AD #1329 – Subaru of America Names New CEO, Propane Revolution Underway, 2015 Kia K900

March 7th, 2014 at 11:44am

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- Subaru of America Names New CEO
- Ford Moves Medium-Duty Truck Production
- Propane Revolution Underway
- Lexus to Offer Crossover Based On LF-NX
- Hyundai Teases New Sonata Interior
- 2015 Kia K900

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Hello and welcome to a brand new Autoline Daily. I’m Sean McElroy filling in for John today but now let’s look at today’s news.

During his three years as head of Subaru of America, Takeshi Tachimori has helped the brand reach record sales and market share. So it’s no surprise to learn that he’s being promoted to lead global sales for Subaru’s parent company Fuji Heavy Industries. Tachimori will be replaced by Tomomi Nakamura, who’s currently the General Manager of Subaru’s Global Marketing Division. We’ve been impressed with how the company continues to post big sales gains every month, so it will be interesting to see if Nakamura can maintain that success.

Ford is shifting production of those all-new medium-duty commercial trucks that we reported on earlier this week. The Dearborn automaker will move production from Mexico to its assembly plant in Ohio and will also make a $168 million investment in the facility to get it ready. The shift will take place in the first quarter of next year.

We’ve been predicting that propane would really start to catch on as a fuel for commercial trucks in the US market. And now it’s starting to happen. That’s because with bulk purchases, propane can be had for about $1.50 a gallon. At the NTEA conference this week, that’s National Truck Equipment Association, UPS announced it will buy 1,000 Freightliner trucks that run on propane. The trucks are powered by 6.0L V8 engines made by General Motors. The modifications and upfitting are done by a company called Powertrain Integration. One thousand trucks is a huge order, and it shows that the propane revolution is getting underway.

Do you remember this wild looking crossover that Lexus showed off last year, called the LF-NX? Well now we are getting word that the luxury brand will be making a production version based off that concept and will call it the NX. It will slot in behind the RX and make its debut at next month’s Beijing auto show.

On Tuesday we showed you a teaser image of Hyundai’s new Sonata and now the automaker is giving us a look at what its interior will look like. But still no details yet, so we’ll just have to wait till we get to see the real deal later this month.

Coming up next, a look at Kia’s all-new luxury sedan, the K900.

2015 KIA K900
Kia has done a great job of reinventing the brand over the last several years, and that has a lot do with head designer Peter Schreyer transforming the look of its cars. Now the company is starting its next evolution by entering the luxury segment, with its Hyundai Equus based, K900 sedan. Here’s Seamus McElroy with a look at Kia’s latest car.

The K900 feature’s Kia’s first V8, a 5.0L with direct injection and 420 horsepower. It’s mated an 8-speed automatic transmission that was developed in-house. Kia will also offer a 3.8L V6 in the future. Even though it’s a big sedan, it doesn’t feel like you’re driving one. The V8 that we test drove provides great power when you need it. Along with its fully independent front and rear suspension, the K900 was smooth to drive and handled itself well out on California’s twisty mountain roads. There are three different driving modes but I found that it didn’t really change the dynamics all that much.

As you’d expect from a luxury vehicle, the interior is wrapped in leather and wood trim accents. Kia spent a lot of time reducing the NVH and it really paid off because the K900 features one of the quietest interiors that we’ve tested. To help with its luxury cred, the VIP Package includes rear seats that recline and climate controls that are integrated into the armrest. The infotainment display is not a touchscreen, instead you use a rotary control, like BMW and Mercedes, to select functions. This worked fine but the placement of the rotary control isn’t as comfortable as BMW’s or Mercedes’ controls. Like most cars in its line-up, Kia loaded the K900 with a number of amenity and safety features.

The V8 version carries a starting price of just over $60,000. Pricing for the V6 will be announced closer to its launch. Even though the K900 is a nice car and is priced well below similarly equipped competitors, the company is going to have a hard time finding customers willing to pony up over 60 grand for a Kia.

Thanks for that report Seamus.

But that wraps up this week. Thanks for watching and we’ll see you again on Monday.

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79 Comments to “AD #1329 – Subaru of America Names New CEO, Propane Revolution Underway, 2015 Kia K900”

  1. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I can’t help but wonder what the large scale conversion over to propane powered commercial vehicles will do to the home heating segment.Like the ‘propane shortage’ and killer price increases back east.

  2. G.A.Branigan Says:

    So propane is $1.50 per gallon for fleet pricing,yet with the decreased energy density in propane that means they will use more further decreasing the availability for home heating use.I think there is a better alternative.

