GM’s six-month-old CEO, Fritz Henderson is history at GM. The Board of Directors has dumped him on the pavement (and Fritz’s daughter posted the confirmation that he was canned on GM’s Facebook page, no less, in an f-bomb-filled all-caps note). Some other old white guy has taken over temporarily. Fritz reportedly got dumped due to his inability to sell Saturn and Saab.
Well, at Ford, anyway. The Ford Fiesta, which many of you may recall as a small and underpowered vehicle that Ford used to sell in the US, has been selling well overseas in Europe and in Asia for years. And it’s had a pretty decent rep over there, enough to sell 12 million of them. Well, they’re bringing it back to the U.S. in 2011 (Model year 2011, that is, which means next year if you are talking calendar terms). And they’re optioning it to be the nicestly-equipped (OK, so it’s not a real word) small car out there, Honda Fit-sized but with leather seats, heated rear-view mirrors, aux port on the stereo system, navigation, etc. Plus it will be rated at 30 mpg city and 40 highway. That’s big for the oval guys (hell, it’s better than the Fit & Yaris , although they both get better city mileage). It comes in a four-door and a hatchback.