The Week in Reverse

August 20, 2005

You can hype the Woodward Dream Cruise into a million-man (and woman) froth, but you can't (*$ with Mother Nature.

Drivers are rattled by the increase in gas prices and the tension in the Middle East. Not so rattled that they're actually listening to Arianna Huffington or anything crazy, mind you.

Keeping kids buckled into the back seat makes them much safer. The corollary to this axiom: they're even safer when you leave them at home with Grandma (see item above).

Japanese automakers are recalculating horsepower numbers downward in light of new SAE standards. Detroit is only testing new or improved models, but some have seen staggering jumps in power, like the newly minted 469-hp Cadillac STS-V. Again, see item #2 for unintended irony.

Eckhard Cordes has left the building, ladies and gentlemen. Applicants for the top slot at Mercedes-Benz should realize Zetsche's in his early fifties and won't be going anywhere soon unless his mustache starts sending him secret messages.

Toyota's presence in the U.S. has brought $14 billion into the economy, a new study says. Never Happy Enthusiast Guy says, "so don't they have enough for a new Supra, already?"

Pontiac's having trouble getting the G6 convertible top to operate properly. Probably, they shouldn't ask Courtney Love for advice on this one.

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