eBay Find of the Day: Buy Evander's Bentley...for $1 million

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Evander Holyfirld's Bentley Continental T Mulliner

It's hard to believe that it's been almost 11 years since Evander Holyfield whooped Mike Tyson for his first of three heavyweight championships. Evander won the sweet-looking '97 Bentley Continental T shown above along with enough cash to fill the trunk of a Ford Five-Hundred from that fight.

This Bentley isn't just your run-of-the-mill super-luxury either. It's one of a select few coachbuilt Mulliner Park Ward editions. The listing says it's just one of two built (for the '97 model year, we presume). Jealous? No need to be. You can just fork over a cool $1 Million (or more) to make it your own. Now, while this is a nice car with a legit celebrity connection, that sounds like a ridiculous amount of money.

However, if you're still intrigued and you have the money to burn, there's more: Your million-dollar purchase also lets you travel to the Real Deal's 200 acre complex to meet the champ himself and take delivery from him personally. We're sure that if you're nice he'll even teach you some of his sweet dance moves. We'd recommend against a sparring session with him, though. That'd probably end badly for you.

Thanks to Mike G. for the tip.

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Spy Shots: Mercury Montego refresh

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Much has been said about how "nice" the Ford Five-Hundred and Mercury Montego are. They're good cars, people say, once you get to know them. Well, cars are largely sold on first impressions, and the 500 and Montego are both getting a second chance to make a good first impression with buyers. We saw the updated 2008 Ford Five-Hundred at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this month, and here's our first look at the updated Mercury Montego that will likely be debuted at the Chicago Auto Show in early February.

The front end is clearly inspired by the more fashionable Milan with headlights that sweep back up into the hood. The new grille is placed within a recessed part of the front end that dips down into the bumper and gives the Montego's face a lot more character. Out back are new white taillights and a new rear bumper that now houses the Montego's license plate. It's certainly not a full redesign, but we'd call it a sorely needed refreshening that ensures you won't lose your Montego in a crowded parking lot anymore.

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Pardon our dust: Autoblog gets confirmationless comments!



As we've told you, our development team is hard at work improving Autoblog and the rest of the sites across the Weblogs, Inc. network. First we got a kick-ass high-resolution photo gallery system, then we got a much improved search feature, now we have something you all have been requesting for quite a while: confirmationless comments!

We know how much you all have hated waiting to receive a confirmation email every single time you leave a comment. Now you don't have to. To begin using confirmationless comments, just leave a comment like you normally would, and the last line of your confirmation email (your last one ever!) will be your email address and a password. Next time you leave a comment, just input your emai l address and that password in the "Current Users" area on the right. Click "Remember me" so you don't have to input that password every single time.

While we're ecstatic to have this feature, the development team isn't done producing it. We've lost the feature to attach your favorite URL to your name, and for now you're stuck with the password that the system generates for you. In the very near future, however, the system will be able to assign you a profile in which you can modify these things as much as you want. We decided that we wanted confirmationless comments now instead of later though, so we rolled them out early and will update them as these additional features become available.

For now, go ahead and comment 'till your fingers bleed.

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Attention teen drivers: Dysfunctional driving video keeps it real

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When I took driver's ed, the short movies we had to watch decades old and horribly dated. The techniques shown, which applied for bias-ply tires and rear wheel drive, didn't cross over neatly to front wheel drive cars shod with modern radials.

Tipster Martijn turned us on to this amusing bit of satire that's a send-up of driver-ed instructional fare created by Bruno Bozzetto. Though not the newest video to hit the web, it still very, very funny. Consider it a reminder of how being alert and aware is the most important thing you can do in any situation, and how the "herd mentality" usually spells trouble. Well, that's what we took from it, anyway. Enjoy the show after the jump.

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Great Scott! Flux Capacitor and Hover Conversion for sale on DeLorean website

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The DeLorean Motor Company owes a lot to the Back to the Future franchise for its reverred place in pop culture history. While the original DeLorean Motor Company has ceased to exist, a different DeLorean Motor Company is now operating that does everything for the DMC-12, including full restores and offering original factory replacement parts. The new DMC also has a sense of humor, as the Digg.com community learned last night.

