August auto sales wrapup: Small fuel-efficient models led automakers to record a solid month and...

August auto sales wrapup: Small fuel-efficient models led automakers to record a solid month and keep on a 14.5M annual sales pace. Ford (F) backed its recent plan to increase production with broad gains, while GM rode fleet buyers to double-digit growth. Though numbers from Japanese firms (TM, HMC, NSANY.OB) are still out of whack due to last year's earthquake, consumers looking for fuel-efficient models and emboldened with better financing terms came back into the market in force for imports. Chrysler (FIATY.PK) didn't miss out on the fun, with the Dodge Dart roaring to a good debut.

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  • shrimp7
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    In short, I am the guy who came up with the concept of the minivan for Chrysler, along with the name Caravan, pushing the idea of the Town and Country theme being used in the minivan, and have helped Chrysler designers since about 1976 until recently, on a no-public announcements preference. Have helped designers in 5 auto companies, creating over 15 well-received concepts, initial drawings, and the like.....along with, movie makers in about 10 block busters, Roller skate patents created two (one licensed to Roller Derby Skates for $600k over 12 years. Presently completed the initial pre-publication research paper on the Environmental Cause of Multiple Sclerosis, which will be publicized (a change due to the medical nature of the discovery), and lots of other things--early computer concepts, integrated aquaculture, macrame rope for plant hangers, etc.. So what did you do for your summer vacation::


    7 Sep 2012, 12:25 AM Reply Like
  • Tdot
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    Wow, shrimp! Then you must be either Lee Iaccoca or Hal Sperlich, who together conceived their idea for a modern minivan during their earlier tenure at Ford Motor Company.


    Unfortunately (for Ford), Henry Ford II rejected Iaccoca's and Sperlich's idea (and the building of the prototype) of a minivan in 1974.


    After Ioccoca was fired from Ford, Iaccoca followed Sperlich to Chrysler Corporation, and together they created the "T115 minivan" – a prototype that was to become the Caravan and Voyager, known colloquially as the "Magic-wagons".


    Of course Lee was also responsible for the Pinto at Ford's, so it is probably better to let that one slide. Well played. The Mustang was great though! But surely you would have mentioned that. So you can't be Lee, you must be Hal. But hey - Second Fiddle is still a great spot to occupy!


    Meanwhile it seems the Roller Derby Skate Corporation has not yet acknowledged your contributions to the skate racing industry in their Corporate History. One would think they would have acknowledged Lee Ioccoca, or else the "other" inventor of the minivan concept, as being a major player in their designs and growth. It would have made a great commercial. You might want to drop them a note and ask for at least a small mention.


    As for your contributions to MS research, we look forward to your peer-reviewed publications in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the New England Journal of Medicine. Do let us know when it comes out.


    Congratulations on your achievements, Mr. Sperlich!

    7 Sep 2012, 05:43 AM Reply Like
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