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    UPS trucks, if they are the local delivery vans, sound the the perfect application for powering vehicles with propane. They can do their day’s runs, and then fuel them overnight. That would be a good application for CNG too.

    As G.A. says, though, if too many truck fleets start using propane, it could run up the price of the fuel substantially.

  4. Brett Says:

    Wait until the propane-powered locomotives come on-line. Then you should see the price escalate considerably.

  5. Grant Says:

    As Subaru sales climb, isn’t it fair to say it’s really at Volvo’s expense. The demo graphic buying the cars is similar and the product allows the buyer the differentiation (something Volvo owners always liked) while getting the Japanese quality. Subaru just needs to keep up the styling and introduce a larger model and they will keep Volvo at bay for a long time.
    Grant, Mississauga Canada

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5, And, the Subarus cost a lot less than Volvos.

  7. Bennie Says:

    Is propane as good as natural gas, proposed by T. Boone Pickens? Or is that essentially the same thing?

  8. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Volvo’s don’t offer awd to my knowledge.That is a major selling point for the subies.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7, Except for the C70 convertible and C30 hatch, Volvos offer AWD, but it’s optional rather than mandatory.

  10. Chuck Grenci Says:

    With Subaru doing so well, doesn’t anyone else think it curious that they are making a change in their marketing/sales leadership. Makes sense to give the guy a promotion but would think it prudent not to upset the ‘apple cart’ either.

    Also on Subaru, I think they might have been somewhat responsible (indirectly) for the demise of Saab and maybe giving Volvo fits (now) as well. Seems they sell to the same ‘type’ people (no derogatory intent intended); maybe stereotyping a little but people that are generally well off and the pragmatic type individual.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    9, Maybe he was threatening to go elsewhere if they didn’t promote him. Just a thought.

  12. pedro fernandez Says:

    If Subaru wants to be as big a player as Toyota and Honda, they need to get away from mandatory AWD, otherwise they will remain a niche brand, even though their profits seem to be quite good, maybe they don’t want to mess with their formula for success.

  13. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I wasn’t aware that volvo offered awd as an option.

    I just can’t see a Japanese executive making threats.maybe,but I really don’t think so.

    I’m thinking they promoted him to work his magic on a higher level.Beside subaru,what else does fuji industries have? I know nothing about them.

  14. pedro fernandez Says:

    GA they make heavy duty equipment such as cranes and other industrial power stuff, I think cars are just a small portion of what they do, ditto for Hyundai, they even build ships.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I had a Fuji bicycle in the 80′s.

  16. pedro fernandez Says:

    My old buddy, Fred the Swede was buying Subies back in the early 80′s. Once I asked why no Volvo or SAAB? he simply said “cause they’re garbage”

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    On checking, it looks like Fuji bikes aren’t, and never were made by Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent company of Subaru. Nakajima Aircraft Company, though, was a precursor to Fuji Heavy Industries. Nakajima made war planes for Japan during WWII. FHI is still in the aviation business, both civilian and military.

    They are a lot smaller than I realized, with only 12,717 employees. It looks like cars may be the biggest part of their business.

  18. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I’m thinking that Mr.Tachimori was promoted to oversee an overall expansion of FHI.I didn’t know they were so small a company either.

  19. Alex Wellington Says:

    1 it’s 50 years overdue to convert East Coast heating from unbelievably wasteful oil (and propane) to nat gas.

    what is the cost of converting one truck to propane? Should not be a whole lot You can convert a small car for less than $1000 in Europe. How much more for a truck, $10,000? They will recoup the investment in just a year or so.

    as for the Sonata and the Kia Canine(hundred), not interested.

  20. Lex Says:

    @ 12 – Pedro Fernandez

    Subaru commerials are using the tag line “Winter’s Car”. They are using their Symmetrical All Wheel Drive system the same way Mercedes Benz uses “4-Matic” and Audi uses “Quattro” but at an everyday persons price point. This is very smart marketing. An AWD vehicle at an affordable price, Brillant! I truly believe that Subaru needs to partner with those brands which are struggling in North America like Mitsubishi or Suzuki. They production plants could turn out non-AWD version of the current Subaru line-up at even a lower price point for people in the southeast or southwest where it nearly never snows like your beloved Florida. This is Tom Doll and the newly promoted leaders of ??Subaru should investigate. Subaru please hire some more imaginative designers!!!

