Link Love From The Car Connection: Mitsubishi Marketing Mayhem, Ford Worships Idol, And Hello, Ferrari Heaven

May 7, 2009
2009 Dodge Charger SRT8

2009 Dodge Charger SRT8

The hunt is on -- It may be time to have an intervention with Mitsubishi. To hype its new Colt (not to be confused with the Dodge Colt, which was, in fact, a worked-over Mitsubishi), Mitsubishi has hidden Colt "parts" on the internet, which fans can then collect, scavenger-hunt style. Weirder still: the "parts" are stashed on BitTorrent sites, which are typically used for bootleg blockbusters and porn. Who is in Mitsubishi's marketing department and what clinical trials are they participating in? [MotorAuthority]

Idolatry -- Ford is clearly convinced that the Fusion's target demographic is the same one that watches American Idol. In fact, Blue Oval is hosting a special screening of that train wreck show, and to get in, fans have to test drive a Fusion or Fusion Hybrid. So, if we don't take the drive, will Paula Abdul just go away? [Edmunds]

Idiocy on parade -- It's Thursday, you've got time to kill, right? Say, by flipping through a rundown of the dumbest car thieves ever? Our fave: the one about the guys who tried to boost a car from a dealer by filling out fake paperwork, taking a test drive, and not coming back with the car. Which would've been great, if the guys filling out paperwork hadn't used their real IDs. [MSN via JV]

Smug level 10 -- We love hybrids, but we're not really sure that hybrid owners deserve special parking spots at malls. We thought such things were for the physically disabled. Are hybrid owners disabled? Is that the kind of message that Honda's trying to send to Australia? [PressPortal]

Wheel dealin' -- On Tuesday, we told you that Chrysler would soon be launching an incentive program for buyers. Guess what? They did. If you're willing to buy particular brands (including the lovely Dodge Charger pictured above) and finance, you could get a cut rate of up to $6,000. Okay, people: is that enough to get you guys to buy Chrysler? [AutoWeek]

Ferrari magnet -- If you like Ferraris, you might assume Italy is the best spot for Ferrari-watching. And you might be right. But Holland ain't so bad neither. Check this street-view video of the Ferrari Club Nederland on vacation. It's enough to make us forgive the Dutch for eating mayo on their fries. Well, almost. [Carscoop]

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