Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Road tripping...pretty trippy

marjorie says...

From the NYT comes this description of three road trips to Congress [emphasis mine]:

Mr. Wagoner [CEO of General Motors] is scheduled to drive to Washington in a Chevrolet Malibu hybrid vehicle, a concession to criticism from lawmakers who chided the Detroit executives for flying on private aircraft to last month’s hearings.

Mr. Mulally was en route to Washington on Tuesday in a Ford Escape hybrid, and Mr. Nardelli was set to leave drive in one of Chrysler’s hybrid S.U.V.’s.

The criticism from Congress about jet travel and big executive paychecks hit home, Mr. Mulally said during a telephone interview from the road, as he was traveling through the state of Ohio.

“Its all part of a learning experience for me,” he said. “I think it’s really important that I drive to Washington to show that Ford gets what Congress is saying.”

I just want to say...welcome, fellows. Welcome to the world of road trips.

I can't help but wonder if Wagoner and Mulally played the counting game on their drives. In this case, it could be the one about how many Ford trucks one passes compared to Chevy's.

More seriously, I'm glad to see the union is not being scapegoated, by much anyway. The road trips in their hybrids seem to signify that they recognize their folly and that they know they won't be let off the hook this time when it comes to making a shift to competitive fuel efficient vehicles.

Or will they?