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Monthly Archives: February 2009

GM had no advance notice of Saab filing

Jamie LaReau Automotive News Europe February 23, 2009 06:01 CET General Motors executives were surprised by the speed at which Saab filed for court protection from its creditors last week, leaving them with few answers for anxious U.S. Saab dealers. GM tried to provide that information during a dealer broadcast Friday, but dealers said details were sketchy. “The GM leadership was surprised by the filing and didn’t know it was coming, so they are going through scenarios right now that they don’t have the answers to, such as buying back inventory and so on,” said a Saab dealer who listened to the broadcast. A GM spokeswoman said the company had no advance word about the timing of the filing. Although GM owns Saab, it had moved to set Saab up as a separate entity with its own board. “We knew a filing was a potential, but it could have happened this week or later,” Joanne Krell, spokeswoman for the Saab brand in Detroit, said Friday. “It just wasn ... read more



More from our BBJ Infomercial on Tires

My next topic came to me some time ago in dramatic form. The shelf life of tires was featured on an ABC News info drama. I choose to leave the fearful drama aside but think it’s a topic worth noting. The video can be found on ABC’s website. I broach the topic for the Bellingham Business Journal with the help of our ever present inquisitive customer. Q: My father in law asked me how old my new tires are? I just bought them they are new, right? A: Not necessarily. Like milk, eggs or corn chips, tires have a “best if used by” date printed on them. Only outdated tires could be a lot more hazardous than tainted treats. On the side wall of every tire is a sequence of letters and numbers beginning with the letters DOT. For example: DOT B97R FW6X 2202. The numbers at the end of our example are the week of the year the tires were manufactured. In our example the tires were manufactured in the twenty second week of two thousand two. Tires older than six years may be unsa ... read more


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