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Link Love From The Car Connection: Mercedes Gullwing FAIL, GM's Aim Is Off, And Who Is This Heidi Montag Person Anyway?

February 26, 2009
Smart fortwo edition limited three

Smart fortwo edition limited three

Thursday is like an amuse-bouche: not quite Friday, but tantalizingly close. Here are some links to keep you occupied while we finish watching Top Chef on TIVO.

  • Cue the sad trombone -- We don't often play the schadenfreude game around here, but it's hard not to go a little "Nelson Muntz" when we see high-end testers malfunction. Case in point: the 2011 Mercedes-Benz Gullwing, which was recently spotted sidelined in the German snow, apparently due to electrical problems. Ha, ha, indeed. [WorldCarFans]
  • Why are these people important, again? -- Ever watched MTV's The Hills? Yeah, neither have we. But for some reason, one of the show's "stars", Heidi Montag, recently did a photoshoot atop a 1967 Camaro, disguised as a 1968. Anyone know the backstory? Because we almost kinda care. Almost. [LeBlogAuto]
  • Throwback mobile -- Need a replacement for your PT Cruiser (may it rest in peace)? How's about a Chevrolet HHR, tricked out by HEARTBEAT Motors to look even more retro than usual. It's called the "Capone", as in Al; no word on whether there's a violin case waiting in the back seat. [Carzi]
  • Achtung, y'all -- If you live in Germany, and you like the videogame SPORE, you might want to think about entering a new contest sponsored by Audi. Using the Sims-esque software, participants will design their version of an Audi vehicle from 2025. The person who submits the best design gets a snazzy trip to the Audi Design studios in Ingolstadt. Americans, we suppose you'll have to settle for Powerball. [MotorAuthority]
  • Hello Kitty in car form -- As if the Smart fortwo weren't cute enough, a new "edition limited three" model will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. The catch? Its color scheme, which is melon. So it's green, you know, like spring. Also included: a standard stop/start system. Not included: sales in the U.S. [Autoweek]
  • GM off its game -- Remember that Thomas Friedman article we mentioned--the one where he called GM a "a giant wealth-destruction machine"? Not surprisingly, Tom Wilkinson, Director of GM News Relations, posted a testy response. More surprisingly, Wilkinson compares Friedman to Sir Thomas More, aka St. Thomas More. Our smart friends at Edmunds point out that the comparison is a little weird. We're just getting confused by all the Toms. [Edmunds]
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