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    19, I thought east coast heating WAS mostly natural gas. At least it was in northern Virginia, when I lived there for a while in the ’70′s. Maybe they use oil and propane in Boston and Charleston, or other places along the east coast, but I didn’t realize that they did. If they do, it sounds like someone needs to be running some gas lines.

  22. Alex Wellington Says:

    21 7% or so of all US households were heated with oil, a few years ago, and most of these were in New England and the Northeast. Even tho in my 5 years I lived in the Boston area I was always staying in a nat gas heated home or apt (I think). Probably old homes or homes where, when built, had no lines to nat gas access.

  23. Alex Wellington Says:

    “Announcements of businesses leaving regulation-happy and costly California or declining to do business in California are as common here in the Golden State as seeing a Prius blocking the left lane on the 405.

    This move is a bit of a surprise as California-based Tesla Motors said this morning that they have eliminated the state as a possible site for their $5-billion dollar battery factory, meaning only Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada remain in the running. ”

    There is a big moral in this story. CA used to be the brave new world of Business Opportunity only a few decades ago. Boeing alone had 13 plants in the LA area, now it barely has one.

    But for Tesla, a CA based Co, to locate its battery plant, whose products will be used to power largely CA registered vehicles, to leave CA, is far more serious.

  24. pedro fernandez Says:

    @ LEX When it’s 90+ degrees in the middle of summer and it’s time to buy a car, how many people are gonna think of the advantages of Subaru AWD when choosing a vehicle? how expensive could it be to set it up so you can activate AWD or leave it FWD only like so many other vehicles allow you to do?

  25. M360 Says:

    What’s going on at GM? At the 2013 auto show in Detroit they roll out their new truck to find their largest competitor, Ford Motor Company, is years ahead of them with their new aluminum-intensive F-150. Now John says GM should consider changing the appearance of the truck so that people can tell it’s a new truck and not the old Silverado. So, instead of being behind one generation of the truck, now they are behind even farther than that.

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    23, Where I am, it’s mostly minivans and big SUV’s blocking the left lane. I guess it’s different in CA.

  27. Kit Gerhart Says:

    25, Ford may be “ahead,” but the jury is still out on how all of those GDI turbos will doing in 15 years, with 200K miles.

  28. HtG Says:

    26 It was a X5 blocking the left lane in NY yesterday, Kit. I guess BMW driver rules allow for holding up traffic as long as one is going by right lane traffic by even the smallest delta.

    The rules also permit a guy this morning in an old 540i to blast by a line of cars, go into the opposite traffic lane, over gritty surface, through a STOP sign, dodge oncoming traffic to make it through a yellow light, prolly doing 50mph, and across highway traffic.

    Unbelievably consistent a’holes

  29. HtG Says:

    See? This is the kind of nonsense going on, keeping me from spending money on cars. Yesterday I passed on a 40% off rate for SkipBarber racing school, and right now I’m ignoring the ideal Boxster on Craigslist. I can snap my fingers and buy both these things. What’s the point?


  30. cwolf Says:

    HtG,maybe you’re missing the point. By attending the race school and getting the lil’speedster, just think of the advantage you’ll have avoiding all the idiots around you. There is always a flip side to everything found to be to ones advantage.

  31. pedro fernandez Says:

    #27 Kit most likely keeping technicians busy and prosperous and them there older F150 turbos won’t be worth spit in the used truck market

  32. HtG Says:

    30 you don’t have to drive in a congested area like NY metro, cwolf. Having driving skills just makes you too fast to have fun around here. Always being held up, even in a lowly Civic.(OK, I can’t hang with super cars 50-90mph) When I took a couple of driving courses with SB, I didn’t expect to get miffed with other drivers, but one thing SB instructors repeat is that the average cheap car today has ENORMOUS performance ability. Of course, most wallet wannabes haven’t got the skill to appreciate that. Reality, I guess.

  33. pedro fernandez Says:

    HtG around here it’s the old Toyota Corollas driving in the left lane on I-95 at less than the speed limit as if the left lane is supposed to be the slow one.

  34. HtG Says:

    The ‘right lane’ is the passing lane, right? You see NJ state cops driving up the left lane on 95 pushing people out of the left lane. Same in MD. And on the NJTP radio they state that clogging the left lane leads to accidents. Traffic is so admirable when people simply follow the law. BUT NO!!


  35. HtG Says:

    That means you, Bayern

  36. HtG Says:

    btw, who doesn’t think CK got himself banned intentionally?

  37. HtG Says:

    just so he could STOP?

