"Big Carlos" Ghosn wins the accent contest.
FLUSHING OUT SLACKERS -- Hourly workers at Ford Motor Co.'s truck assembly plant in Wayne, Mich., were scolded in a company memo last week for spending too much time in the bathroom. "In today's competitive environment, it is important that Michigan Truck plant immediately address this concern to avoid the risks associated with safety, quality, delivery, cost and morale," The Detroit News quoted the memo as saying. According to the report, some workers are spending more than the 48 minutes allotted per shift to use the bathroom. A Ford spokeswoman told the paper that the bathroom break limit is spelled out in the UAW contract.
VW's Touareg crosses the line in Nevada.
2ND JOB ISN'T A SNAP -- A seat on a university's board of trustees means a few pleasant trips to campus and some not-so-heavy lifting, right? Not so for General Motors Executive Vice President Thomas Gottschalk, whose board seat at American University in Washington turned into a hot seat. For months the campus was racked with protests against school President Benjamin Ladner's personal and travel expenses. Then the board chairman resigned, so Gottschalk stepped in and oversaw Ladner's dismissal on Oct. 10. Gottschalk told the Washington Post last week that Ladner's $4 million severance package has some angry students calling for a new board -- and maybe, at this point, he's ready for a little rest.