Someone noticed that if you typed "flux" into DMC's online store search, the results would come up with a Flux Capacitor (part #18851985 - nice) for $5,995. This led to other Digg members trying out different searches, and it wasn't long before a Hover Conversion was also found (part #19852015) for $12,995. Needless to say, the Digg community went crazy, voted the submission to up over 3,000 diggs, and inundated DMC's website traffic. Some people actually went so far as to the order the fictitious parts, which required them to enter their credit card numbers, and in turn they received an actual order confirmation.



Last night around 11PM EST, however, DMC decided it had had enough fun and took the items out of its inventory. Thankfully, they're good sports and reinserted the items today, this time without prices. So, if you've got a DeLorean, you can now get your flux capacitor and hover con version, too. Then all you'll need is 1.21 gigawatts!

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Woman trades in 1935 Daimler Lanchester for new Daihatsu Sirion

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This isn't one of those "dealer takes innocent widow for all she has" stories. Nor another "Seattle dealer steals disabled man's cash and cars" post. Today's post is only slightly unsettling. This is a tale of a British Daihatsu dealer that helped a little old lady find a more practical and reliable vehicle for her motoring needs. Mrs. Margaret Hackett from Fenay Bridge, Nr Huddersfield, went with a friend to Cross Keys Garage, Morley, in Leeds to try to find a vehicle that would meet her current needs. Garage owner Anthony Dawson convinced her that a new Daihatsu Sirion 1.0 SE was the car for her.

Mrs. Hackett agreed and so Mr. Dawson arranged to deliver her new ca r and pick up her trades. Along with her 1999 Rover 400, a tow truck was dispatched to collect her late husband's project car - a 1935 Daimler Lanchester. Dramatic pause. A Daimler for a Daihatsu. In all fairness we don't have the details about the financial aspects of the transaction, but we do know that the Daimler wasn't in running order. It was a project that went unfinished when Mr. Hackett passed away. The engine in the Daimler had seized from sitting for 11 years, but after a new battery was fitted and a quick tune-up was completed, the hand crank managed to turn it over and it runs well now. Doesn't seem fair to us, but then again, we haven't been able to sample a new Daihatsu for years.

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2008 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner priced below outgoing models

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Today Ford announced pricing for both of its redesigned compact sport utility vehicles, the 2008 Ford Escape and 2008 Mercury Mariner. The Escape will start at $19,245, including $665 for destination charges, which is $740 less than the base price of the current model. The Mariner begins at $21,345, again including $665 for destination, which is $460 less than the current model. Across each lineup, Escape prices will drop an average of $1,100 and Mariner prices $1,300. The hybrid versions of each model will also see their prices drop. The Ford Escape Hybrid falls from $26,320 to $25,740, while the Mariner Hybrid drops from $28,615 to $26,430.

Obviously both the Escape and Mariner are all new for 2008, which means you're getting more for less if you've waited this long to buy either.

2008 Ford Escape: $19,245 ( inc. $665 destination)
2008 Ford Escape XLT V6: $22,545
2008 Ford Escape Hybrid: $25,740

2008 Mercury Mariner: $21,345
2008 Mercury Mariner Hybrid: $26,430

Follow the jump for the official press releases distributed today for both vehicles.

Click here to see a gallery of the 2008 Ford Escape.
Click here to see a gallery of the 2008 Mercury Mariner.

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Cops black flag Little Al! Unser Jr. arrested for DUI

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Uh-oh. Little Al is in trouble again. AP is reporting that Al Unser Jr. is under arrest and facing DUI charges after leaving the scene of an accident on the Las Vegas Beltway. He was ID'd as the driver of a car that sideswiped another car around 11 Thursday morning. Unser's car didn't have much damage but the other car hit the center median. Neither driver reported any injuries.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Honea said Unser failed sobriety tests before they took him in. Among the charges Little Al faces are driving under the influence, misdemeanor hit and run, failure to render aid in an accident and failure to report an accident. Junior has had previous problems with alcohol and even went through treatment after the 2002 incid ent where he allegedly hit his girlfriend in the face.

