Posts Tagged ‘gm’

The Difference Betwixt the Former Mayor and the Current Interim Mayor is the Choice of Official Staff Car

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

[UPDATE 2014: Upon further review, the Chevy Volt's license plate has been grayed out. I had assumed that the Volt would be used as the previous vehicles, the Tahoes and Town Cars, had been used. But now I can see a possible security issue.]

Remember the former mayor’s Chevy Tahoe with an engine bigger than that found in the some San Francisco City buses? It was necessary for “safety,” or something.

Here it is, parked in a bike lane for an hour or two on a Golden Gate Park “Healthy Sunday.”

Anyway, that machine is long-gone now, so here’s the new ride for our new “interim” Mayor – it’s a Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid.

See? It was ordered a while ago. I think the Feds paid for about half of its $40k or so price.

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All right, let’s review. Despite what people at City Hall are saying…

The Chevrolet Volt is Not an Electric Car – Repeticion: El Chevy Volt No Es Un Coche Electrico

Let’s see here, even if you keep this rig charged up and topped off with juice all the time, it’s going to burn fuel from its gas tank, right?

“The Mountain Mode option gathers an energy reserve in the lithium-ion battery so that the car has the full power of both the gasoline engine and the electric powertrain behind it for, say, navigating a series of San Francisco inclines.”

Or I don’t know, just drain every last drop of gas from the tank and fill it up with sawdust and then see how far you and your Volt make it, I don’t care.

Or, just get a Nissan Leaf – that probably would have been the better move, considering the stated parameters.

Oh well.

Anyway, those are the differences between the old and new Mayors so far – not much else has changed.

Is There a S.W.A.T. Convention Going On at the Union Square Hilton These Days? Check Out the Rolling Stock

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Joshua Clements is all over this sitch down in Union Square:

“Homeland Security, A-Team van, SWAT team, mobile command post, Army Hummer, SFPD Bomb Squad, all in front of the Hilton.”

This urban assault vehicle used to be a GMC, or a Chevy or a Ford or a Hummer a Jeep or maybe a Dodge – I’ve narrowed it down that far:

An excellent shot from The Tender, Your Daily Cut of the Loin

Get more shots of this paramilitary fooferall at The Tens.

Chevy Volt Plug-In Hybrid Sedans Now Being Seen in Town Being Driven by Regular People

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

As opposed to the local energy monopoly or the Marc Benioff, the best Bay Area Billionaire – they’ve had their Volts for a while now.

So, what do you think?

Better A (from back in 2008)?

Wow, it’s the new swoopy Chevy Volt electric car from GM, a private company!

Or, Better B (from right now in 2011)?

Oh, it’s the dumpy new Chevy Volt non-electric car from Government Motors:

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As always, You Make The Call.

 

Former Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Former V8 SUV Limousine: It’s Now Working Undercover for the SFPD?

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

That’s what you might conclude after seeing a tableau such as this on Market Street:

Seen being driven by a uniformed member of the San Francisco Police Department:

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(Couldn’t tell if there are still holes in the roof from the television antenna installation.)

Or maybe Gavin’s former limo is down in the batcave, fueled up and waiting for the Next Great San Francisco Disaster?

Don’t know…

The Chevrolet Volt is Not an Electric Car – Repeticion: El Chevy Volt No Es Un Coche Electrico

Monday, April 25th, 2011

[UPDATE: Well, I spoke too soon - Pigs, Giraffes, & Elephants just decided to foot the bill for their departing CEO. See below]

I don’t know, the problem with talking about “GM’s race to develop the electric Chevrolet Volt” is that the Chevrolet Volt isn’t an electric car.

It’s a plug-in hybrid, just like those familiar Toyota Priuseses you see being driven (badly) all over town.

So, calling the Volt “electric” is muy prohibidado, ‘specially for the writers at the New Yawk Times.

A PG&E exec motoring through the Inner Richmond to the glamorous West Bay suburbs of the 415 – let’s hope he won’t get $35 million of our money* when he screws something up/kills people and then quits/gets fired.

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(Garish decals removed, you’re welcome)

*”PG&E Shareholders to Pay Pension Benefits for Retiring CEO

SAN FRANCISCO, April 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Earlier today, PG&E Corporation’s (NYSE: PCG) Board of Directors voted to amend the pension benefits for retiring Chairman, CEO and President Peter Darbee to provide that all pension benefits will be funded by the Corporation’s shareholders.

