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Maybe just as well Renault deal didn't work out

Discussion in 'Mopar News' started by Beentherebefore, Dec 27, 2019.

  1. Tony K

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    I've spent a minute or two in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2008, I was in Mosul, Iraq. A contractor, who incidentally was from nearby here in the Indy area, was on the base to do a site survey to build an Iraqi Army compound just outside the wire of FOB Marez, just south of Mosul, west of the airport (aka LSA Diamondback). He's where I got the $250,000 figure. Said he figures in that much to cover security arrangements with the local village/neighborhood chief(s).
     
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  2. aldo90731

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    The gift that keeps on giving: Nissan’s shock turns to dread as Ghosn readies media blitz

    “...it appears that Ghosn flew to Lebanon on a private jet operated by a subsidiary of Turkey’s MNG Holding, according to a senior Turkish official with direct knowledge of the matter. That’s after the former automotive executive apparently flew to Istanbul on another MNG aircraft on Monday morning, before being transferred between the two airplanes inside a box...”

    “There must be many people at Nissan and Renault who think this could really be dangerous for them if Ghosn speaks...”
    Judging by the little I saw as a supplier to Nissan, I’d say there’s a ton of dirt to throw around.
     
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  3. 77 Monaco Brougham

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    There but for the Grace of God goes FCA. Try to imagine for a moment how this little melodrama would be playing out IF the R/N/M / FCA deal had gone through!

    We should all be thanking our lucky pentastars that this particular bend in the road did not get travelled upon.

    We now return you to our continuing story..."Ghosn With The Wind":p:D
     
  4. Stéphane Dumas

    Stéphane Dumas Well-Known Member

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    While we're at it, let's sing "Ghosn...in the wind....All we are in just Ghosn in the wind..." (sing to the tune of Kansas' "Dust in the wind"). ;)
     
  5. Zagnut27

    Zagnut27 Jeepaholic

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    You guys are baaaaaaaad. But that's why I like it here. :D
     
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  6. 77 Monaco Brougham

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    Not to give you a swollen head or anything, but your dark, biting sense of humor is one big reason why I also like it here.:D
     
  7. Zagnut27

    Zagnut27 Jeepaholic

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    Coming here should be fun...we’re talking about cars for cripes sake. If you can’t have fun talking about cars, then what the heck is the meaning of life? :D
     
  8. Adventurer55

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    Should make an interesting movie one day.
     
  9. aldo90731

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    This story is nowhere near the end. Carlos Ghosn is not going to retire quietly.
     
  10. Stéphane Dumas

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    Indeed, Ghosn wants to go out with a bang.
     
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  12. Zagnut27

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    For those of us who remember the Lebanese Civil War, fleeing to that country and holding a press conference in Beirut just seems a little surreal. I have very vivid memories of that time period, and a couple of my oldest brother’s friends were killed in the Marine barracks bombing. My, how times have changed, but below is how I was always used to seeing Beirut on the news.

    BB7F13E3-AEE2-4ACC-B481-E9C4D606CA30.jpeg
     
  13. Stéphane Dumas

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    And before the Lebanese civil war, Beirut was more peaceful and was once nicknamed "Paris of the Middle-East". I saw some vintage photos of Beirut.
    https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2012/05/11/beirut-lebanon-1965-part-2/
    https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2012/04/27/beirut-lebanon-1965/
    https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2014/12/22/beirut-lebanon-1950/
    Street Scenes: Old Beirut (at https://www.curbsideclassic.com/uncategorized/street-scenes-old-beirut/ )
     
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    Yup, and apparently it’s beautiful once more. See? Things can be turned around, so perhaps there IS hope for struggling brands like Chrysler et al. :p
     
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    TBH It doesn't look too far from some parts of the states. Or even parts of Puerto Rico.
    Here's a few street view shots.
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    Those pics remind me a bit of Okinawa.
     
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  17. Tony K

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    No doubt.

    What comes around, goes around. Kabul, Afghanistan was considered the Zurich of Central Asia in the late 60s, pre-Communism.
     
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    The problem with brands like Jaguar, Land Rover, as well as Alfa Romeo and Maserati, is that they suck as much time and money, and as many resources to revive as any other, but they only offer limited volume to spread those costs.

    When sales exceed target they provide a windfall. However, when sales fall short, it leaves a lot of investment unpaid for. And it then takes an inordinate amount of money and effort to prop up those sales.
     
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