Archive for March, 2009

Ikea’s Leko Concept Car Revealed

Ikea’s “concept car” Web promotion turned out to be a hoax (sort of). The mysterious bubble-shaped concept car under a tarp shown in an online French video was named the Leko. “As you probably have guessed, the Leko car was a viral marketing campaign,” said Isabelle Cremoux-Mirgalet, a spokeswoman for Ikea France. It is a “service […]

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GM and Chrysler’s viability plans were due this week to the government as a condition of receiving more loans to help keep the automakers’ doors open. Obama’s administration said neither plan would be good enough. The Obama administration even asked GM CEO Rick Wagoner to resign, which he did Monday morning. While Chrysler and GM […]

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South Park, always known for its controversial but hilarious episodes, took on the economy last night. Stan’s dad tries to teach him the importance of saving money. Then Stan tries to return a Margaritaville margarita maker, but to no avail. South Park residents are interviewed by the local TV station for their opinion on the […]

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Is this an April Fool’s Day prank or a new car from Sweden? The Swedish furniture giant Ikea apparently has a Web site advertising a concept car it plans on debuting April 1. Named the Ikea Leko, the car is completely covered in the ad, but looks like a bubble-shaped hatchback under that tarp. Jalopnik […]

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With GM and Chrysler’s future in limbo, consumers who actually are in the market for a new car are choosing foreign brands over domestic, according to survey results released Thursday. Bankruptcy has been mentioned for both GM and Chrysler and with their futures so uncertain, shoppers are reluctant to buy from the two struggling automakers. […]

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J.D. Power and Associates released the results of its 2009 Vehicle Dependability Study Thursday and Buick tied Jaguar as the most dependable brands. Rounding out the top five were Lexus, Toyota and Mercury. Buick improves from a sixth-place ranking in 2008, while Jaguar improves from 10th place. The study measures problems experienced by owners of […]

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GM will start building the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro today at its Oshawa Car Assembly plant in Canada. When the Camaro rolls off the assembly line, it will join its rivals, the Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang, in a three-way muscle car competition. The three vehicles haven’t been sold at the same time as new models […]

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Mazda is offering some enticing incentives this month. The automaker’s TV ads showcase the “Mazda Driver’s Seat Event”, which offers qualified buyers (meaning buyers with awesome credit) 0% financing, $1,000 cash back and 0 monthly payments for 90 days. When Mazda says “no monthly payments for 90 days”, it means that it just bumps the […]

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I’m sure you’ve all seen ads recently offering car shoppers a free car with the purchase of a truck or SUV. Usually, the advertisement tells you that you must pay MSRP for the truck or SUV and then you get the compact car for free. Are these buy one get one free car deals worth […]

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Volkswagen of America, Inc. has built a special edition Beetle for Mattel’s celebration of Barbie’s 50th birthday. The life-size pink Malibu Barbie New Beetle convertible debuted at Barbie’s Malibu Dream House for the iconic doll’s birthday party. Customization was done by ABD Racing Werks, Katzkin Leather and Interiors and FoamMolders. The hot pink Beetle convertible […]

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