Today at High Gear Media: Infiniti IPL, GM IPO, And More Acronyms

August 12, 2010
2011 Infiniti G37 Coupe IPL

2011 Infiniti G37 Coupe IPL

GM's CEO, Ed Whitacre, is calling it quits. He's the company's third CEO in 18 months, which makes Daniel Akerson the company's fourth CEO in 18 months. [TheCarConnection]

GM's also landed a $5 billion line of credit that could help it file an IPO later this year. Coincidence? [TheCarConnection]

Volkswagen doesn't just have an NMS up its sleeve for its new Tennessee plant. A crossover or compact car could be added to the site, as VW aims for 800,000 U.S. sales of its brands by 2015. [TheCarConnection]

BMW M, Mercedes-Benz AMG, Audi RS--Infiniti's bringing it with IPL, which we think should stand for Insane Posse of Love. [MotorAuthority]

Jaguar's new 2011 XKR 175 celebrates a big anniversary for the British brand. And no, it's not its independence from Ford. [MotorAuthority]

Porsche's 918 supercar is already lapping hte Nuerburgring in record times, and it's not even on sale yet. [AllExoticCars]

If you're looking for big YouTube bandwidth from the exotic-car companies, you'll be sorely disappointed. [SocialCarNews]

One day soon, San Francisco will have more than 5000 electric-car charging stations. Locals are praying for sunshine first. [AllCarsElectric]

While EVs are gathering, uh, steam, the battery suppliers are being drained in an expected shakeout. [PoliticsAndCars]

On topic, mostly--what it like to drive a Ford Focus Electric prototype? Pretty cool, we think. [AllSmallCars]

The new crop of Hyundais is great news for the Korean car company, but salesmen saw it coming. [BestCarBuyingAdvice]

One thing you don't want to forget while driving the Subaru WRX STI: an in-car camera. You'll want to remember this. [7DayCarReviews]

What makes the new Scion xB Version 7.0 better than 6.0? If we were thinking laterally, it'd be some minor bug fixes and a translation for Esperanto, but more likely it's paint and wheels and stuff. [InsiderCarReviews]

Finally today, are convertibles the key to being cool? In hot SoCal, this week, for one man, the answer is "yes." [LuxuryCarReport]

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