Re: Obama say: "The 1979 Ford Granada is the worst car ever"
"Barack Obama is something of a car guy. According to The Detroit News, one of Obama's (likely numerous) regrets about running for President: the Secret Service won't let him drive. "It's a drag because I actually enjoy driving." But it wasn't always so. "The car I learned to drive on was my grandfather's Ford Granada," Barack told Indianapolis radio station WFBQ. "It may be the worst car that Detroit ever built… This thing was a tin can. [Detroit was] trying to compete with the Japanese. They wanted to keep the cars big, so they made them out of tin foil… You basically couldn't go over 80 (miles per hour) without the thing getting out of control." Their perfidy didn't end there, though. "Detroit ended up making investments in SUVs and large trucks because that's where they perceived a competitive advantage," Obama told Meet the Press. "And that's where they felt they could make the most profit… I think it was a mistake for them not to plan earlier, and now we're seeing a huge growth in fuel-efficient cars that is benefiting the Japanese automakers and Detroit is getting pounded." For all of Obama's Motown-mauling, the Senator from Illinois' one with the the industry's belief that the gas tax is probably a good thing. Still, Hillary's desperate offer of an industry bailout probably makes her the top Dem choice for industry types. We're waiting to hear her take on malaise-era metal."
Is he talking about the 2nd generation Granadas? They were downsized and lost 200 lbs or so. They might have been tinnier and had a 4 cylinder standard. While the Granada wasn't a great car (what was from 75-82?) it was hardly the worst. Actually I didn't and haven't bought any car from that period....til the Capri 5.0 HO came out in late 82.
I don't disagree with his comments about SUV/truck profits and the unwillingness to plan ahead for the future of fuel efficient cars. That future is here NOW. Imagine if Ford had the Fiesta ready to roll? They'd be selling in droves.
Oh, and he was driving a Chrysler 300C until recently.