Friday, February 17, 2006

CARNIVAL OF CARS: A Drive Around The Auto Blog Block for Friday, February 17, 2006



What a week. We got more than a foot of snow at the Tapscott compound in Upper Northern Central Maryland. Uggghhhh! Spring can't get here too soon, but in the meantime let's head out for a drive around the auto blog block.

So Kirk Kerkorian got his man - Jerry York - on the GM board. Salvation is right around corner? Not exactly, according to The Auto Extremist's Peter DeLorenzo:

"Jerry York has been called a 'change agent' by the business school-types who are big on platitudes but who offer little substance to go along with their sound bites. He is smart enough to know, however, that speeches and sound bites count for exactly zero when it comes to GM's problems."

Go here for the rest of Peter's rant, which is especially interesting since he actually knows and worked with York back in the day.

Stickman at axiomATTIC thinks getting addicted to alcohol is a nifty idea. Go here to find out why.

Have you ever clicked Google's "I'm feeling lucky" button? Auto Muse says try it for the word "Failure." Hmmmmm.

Auto Spectator is rather impressed with the performance capabilities and marketing potential of the Dodge Caliber SRT4, so the Dodge news release touting same is there.

AutoBlog is in Berlin today, so they've got the scoop on the new VW Concept A.

Would you read the results of a cop contest to pick a new police car? Carpundit was reading the results of the Michigan State Police Cruiser tests when New York announced its choice of the Dodge Charger. Why? Cauz it's got a hemi, fool! Carpundit has more details here.

Looks like it'll be 2010 before that new Camaro hits the streets. You can imagine how impressed Cars! Cars! Cars! is with that production schedule. It's the last item in the post.

Go to Carscoop if you want to know more about the Mitsubishi EZ MIEV, which is a concept van featuring electric motors at the four corners and a special battery. I thought electric vehicles were kinda out of it but Mitsubishi clearly hasn't given up on that front just yet.

F1's rules typically focus primarily on engine displacement. But starting in 2011, Max Mosely is talking about a sort of Formula Libre engine approach, with the major limitation being the equal amount of fuel given to each competitor. Fast Machines has more.

They're soliciting ideas again over at GM's FastLane blog. Lutz urges us to stop him if we've heard it all before but he's worth a read before and after you go through DeLorenzo's rant.

FosFor Wheels thinks you will thoroughly enjoy spending some quality time at the new Porsche 911 Turbo campaign site. So does Serious Wheels, which has its usual impressive photo spread, plus lots of facts and figures.

Once upon a time, Formula Atlantics were powered by four-cylinder Ford motors with special heads. Then Atlantic became a Toyota deal. Now, Gear6 reports that Mazda will be supplying powerplants for the Champ Car Atlantic Championship for the next three years. No, not a rotary.

This must be "How can we help save GM?" week, what with Lutz and DeLorenzo chiming in and now Jalopnik has a foto of a special vision for the future of GM design. You don't want to miss this one! Vega fans will feel vindicated.

Got a spare plane ticket to London sitting around the flat? Jonathan Fry has just the thing to do when you get there - a Caterham auction. You'll find all the details here. And isn't that a neat shot of a leaping Seven?

What is Audi planning for the S3 and RS3? Left Lane News wants to know.

Well, would you pay $54,540 for a Dodge pickup? Would you?? One of MPH Blog's readers sounds off.

My Ford Dreams likes the prospects for the MazdaSpeed3 but is still incensed about things like that Europe-only Focus cabrio.

Kia's redesigned Sedona minivan has at least one big fan, Austin Davis at My Honest Mechanic.

Love your dog? Abby, my sweet baby dog chocolate lab, is undoubtedly the world's most hopelessly spoiled animal, so QtAutoNews' piece on a pooch seat belt caught my eye. Can't wait to get my paws on one of those!

Sorry, I just couldn't resist that one.

Toyota's move into NASCAR is still causing lots of talk and buzz in the motorsports and auto media communities. Racedriven.com sums it up thusly:

"Its upsides: Teams will have more factory support, more sponsors, more money, and Toyota’s success in other motorsports will be great for sport. More support, hopefully more teams fighting for the victory week in and week out.

"Its downsides: The sport will change, but how?? and it might start a huge war up, you know like in Formula 1 for tires…We are talking foreign/import auto makers coming into an american sport."

Bob at Straightline thinks Subaru's new advertising campaign emphasizing safety is a winner. Me, too, especially the line: "Air bags save lives. All-wheel-drive saves air bags." Now if we can just get the drivers as good as the technology.

Would the automakers of the world be focusing so much time, money and brain power on hybrids if CARB wasn't CARB? The Auto Prophet found the answer offered by VW's head of research and development. In my book, the guy ought to get a medal for his honesty.

Things just aren't looking very cheery for GM's new Tahoe, according to Robert Farago at The Truth About Cars. Here's the dilemma in one concise Farago sentence: "Talk about duality: GM can’t afford to discount its products; it can’t afford not to discount its products."

Who said this:

"Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office? What are we supposed to do - write to them? Why don't they just put their pictures on the postage stamps so the mailmen could look for them while they deliver the mail? Or better yet, arrest them while they are taking their pictures!" Joe Sherlock at The View Through the Windshield has the answer in his 2/16 post.

Looks like Joe gets the last word for this week's drive. See you next week, folks!