Link Love From The Car Connection: Top Green Cars, Chrysler And The iPod, The Booth Professionals Of Shanghai

April 21, 2009
Hover H7 by Great Wall

Hover H7 by Great Wall

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  • Blue goes green -- Kelley Blue Book has announced its top "green cars" for 2009. No points for guessing the #1 pick (could it be anything other than the 2010 Toyota Prius?), but you get props for knowing which American cars made the cut. Hint: the Ford Fusion Hybrid, the Ford Escape Hybrid, and the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid. [KBB]
  • Like apples in a peapod -- Remember when we mentioned that the awkwardly named Rinspeed iChange could be controlled via your iPod? Yeah, well, Chrysler's taken that idea and run with it on the new Peapod EV. Does Steve Jobs get a cut of that? [Engadget]
  • Our personal kill switch -- LoJack has been great for catching criminals. Unfortunately for law-abiding types, LoJack-like technology is now being used to deaden the cars of folks who get behind on car payments: "The devices are usually controlled remotely by the dealer or lender and are linked to the vehicle's powertrain. They usually cut out the power several days after the payment is due. Before the deadline, the driver is treated to a concert of tones and flashing indicators signaling that the deadline is approaching. There are also warnings after the deadline has passed." To which we say, yeah, it's legal, but dude, why you gotta be like that? [CNN via BoingBoing]
  • Concept du jour -- In China this week, they're throwing down at the Shanghai Motor Show. Although we're not able to be there in person (TCC's Asian travel budget is but a shadow of its former self), reports make the event sound a bit more upbeat than others around the globe. Among the reveals: Great Wall's updated funky crossover, the H7. Check those crazy side-view mirrors and the glass panels in the doors. Impractical, but kinda snazzy, right? [WorldCarFans]
  • Shanghai showgirls -- Also from Shanghai: nine shots of friendly booth professionals. Not as friendly as some we could name, but still. [AutoExpress]
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