The Week in Reverse

July 23, 2006
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Despite all the flesh-eating, zombies are actually known for their impeccable dental hygiene.

First, Zeppelin gets canned as Cadillac's theme music of choice (please tell us Dave Matthews has not gotten any calls from Modernista!). Then Dylan gets his own car-songs show on XM. And completing the nearly-dead troika, Keith Richards has a speeding ticket waived in Arkansas. Forgive us for feeling a little like the last human alive in Dawn of the Dead?

One step forward, two steps back: VW grants us the easy-to-drive, easy-to-pronounce Eos, and then backhands us into "Tiguan," the name for their new compact ute. Times like these make us actually crave more meaningless alphanumerics.

J.D. Power picked Lexus once more as its customer-service kings, with Buick and Cadillac rounding out the top three. Isuzu's dead-last rankings came only as a surprise to the people who didn't know they still sold vehicles here.

Jerry Flint says Billy Ford creates the green monsters now on the company's back by setting absurdly high goals for hybrids, ethanol vehicles and the like. Remember the days when they just promised quality would be Job One?

Meanwhile, if you're still thinking a "green machine" is something with a lovely coast of Icefrost Mist Metallic, check out TCC's All About Green Machines section so you know exactly where to aim your urea. (Hint: not this way.)

The Avalanche: Clever Midgated truck/SUV blend, or ersatz Tonka truck for men with deprived childhoods? Discuss.

And finally this week, automakers are probably celebrating Tiger's win at the British Open, what with all the money they're investing in golf sponsorships. Who's betting that Woods will auction off naming rights to his firstborn? Any takers?

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