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The Week in Reverse
The Week in Reverse

Porsche's planning a fifth model line based on the upcoming Panamera. Our spy shots clearly show the project far enough along that Porsche is trying to mate it out to Honda's Asimo robot. Jaguar may be on the block as Ford tries to figure out why it can't make money from eight-year-old Focuses and...Read More»

Cadillac Execs Like Selves! A Lot!

At a recent press briefing for the new Cadillac ad campaign, Caddy global marketing director Liz Vanzura might have exposed herself to being a little too close to the research. In describing two of Caddy’s most promising customer targets, “alpha males” and “hot Moms,” Vanzura...Read More»

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Motodate—The Commuter’s MySpace

You use your computer more often for “dating” than you do for work. No crime there, at least none charged yet. But now you can use your car for dating, if you choose. A new Web site, www.motodate.com, offers drivers a new way to amortize registrations and prey on opposite genders at the...Read More»

Cher and Share Alike—Including HUMMERs

Celebrity generosity knows few bounds. Mel Gibson gave the LAPD a piece of his twisted mind this weekend, and now Cher is giving away HUMMERs to anyone who will pay. Well, it’s not quite what it sounds like—the sexagenarian superstar and future Vegas lounge act is auctioning off 700 of...Read More»

New C-Class Pics!

These new Mercedes C-Class pics were in our email box this morning, though the car itself isn't due until next year's Geneva motor show. As we've written about it before, the new C-Class will share more of its components than before with the larger E-Class, the next C will be more distinctive in...Read More»

Ford Gets Flaky with Fusion

Snap, crackle, CRUNCH! If your breakfast cereal makes the last noise accompanied by the sound of teeth cracking, you can thank Ford Motor Company for hours of interesting dental work. The company, trying to keep a leg up on the market with the Fusion four-door, is stuffing 600,000 cereal boxes with...Read More»

Nissan Yanks Off Smutty Ad, Refuses to Let Us Watch

It’s all the rage in New Zealand — outrage that is. A recent TV ad for the new Nissan Tiida, featuring sex-positive actress Kim Cattrall, in the island nation has been yanked by Nissan because the country’s morals-and-standards cops say it’s far too racy for the tube. The...Read More»

Dylan Does Cars!

Here’s one for the hippies, who are potentially the only folks left on the earth that can still translate Dylanese to English. The folk-rock icon is paying his own homage to the automobile this morning on XM Channel 40, at 10 a.m., focusing his show on hand-picked tunes about the automobile...Read More»

The Week in Reverse

Despite all the flesh-eating, zombies are actually known for their impeccable dental hygiene. First, Zeppelin gets canned as Cadillac's theme music of choice (please tell us Dave Matthews has not gotten any calls from Modernista!). Then Dylan gets his own car-songs show on XM. And completing the...Read More»

Dylan Does Cars!

Here’s one for the hippies, who are potentially the only folks left on the earth that can still translate Dylanese to English. The folk-rock icon is paying his own homage to the automobile this morning on XM Channel 40, at 10 a.m., focusing his show on hand-picked tunes about the automobile...Read More»

What’s in a Name?

At a time when new automobile names are being spawned like weeds, Detroit observers have to wonder what’s in a name. Witness Ford’s abandonment of the only-year-old and well-accepted Lincoln Zephyr retro tag in favor of the meaningless MKZ, apparently in response to Cadillac dumping the...Read More»

Danica: Fast At “The Right Time of the Month?”

With Danica Patrick openly exploring a move to NASCAR, fellow IRL driver Ed Carpenter thinks success lies ahead for the young female star — depending on her lunarity. Carpenter, four places behind Patrick in the IndyCar points race, said in a radio interview that Patrick could be a good...Read More»

Jokes at MG’s Expense!

The announcement by Nanjing Automotive Group that it will build MG-branded cars in Oklahoma, as well as in China and the infamous Rover assembly plant in Longbridge, U.K., sent me to the Internet. MG is one of those brands, like Yugo and MG’s sister brand Rover, that has inspired jokes over...Read More»

The Week in Reverse

We ask Rolls-Royce, how much more black could it be? And the answer was, of course, "None. None more black." Money has its privileges: if you're a Foo Fighter/Nirvanan, you can practically vandalize a Rolls back seat and suddenly, it's art. So Kirk Kerkorian wants GM to fold into Renault/Nissan...Read More»

British politicians visit Lotus factory in Hethel, England
Kerkorian Wants GM/Renault/Nissan

Kirk Kerkorian knows how to stir a pot. In a letter to GM CEO Rick Wagoner, Kerkorian suggests that GM needs to explore a partnership with Renault-Nissan, which he apparently has already approached about such a deal. Kerkorian sees the French-Japanese alliance taking a "significant minority...Read More»

What’s On Your Fender?

Badges, brightwork and vents are automotive “jewelry.” Designers use them to break up large surface areas, to telegraph the brand or make of a vehicle to owners and admirers, and sometimes just to make a new vehicle pretty. The final frontier for jewelry — once the grille, tailgate...Read More»

The Week in Reverse

"So I moved everybody from Hellay to freakin' Nashville. You got a problem with that?" Ladies and gentlemen, Joe Pesci! Piece by piece, they're turning our Honda Element into a performance milk crate. Remind us to pull the plug on our devotion when the sticker-'n-decal edition comes nigh. Ford's...Read More»

Army Restoring Vehicles for Iraqi Army

Reprinted with permission from Army News Service By Spc. Lee Elder MUQDADIYAH, Iraq - What began as a way to alleviate mechanics' boredom between jobs has turned into a chance to enhance the combat capabilities of the fledgling Iraqi Army in northern Iraq. Mechanics supporting the 4th Infantry...Read More»

So This Explains A German Pope?

The return of the 5.0-liter V-10 diesel Touareg to the VW lineup has been a longer journey than company executives expected. The company has imported more than 600 of these vehicles, which features a 310-hp diesel engine with 553 pound-feet of torque, and has them ready for U.S. sale. But when...Read More»

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