Rewarding seniority is a common policy for unions. It's not some malicious conspiracy, it's just a consequence of stakeholder interests: Union members are already in the business. Outsiders and potential new hires are not union members right now. The most influential/senior union members are the people who've been… » 1/30/15 11:04am Yesterday 11:04am

The Phaeton isn't meant to be a profitable volume car. It's a way of improving the brand; for every one person who actually buys it, there's a thousand people who just hear about it and think a bit more positively about the VW brand, and then consider buying a Golf instead of a Focus or whatever. » 1/28/15 10:22am Wednesday 10:22am

This is a ubiquitous problem in sport. Organisers start out with the best of intentions - "level the playing field" - but anything you do to level it gives a relative advantage to categories of people who would not otherwise do well in the sport. Hence competitors have an incentive to get into one of those categories. » 1/23/15 6:30pm 1/23/15 6:30pm

In principle, in most of Europe, you shouldn't ever have to pass on the inside, because other vehicles should move in when they're not passing anyone. In practice, there are usually a few who loiter in the middle lane. Cars, not trucks, because truck drivers are better at following rules like this. It's pretty rare to… » 1/19/15 10:31am 1/19/15 10:31am