SEMA continues to vex us. Is it an important outlet for automakers and aftermarketers to meet and make nice, or is it just an excuse to take a HUMMER H2 and make it into a new Star Wars initiative?
We liked SEMA so much we hit it a second time. Yeah, we already regret it - it won't stop calling and emailing us.
Our spies nabbed both the MINI Traveller and the new BMW four-door coupe this past week. If they keep it up, we're going to have to do some regular thing with these off-the-record pictures of cars we seem to be posting every week.
Speaking of posting, you'll want to keep your eyes glued on TheCarConnection at the end of the year-after our Los Angeles and Detroit previews and the Year in Reverse-as we do a big revamp on the site. More functions, an easier interface, and lots of pictures of our scantily clad editorial team. Riveting is the word.
Cadillac promises a new CTS for the Detroit show, by the way. GM may also be planning on a plug-in hybrid for the show, while Toyota may show a heavy-duty Tundra and Ford - well, we hear they may have another Mustang variant, but don't hold us to that.
So, VW is dumping Bernd Pischetsrieder - you know, the guy they hired after he blew BMW billions on Rover. Corollary: sometimes you don't have to taste the whole Pop-Tart before you realize it's some apple-cinnamon crap.
The new smart fortwo has been revealed-and frankly we're having a hard time telling the difference with the old one. Wait! We can buy one here next year. That's one difference.
Finally this week, we'll join the White House in extending an olive branch to Detroit's automakers. We promise if you stop giving other publications exclusives, we'll stop carping about it. You know who you are.