TCC's Street Names Contest:
Our readers, it seems, have crisscrossed every inch of the
country looking for the wildest, weirdest, and wackiest street names, and since
we launched our contest on December 20, they've come up with some amazing signs
of our time.
We can't tell you how many different places have streets
named ThisaWay, or ThataWay. There are countless Yankees and Doodles and even
Dandies. City planners must be a hungry lot, considering the number of Chicken
Dinner Ways, Streets, and Places. And whatever the original intent, we've got
some naughty minds who can't send us enough entries forKitchen
Morning Wood, and Hooker Lane.
All told, we've received nearly
2500 entries, enough to get TCC's Editorial Assistant Eric Edelstein to the eye
doctor, all the while mumbling incoherently. But he's finally finished up and
it's time to pick the winners.
Well, potential winners, anyway.
The members of TheCarConnection team have narrowed our selection down to a Top
Ten, and now we'd like you all to weigh in with your own choices by voting in
this week's TCC poll, which you'll find on the home page.
TCC's Street Names Contest:
Psycho Path to Farfrompoopen Rd., you've uncovered some
weird stuff. Won't Mom be proud?
Bigger Is Better in Chicago
If last year's oil shock changed the way Americans are
driving, the message was apparently lost on those showing off their wares in the
. The 2006 Chicago Auto
Show put plenty of emphasis on large trucks: Toyota
rolled out its next-generation Tundra
pickup on Thursday, while General Motors rolled out yet another variant of its
all-new big truck platform -- the 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche. Dodge's mid-size
Nitro SUV was nearly the smallest truck on display. And at Lincoln
, the new Navigator
showed up with an even larger L model.
2006 Chicago Auto Show: Last
sum it up: there are a lot of trucks here, aren't there?
2006 Chicago Auto Show
Coverage by TCC Team
Ford Says It's Number One for
Ford is going after Chevrolet's
claim that it was the best-selling brand in the U.S. in 2005.
Chevy bases its claim on sales data as reported by the manufacturers. However,
new data from R.L. Polk indicates that Ford registered more vehicles in 2005,
and actually beat Chevrolet by more than 5000 units, which means it kept its
sales leadership for the 20th consecutive year, according to Ford spokesman Jim
Cain. "To us, the Ford versus Chevy race is a remnant of the old Big Three
mindset. We're managing our business to emerge a winner in the Big Six
shootout, and that means looking farther east than Jefferson Avenue to
measure ourselves," he said. "That said, the industry standard for advertising
claims is R.L. Polk. The Polk data doesn't support GM's claim of Chevrolet
leadership, so we will be contacting GM and asking them to stop
making the claim," he told TheCarConnection. GM chief executive officer
Rick Wagoner told Automotive News
that Chevrolet wasn't going to drop its claim of being number one. -Joe Szczesny
Stakes Out Political Path
President George W.
Bush seems to have ruled out any kind of a bailout for American carmakers. But
that hasn't stopped the domestic brands from soliciting support for policies
related to research and healthcare that bolster their interests.
One aspect of the Detroit policy now coming together was on
display during the press previews for the Chicago Auto Show. Ford, General
Motors, and even Chrysler talked up ethanol aggressively, as new tax
credits and subsidies are being heavily promoted in Washington. Opposition to
the proposals in Detroit seems to have melted away in the wake
of President Bush's decision to extol the virtues of ethanol in the State
of the Union address.
Executives from Detroit, in fact, spoke cheerfully about
governmental support for ethanol and suggested the federal
government ought to think about offering even more incentives to convert
and develop vehicles for ethanol. Ethanol does seem to have broad political
support, uniting agricultural interests, critics of urban sprawl who
maintain the U.S. needs
to protect and not develop farmland, and national security hawks who loathe
transferring more American wealth to the Middle East.
Detroit Stakes Out Political
Ethanol wins over Detroit and
Washington, but healthcare still a big
Lincoln Abandons Names,
"What is in a name?" So wondered Shakespeare, and so are
wondering observers around Dearborn
this week. In a clearly controversial
move, Ford has decided to abandon some of the traditional names used by its
opting instead, for alphabetical designations. The old Aviator SUV, for example,
will be reborn as the MKX, or "Mark-X," the newly preferred pronunciation. The
new Zephyr sedan, one of the division's few recent success stories, will be
renamed the MKZ.
"'Mark' is one very, very strong
nameplate," asserts Anne Stevens, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating
Officer of Ford's operations in North and South
America. It was a long-running nameplate used on a variety of
products, most recently with the Mark VIII coupe, and Stevens added, "We believe
it will be very relevant."
A few familiar names will survive
the transition, such as that on the Town Car, Lincoln's rear-drive traditional luxury sedan,
and that on the Navigator, the brand's newly redesigned full-size SUV. "The
Navigator name has a lot of equity across the marketplace, so we decided to keep
it," explains Ford's Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Service, Cisco