Today in Car News: Dead SUVs, Paris' 911 Speedster, VW Phaeton

August 23, 2010

Is the large SUV finally dying--or are we all just talking about it while it's in a coma, when it totally can hear us? [CNNMoney]

While GM and Chrysler are shorn of much of their debt, Ford still has a lot--and wants a haircut, badly. [Wall Street Journal]

Alpha gaffemaster and current Vice President Joe Biden is in Toledo today, touring the Jeep Wrangler plant and staying studiously on economy talking points. When he's able, bless his heart. [Detroit Free Press]

Meanwhile, over in Japan, they're worrying about a new round of deflation. Why worry? Misery loves company and the invites have already been sent. [Edmunds Auto Observer]

Toyota's latest cause for concern: 1.2 million cars and trucks that could stall unexpectedly. Is Hill & Knowlton on speed dial? [New York Times]

If you see a Porsche 911 Speedster at the 2010 Paris Auto Show, well, we won't be surprised. [Autoblog]

VWoA says there's no official decision to sell the next Phaeton in the U.S.--exactly the opposite of what VW AG execs told High Gear Media just last October. We call jump ball. [KickingTires]

Someone's driven a Mitsu i-MiEV across Canada. In other joyless-exercise news, we've just finished our expense reports [AutoblogGreen]

Finally, in fun-stuff news, a nine-day, 60-mile traffic jam is still going on. Insiders know it as "the 405 up by Skirball Center." [Jalopnik]

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