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Smart: The Anti-American Minicar?
Smart: The Anti-American Minicar?

Smart’s on-again, off-again relationship with America seems to be off again—at least, by the sentiments in what purports to be a billboard found on the side of the road near Johannesburg, South Africa. Blog Neandernews posted this pic of the billboard, which points out that the smart...Read More»

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Miami Tops for Road Rage

Miami drivers flip out into road rage way more often than those in Seattle or Atlanta. Or so a new survey from AutoVantage says, contrary to TCC’s personal observations on the Perimeter and on A1A. The auto club commissioned its first road-rage survey and found that the rudest cities for...Read More»

Britney Behind the Wheel: Did She Do It Again?

As if the child of Britney Spears and Kevin Federline didn’t have bad celebrity-child karma already on its shoulders! Now apparently little Sean Preston Spears has mom’s driving habits to survive. Earlier this year paparazzi snapped Spears behind the wheel with infant in lap, unbelted...Read More»

Flooded Cars Are Election Hot Button in New Orleans

In the slow-moving recovery underway in the city of New Orleans, post-Katrina, flooded cars have become an unexpected hot button in the coming mayoral runoff election that pits Ray Nagin, who steered the city through the Category Three storm, against Lieut. Gov. Mitch Landrieu. The vehicles in...Read More»

Ford Designer Checks In With “Extreme Makeover”

The stylist who penned the Ford GT supercar had a different job on this week’s run of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Camilo Pardo joined shouting head Ty Pennington and the rest of the crew of laborers, contractors and hangers-on to rework the home of the Peter family of Queens, N.Y. The...Read More»

The Week in Reverse

Don't look now, but the guy in the picture above wants you in an Audi Q5 and an Audi Nuvolari. He's just really good at hiding his enthusiasm. Saturn's new Sky - hey, at least it's a name we can spell correctly, unlike VUE, ION and other ALL-CAPS ABOMINATIONS. (MINI, can you hear me?) VW is...Read More»

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Tonight, You Scoot with the Fishes

Time for a little mental art. Okay, first, picture a scooter. Then picture a guy on the scooter. Then ram the scooter in the taxi. Funny? Wait, it gets better. Make sure the guy on the scooter is ursine Method actor James Gandolfini, better known as Tony Soprano (late of HBO’s The Sopranos)...Read More»

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Domino’s Delivers Hot, Fresh…and Dead

You can get pizza in 30 minutes or less — and in Philadelphia, no surprise, you can also get a dead body if you know the right people. In this case, the right person is a Domino’s delivery dude who was making scratch on the side by using the same car to bring pies and dead guys to their...Read More»

The Week in Reverse

President Bush's embrace of ethanol and CAFE boosts: is it just us, or does it feel like the hug you get from a nephew who really wants to be in your will? Ford wants a piece of the reality-TV pie. Wait....it's coming to us....okay, how about Flavor Flav and Elena Ford in a second round of Flavor...Read More»

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Going Condo — With Your Car

Boom cities across the country are attracting intown hipsters with the lure of high-rise living. But where does that leave your collection of Facel Vegas and Chevrolet Vegas? Out in the cold? Not if you’re in a city that’s getting Park Place Car Condos, one of the latest entries in the...Read More»

How Old Is Your Truck?

Chevrolet wants to know if you have an old truck — probably not hooptyfied, Fred Sanford-style wheels but a good ol’ Chevy Silverado with 200,000 or more miles. If your pickup qualifies, you can put it into the Silverado 200,000 Mile Club, which is way higher than you have to go for the...Read More»

The Seals Have It—or Don’t

Look at some of GM’ sedans very closely. Check out the back doors of the Buick LaCrosse, Saturn Aura and Buick Lucerne, for example. Does your eye, like mine, go straight to the ugly window gasket that stares back at you? The gaskets round the corners of the upper left and right parts of the...Read More»

BMW Posts New 3 Coupe Shots

BMW had planned to wait on releasing news about the upcoming 3-Series Coupe, but some photos were leaked and published today. More news will follow next week, but what we know is that the 3-Series Coupe will initially be available in Europe with three gas engines and a diesel powerplant. The petrol...Read More»

ED Costs GM $17 Million

In biotech terms, it’s called ED. At our house it’s called Friday night. Regardless, the problem with erectile dysfunction doesn’t stop at the bedroom door for the world’s biggest automaker. GM, the Detroit News reports, spends about $17 million a year on prescription...Read More»

The Week in Reverse

TheCarConnection toured the New York auto show this week, and we were not left wanting. You haven't lived until you almost get run over by a taxi on your last snappy bite of a Sabrett's. Please, don't let them do this to my Element - or as my San Diego posse calls it, my gay little refrigerator...Read More»

Saturn PreVues Next Compact Ute

A preview of the next PreVue appears at the New York International Auto Show. The three-door, all-wheel-drive wagon is said to be a “sporty interpretation” of Saturn’s new design language as it could be applied to a future version of Saturn’s Vue compact SUV that is due in 2008...Read More»

Land Rover in Love Match with Maria Sharapova

And we don’t blame them a bit. Land Rover has signed up with leggy tennis phenom Maria Sharapova to serve as a brand ambassador. The 18-year old 2004 Wimbledon champion and People Most Beautiful Person will attend Land Rover events over a multiyear period, Land Rover says. "When I won...Read More»

’07 E-Class: Not Just a Facelift

Four years after Mercedes-Benz introduced the new E-Class, the automaker is showing a freshened version in New York. We would call it a facelift, but Mercedes stresses that the E is a new generation as more than 2000 parts are new or updated, and the design has been “further balanced.” The...Read More»

Love Blimps? Name Ours, Goodyear Asks

For our money, the blimp is one of our culture’s highest achievements. And Goodyear’s fleet of funbags get so much individual attention, they’re given a name. Only now, Goodyear is sending out a ship without a name attached—and they want you to supply the tag. The tire maker...Read More»