President tells cars makers to share tech or get out of his country
29 December 2009

Venezuela's president Hugo Chavez has told foreign car makers with plants in the country to share their technology with local businesses or leave the country.

If his demand isn't met, Chavez said: "I invite you to pack up your belongings and leave. I'll bring in the Russians, the Belorusians, the Chinese."

Chavez gave the ultimatum to Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Fiat during a public ceremony in the Venezuelan capital. They have not responded.

Chavez's government has recently nationalised major companies in the metals, cement, oil, coffee and electricity sectors as it aims to build a socialist economy.

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29 December 2009

What a stupid, stupid man.

29 December 2009

Seconded. Ford, GM, Toyota etc would be mad to give away their technology. & why should they? They have spent billions developing it. Presumably with that sort of attitude he will be discouraging them from selling imported cars as well, resulting in a "closed-to-outsiders" national car industry which just doesnt work (eg Lada in Russia)

currently a happy owner of a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin :)

29 December 2009

Why should the Chinese and Russians give it away as well?

They want the Toyotas and FIATS as well, so I suspect they'll shut shop and no car factories will be there, not even the Chinese

29 December 2009

[quote Autocar]Chavez gave the ultimatum to Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Fiat during a public ceremony in the Venezuelan capital. They have not responded.
[/quote]

What a brilliant, brilliant man.

The response from a terrified, enfeebled and sinister US will now be to instigate some sort of conflict or perhaps an assassination, and the world will have lost an incredible, brave and visionary figure whom only a stupid man would not respect.

29 December 2009

Chavez has consistently proved himself to be: 1. An idiot. 2. Dangerous to the welfare of his country. 3. Self absorbed. Sound like Red Ken? Well, they're best buddies don't you know. Both of them heroes of the Socialist movement, which is why however hard I try to be a good socialist I just can't throw my hand in with people like Chavez and Livingstone!

29 December 2009

Sounds like an ideal opportunity for Trabant to open a Venezuelan plant...

29 December 2009

[quote VirginPower]

[quote Autocar]Chavez gave the ultimatum to Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Fiat during a public ceremony in the Venezuelan capital. They have not responded.
[/quote]

What a brilliant, brilliant man.

The response from a terrified, enfeebled and sinister US will now be to instigate some sort of conflict or perhaps an assassination, and the world will have lost an incredible, brave and visionary figure whom only a stupid man would not respect.

[/quote]

Anyone who can p*** off the USA to the extent Hugo can can't be ALL bad.

29 December 2009

[quote tannedbaldhead]Anyone who can p*** off the USA to the extent Hugo can can't be ALL bad.[/quote]

Actually we find him quite entertaining; every hemisphere needs a village idiot. He is about as threatening as the lollypop guild and if you think he is “brilliant” I am sure he would like to welcome you to munchkin land.

You don’t need a weatherman
To know which way the wind blows
—Robert Allen Zimmerman

29 December 2009

[quote jackjflash]He is about as threatening as the lollypop guild[/quote]

As is every other country on the American continent with the exception of the harbourers of one the greatest living war criminals, Henry Kissenger.

29 December 2009

[quote tannedbaldhead]As is every other country on the American continent with the exception of the harbourers of one the greatest living war criminals, Henry Kissenger.[/quote]

Well that’s reaching back more than a few decades, what was it in particular that Henry did to achieve war criminal status, didn’t Henry get the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973?

You don’t need a weatherman
To know which way the wind blows
—Robert Allen Zimmerman

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