The Week in Reverse

April 10, 2006

Audi's new TT took to the airwaves this past week, getting a jump on most of the new machines coming to the New York auto show and simultaneously shedding its Art Deco influences. That leaves the Chrysler Building next to our hotel and our editor's wardrobe as the only remaining 1930s influences at TheCarConnection.

Jeep lobs a Patriot missile at the Kia Sportage this week . Stay tuned for the inevitable New York Times piece claiming the Bush administration company had been planning the launch since the day Dieter Zetsche took office.

It's bedtime at Ford, what with the arrival of the new Sport Trac, minus the familiar Explorer prefix. We're assuming that the 4.5-foot cargo box just didn't have the room for the Explorer tag any more. Either that or that Ford is consciously moving itself away from that nameplate's lead-shoes sales effect.

Dodge's Durango gets a hybrid powertrain mated to its HEMI engine for the 2008 model year. We don't know about you, but the new ad catchphrase, "That thing got a nickel-metal-hydride battery?" doesn't sound like a Clio winner to us.

Mazda's new CX-9 has nothing to do with the CX-7, which it turns out has nothing to do with the Ford Edge, which certainly has nothing to do with the Mazda5, which in turn is no relation to the Ford Escape. Wait, shouldn't all these crossovers have at least one parent in the household at all times?

Cadillac has a shot at Euro credibility with the new BLS. With a turbodiesel engine, compact proportions and a steep pricetag, we're predicting the French will love it in true contrarian fashion.

This week's peak-oil update: some scientists still think the world is running out of oil. For accuracy's sake, we'll just leave the headline running for the next 20 years since it's changed so little in the past 30.

And finally this week, former Sheryl Crow-lovin' cyclist Lance Armstrong will pilot the pace car at the Indy 500. Given his tendency to toss away things of incredible talent and beauty, we'd suggest hanging around after the he pulls back in the pits. (Do your Sir Mix-A-Lot and pull in quick to retrieve 'em.)

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