Thursday is like an amuse-bouche: not quite Friday, but tantalizingly close. Here are some links to keep you occupied while we finish watching Top Chef on TIVO.
- Cue the sad trombone -- We don't often play the schadenfreude game around here, but it's hard not to go a little "Nelson Muntz" when we see high-end testers malfunction. Case in point: the 2011 Mercedes-Benz Gullwing, which was recently spotted sidelined in the German snow, apparently due to electrical problems. Ha, ha, indeed. [WorldCarFans]
- Why are these people important, again? -- Ever watched MTV's The Hills? Yeah, neither have we. But for some reason, one of the show's "stars", Heidi Montag, recently did a photoshoot atop a 1967 Camaro, disguised as a 1968. Anyone know the backstory? Because we almost kinda care. Almost. [LeBlogAuto]
- Throwback mobile -- Need a replacement for your PT Cruiser (may it rest in peace)? How's about a Chevrolet HHR, tricked out by HEARTBEAT Motors to look even more retro than usual. It's called the "Capone", as in Al; no word on whether there's a violin case waiting in the back seat. [Carzi]
- Achtung, y'all -- If you live in Germany, and you like the videogame SPORE, you might want to think about entering a new contest sponsored by Audi. Using the Sims-esque software, participants will design their version of an Audi vehicle from 2025. The person who submits the best design gets a snazzy trip to the Audi Design studios in Ingolstadt. Americans, we suppose you'll have to settle for Powerball. [MotorAuthority]
- Hello Kitty in car form -- As if the Smart fortwo weren't cute enough, a new "edition limited three" model will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. The catch? Its color scheme, which is melon. So it's green, you know, like spring. Also included: a standard stop/start system. Not included: sales in the U.S. [Autoweek]
- GM off its game -- Remember that Thomas Friedman article we mentioned--the one where he called GM a "a giant wealth-destruction machine"? Not surprisingly, Tom Wilkinson, Director of GM News Relations, posted a testy response. More surprisingly, Wilkinson compares Friedman to Sir Thomas More, aka St. Thomas More. Our smart friends at Edmunds point out that the comparison is a little weird. We're just getting confused by all the Toms. [Edmunds]