Link Love From The Car Connection: Maybach, Ridemakerz, And Pickup Ad Wars

January 26, 2009

A few miscellaneous info tidbits that have caught our lazy eyes:

  • I know nothing! Nothing!: Maybach's Thorsten Lenz has said that the company has seen "no visible impact of the financial crisis". Perhaps he hasn't seen the company's 2008 financials, which note a 25% drop in sales. Or maybe better glasses are in order. [MotorAuthority]
  • Toying around in the privacy of your living room: The boys' version of Build-a-Bear otherwise known as Ridemakerz is testing a new online workshop. It's in closed beta right now, meaning you have to be invited to join, but you can sign up on the site's front page or over here. Don't stay up too late, kids. [TechCrunch]
  • Talking cars, finally: The Michigan Department of Transportation is testing some new gear at the Michigan International Speedway--specifically, technology that lets cars "talk" to one another. That could lead to fewer accidents down the road. Literally. [Freep]
  • Incredible shrinking car wars: Toyota is toying with the notion of bringing its  IQ microcar into the U.S. to take on the Smart ForTwo. And just when you thought things couldn't get much smaller than the Yaris. [KickingTires]
  • Wrestling for the top spot: Ad folks at Ford and GM are trying to "out-man" one another in their rough-and-tumble spots for the F150 and the Silverado, respectively. Ford is reportedly enjoying the contest, claiming that GM is promoting the F150's features by picking on its handy "man step". Check out the GM spot below and let us know whether that's a smack down or a slap fight [PickupTrucks]

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