The Week in Reverse

December 4, 2005

Sales at GM and Ford slipped in November, but in the home-spun version, both automakers said signs are good for new products like the Fusion and the G6. For a change, Chrysler couldn't chortle openly at the assertion - since its sales also fell.

The Los Angeles auto show - a rump show this January, with a full-size version coming in November - will host the new Mazda CX-7 and a raft of new GM vehicles. Not a bad way to go out in its current form.

Jeep's new Grand Cherokee SRT8
is the second-fastest SRT vehicle of all - only the Viper outpaces it. And Jeep adds, not even the Porsche Cayenne Turbo can beat it at twice the price. Take that, Hans!

A lawsuit facing BlackBerry maker Research In Motion could cripple the e-mail device and its network of users - including employees from GM, Ford and Toyota. TCC's Treo 600/650 fetish means text messages asking about lunch next week will be delivered promptly as T-Mobile can manage.

We're already lining up for the new Ferrari theme park to be built in Abu Dhabi--but we're not really interested in a ride on the Mansell Temper Tantrum, are you?

Poor GM can't buy a good product placement on TV these days. With Survivor and Martha Stewart ratings doing a big swirly, maybe a video podcast like Hyundai's Azera brief would be a better, low-cost way of communicating with the folks who regularly avoid advertising on TV? (Isn't that what The Apprentice is, anyway?)

We're not making any big predictions, but we know for a fact that Atlanta Falcon DeAngelo Hall would prefer his Super Bowl MVP 'Slade in black with custom badging. We're just sayin'.

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