  38. pedro fernandez Says:

    I don’t think so, HtG, he just could not help being confrontational. It’s too bad, cause he has a wealth of knowledge and added a lot to this forum. BTW the state legislature is contemplating raising the speed limit to 80 on some highways which is crazy cause people here will do 85 whether it’s safe or not and that is why you have such horrific accidents, there are times and places where 80 would be fine, but you cannot trust some of these crazy drivers not to zig zag all over the road.

  39. HtG Says:

    Pedro, I think CK is trying to take his leave in general. He signed off from another forum(F1) as well. I’ve only seen a single post in the last few weeks.

  40. Kit Gerhart Says:

    31, They will probably be reasonably reliable for the warranty and a while beyond, but I certainly wouldn’t want one as a work truck that I planned to keep a long time.

  41. Kit Gerhart Says:

    38, Higher speeds should be reasonably safe some places, like most of I-10 across Florida, especially IF people understood the concept of keeping right except to pass. Still, I don’t want the speed limit raised. Driving would be less safe, and a lot more fuel would be used. Whatever speed people now drive, most would go 10 mph faster if the speed limit were raised 10 mph.

  42. Kit Gerhart Says:

    …and the ones who now go 5 mph under the speed limit in the left lane would be going 15 under the speed limit in the left lane, not a good situation.

  43. Alex Wellington Says:

    25 With a pathetic, lame and clueless CEO like Akerson, what did you expect from Govt Motors? Excellence? It was not even their goal. Political Correctness and Diversity was.

    27 it’s not just Ford Vs Chevy. The RAM was one of Sergio’s rare home runs, and they don’t do turbos.

    32 The average econobox today admittedly has a ton more HP, but its overall performance is greatly compromised by Poor handling, a victim to penny pinching by all, and FWD. Even our precious HONDA screwed up the CIVIC to save a few pennies and dropped the magnificent double wishbone suspension.

  44. Alex Wellington Says:

    26 You refer to 23 but your comment seems 100% unrelated to the big news of 23.

    I think nobody else mentioned 23. You may want to take another look. It is by far the most important news of the last few weeks, if not months, and there is a BIG moral, as I said, in it.

  45. Chuck Grenci Says:

    #37 HtG

    Thanks for the Dylan link; maybe speaking as he is from my generation, but I say, he’s still got it.

    And a comment on the ‘left lane bandits’; they really constipate the roads (though some of the reckless speeders, multiple lane changers, tailgaters, pass and then get off at the next exit drivers ‘can’ be worse). Spirited driving, I don’t usually have a problem with, ‘entitle-rs’ who think they are on a race track (and only their personal progress matters), I can do without.

  46. HtG Says:

    45 exactly right, Chuck. When people drive courteously and safely, good things happen. And mostly they do. (btw, have you heard Modern Times?)

    43(32) What the driving instructors are talking about is that with the skill to drive a car ‘on or near the limit’ one can go so frikkin fast around turns, brake so powerfully, balance the car with the throttle and brakes, etc. that the public roads are so boring and unsafe that the edges of the envelope out match the realities of street driving. You don’t need much HP or a great suspension or grippy tires to have some fun. Quite the opposite. Come and drive with me on a rainy day as I get the nose down around a turn, AW, we’re getting some groceries! :)

    Think fast

  47. Alex Wellington Says:

    46 sure. you can also have a ton of fun with a Flintstone-mobile over rough roads. R U kidding me?

    Your MIATA would not be 1/10th its fun if it was not RWD.

  48. HtG Says:

    I’m not kidding. What you can do with a car expands terrifically if you have skill. A bump may indeed challenge a lesser suspension, but the balance of the car is going to upset long before a tire loses contact with the road. As to the elixir of RWD, please believe me when I say that I’ve been instructed in an MX5 race car(advanced car control course), and that if you come out of a turn leaning to the side too much and then give it too much gas, you’re going to loop it, or at least get the serious wiggles. There is a limit to balancing the force vectors on a tire, no matter which end gets the twist from the motor. I’m having as much fun in the Civic as I ever did in the Miata; both of which I’ve set up to oversteer a little like the MX5 racer. You might enjoy a day with SkipBarber, being forced to control your own limits and the cars’. They were just selling the basic school for only 600 bucks.

    Listen to Vic Elford talk about the 911. He knows…

  49. Chuck Grenci Says:

    #46 HtG
    No, haven’t heard “Modern Times”; I’ve got some old Dylan (in vinyl, for goodness sake), though I have some Dylan with “The Traveling Wilburys” (love that album).

