The Week in Reverse

March 24, 2006

Multiple choice: Rick Wagoner is praying that a) he's won valuable time from the UAW and Delphi on restructuring; b) the GM board of directors is blissfully unaware that he has a box of company Sharpies in his briefcase; c) J.J. Reddick has a fifth year of eligibility left.

This week, our spies caught the revised Cadillac STS and its leaner, cleaner grille. They also caught bird flu and trust us, you don't want to know what the chicken got.

The New York Auto Show debutantes are lining up: so far, we've got the Nissan Altima, Scion coupe concept, Saturn Outlook, and Jeep Patriot. Stay with TCC as we make our way to the New York show just in time for a raging case of appendicitis the delicious Kobe burgers at the Mandarin Hotel at Time Warner Center.

Dieter Z. has decided that selling smart isn't such a smart idea right now. We tend to disagree, if only because we think DaimlerChrysler should be sentenced to some special purgatory for naming the brand in a copy-challenged way - a la quattro, HUMMER and MINI.

Chevrolet says that girls play with dolls and boys play with trucks--apparently oblivious to the gender-indifferent crowd on display at our Home Depot.

Paging Miss Lopez? We've found a place where you can have a Fit for less than $14,000--and Prada doesn't even have to get involved.

We wonder if hiring Gene Simmons to appear at the St. Petersburg Grand Prix will backfire on the hosts--or if they'll just end up drenched in fake blood like everyone else.

And finally this week, Audi's amazing victory at Sebring last week is encouraging voters in TCC's weekly poll. If you haven't registered your opinion, click over to the home page and vote.

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