The Week in Reverse

December 16, 2005

Kia's new Detroit concept is called the Soul - fitting for a car shaking its moneymaker in Motown, despite being born in Seoul. We embrace Kia's almost total lack of ironic awareness in its nomenclature.

The AFA is resuming its shopworn threats of a boycott of Ford, now that the company has done the morally correct thing and decided it will advertise to whichever consumers will buy its products. How many Promise Keepers own XKR convertibles, anyway? Blessed are the Christians who see through a political grab guised as religion.

Nissan's deepest, darkest Urge will surface at the Detroit auto show. The big surprise is that that Urge is actually Carlos Ghosn's letter-writing campaign to keep Alias on the air after this season is over.

Okay, so last year we thought it would be a good idea to run a story on the Camaro concept coming to Detroit next month. Now that every other Web site has the story, should we tell you which one has dead-nuts accurate photos of the concept? Nah - you'll just have to come back here in a couple of weeks for the story.

Meanwhile, some other Web sites are taking credit for the TCC scoop about Mazda's Kabura concept we told you about before the Tokyo motor show. If you saw it here first, you'll know where you saw it first. Right?

Audi's taking the bold step of running a diesel-powered car at Le Mans. Peugeot will do the same in 2007, but for a year, Audi will have the green title all to itself.

It's Howard Stern's last day on free radio, kids. Warm up the Sirius tuner or be consigned to a morning commute sans strippers, uncomfortable ethnic epithets and the longest commercial breaks you've ever experienced.

And on an up note to end the week, used Porsche Boxster prices have finally sunk below the magic $20,000 barrier. Get psyched, bring checkbooks!

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