Here's a sprinter's version of some of the other stories we're following:
- U-turn already in view?: It appears that 2008 was a banner year for Australia's Mazda and Subarau dealerships, and now some pundits are claiming America should pull through by mid-year. Can we start drinking now? At least Foster's?
- Formula One bigwig accused of homophobia: McLaren Mercedes honcho Ron Dennis is being sued by Peter Boland, a former employee who claims claims MM's upper-managers spread rumors about his sexuality, then unfairly dismissed him. Boland also claims Dennis made racist remarks about Arabs. FYI, this is the same Ron Dennis who hired F1's first black driver. Irony! [via Outsports]
- Gettelfinger says "no thanks" on behalf of Big 2: UAW pres Rob Gettelfinger told Automotive News that GM and Chrysler may not need additional bailout dollars, saying "If we can get by without more money, that's what we want to do." Which is great, but, um, GM and Chrysler should probably have a say in that. [via Autoweek]
- Nutty car insurance claims: The Telegraph has published a list of the wackiest auto insurance claims. The one about flying sheep seems particularly good, but feel free to pick your own fave. [via Automotto]
- Pollute more, pay more: There's a plan afoot in the UK to charge high-emissions cars more to park than low-emissions cars. It appears that drivers will register their vehicle and receive a parking card, tied to their vehicle's make, model, and emissions rating. Ain't technology grand? [via Autocar]