Thanks for the tip, mavkato!

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Ford Super-Duty ads set for Super Bowl debut

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Every company that produces a consumable product wants to make its mark during the Super Bowl with a sweet commercial. Automakers are no different, and you'll see plenty of spots during the big game from your favorite OEMs. Ford is planning on pushing its new 2008 Super-Duty pickup, and will be sponsoring the Super Bowl "Built Ford Tough Pre Kick" show on CBS. Three commercials are set to air, including two 15-second spots and one extended 60-second spot. We have the two short ones for you here, one of which shows the Super-Duty's new 6..4L twin-turbo Powerstroke diesel being assembled out of this air and the other showing off the truck's unique Tailgate Step. The longer commercial will show the whole truck and its susbsytems being assembled in a similar manner. All three spots were created by Ford's ad agency, JWT Detroit, and done using CAD-based engineering d ata on a computer. Hence, you won't see a finger print smudge anywhere during the commercials, as this was a totally hands-off production. Check out the Tail Gate spot after the jump and check back after the game when we'll have the 60-second spot posted.

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Sorry, baby: Ford closing seven day care centers

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It probably shouldn't come as a big surprise considering yesterday's announcement of the largest loss in company history, but Ford is about to close seven day-care centers at various plants in the U.S. The day-care facilities are located in Michigan, Missouri and Kentucky, and are jointly run by Ford and the UAW. These are the only seven "Family Service and Learning Centers" of the 29 nationally that provide day-care and the only ones that are affected. It looks like they will stay open until June and then parents will have to find other day care help. Nearly 900 kids will be affected. This probably means Ford won't see a repeat appearance on Working Mother Magazin e's 100 Best Companies list.

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BMW leaning towards soft top for M3 convertible

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Winding Road's adding credence to the belief that the new M3 convertible coming from BMW will be a ragtop. As in cloth instead of a retractable hardtop, which seems to be de rigueur these days. Even though the 330i and 335i E92 platform mates have a retractable hardtop, the extra weight is considered anathema to the M Group philosophy. The extra 440 pounds of that folding top is a big sacrifice for the noise and safety benefits. So a soft top seems to be plausible. If a soft top is used, however, it will need to be pretty strong. The added speed promised from that new V8 is going to require extra work from the Bavarian engineers. If the cloth can't stay quiet and sealed at speed, another option appar ently being considered is a carbon fiber version of the hardtop. Sounds expensive. But cool.

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ABT unveils hi-po Audi TT-R

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Perhaps because of the more striking and rapid R8 in the corporate stable, it's kind of easy to be underwhelmed by the new Audi TT's 250 hp. We don't expect 420 hp like the baby Gallardo offers, but something a little closer maybe. Something in the 300 range perhaps. Well the folks at ABT have read our minds. With their newest offering, the Audi TT-R, they managed to boost horsepower to 355. That should be enough power to get this little speedster to 60 from naught in about 5.1 seconds. And the engine isn't the only thing to change from its trip to ABT. A two-tone body, a new rear spoiler, different 5-spoke wheels, a new sporty interior and Audi TT-R badging are all also part of the package.

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Former VW Personnel Chief Admits to Bribing Union Officials

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Back in the summer of 2005 the headlines of international magazines and newspapers were peppered with a scandal that included bribery, sex, and corruption. No, Dallas wasn't making a comeback, it was automotive giant VW and the scandal involved 2.5 million dollars in payoffs to VW Works' Council Chief Klaus Volkert and another $500k to Volkert's Brazilian lover. Those payments were used between 1994 and 2005 to bankroll sexcapades and lavish trips to Brazil and Lisbon.

