Today in Car News: Whitacre, Ferrari Minivans, and Saab

August 12, 2010
Edward E. 'Ed' Whitacre, Jr.

Edward E. 'Ed' Whitacre, Jr.

Will Ed Whitacre's retirement from General Motors hurt or help its plans to go public this year? Does Wall Streeet care if  the company's on its fourth CEO in 18 months? These and many questions...won't be answered today. [CNNMoney]

Fewer car dealerships are closing this year, a sign of light at the end of the tunnel--or a break in the action. [Detroit Free Press]

Racing guru Jack Roush is out of the hospital and on his way to, of course, a speedy recovery. [AutoWeek]

Ludicrous rumor of the week: Chrysler's stuffing a Ferrari V-8 into a minivan. We've been down this road before, folks, just not as quickly. [Autoblog]

What's your pick for the craziest driving video ever? It probably can't compete with these ten. [Jalopnik]

Spyker Saab's Victor Muller says he's expanding his portfolio soon. From the look of things, the Royal Oak HQ will be needing more space. Have they looked down Woodward Avenue at all? [Detroit News]

The Midwest can live happily on its own energy resources--namely, ethanol. So why not do it? [Forbes via AutoblogGreen]

America's first rapid EV charging station has opened in Portland. With the DOE's help, folks like Nissan expect that number to grow to 250 stations by next year. [Gizmag]

GM held on to Saturn's old home in Tennessee through Chapter 11--and it could end up looking like a wise move. [TheTruthAboutCars]

Finally, the Thais are a peace-loving, food-loving people--who also don't mind knocking off Lambo and Ferrari lookalikes for driving sanuk. [Wall Street Journal]

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