“With Mr. Darbee’s decision to retire, the Board is fully committed to taking steps that demonstrate the company is moving in a new direction,” said Lee Cox, the Board’s Lead Director. “Renewing public faith in PG&E is critical to our future. Today’s decision is another opportunity to show customers, regulators and others that PG&E is listening closely and taking action to earn back their confidence.”

The company announced last week that Darbee will retire effective April 30, 2011. Effective May 1, Cox will serve as interim Chairman, CEO and President of PG&E Corporation until a long-term successor to Darbee is onboard.

PG&E Corporation is a Fortune 200 energy-based holding company, headquartered in San Francisco. It is the parent company of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, California’s largest investor-owned utility. PG&E serves more than 15 million Californians throughout a 70,000 square-mile service area in northern and central California. For more information, visit the Web site at http://www.pgecorp.com.

American Graffiti on Market Street: My Aging Oldsmobile Gives You 442 Reasons to Love Me, Baby

Monday, April 11th, 2011

See?

This Oldsmobile appeared to be in extremely good shape when last seen attempting to cruise Union Square:

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The package was dubbed 4-4-2 based on its combination of four-barrel carburetor, four-speed manual transmission, and two exhausts…”

Sorry, Mercedes-Benz and BMW Owners: Your Cars are, Once Again, at the Bottom of the Quality Rankings

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Remember when them German cars were screwed together better?

This car on Haight Street does:

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But your MB or BMW? Not so much.

Do these brands stand for luxury? Sure. But do they stand for quality these days? No.

Oh well.

(At least these German brands rank slightly above above rock-bottom Government Motors and Chrysler (nee Daimler Chrysler))

Check the website of that Famous Newspaper for the News of the Day.

Web site

1. Honda
2. Subaru
3. Toyota
4. Volvo
5. Ford
6. Hyundai
7. Mazda
8. Nissan
9. Volkswagen
10. Mercedes-Benz
11. BMW
12. General Motors
13. Chrysler

What’s Wrong With This 15-Passenger Van? You’ll Found Out the Next Time You’re On Jury Duty, Maybe

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Well, actually, we don’t get too many 15-passenger van rollover cases litigated in San Francisco County and/or the Bay Area ’cause we don’t have that many 15-passenger vans. That’s not how we roll.

But church groups in the Midwest, they be driving these things all over and they get into lots of rollover accidents. So much so, that the govmint has issued safety guidelines and there are “15-passenger van lawyers” just to handle these kinds of cases.

Anyway, just look at this thing parked near Golden Gate Park. The maker wanted to add a row of seats in the back but did a half-assed job. Instead of making the wheelbase longer, the manufacturer simply tacked on a Sir Mix-a-Lot butt.

See?

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There’s your problem right there.

I mean, there could be other issues too, but if you wanted to make a rollover machine, this is how you’d do it.

Just saying.

Stay safe…

OMG, It’s the Mint Police – Add This to Your Collection of Bay Area Law Enforcement Sightings

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

This is a new one on me – it’s the Mint Police.

As seen on Haight Street near Mint Hill:

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The Mint Police they live inside of my head.

The Mint Police they come to me in my bed.

The Mint Police they’re coming to arrest me oh no.

Established in 1792, the United States Mint Police is one of the oldest federal law enforcement agencies in the nation.  Responsible for establishing the standard “As secure as Fort Knox,” our officers continue to meet that standard everyday.  The U.S. Mint Police are responsible for protecting over $100 billion in Treasury and other Government assets stored in facilities located at Philadelphia, PA; San Francisco, CA; West Point, NY; Denver, CO; Fort Knox, KY; and our headquarters in Washington, DC.

Today, U.S. Mint Police Officers have the primary responsibility for protecting life and property, preventing, detecting, and investigating criminal acts, collecting and preserving evidence, making arrests, and enforcing Federal and local laws.

San Francisco’s Famous Ponytailed and Besuited Segway Pilot Just Keeps Trucking Along

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Market Street’s most famous Segway rider is still at it, after all these years.

What drives him so?

The encounter. Before…

…during…

…and after:

Move aside/
and
let the man go through/
Let the man go through