In Kurosawa's masterpiece, The Seven Samurai a small town is besieged by bandits and hires a septet of sword-wielding protectorates in its defense. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Suzuki might itself need protecting from flipping over, but is its price masterful?
Spiky-headed weight-loss guru Susan Powter once pleaded with the country's overfed citizens to "stop the insanity." Some heeded her advice (Kelly Osbourne), some didn't (David Anthony Higgins; anyone who's eaten multiple KFC Double Downs). The auto industry didn't either.
Volvo released a China-only S80L version of its S80 sedan at the Guangzhou International Auto Show. Built in Chongqing as part of a Ford/Chang'an joint venture, the L model gains 14 centimeters in length over the standard issue S80. Back in the day, Volvo released its longer luxury versions under the "Executive"…