Glenn Beck: GM "Car Ambassador"

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    Glenn Beck: GM "Car Ambassador"

    Celebrity Drive: Glenn Beck
    Talk Show Host Doesn't Hide His Passion for American Cars, Thinks Highly of Hydrogen Power
    By K.S. Wang



    Daily Driver: 2006 Cadillac Escalade (Glenn's rating: 10 on a scale of 1 to 10)
    Other car: 2005 GMC Yukon Denali (rating: 7.5)
    Favorite road trip: Across the country
    Car he learned to drive in: 1976 Toyota Celica
    First car bought: 1969 MG convertible

    As the newest face on Fox News Channel's afternoon lineup, talk radio host Glenn Beck is on fire. If you don't recognize him from his old show on Headline News, he's the guy who comes on at 5 p.m. eastern, looks into the camera and sometimes flails his hands for effect or makes funny faces to catch your attention when proving a point.

    Beck has the whole hour to dispense his libertarian view of the day's events in his sardonic style and viewers are noticing. In February "Glenn Beck" was the third most watched cable news show after "Hannity" and "The O'Reilly Factor" and Beck only joined on FNC in January. In such a short time, Beck has improved his time slot 100 percent in ratings.

    When it comes to car talk, Beck is also in fifth gear with his trademark passion and conviction. Make no mistake, Beck is patriotic and thus he owns American cars. He's since become an ambassador for General Motors, through his radio show. "I had all my GM cars before I was an ambassador for GM," Beck says. "The reason I took them on is because I love them."

    He gets the perk of test driving GM cars when he visits Motor City, including a GMC Acadia (which he loved) and a hydrogen fuel cell car, which he drove a few months ago for a whole month. "I loved it!" he exclaims. "It's quiet, it has acceleration like you wouldn't believe. The only problem is -- no hydrogen stations. Shell is working on that, they're partnering with them."

    Beck said it's a small little car that "looks pretty gutless" but it's not. "It really has power," he says. "It blew me away. I would buy one in a heartbeat. They want to put it out for $24,000. It's not a Bentley. But for $24,000, it ain't a $24,000 car, I'll tell you that!"

    Before he test drove the hydrogen car, Beck had a conversation with execs at GM about their new cars. "I said, 'Really, serious -- what do you have buried in the basement? What about the hydrogen car?' They said, 'Yeah, we've got it, we're working on trying to get the fuel cell.' They got a little testy with me and said, 'Glenn, we can create anything, we can build anything but we need somebody that will give us the policies and then not change them on us once we retool. You tell us what we need to build and we'll build the damn car, we're Americans and we can do it.' I just love that attitude."

    Beck gives his 2006 Cadillac Escalade a perfect 10. "It's smooth, everything just seems to be placed right in it," Beck says. "It's solid. I had a Range Rover before that and I hated that car, it was always in the shop, it was always having trouble. It was the opposite of what I thought a Range Rover would be."

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    Re: Glenn Beck: GM "Car Ambassador"

    He needs to check the MY on that Escalade. It is a 2007 MY.

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    Re: Glenn Beck: GM "Car Ambassador"

    hannity has a escalade hybrid

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    Re: Glenn Beck: GM "Car Ambassador"

    I enjoy a lot of his rants, but rarely see him because of work and family. I am sure he will still be ranting away when my daughter no longer thinks I am cool to hang out with.
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    Re: Glenn Beck: GM "Car Ambassador"

    I like this guy. I was wondering where he went after he left MSNBC.

    I guess I have to watch.


    'Glenn, we can create anything, we can build anything but we need somebody that will give us the policies and then not change them on us once we retool. You tell us what we need to build and we'll build the damn car, we're Americans and we can do it.' I just love that attitude."
    That's the attitude they should have. We are Americans. You can't say that we are not creative enough to attract those buyers...it's just a matter of spending the money to design and build it. It's absurd that they are losing market share to Honda and Toyota when you have that attitude. It goes to show you how bad things are with their structure and labor.
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    Re: Glenn Beck: GM "Car Ambassador"

    That's a GMT-900 Escalade...and a GMT-800 Yukon XL Denali...

    Model year of the Escalade wrong, and the model of the Yukon wrong.

    I'm glad to see there's someone in the media that still supports GM, though.
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    Re: Glenn Beck: GM "Car Ambassador"

    Does anyone find it interesting that the conservative talking heads drive and support the big 3 while the current administration mostly drive foreign brands, if they even support owning personal cars AT ALL?

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    Re: Glenn Beck: GM "Car Ambassador"

    Quote Originally Posted by GTOken View Post
    Does anyone find it interesting that the conservative talking heads drive and support the big 3 while the current administration mostly drive foreign brands, if they even support owning personal cars AT ALL?
    Thought the same thing.... I thought the same thing...

    We need more people with leverage to be GM Ambassadors too.. we can stop all this GM quality misconceptions....

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    Re: Glenn Beck: GM "Car Ambassador"

    I've liked Glenn since 2001 when I stumbled upon his radio show. He had the Denali back when he was only doing radio from Tampa. There are, of course, some things I don't agree with him on, like Ethanol, but he's hilarious and a genuine guy. I'd vote for him if he ran for an office.

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    Re: Glenn Beck: GM "Car Ambassador"

    Make no mistake, Beck is patriotic and thus he owns American cars. He's since become an ambassador for General Motors, through his radio show. "I had all my GM cars before I was an ambassador for GM," Beck says.
    Again with the bizarre definition of "patriot." I have only driven GM, but I wouldn't consider myself any more patriotic than my neighbor who only drives Honda's.
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    Re: Glenn Beck: GM "Car Ambassador"

    Quote Originally Posted by GTOken View Post
    Does anyone find it interesting that the conservative talking heads drive and support the big 3 while the current administration mostly drive foreign brands, if they even support owning personal cars AT ALL?
    if we all just look around whats going on in our country will be very apparent

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    Re: Glenn Beck: GM "Car Ambassador"

    Quote Originally Posted by tgagneguam View Post
    Again with the bizarre definition of "patriot." I have only driven GM, but I wouldn't consider myself any more patriotic than my neighbor who only drives Honda's.
    I hear ya but the guys who will supposedly fix the big three wouldnt buy one and that doesnt sit well with me

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    Re: Glenn Beck: GM "Car Ambassador"

    Quote Originally Posted by GTOken View Post
    Does anyone find it interesting that the conservative talking heads drive and support the big 3 while the current administration mostly drive foreign brands, if they even support owning personal cars AT ALL?
    I wouldn't consider him a conservative talking head. He pisses of both sides so he is much closer to center. At least much closer to center than anyone else on that station.

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    Re: Glenn Beck: GM "Car Ambassador"

    It's yet another example of GM marketing preaching to the choir. Beck's audience tends to be older, rural, and conservative - an audience GM doesn't (or until the financial collapse) didn't have problems reaching. They primarily drive trucks and SUV's, segments that GM and Detroit in general tend to dominate.

    This doesn't help on iota in reaching, younger, urban audiences that have absolutely zero interest in driving a Silverado.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big swede View Post
    I wouldn't consider him a conservative talking head. He pisses of both sides so he is much closer to center. At least much closer to center than anyone else on that station.
    I don't know, I'd call him conservative...but a conservative with principles. People with principles always piss off zealots on their own side. Like Alexander II of Russia.

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