De Nysschen leaves headroom for über-Cadillacs, goes right über Jonny Lieberman’s head


After calling out “armchair marketing experts,” Cadillac retirees, and Detroit fans, Cadillac-Chief Johan de Nysschen noticed he had forgotten the fourth estate. That lapse was soon corrected. On Facebook, Cadillac’s new boss chided Joan Muller, who wrote at Forbes a story titled “Poor Cadillac: BMW Took All The Good Car Names.” BMW is welcome to “call their cars whatever they like,” de Nysschen wrote, and added: “And we aren’t poor, Forbes.”

The on-line exchange barely had begun, when Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman waltzes into the line of fire:

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We apologize for the absence of last Monday’s Morning News, but …


Yesterday, our readers waited in vain for their daily breakfast of morning car news roundup, and countless bloggers had to chase down the news themselves instead of being able to peruse our handy tipsheet. We deeply apologize, but we have an explanation. Actually, we have two. Sure, both are a bit weak, but hey.

On Monday morning at oh-dark-hundred, Herr Niedermeyer, Frau Schmitto-san and moi took the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagoya to explore the center of Japan’s auto might. In front of our hotel in Toyota City, we found a Lexus LFA, which someone had carelessly left there. [Continue Reading]

Tuesday morning car news roundup, September 30, 2014



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Cadillac-boss Johan de Nysschen: “Detroit fans – don’t mess with me.”

De Nysschen's Hong Kong apartment, destination Manhattan.

De Nysschen’s Hong Kong apartment, destination Manhattan.

He has been on the job as president of Cadillac for less than 2 months, and Johan de Nysschen is already being turned into the company’s scapegoat #1. His biggest mistake in the eyes of his critics: Moving America’s former luxury brand to New York. When the Daily Kanban reported hints of a move a month ago, it was dismissed as making “no sense,” as the Detroit News’ Mark Phelan declared. Last week, the nonsensical became official when GM finally confirmed that Cadillac is moving its HQ from Detroit to Manhattan. This being announced, “the wrath of hell descends upon me, I’m accused of moving the entire company just because I prefer to live in New York,” de Nysschen wrote today to his 291 Facebook friends. Apparently, the criticism rattled the usually unflappable de Nysschen. He writes:

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Friday morning car news roundup, September 26, 2014


  Isuzu and GM to jointly develop mid-size pick-up truck - Reuters: Isuzu Motors and U.S. group General Motors have agreed to jointly develop a mid-size pick-up truck for sale in major markets around the world excluding North America, the … [Continue reading]

Thursday morning car news roundup, September 25, 2014


CHINA: General Motors on track to pass three million sales again - Just-auto: General Motors China is on track to pass 3m sales for the second consecutive year and expects to top last year's record sales of 3.16m, president Matt Tsien told a media … [Continue reading]

Infiniti squashes human centipede

A disbelieving Jeff Kuhlman

A few car blogs reported yesterday that the upcoming Infiniti Q80 will have an “innovative 1+1+1+1 seating where all four passengers sit single file behind one another.” At the blog where Ed and I worked before, they likened the alleged seating … [Continue reading]

Wednesday morning car news roundup, September 24, 2014


  CHINA: Toyota JV trims 2014 target - Just-auto: The FAW-Toyota joint venture in China reportedly has trimmed its annual sales target by 6% to 620,000 units after demand this year was less than anticipated. SWEDEN: Saab 'reviver' NEVS to … [Continue reading]

From The Boneyard

Golf I

The accidental king of the hill: Golf I

1973, at the tender age of 24, I defected to the enemy. BS, the former muckraking journalist, became a copywriter in a hotshot advertising agency. As the saying went, I didn’t sell out, I cashed in: As a junior copywriter, I was paid twice as much of what I had made before as the editor in chief of a muckraking journal.

Raking muck had paid shit. Advertising was paradise. Work was easy, no more nerve-racking and downright dangerous undercover research, just sit and write. Powered by pilsener. Soon, my salary multiplied. Times were good. Until the world nearly ran out of gas … [Continue Reading]

After a 40 year hiatus, spent doing propaganda in the automotive industry around the world, Bertel returns as a journalist and to the roots of his initials. His wife is a late model Japanese Import.

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