Daily Edition: Feb. 21, 2006

February 20, 2006

Street Names Contest Winners!

2000 Chrysler 300 Hemi

2000 Chrysler 300 Hemi

Apparently, a lot of you went nuts over TheCarConnection's Wild, Weird, and Wacky Street Names Contest, at least if we judge by the number of entries that flooded into our digital mailbox - more than 2500 arrived since the competition was launched last December. And though we officially closed things off on February 1, we're still seeing a few stragglers offering up some last-minute oddities.

We've seen lots of Deer Licks, Bone Licks, and more than a few Yankees, Doodles and Dandies. There are a surprising number of This-a-ways and That-a-ways, as well as a few places around the country where you can Haviturway. We've seen the macabre, including Shades of Death Rd. and Bucket of Blood; the musical, like the intersection of Count and Basie; and the unpronounceable,

Zzyzx Rd.

But some wild, weird, and wacky street names stand out from the rest, and we found that with rare exception, the top choices of TheCarConnection's editors and managers matched the result from last week's Reader's Poll. Combining the two tallies, here are our winners:

First Prize goes to Psycho Path, a mad little private lane in Traverse City, Michigan. Our grand prize winner was submitted by Michelle Logsdon, who will soon be driving around with the help of a new Garmin C330 portable GPS navigation system.

Street Names Contest Winners! by TCC Team (2/20/2006)
Going "Psycho" scores with readers and judges.


Kia Ce'ed Coming to Geneva, Too

2006 Kia Ce'ed concept

2006 Kia Ce'ed concept

Along with its new short-wheelbase Sedona minivan, Kia Motors will show the Ce'ed concept car in Geneva. Based on the successor to the Cerato that Kia will build beginning this December at its European assembly plant in Slovakia, the production version of the Ce'ed will make its debut in Paris in September. Although the concept car was designed as a teaser, it's pretty close to the production version of the upcoming C-segment car, which we saw during a peek preview in Seoul last year and which has been especially developed for the European market. The Ce'ed has several design elements of the Sorento and the small Picanto, but with extended wheel arches and 19-inch wheels it looks bolder than the production version will be.  

2006 Geneva Motor Show Preview, Part I (2/19/2006)
Geneva gets into gear with Aston, Bentley, Ford, and Lotus.

2006 Geneva Show Preview, Part II (2/19/2006)
New VW Concept A, Porsche 911 Turbo, BMW WRC car.


Mechanic's Tale: No Good Deed…

A strange but widely held belief along my stretch of Route One America is that an auto repair shop is actually a community services center akin to a public library or welfare office. I can't count the number of insults I have been subjected to from indignant deadbeats because I wouldn't drop what I was doing to walk over to the gas station and see why their heap wouldn't start. One of my more prolific mechanics once observed that people seemed startled to learn we were here to make money.

To give you a point of reference, my shop is adjacent to a self-serve gas station, with my four bays facing the station. That means anyone who encounters a problem at the station walks immediately to my shop. Now I know some of you are thinking, "how great for business this must be!"

Unfortunately, the profile for the average user of this gas station is male, 24 years old, who has recently jumped bail on assault charges in Florida. He is only at this gas station because his neighbor recently purchased a locking gas cap. He actually planned to drive off without paying for the gas but the weak battery foiled his plan. Having spent the $20 he took from his girlfriend's purse ($8 on gas, $12 on cigarettes), he now walks up demanding a jumpstart. Having been told we require $15 up front, paid whether his car starts or not, he then asks to borrow the jumper cables so he can do it himself. When we refuse, if we are lucky, he walks off cursing. The average female customer at this gas station is his girlfriend's sister, with whom he has four children. So jumpstarts have not been exactly a profit center. I think we do about two a year.

Mechanic's Tale: No Good Deed… (2/19/2006)
Do someone a favor, and you'll pay.


Honda Adds More EX to CR-V

Honda will add a new front-wheel-drive version of the CR-V EX to its lineup. The company says the 2WD version of the uplevel model will include standard features like alloy wheels, a moonroof, a six-speaker audio system with a six-disc changer, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. With the five-speed automatic transmission, the new model is rated at 23/29 mpg city/highway, 1 and 2 mpg better respectively than the similar 4WD model. The new EX 2WD starts from $22,500.



FROM THE SOURCE headlines from the latest press releases




Chrysler Group announced today that it spent $3.8 billion with minority suppliers in 2005, representing 13 percent of its total purchasing and an increase of $400 million from the previous year. In the last seven years, the company has more than doubled dollars spent with minority suppliers, from $1.7 billion in 1998 to $3.8 billion in 2005. This significant increase demonstrates Chrysler Group's long-term commitment to the economic development and growth of its minority suppliers.



Name Symbol Last Change
Autobytel, Inc. ABTL 4.80 -0.07 (-1.44%)
Autoliv Inc. ALV 53.00 +1.17 (+2.26%)
AutoNation Inc. AN 21.69 +0.16 (+0.74%)
ArvinMeritor Inc. ARM 16.40 +0.16 (+0.99%)
American Axle & Mfr. Holdings Inc. AXL 17.04 +0.48 (+2.90%)
Ballard Power Systems Inc. BLDP 5.29 +0.07 (+1.34%)
BorgWarner Inc. BWA 57.04 +1.29 (+2.31%)
Cummins Inc. CMI 104.47 +0.37 (+0.36%)
Dana Corporation DCN 4.23 +0.14 (+3.42%)
DaimlerChrysler AG (ADR) DCX 57.92 +0.24 (+0.42%)
Dura Automotive Systems DRRA 2.49 -0.02 (-0.80%)
Eaton Corporation ETN 69.35 +0.33 (+0.48%)
Ford Motor Company F 8.45 +0.06 (+0.72%)
General Motors Corporation GM 21.92 -0.36 (-1.62%)
Gentex Corporation GNTX 16.92 -0.06 (-0.35%)
Goodyear Tire & Rubber GT 14.87 +0.36 (+2.48%)
Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (ADR) HMC 29.35 +0.19 (+0.65%)
Johnson Controls Inc. JCI 68.39 +0.89 (+1.32%)
Lear Corporation LEA 22.87 +0.53 (+2.37%)
Magna International Inc. MGA 73.12 +0.93 (+1.29%)
Motorola Inc. MOT 21.49 -0.71 (-3.20%)
Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. (ADR) NSANY 23.42 +0.32 (+1.39%)
Sonic Automotive Inc. SAH 25.09 +0.61 (+2.49%)
Siemens AG SI 91.80 +0.24 (+0.26%)
Sirius Satellite Radio SIRI 5.26 -0.39 (-6.90%)
Toyota Motor Corporation (ADR) TM 108.54 +0.94 (+0.87%)
TRW Automotive Holdings TRW 25.99 +0.55 (+2.16%)
Tower Automotive Inc. TWRAQ.PK 0.067 -0.001 (-1.47%)
United Auto Group Inc. UAG 43.45 +0.47 (+1.09%)
Visteon Corporation VC 4.97 +0.05 (+1.02%)
XM Satellite Radio Hold. XMSR 21.57 -2.41 (-10.05%)
The Car Connection
See the winners »
The Car Connection

People who read this also read

Commenting is closed for this article
Ratings and Reviews
Rate and review your car for The Car Connection
Review your car
The Car Connection Daily Headlines
I agree to receive emails from The Car Connection. I understand that I can unsubscribe at any time. Privacy Policy.
Thank you! Please check your email for confirmation.