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What’s Going on in Spring Hill, TN??? So that’s how cars are made….

Posted by carsdiva on March 20, 2008

Last Monday, March 9, I had the opportunity to be hosted (yet again) by General Motors in Spring Hill, TN, where I took my very first ever tour of a manufacturing plant. The tour of the plant (which is currently preparing for the production of the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse) was interesting and definitely informative…(which you will see from the video clips that will be up on CarsDiva soon.)

Before we took the actual tour, we sat through a short presentation, where I got to see and listen to Ed Pepper, Chevrolet General Manager, and Don Butler, Executive Director- Chevrolet Truck Marketing. The enthusiasm and pride of GM was very evident and motivating, and justified by the great products that keep rolling into the market (thanks to the legendary Bob Lutz!)

Here are some interesting facts about the Spring Hill manufacturing site and Chevrolet as a precursor to the videos:

SPRING HILL MANUFACTURING FACILITY

  1. Spring Hill, TN is located 40 miles south of Nashville
  2. Opened in 1990; shipped over 3.752 million vehicles to date
  3. Home of SATURN, and now in preparation to launch the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse
  4. 6.86 million square feet
  5. 3,981 employees

Spring Hill Manufacturing Plant, home of Saturn

Other Interesting (Chevrolet) Facts I learned on the trip:

  1. Chevrolet was founded on November 3, 1911
  2. Chevrolet is named after racing driver, Louis-Joseph Chevrolet (who together with William C. Durant, co-founded the brand)
  3. 700 songs in history have used “Chevy” in the lyrics
  4. Every 7.2 seconds a Chevrolet vehicle is sold worldwide

 Spring Hill Manufacturing Plant, home of the Chevy Traverse

Stay tuned to get an inside preview of the Spring Hill plant!!!  

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From Faux Bags…to Faux Ferraris???

Posted by carsdiva on March 12, 2008

You’ve all heard of purse parties, where you can purchase designer hand bags at a fraction of the “designer” price tag. Granted you take the risk of the bag falling apart within a couple of weeks, but what the hec, the investment was minimal and the styles continually change from season to season.  You pay for what you get, right? But have you heard about the latest faux item? FERRARIS! Yes, that’s right—there was an article in the Wall Street Journal on February 28th, entitled “Italian Tax Police Bust Up Fake-Ferrari Ring,” that talks about how the Italian police “busted up a ring of auto-body shops across the country that were trafficking in one of the most high-end and high-priced counterfeit cars of all time.” Can you believe it? I mean bags are one thing- although a hot ticket item, they don’t equate to the price tag of a Ferrari. And I don’t know about the rest of you, but there are some things you just can’t duplicate. If I can’t have the real thing, then I don’t want some inadequate replication…. especially if involves a moving vehicle.

Not only were these “faux” Ferraris being constructed (think the interior of a used Pontiac Fiero), but people actually paid about 20,000 euros ($30,000) to purchase them! Well… some of them did, others just paid the price and never received the “package.”

Fake Ferrari 328 GTBAccording to the tax police no arrests have been made yet, although eight people are under investigation. Seven “completed” fake Ferraris were found, seven were in the process of being built, and several had already been sold. Guido Mario Geremia, head of the Palermo unit of the tax police, was quoted saying that “this was sophisticated operation that was running throughout Italy.”

Even more absurd was Geremia’s comment comparing the operation to other counterfeit scandals. He said that “there are people who buy fake Louis Vuitton and Gucci bags, so it’s not so strange that someone would buy a fake Ferrari.” I mean come on now, seriously? We’re talking about a price difference of several hundred thousand dollars! Ferrari only makes around 6,000 vehicles a year, there’s a 2-year+ waiting list, and most of the cars start at $200,000 and the price goes up from there.

Geez! Would you guys (or gals) pay the price for a fake Ferrari???

CarsDiva in a real Ferrari

You know how I feel, but I’d be curious to hear yours thoughts…

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A Tribute to a Fast & Race-y Lady…

Posted by carsdiva on March 6, 2008

Tis’ the time to pay tribute to the ladies, as March is Women’s History Month.  Often unrecognized, there are major milestones achieved by American women who have made history, (12 of which broke ground as the “first female” in their achievements.)

One of these remarkable females is Janet Guthrie, who in 1977 was the first woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500.  She was honored by the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and inducted in 2006, as well as the Women’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1980.

Janet Guthrie      CHEERS TO YOU Ms. Guthrie!

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