In the first of four trials linked to the elaborate scandal, former Chief of Personnel Peter Hartz has confessed to paying the bribes and will receive a suspended two year sentence and a $750,000 fine. Hartz insists he acted alone in arranging the trips, yet the VW management trials will continue later this year. We're sure VW executives can't wait for all of this negative press to end. Maybe a trip to South America will help to ease the pain. We kid.

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VIDEO: Tesla Roadster being tested on ice

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For those who don't read AutoblogGreen on a daily basis (shame on you), you may not be aware that Tesla Motors has officially announced it will be opening a Michigan Technical Center in Rochester Hills, MI where all development work for its next all-electric vehicle, a sedan codenamed Whitestar, will take place. Technically, however, the 2007 Tesla Roadster isn't scheduled to be delivered to customers until later this year, presumably because testing on it is still taking place. Testing like drifting the little EV Elise-clone around a frozen lake bed in winter. This video (1 of 3) was posted recently on YouTube by Tesla and shows some (eh hem) serious testing in the colder regions of northern Sweden. Click here to view the two other videos on AutoblogGreen.

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Meguiar's exec claims he was fired over religion

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A discrimination suit has been filed by a former executive of Irvine, California based Meguiar's Inc. Meguiar's is one of the leading car care product makers in the industry, and is led by founding family member, Barry Meguiar. Barry is the well-known host of the cable program Car Crazy, as well. One former exec seems to feel that being car crazy wasn't enough to keep his job, though.

Former COO Atticus O. Firey says he was fired over religion. Firey alleges that company president Barry Meguiar urged him to attend church and told him he was "robbing this company of the blessing of God by not being on your knees and on fire for Jesus." He had been with Meguiar's for nearl y 10 years before being fired in July.

Meguiar's lawyer, Richard Ruben, responded to the suit by saying religion was not the motivation for Firey's firing. Ruben says that company management felt Firey's attitude and performance were less than adequate and decided to make the move because of it. "The company was suffering economically, and Mr. Firey was not showing up at the office and was only sporadically attending to his duties," Ruben said. He even described the lawsuit as a "publicity stunt."

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Spyker expects a profit from 2006

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After doubling production over 2005 totals, Spyker is reporting that it should show a profit for 2006. Although coming in just shy of its target of 100 vehicles, the 94 cars sold last year should be enough to get them in the black. The number of orders written has grown from 191 at the end of 2005 to 327 at the end of last year.

Spyker is also hoping that the high visibility of its Formula 1 entry will help attract even more new customers. The Dutch automaker sells several versions of its jewelry-like 2-seat sports car at prices starting around $325,000. With Audi engines putting out 400+ hp and very lightweight structures, the cars are incredibly quick. The cars are pretty striking in person. In fact, a Spyker was the vehicle of choice for Sharon Stone's character in Basic Instinct 2. Spyker also still intends to build a production version of its Super Sport Utility Vehicle, the SSUV, that debuted at last year's Geneva Motor Show.

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Cavalier love gone too far?

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Autoblog reader Brad sent us a link to the J-Body forums where we found this extraordinarily unique form of self mutilation. Reading through this forum post's comments proves this is a real tat, forever scorched with vivid Technicolor into the arm of this young man, known as zsquee24, who loves his slightly modded J-Body Cavalier a bit too much. About the odd location, the owner says, "I wanted it on my forearm so if anyone pisses me off, I can hit them with my car and not get vehiclular assault." Classy, and smart, too.

Of course, the owner's friends in the J-body.com forums have been vigorously debating whether their friend is a total idiot or if everyone should just live and let live. Some of their comments, however, had us rolling on the floor laughing.

"I would have gotten it on a hoodie or something. Cheaper and not soo permanate."

"oh my word. how are you going to explain that when you are 40?"

"What could be cooler, than a cavalier with hair growing out of it!"

"You realize you will never ....EVER....get laid again..."

"First the Z24 shoes, now this....you really kicked it up a notch."

