The Week in Reverse

July 30, 2005
Schrempp in better days - when $36 billion really was worth something!

Juergen Schrempp may have won fewer friends at DaimlerChrysler than Donald Trump has real human hairs. But you have to love a German guy who unrepentantly swears he's more at home in South Africa! Side note: nothing is more entertaining than reading a press release full of barely-contained glee written at 4 in the morning.

Pontiac's GTO will motor on, despite the imminent changeover in Australia's Commodore/Monaro model range. GM's confirmation brings up all sorts of here-they-go-again rumors about a new Camaro that, frankly, we're not ready to face without a case of Pabst and a mullet. Give us time to grow it out again, will you guys?

XM is riding bitch with Harley-Davidson, just in time for the annual Sturgis rally. The satellite radio company is also creating a slew of new stations that cater to the new audiences: "Accounting and Riding," "How to Spend A Fortune in the Aftermarket (Without Really Trying)," and "Leather for Dummies."

Porsche finally confirmed it will build the four-door Panamera, making TCConfidential weep nostalgically for the never-built 989 project and the days when Porsches were numbered, and not named for lizards.

Employee discounts are so five minutes ago at General Motors, along with zero-percent financing, big rebates, and free vinyl half-roofs (we're going way back on that one). But will "value pricing" be the General's savior? Just look at what it did for the airlines!

Paul Krugman probably hasn't told any southern auto workers face to face that they're "illiterate" - but we're willing to pay for his airfare.

While we like some of the new car television shows, we're not so sure about NASCAR fielding a driver through a reality series. I mean, do NASCAR drivers really know how to act on television? Maybe they should train them for the media first.

Bill Ford is now on the board of directors at eBay. The five-day auction for Jaguar and Mercury ends on Tuesday - no reserve! Will ship worldwide.

Apple revamped iTunes to enable podcasting, leaving open the possibility that you'll hear 516 car fans arguing about Mustang versus Camaro from your theoretically high-tech audio device. But hey, it's better than Coldplay.

Only six weeks to go until the Frankfurt auto show! Get psyched! Bring orthopedic shoes, over-the-counter stay-awake meds and sense of angst.

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