Here's a handful of links that'll bring you up to speed. Or give you a chuckle--whichever comes first.
- Through the roof, in a good way -- Something's booming in Iraq, and it ain't the sound of warfare: it's sales figures for big SUVs like Hummers, Yukons, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Wait: the people who like to booby trap them are now driving them? [KickingTires]
- It plays well in Poßdorf -- Remember the "Cash for Clunkers" provision pondered for Obama's stimulus package? Ultimately, it got left on the cutting room floor, but in Germany, a similar program is going gangbusters, generating a 21% jump in car sales. So at least someone's getting it right. [MotorAuthority]
- Is that a snake in your pants? -- Fiddling with the radio is dangerous for drivers. Cell phones are pretty bad, too. But we can't imagine a driving distraction worse than hauling 100 miles with a highly venomous spitting cobra wrapped around our leg. [Breibart]
- Cooking with gas and/or gas-hybrids -- Most gearheads have rustled up some baked beans on a hot engine or boiled a little water for coffee. But this is 2009, people: time to up the stakes. Which is our way of saying it wouldn't be the worst thing if we found a copy of Manifold Destiny: The One! The Only! Guide to Cooking on Your Car Engine! in our Easter baskets next month. You guys were planning to sent Easter baskets, right? [AllAboutPrius]
- What's old is new again -- Autobloggers are abuzz with the news that the GTbyCitroën is going to be produced in a limited edition of 20. Perhaps they weren't listening when PSA Peugeot Citroën's director of style, Jean-Pierre Ploué, made the same statement in December. Which we then reported. No biggie. Just sayin. [TheCarConnection]
- Oscar adwatch, at last -- That Fisker Karma ad we mentioned that ran during the Oscars? The one that wasn't embed-friendly? It's feeling much better now. [YouTube]
- He's back -- Intrigued by the shot we posted yesterday of Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Geneva Motor Show? Well now there's video. If your French is up to le snuff, you can watch the short clip below. Otherwise, pop over here for the English version, which includes a few other highlights. [Salon-Auto]