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GM recalls 98,000 Cobalt Coupes

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If you have a Chevy Cobalt built between 2005 and 2006 that doesn't have the optional roof-mounted side impact airbags, you could be getting a recall notice in the mail soon. Apparently Chevy (and presumably the NHTSA) discovered that there isn't sufficient padding to meet federal requirements in these vehicles, and unacceptable head injuries could result in a collision. Scary to think there's an acceptable amount of injury that would be tolerated, but anyway. As a fix, dealers will add "energy absorbing plastic" to the headliner trim to help soften the blow should your head strike the headliner in a crash. The recall affects 98,000 Cobalts on the road.

[Source: NHTSA via The Auto Channel]

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Enter the rumormill: VW won bid to control Proton

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Motor Authority came across an article in XFN-Asia that says VW won the bidding contest for controlling stake of Malaysia's Proton. Although the report is light on details, it seems that a source who was privy to the deal confirmed that Volkswagen will be purchasing the required 51-percent of Proton's manufacturing arm and that an official statement will be released on February 8th.

If the source is to be trusted, that means that both GM and PSA Peugeot-Citroen were ousted from the runnings, which is little surprise, as VW has had a long standing relationship with the state-owned automaker.

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M5's traction control 'off' switch nixed for a reason

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When Automobile got their paws on a six-speed manual version of the M5, they were none too pleased that BMW's engineers wouldn't allow drivers to fully disable the traction control. At the time, we assumed that BMW's legal boffins pictured overly enthusiastic Americans, stomping the go pedal and promptly winding up in a ditch.

Not so, according to Car. The magazine learned that the M division had no way of controlling clutch plate actuation, which would normally quell the axle tramp caused by the V10's prodigious power delivery. Acceleration times would rise and drivetrain components' lifetimes would fall. Hence, the only conceivable solution was to make the DSC a permanent fixture within the Bimmer's brain.

Still, you can partly disable the system in M Dynamic mode within iDrive (if you dare), but that may not be enough for those who want to test the limits of adhesion of the 285s in the rear.

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VIDEO: Melling Hellcat concept

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Earlier this week, we were blessed with more information about the Melling Hellcat and how the original prototype has evolved into a 1,175 HP beast, befitting of its name. However, we'd never seen the man behind the machine talking about his creation, until we came across this video of Melling discussing his pride and joy. It's a short flick, but it gives credence to the old adage of a thin line between genius and insanity.

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The other shovel that helped dig the domestics' hole

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So how exactly can a company with the heritage and scope of Ford Motor Company manage to lose $12.7 billion in one year? Or, for that matter, how could GM lose $10.6 billion last year? All while Toyota continues to soldier on, racking up profits and closing in on number one. Well, it's more involved than most people realize. Sure we can gripe about product and quality all day long, but as CNN tells us, there's a lot more to it than that. Using a report by the Detroit consulting firm of Harbour-Felax, they paint a pretty bleak picture for the domestics. Some of the numbers in the findings are staggering.

Domestics trail the Japanese by $2900 in per vehicle profit. The main reason there's such disparity is labor costs. Sure we've been hearing that line for a while, but check out the data supporting it. Health care alone accounts for $1,635 per vehicle for GM. That's how much they spend on every active AND retired worker. Toyota on the other hand doesn't have many retired workers, doesn't spend a dime on them, and only pays about $215 for health care for active workers. Add to that the $630 per vehicle GM spends on other union related costs like work rules, line relief and holiday pay, plus the $350 per vehicle pay UAW workers get for not working when plants are shut, and you start to see where part of the problem lies.

We highly recommend reading the whole fascinating story on the other side of the read link.

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Europeans getting revolutionary TiVo-like satellite radio

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This particular nugget came from our sibling site Engadget, which reported on the "multimedia car radio of the future."

In conjunction with a few select partners, the European Space Agency (ESA) is developing an entertainment system that will feature "built-in satellite radio and generous timeshifting functionality" too. It comes via a special antenna that will likely become a factory-installed option on certain vehicles. It's described as a "flattened mobile antenna integrated into the bodywork," that will pick up "Ku" band signals already used by communications satellites.

