Link Love From The Car Connection: Fiat Goes For Opel, An EV For The U.K., And The Booth Hostesses Of Shanghai

April 23, 2009
One of the Automoblox contest winners

One of the Automoblox contest winners

Fiat may take majority stake in Opel -- Not content to take a big ol' slice of Chrysler pie, Fiat is seriously eying GM's Opel brand. In fact, by the time you read this, the ink may be drying on a deal. [DetNews]

New Bee line -- These days, cranking out a battery-powered concept is de rigeur for serious automakers, and British outfit Bee ain't gonna rock the boat. It's hoping to bring the five-door Bee.One to market by 2011, with a pricetag of around £12,000 (just under $17,500). Even better, a zippy, 700hp roadster is set to follow, with a 0-to-60 time of under three seconds. Yes, please. [AutoMotto]

PR Watch -- Best headline of the day: VOLKSWAGEN TO PRODUCE THE NEW SMALL FAMILY IN SLOVAKIA. So that's where babies come from? [VWNewsroom]

Robot  butlers, too? -- Another great headline: OBAMA SAYS GM, CHRYSLER, MUST 'BUILD CARS OF THE FUTURE'. We would like to add: AND THEY BETTER FREAKIN' FLY THIS TIME. [DetNews]

Think of the late fees -- In decidedly un-hilarious news, GM says it won't be making a $1 billion dollar loan payment on June 1. Our creditors go ballistic when we don't pay off our measly Cheetah Club tab gym membership dues. Can you imagine? [Edmunds]

Kid cars -- Remember that Automoblox contest we told you about? Well, they've picked some winners. Sadly, our "flaming wooden car" concept didn't make the cut. [Automoblox]

Video lagniappe -- We haven't posted a video clip in several days, so we'd like to make it up to you with this spot featuring the booth hostesses of the Shanghai Motor Show. Since it's Shakespeare's birthday, we could've gone a little tonier, but then, what kind of friends would we be? [Carscoop]

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