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Link Love From The Car Connection: Gullwing Replicas, Women Behind The Wheel, And GM Flubs Today, Hopes For Brighter Tomorrow

May 8, 2009
Augustin Barbot's Opel Darwin 2049

Augustin Barbot's Opel Darwin 2049

Beauty in abundance -- There's another Mercedes-Benz SL 300 Gullwing replica on the market. "What's that", you say? "Why do we need two?" Which makes us think you're off your freakin' rocker, because we could live in a world of these. Seriously. [MotorAuthority]

Tomorrowland -- GM is looking toward the future these days--which isn't surprising, because their present kinda sucks. In partnership with London's Royal College of Art and its Vehicle Design program, GM hosted a competition to create the Opel/Vauxhall of 2049. Congrats go to Augustin Barbot, whose Opel Darwin 2049 hovers and moves via electromagnetic power. See y'all in 40 years. [Carscoop]

Let 'em roll -- Women aren't allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, but one 24-year old is hoping to change that. Going by only her first name, Areej, she's begun a campaign called "We the Women" on YouTube, Flickr, and Facebook, which aims to provoke discussion of the matter. On behalf of all the Saudi children who've ever missed the school bus, we salute her! [NYTimes]

More moolah -- Just so you know, there's more federal money heading to the auto industry--directly and indirectly. First, there's loan money for small businesses, including suppliers and dealers, and a $10 million redevelopment grant for the state of Michigan. Then, there's a $10.1 billion for the automakers themselves, via grants to help them research and develop advanced technology. Clearly, opportunity is banging at the door. [DetNews]

Idiocy on parade -- You may have heard that GM is having some financial trouble these days. Like, you know, $6 billion in losses, with more on the way? Which is fine and all, we understand that times are tough, but given that, the General might not want to go throwing parties for 500 VIP buyers at swanky Arizona resorts (even if their purchases do make up nearly 30% of GM's business). May we suggest a quick trip to Hallmark? [USAToday]

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