Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Emerald knows a legend when she sees one

You didn't think I'd post a picture of an Aztek, did you?
I've written about my son's engineering inclination (one article/video posted here, and others waiting to be posted). Something my daughter said recently made me chuckle and pause to recognizer her.

While we were driving the other day, she said "That's a weird-looking car? What the heck is that thing?" I looked to where she was pointing, and there was a Pontiac Aztek, legendary in that it finds itself on every "ugliest/worst cars list" that has likely ever been written. I'm pretty sure she hasn't read any of said lists, so her comment was no effort to be part of the gang, or to join the pile-on.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I could have prevented the Toyota recalls

I saw this article today and a particular quote jumped out:

"Toyota had a stellar reputation for quality until massive recalls that began in 2008.

"Executive Vice-President Atsushi Niimi said the recall fiasco showed that Toyota had neglected improvements in production while pursuing growth. [my emphasis].

"When production plunged, we could see big-scale production was a burden," he said. "We needed an assembly line that could respond to the ups and downs of production needs."

Why did they have to experience it to know it when I wrote, before it happened, not to go down the "volume road"?