Friday, November 21, 2008

Sustainability vs. Detroit

I have really tried to keep the Mrs. Green message away from politics. I want to focus on what we can all do to make positive changes. There are times, however, when I have to take a stand on something I believe is really important and this is one of those times.

When I watched this latest clip from my friend Janet about Tesla and Arnold Schwarzenegger, something kind of snapped inside of me. Wasn’t anyone in Detroit reading the paper about the energy crisis? About the success that car manufacturers like Honda have had for years here in the good old US of A with their fuel-efficient, well made cars? Did they not know there are awaiting lists to buy the Honda Fit and that this is nothing new? Could they not figure out that sustainable business practices make sense and make money? Some of “those people” make ten million dollars a year in bonuses alone. Is it not part of their job descriptions to be fiscally responsible, to have solid five year business plans which include a balance sheet indicating a profit? I guess not.

The part in the video where I snapped was when Arnold talked about Tesla Motors being a relatively new company and getting it! What were they reading that the brain trusts in Detroit were not? What did they know that Detroit didn’t? Maybe the Tesla management had a crystal ball…

I am one of many Americans who says don’t bail them out because I don’t want to pay for it nor do I want my children to have to pay for it! I am fed up – that’s the truth. It’s actually a disgrace and a mess that will impact us all regardless of what decisions are made in Washington.

Hope you will check out Arnold’s brief and humorous comments! And then call your elected officials. Mine are going to be very surprised by the side I am taking on this one!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Ready to Have a Fit?

Serendipity is a wonderful thing. It wasn’t two days after my friend Markus went on and on about his Honda Fit, there was a great article in the Wall Street Journal about it. Title? A Candidate for the Best Car on The Road! Gotta love it.

Writer Jeff Sabatini states: “the Fit is unquestionably my favorite car, a vehicle that’s the best all-around transportation available from any auto maker at any price.” Now that’s saying a lot. With a $15,220 base price and stellar mileage, you can’t go wrong. But what interested me about what Jeff wrote and Markus said, is that the Fit is really roomy for an econobox AND fun to drive. It’s got pep and room! And with that low base price, come power windows, a CD player, airbags everywhere, air-conditioning and more. Sometimes the cars priced this low come with windows you have to roll up and down yourself – heaven forbid!

Another thing that Honda has figured out with the Fit is how to build a small car and make it a truly good car. It has to pass crash tests, be comfortable and drivable and still sell for under $20,000. Well, the Fit is not just good – it’s exceptional. And did I say it has front wheel drive? Another huge plus from my perspective.

If you are skeptical about small car hatchbacks, go check one out. If you are in Tucson, good luck finding one at Chapman! You will be pleasantly surprised just as I was. Given the incredibly painful hoopla going on in Washington, D.C. about the car industry bailout, is there not real wisdom here in looking at the automotive change we need? Honda really got it right with the Fit!