    And performance driving (in safe public places), I use the 7/10′s rule (especially when on my motorcycle). Due to not knowing the conditions of a public road (and they can vary very quickly, i.e., leaves/gravel/debris), running 7/10′s of estimated capacity of the vehicle and grip, this, to remain you in good stead (safe, in other words, or relatively so).

  50. Alex Wellington Says:

    48 I’m not kidding either. I just returned from a two-week overseas business trip (oner week) which I combined with our spring break on week 2, and had a chance to drive our ancient 91 Civic hatch. This is always fun to drive around town, despite its 75 HP, because of its tiny 1875 or so lbs weight (875 kg), euro-spec, 5-speed manual everything, no A/C, hatch with a 1.45 lt carburated engine (!) but its excellen t suspension makes up for most of its FWD handicap. On the highway it gets noisy and feels underpowered tho, at 106 MPH top speed.

    I once test drove a forgettable Acura TL the coupe version, maybe the S version or whatever they called it with extgra HP, and after I drove, the salesman, which was a Belgian ex-race driver, test drove it for me to show its limits, it was quite impressive, despite the GD thing also being a nose-heavy, ungainly looking FWD car.

  51. HtG Says:

    It’s really good, Chuck.

    7/10ths. I also stay below the limit of 10, but what is 10? If I drive like a jerk, 10 happens at lower speeds than if I drive correctly and smoothly. Thus 7/10ths can mean very different things. But what gets my blood going is knowing that I need be both adept with the car and mindful of everything happening around me. I don’t want to hurt anyone or myself. This is sports car driving, and it fills my head up to the brim with fun.

  52. HtG Says:

    51 cont’d

    Heck, just driving along slowly is fun if you’re working at controlling the balance of the car’s mass. Using the wheel, throttle and brakes you can absolutely guide the mass into the tires or rotate the car as you wish. More challenging than you think.

  53. Chuck Grenci Says:

    HtG….concur (on performance driving)

    And thanks for the album tip; might have to check it out.

  54. Kit Gerhart Says:

    44, Yeah, I know I didn’t refer to the main point in your post, which is probably true. I’d have liked to know where your quote was from, though.

    In addition to Boeing’s moving manufacturing out of CA, they moved their headquarters from WA to Chicago. That’s business these days.

  55. HtG Says:


    My TT driving dentist tells me that another patient admits that his Mini is much more fun to drive than his 911 turbo.

  56. Alex Wellington Says:

    54 The moral of the story was not about Boeing moving from Seattle to Chicago (HQ only!), a move that makes sense since they got factrories all over the US.

    The moral is about Boeing’s onetime 13 plants in LA of which barely one stands today,

    and about CA local Government’s crazy extremist and anti-business policies that have changed CA from a real Eldorado of Opportunity into a struggling economy with a Huge Debt.

  57. Alex Wellington Says:

    55 in other news, the earth is still flat

  58. Kit Gerhart Says:

    56, The Boeing factories in CA that have recently closed, or will soon close are the Long Beach ones that were McDonnell Douglass facilities making products that have reached the end of production, like DC9/MD80/717, and C17.

    Yeah, southern CA isn’t business friendly, at least for heavy manufacturing, but neither are the beach towns in Florida. It seems that “tech” companies survive in CA, but not much manufacturing.

  59. HtG Says:

    AW, you may be interested in the topic of challenges to special effects houses in CA. This film was made to illustrate the effects tax competition and a flawed business model are having on the visual artists in the biz. It’s called Life After Pi

  60. Alex Wellington Says:

    58 Florida does not need business as desperately as CA, with the tens of millions of retirees getting their guaranteed pensions and SS checks every month. CA on the other hand has millions of illegal immigrants and also millions of legal citizens unemployed.

    The extremism and rabid anti-business positions of the CA legislature, in face of huge state debt (another huge contrast to FL) is not even remotely comparable with the rational folks in FL.

  61. Alex Wellington Says:

    59 Even if I were interested, I would not have 30 mins to see the whole thing. But from what you say this is about a very tiny sector of the “economy” and one that is totally uninteresting to me. If there is a punchline to these 30 mins, feel free to post it here.

  62. Alex Wellington Says:

    BTW 59, if they refer to that movie with PI in the title, which I did see and enjoy, I have read an article about animal abuse in movies (it is rampant) and they specifically highlighted that poor tiger in the boat in the PI movie. They almost killed it.

  63. Kit Gerhart Says:

    60, I guess Florida has more retirees than the entire population of the state. Tens of millions would be at least 20 million, while the state population is not quite to 20M.

