Buy the All-Electric CODA Automotive Sedan for $40K – Layoffs at Benicia “Assembly” Plant?

Friday, July 20th, 2012

I’ll tell you, the process of taking a very tired gasoline-engined Mitsubishi / Volvo economy car and plopping in a battery and an electric motor isn’t going so hot for CODA Automotive.

Get the updates here.

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Nobody’s buying this car.

Nobody’s releasing sales numbers for this car.

But, here you go, have at it and buy one today – I don’t care.

The “Bay Area-Made” Coda Automotive Electric Car Finally Gets Its Big Review in the New York Times – Uh Oh!

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Well, here it is, from the NYT’s Bradley Berman – it’s the big review of the little POS electric car that’s actually made in China but final-assembled in troubled Benicia, way out there in the eastern part of the North Bay.

Here’s your warning that things aren’t going so hot:

“The company even brought its chief executive from China. Coda hired Philip Murtaugh in 2011, a former top executive at the Chinese operations of General Motors and Chrysler. At the 2011 Los Angeles auto show, Mr. Murtaugh expressed concern over the reception for the car’s styling in the American market. First produced nearly about a decade ago, it gives the impression of a knockoff copy of a Y2K Nissan Sentra or Honda Civic. “The vehicle was chosen three years ago,” he told me. “I came in nine months ago. We couldn’t change it.

So, the reason why your state-subsidized vehicle sucks is Somebody Else’s Problem?

And then there’s this, the primary selling feature in some of the Coda ads, the large trunk:

“Yes, the trunk is cavernous, but I would gladly give up three inches of trunk depth for more legroom in the back seat.”

(The reason why the trunk is so big is that the Coda Sedan is actually a two-decade-old Mitsubishi Carisma designed for the European market, which, at the time, was in need of a little car with a big-ass trunk. Things didn’t work out, so the factory was shipped to China. I’m srsly.)

OK. Moving on.

To this:

“…difficult to accept the shortcomings of the Coda at its current price, despite its ability to grant 100 miles on a single charge.”

Yep.

Here it is. Actually it looks more like a 1992 Honda Civic 4-door sedan with giant aftermarket wheels, to my eyes: 

I’ve been telling you about this venture, this unholy alliance of Goldman Sachs execs (the people who brought us the failed WebVan, srsly, the same exact people), assorted federal government hangers-on (bureaucrats who know nothing about cars, electricity, or batteries or whatever), the People’s Republic of China, and other ne’er-do wells, for years now.

And then when the car comes out and its time for the Big Review from the sainted NYT (which had been pretty positive on this issue of this piece of junk), Coda Automotive gets a thumbs down.

Oh well.

That’s not much to show considering all the government subsidies this company is getting.

(And, mind you, this is after they lowered the MSRP down from the originally-planned $45,000(!), as I and host of others (the so-called haters) have been suggesting for a good long time.)

But at least twenty people in Benicia have jobs at the final assembly plant what are paying In-and-Out level wages….