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December 17, 2008
Side look of2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid 2WD 4dr Black

Side look of2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid 2WD 4dr Black

In case you hadn't noticed, it's Wednesday, which means it's time for some midweek miscellanea. Here are a few of the recent stories that have crossed our desks that we'd probably write more about if we weren't so overworked/understaffed/just plain lazy:
  • HybridCars has gotten the jump on all of us by posting the first "best of" list of the season. (Hello, guys? 2008's still going?) Best "best of" so far: Bob Lutz on Colbert, saying that the Volt hybrid will sell well among "nice, no-makeup environmentalist" gals. Who says American automakers aren't in touch with consumers?

  • We know how embarrassing it can be to admit you bought a Nintendo DS just to play Brain Age. Now you can lie and say that you got the DS for Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars--coming in Spring! (We think!)

  • Even fashionistas know the importance of stylin' transportation: Chanel figurehead and all-around style wizard Karl Lagerfeld has reduced his household staff and moved to a smaller Parisian pad, but those three Hummers ain't going anywhere.

  • Iranians may be proud to know that the Société Anonyme Iranienne de Production Automobile (literally and eerily translated: the Anonymous Iranian Society for Automobile Production) is releasing its first car with a fully Iranian pedigree: the SAIPA Miniator. Iranian gearheads and style fanatics may be far less enthusiastic.

  • Ever wanted to know how to turn a beat up Plymouth into a Car of the Future? Well, want no more. Note: David Lee Roth vocal stylings are involved; proceed with caution. [via BB]

  • Maserati has provided a video of its GranTurismo S apparently tricked out with items from the company's new customization program. Don't worry, though: it still looks like a Maserati. And as you can tell from the soundtrack, Italians still have iffy taste in house music. [via CarScoop]

  • Toronto is rolling out a new tracking system for streetcars that gives riders precise details on arrival and departure times. I'm sure L.A.'s going to launch a similar system of its own really soon. Har.


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