    Sorry, I’m being picky. Yeah, the large number of retirees, and tourism help Florida’s economy.

  64. Brett Says:

    California will be just fine. “Business friendly” Republicans nearly ruined the economy, but they’ve been marginalized and things are getting better with the “libruls” running the show.

    California is the rest of the country ten years from now. That’s the way it has always been.

  65. T. Bejma Says:

    23 Even if I were interested, I would not have 30 seconds to read the whole thing. But from what you say this is about a state that is slowly killing itself while the people cheer it on and this tiny sector of the “economy” that is totally uninteresting to me. If there is a moral to these 30 seconds, feel free to post it here.

  66. cwolf Says:

    # 65 :>)

    Verano rebate was only $500,….but now $2000! Yippie!!!!!

  67. T. Bejma Says:

    Good for you cwolf! Great car!!

  68. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ 64,Brett: You are kidding….right?

  69. pedro fernandez Says:

    #64 Ruined and bankrupt, most likely!

  70. Alex Wellington Says:

    “T. Bejma Says:
    March 9th, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    23 Even if I were interested, I would not have 30 seconds to read the whole thing. ..”

    Imitation is the sincerest form of Flattery, they say.

    It also reveals some inability for original thoughts… LOL

    How is that Fire Sale going, TJ? I think the Camry is also offering a ton of incentives, that segment is tough!

  71. Alex Wellington Says:

    66 Hate to spoil your parade, but if you delude yourself that somehow you saved $2000 (or $500, or whatever), you are 100% wrong. You will pay for it in much lower resale. SO you better run the thing to the ground like Pedro and do 400k miles… IF it can last that long, even under ideal conditions (99% highway driving)

  72. Alex Wellington Says:

    64 I’d like some of what you’re smoking. Is it “medicinal”? It sure works! LOL

  73. Brett Says:

    Serious as a heart attack, sober as a judge, and speaking from both experience and history. I stopped smoking pot in 1973 when I graduated from high school in California.

    I know conservative ideology trumps reality for it’s adherents, but unless global climate change directly effects the economy of the state of California in a severely negative way, they’ll be fine.

  74. Alex Wellington Says:

    Some of you have wondered what happened to Peter De Lorenzo, and I just read his latest, freshest column, dated 3/10/14 (about the demise of W Clay Ford) and now his “on the table”, from which here is a good excerpt:

    “(Thumbs up sign) Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.

    The grating senator from Tennessee took direct aim at the UAW and its conduct after losing the organizing election at VW’s plant in Chattanooga in an op-ed piece that appeared in The Wall Street Journal.

    An excerpt:

    “Unfortunately, the UAW has chosen to ignore the employees’ decision and has filed objections with the National Labor Relations Board, charging that elected officials like me should not be allowed to make public comments expressing our opinion and sharing information with our constituents.

    It is telling that the UAW complaint does not mention President Obama’s public statement urging the employees to vote for the union.

    If the National Labor Relations Board upholds these objections, it would be an unprecedented assault on free speech.

    In every similar case where a company has remained neutral in a union-election drive, members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have voiced their opinions.

    The NLRB has ruled repeatedly that public officials have the right to make statements taking sides in a union election, and that those statements do not justify overturning the outcome of that election.” And that’s our AE Quote of the Week.”

    I know some here have tried to demonize Corker, but I am far from convinced that he did anything wrong.

  75. Alex Wellington Says:

    73 I obviously was not referring to smoking **cigarettes** (which I never smoked, ever, BTW, but did inhale (and hated it) secondhand smoke in small closed spaces from family members as I was growing up).

    Never mind…

  76. Alex Wellington Says:

    73 Please. You can’t even spell “its” (but misspelled it “it’s”). I never figured out why people have so much trouble with this, as it is so easy and simple to c heck it (it’s=it is)

  77. Kit Gerhart Says:

    74, It’s common practice for public officials to encourage workers to vote for or against a union, but Corket did something well beyond that. He fabricated stories about what products VW would, or wouldn’t build at the plant, depending on the outcome of the vote.

  78. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I wonder what the uaw told the workers….

  79. Brett Says:

    So sorry that my haste to post (I *am* at work, after all) offended your sensibilities with a typo. I usually rescan my post for inadvertent grammatical faux pas, but, type in haste, repent in leisure.

    I stopped smoking pot after high school. I came to realize later that I had apparently been self-medicating to remain sane amongst the pack of post-adolescent yayhoos with whom I was forced to spend my weekdays.