The Week in Reverse

November 4, 2005

Finally, at long last, TCC came within mere feet of Carmen Electra without a court officer present. Downside: difficult to prove if the longing look in her eyes was a desire to exchange AIM names, or just a fake eyelash caught in her contact lens.

Food for thought, almost totally unrelated to cars: If Dennis Rodman already has done drag, is it long before Alonzo Mourning becomes Carmen Electra?

GM doesn't have enough space to build enough HUMMER H3 SUVs--so they're expanding the Shreveport plant that builds 'em. Cheers to anything that helps bring more jobs and a ray of hope to the state of Louisiana. (And why haven't you made your Mardi Gras plans yet?)

You know the pecking order in Detroit is messed up when Volkswagen has 535-horsepower Jettas, Volvo brings a classic-styled hot-rod, and the largest pickup truck on the scene doesn't belong to Ford, Chevy or Dodge.

Hyundai is taking a different tack to the tuner market. "Here's the new Accent three-door. Have fun." Is it refreshing or a little too hands-off in the Scion era? Check back with us next year.

We were going to make a snarky but respectful comment on the news that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered shoppers tend to like import and luxury brands more than the standard American fare. Instead, we'll just wait to find out what Mr. Sulu likes.

Ford says it's going to dramatically ramp up its hybrid activities--then watches as its hybrid chief says buh-bye to the inevitable increase in workload. "Ford's current brain drain" seemed too easy a headline at first, but it's kind of growing on us, you know?

Pope Benedict's Golf? About $250,000 at auction. Pope John Paul's Escort? A whopping $690,000. Benedict? Number 16. John Paul? Only the second. Benedict? Maybe one day. John Paul? On the way to canonization. Score: Benedict 0, JPII 3.

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