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January 15, 2009

Here are a few of the blips on our radar screen:

  • A four-day work week: Nissan's cut back workers to four days per week at its Mississippi and Tennessee plants. On the upside, for some of them, it's already Friday!  [Freep]
  • Cars for the big and tall gent: Austrian car artist Erwin Wurm uses foam, lacquer, and other materials to fatten up car profiles. The idea is presumably to give a visual representation of how much material, money, and energy cars consume. Nice side effect: they may make drivers look slimmer by comparison.  [NextAutos]
  • Nerdburglar: Some folks captured a very curious sight on camera: a guy in a Stormtrooper get up hurtling down the highway in a Lotus Exige. I think he looks kinda like the McDonald's Hamburglar on the way to a D&D convention.  [Jalopnik]
  • Mint takes Manhattan: Good news for New Yorkers without cars: a company called Mint has launched a Zip-like subscription-based car rental service that'll offer Smart Cars, Honda Fits and more for just $2 per hour. So no more excuses for not going to see your bubbie in Brighton Beach. [PRNewswire]
  • Bugatti weighs in at several million pounds: Remember a couple of weeks ago, when that rare 1937 Bugatti 57S Atalante (total production: 17) was found in the UK garage of a deceased doctor with less than 30,000 miles on the odometer? Well now it's headed to the auction block. For £6 million. Sigh. [AutoExpress]

--Richard Read

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