Obviously, using existing satellites makes this much cheaper and more feasible. The best bit, however, and the part that makes this different than current US satellite radio services, is that the service will include timeshifting. You know, just like TiVo. The ability to listen at a later time. It is likely that the service will feature a "cache or hard drive-based system" so listeners can pause or rewind broadcasts. Not a lot of other details right now, but word has it you might spot a prototype system mounted in a BMW if you happen to be near the Noordwijk Space Expo in the Netherlands.

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Shakira goes barefootin' with SEAT

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SEAT and Shakira have teamed up to raise funds for the singer's charity, the Fundación Pies Descalzos (Bare Feet Foundation), which raises money for Colombian children in need. SEAT is the primary sponsor of the European tour in support of her Oral Fixation record, and the automaker worked with Shakira to produce a one-off edition of the Leon Cupra hatchback called the Leon Pies Descalzos. Throughout the tour, there will be a concerted effort in several European markets to get fans and supporters to donate to the charity via SMS messaging or with a credit card through a dedicated website. On May 15th, one of the donors will win the Leon Pies Descalzos, which is customized with a purple finish a nd interior trim, black chrome wheels, two tone seating, and Pies Descalzos badging. At the unveiling of the car in Berlin, SEAT presented Shakira with a check for the retail value of the car to kick off the campaign.

As you'll see in the attached photo gallery, Shakira was probably the most casually-dressed person at the presser, but we'll let it slide. The sheer Abbey Road t-shirt she sported didn't seem to have anyone at the event -- including SEAT prez Erich Schmitt -- complaining...

Press release after the jump.

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A sale of biblical proportions: The Ghostbusters Ecto 1

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Do you believe in UFOs, astral projection, mental telepathy, ESP, clairvoyance, spirit photography, telekinetic movement, full trance mediums, the Loch Ness monster and the theory of Atlantis? Do you have problems of a supernatural nature in your garage? The Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Ill., is ready to believe you and relieve you of your hauntings with the actual Ghostbusters Ecto 1. If you're interested in buying, be ready for Volo to also exorcise $149,000 from your bank account.

Before George Barris got a hold of it, Ecto 1 was a very straight, rust-free 1959 Miller-Meteor Cadillac ambulance. Now it transcends its humble ambulance beginnings and has become an icon of 1980s film.

[Source: Hemmings Motor News via TechEBlog]

 

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Aftermarket components can mess up stability control

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About 40 percent of cars and trucks now on the road are equipped with electronic stability control, or ESC, and
each year it's seen on more and more vehicles -- especially SUVs and crossovers. The ESC systems have been very beneficial in that they reduce the propensity of these vehicles to roll-over and many new and upcoming vehicles of this type are getting them as standard equipment. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has even proposed making stability control mandatory on all vehicles by 2012.

However, there's a fly in the ointment. The last few years have seen the rise of the oversized wheel and tire, with the release of ever-larger rims at each auto show, it seems.. The problem is that slip control systems like ABS, TCS an ESC depend on knowing how fast each individual wheel is rota ting, among other things. The systems are calibrated to each platform based on knowledge of the wheel rotational inertias, center of gravity height. The control software has adaptive mechanisms built in to compensate for varying wheel sizes, but they can only go so far and when buyers put some exceptionally large wheels on, the systems just can't work right. If things get too far out of range, the system can either modify the vehicle behavior in unexpected ways, or cause a fault to be detected even when there's nothing wrong with the system itself.

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is worried that mandating ESC will not include a requirement that the systems work with aftermarket parts. However, this is totally unrealistic. The engineers who develop these systems test them with all kinds of combinations of over-sized and under-sized tires, but they can't possibly check every combination or even guarantee what will be put on the vehicle down the ro ad. Nobody knows what kind of tires or what sized wheels will come out two, three, eight years down the road. If anyone should be required to ensure compatibility, it should be the aftermarket companies. The stability control systems are sold in good faith based on known hardware. If someone changes that hardware beyond certain limits, they should be responsible for the consequences. The Detroit News has an article about problem.

[Source: Detroit News]

 

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