Citroën Karin Concept from 1980
Just as Eskimos have dozens of words for "snow", we have scores for "Thursday". Our favorites? "Slack-off Day" and "Last Chance to See Straight Before the Big Hangover". Enjoy these news nuggets while you trudge through the second-best day of the work week.
- Pre-KITT car -- Let's face it: the 1980 Citroën Karin was a pretty out-there concept: one part sportscar, two parts doorstop, and several dashes of Mel Gibson/Mad Max crazy. (That last bit may be slightly redundant). But at least we still have the memories. [NextAutos]
- For those who need to compensate -- Interested in a Rolls Royce Phantom, but worried it'll be too humdrum to pick up all those real housewives of whatever county you're in? Well, look no further, chump: Project Kahn will turn your regal ride into a sleek white sexmachine that'll make even the heavily Botoxed crack a smile. Kahn's version even features a diamond polish on the wheel spokes. Because of course it does. [MotorAuthority]
- Yes, Virginia, they all hate you -- Nobody said that being an automaker would be easy. Between the competition and the labor union contracts and those pesky strings attached to all that delicious bailout money, it's hard out there for a Nardelli. And as if that weren't bad enough, the public is feeling beaucoup hate for automakers these days, with 64% of men and women on the street thinking Detroit doesn't deserve another dime, let alone another $20 billion. What's a Motor City player to do? [Freep]
- America and the accident-prone -- Traffic safety is no laughing matter, but did you know that while there are 43,000 fatalities on U.S. roadways each year, almost 150,000 folks are injured by closing car doors? So watch it out there--you need your fingers for hand signals and other important things. [AOL via Autoblog]
- Follies of the 404 -- Many places in the world have toyed with congestion pricing on roadways--London being one of the more recent examples--but the practice hasn't really taken off stateside. However, one major U.S. city is making googly-eyes at the prospect: Atlanta. You might think LA or NYC or DC would be first in line, but have you tried to visit The Varsity lately? FYI, you may remember that NYC tried to launch a congestion pricing plan last year, but it was essentially killed in the state legislature--maybe because the advocacy ads were so crummy, as the one below demonstrates. [Wired via KickingTires]