TCC's Street Names Contest: Finalists!
Our readers, it seems, have crisscrossed every inch of the country looking for the wildest, weirdest, and wackiest street names, and since we launched our contest on December 20, they've come up with some amazing signs of our time.
We can't tell you how many different places have streets
named ThisaWay, or ThataWay. There are countless Yankees and Doodles and even
Dandies. City planners must be a hungry lot, considering the number of Chicken
Dinner Ways, Streets, and Places. And whatever the original intent, we've got
some naughty minds who can't send us enough entries for
All told, we've received nearly 2500 entries, enough to get TCC's Editorial Assistant Eric Edelstein to the eye doctor, all the while mumbling incoherently. But he's finally finished up and it's time to pick the winners.
Well, potential winners, anyway. The members of TheCarConnection team have narrowed our selection down to a Top Ten, and now we'd like you all to weigh in with your own choices by voting in this week's TCC poll, which you'll find on the home page.
TCC's Street Names Contest:
From Psycho Path to
Bigger Is Better in
2008 Toyota Tundra
2006 Chicago Auto Show: Last
To sum it up: there are a lot of trucks here, aren't there?
2006 Chicago Auto Show Coverage by TCC Team (2/6/2006)
Ford Says It's Number One for 2005
Ford is going after Chevrolet's
claim that it was the best-selling brand in the
President George W. Bush seems to have ruled out any kind of a bailout for American carmakers. But that hasn't stopped the domestic brands from soliciting support for policies related to research and healthcare that bolster their interests.
One aspect of the
Detroit Stakes Out Political
Ethanol wins over
2007 Lincoln MKX
"'Mark' is one very, very strong
nameplate," asserts Anne Stevens, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating
Officer of Ford's operations in North and
A few familiar names will survive
the transition, such as that on the Town Car,
Lincoln Abandons Names, Mostly
Zephyr's gone with the wind; are MKZ, MKX, MKS too alike?
TCC Drives: 2007 Dodge Caliber
2005 Dodge Caliber Concept
The problem is, it's also more expensive than the Neon, in an age where sub-Neon cars are winning converts. Sans Neon rebates, you pay the price for the cargo-loving body style, for the standard curtain airbags and superior back-seat room. Dodge crows the $13,985 Caliber is only $410 more than the last base-model Neon, but the Caliber you wouldn't rent starts out well over $16,000 - and in top R/T form hits the $20,000 price barrier than sends cheapskates scurrying for smaller Korean cars with less pretension and less price.
The questions are multiple: are Americans raised on cheap four-doors and three-door ziplets like the Ford Focus okay with the five-door hatchback? Yes, there are five-doors aplenty on the market, including the Focus, Mazda3, Pontiac Vibe/Toyota Matrix, and Hyundai Elantra. But none of those vehicles come only as a five-door - and none of them has the 150,000-a-year sales volumes to live up to, either.
Who will buy the Caliber when it shows up at dealers before the end of spring? Young couples, Dodge thinks, as well as parents putting their teens in a first car. The PT Cruiser sort of does the same thing, we think, but for an older crowd.
Finally, what's it like to drive? Pretty good, if you pick your options judiciously. While you spell-check that word, we'll explain what we mean.
2007 Dodge Caliber
Trading perk for class.
TCC Drives: 2006 Kia Sedona
SinatraThunderbird 1956 Ford
The Kia Sedona was originally
introduced for the
With a quick look at the outgoing Sedona's specs, it's easy to see why it wasn't quite competitive performance-wise - it was a heavyweight, at over 4800 pounds, and so its otherwise generous 195 horsepower was only adequate. To start, the new Sedona was designed with weight savings as one of the priorities, and engineers managed to shed more than 400 pounds despite larger dimensions and increased standard equipment.
2006 Kia Sedona
Homework does pay off, kids.
DC Gets Haden Workers Back in
DaimlerChrysler has put the
employees of the bankrupt Haden Corp. back to work at its Toledo North Assembly
plant. Haden stopped work on the Chrysler project after it failed to meet
payroll and filed for court protection under Chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code,
which sets out the procedures for liquidation rather than reorganization.
Chrysler CEO Tom LaSorda didn't offer any details about the agreement that put
the Haden employees back to work: "All I'll tell you is they're working today,"
said LaSorda, who added that Eric Ridenour had been dispatched to Toledo to
inspect the project, which calls for Haden to deliver a new paint system to the
Chrysler plant. LaSorda also said that Chrysler would feel the impact of a
strike by the UAW and other unions against Tower Corp. of
2007 Dodge Nitro
Toyota Tundra 18.9 percent
Chevrolet Avalanche 20.7 percent
Lexus ES350 11.2 percent
Hyundai Accent 3.5 percent
Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart 6.3 percent
Hyundai Entourage 3.4 percent
TCConfidential: The Week in Reverse
Bob Lutz head shot
Might you like a Caliber SRT4 with 300 hp? That's what you'll get if you line up for a Neon SRT4 and stay in line too long.
Looks like AM General is out of the running to build the replacement for the Humvee. But hey, wouldn't it be keen to see the new International MXT alongside the Humvee in some foreign war theater like stars in a bad cop-buddy movie? (Now starring Woody Harrelson and Queen Latifah, in High and Mighty. Or if Russell Crowe needed the cash, it would be High and Matey, pronounced same.)
Proving there's nothing new under the sun, Dodge's Rampage concept truck not only lifted the midgate concept from the Avalanche - it lifted the name, too. What the hell, it's probably copyrighted already; you'll save money anticipating the lawsuit.
When it comes to bling, there's nothing like excess. So who wins the metal-faced smackdown between the new Navigator and the Caddy 'Slade? We're not sure but we think good taste is the usual casualty.
You really missed
the most charming press conference ever if you weren't at the
And on that note, TCC's latest
FROM THE SOURCE headlines from the latest press releases
Kia Motors America, Inc. (KMA) today announced a corporate reorganization to better align resources in support of the company's aggressive sales goals. Under the new structure, corporate sales operations report directly to Len Hunt, executive vice president and chief operating officer, which eliminates the current position of vice president, sales. Phil Kelley, currently vice president, sales, will assume the role of director, Central Region. Jim Reilly, formerly director, Central Region has left the company. "We thank Jim for his contributions and dedication to KMA and wish him well in the future," said Hunt.
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