The Week in Reverse

June 17, 2006

"So I moved everybody from Hellay to freakin' Nashville. You got a problem with that?" Ladies and gentlemen, Joe Pesci!

Piece by piece, they're turning our Honda Element into a performance milk crate. Remind us to pull the plug on our devotion when the sticker-'n-decal edition comes nigh.

Ford's planning some big South of the Border-style fiesta, by retooling three Mexican plants and moving production down there, too. The only question is, who'll be left to work the lines?

Ford loves American Idol winners -- apparently, even the dumpy, 30-year-old, prematurely grey ones. At this rate TCC staffers will be singing the next blue-oval jingle live from Shady Pines.

Volkswagen is at a crossroads: execs say the next five years will be all about cutting costs and getting ready for a wave of new American-minded products. Oh, and that DC joint venture subcompact? "Friggin' bullshit," verbatim, from a top exec.

GM says new clean diesels will cost up to $2000 each to comply with regs; VW puts the cost at $1000. A good hybrid is about $2500-$3000 more than a stock gas model. Where are we going with this? How about New York on a single tank of $3-a-gallon gas?

And finally this week, our Speeding Excuses contest is off to a fast start. Send us your funniest speeding excuse and win a navigation system or a satellite-radio player. Don't worry, we'll make sure it gets to your prison cell.

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