Adult toys: What does your big boss drive?

When a publisher recently got a new company-paid ‘green’ car, a reader wondered whether other top executives were switching to more energy-efficient models — or sticking with their favorite gas guzzler.

Following the example below, please provide this information about your publisher or station manager’s company-furnished car:

  • Make: Cadillac
  • Model: STS
  • Age (approx. years): 1
  • Does the boss gas up for free at the company pump?

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[Photo: Cadillac 2008 STS, about $44,550]

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13 Responses to “Adult toys: What does your big boss drive?”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Our GM doesn’t have a car the company pays for, to the best of my knowledge. I believe it is a used BMW SUV — I forget what the model number is. It’s about three years old; he’s had it since I’ve worked here.

    I work for the largest Gannett TV station in the southeast by market size.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    My AME drives an old, red Chevy Cavalier with a lot of body dings. I scream with laughter every time I see it.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    In Palm Springs:
    Make: BMW
    Model: X3
    Age: 3 or 4 years old
    Yes, the publisher gets free gas and car washes.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    FYI, BMW X3’s are very expensive, usually up towards 50k. and gas mileage is not great.

    Chrysler
    300 – loaded
    2 years total: bought new and used by publisher for one year, then publisher left and 1 year sitting in parking lot
    free gas

    When publisher left, new GM turned down company car and used own car to save expense; after just a few months the big cuts started coming down and new GM left Gannett. Now the Chrysler has been sitting in parking lot for more than a year.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    I don’t know if Brevard’s publisher is supplied a vehicle.

    I do know we still buy Big Al a new Cadillac Escalade every few years.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    I normally find this site informative and interesting.

    But to this: Who cares?

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Who cares?

    Why would the highest paid employee get free shit? Shouldn’t he just ask for more money and pay for it himself?

  8. Anonymous Says:

    The Arizona Republic

    Infiniti – M Series

    They start around 43K

    Not sure on year but not more than a few years old….

  9. Anonymous Says:

    It’s not an issue of significance; it is about appropriateness and appearance. It’s about stretch limos at board meetings; it’s about getting weekend tans using the GCI jet; it’s about giving pubs free gas and a bimmer and paying employees 28-cents a mile; it’s about not being able to file a story because your 4 year old laptop handed down from advertising won’t boot. It’s about getting rid of older employees and those with chronic diseases and replacing them with $33K wonders. That my friends, is what it is all about.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    There are no stretch limos at board meetings.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    Thank you, 10:57, for writing the funniest thing I’ve read in days.

    The sad thing is I bet that non-critical, unintuitive, straitjacketed literal thinking has gotten you pretty far up the ladder, hasn’t it?

  12. Anonymous Says:

    When Christine Chin came to Fort Collins two or three years ago, she brought her own dinged up station wagon.

    When Kim Roegner came in a few months ago, she got a brand new Infiniti. The invoice was sent to my office by accident and the company paid $43K for it.

    Way to cut costs, Kim.

  13. Anonymous Says:

    I am a publisher, and I get no free gas from my company (!) nor does the company provide me with a vehicle. If anyone cares, I drive a 2001 Honda CRV. Not all newspaper companies give out car and gas perks to publishers. Some of us work for a living.

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