5th Gear: RIP, Vinny: In Praise Of An All-Wheel-Drive Dog
Some of you might remember Vinny, my mom's 11-year-old greyhound, from a video we ran — eerily —exactly one year ago today. In that post we asked: What-wheel-drive is this dog? That video ended up being watched tens of thousands of times on YouTube — making that ridiculously comical dog a minor viral sensation. Sadly, Vinny started having seizures on Saturday and after steadily losing control of bodily functions over the past few days, I loaded him into the back of my mom's Cadillac SRX to take him to the vet for the last time at around 5:00 AM this morning. I'm going to miss that dog, but this Thanksgiving I'm thankful for the time I had with him. If you want to make a donation in his honor — or, if you think that's cheesy or overly-sentimental, and just want to help a really great organization — go here.


6th Gear: Thanksgiving Weekend Programming
Just a quick programming note — The Morning Shift will be taking the rest of the week off for the Thanksgiving holiday. We'll also be running at half-speed tomorrow and Friday. So if you're around and bored with family, stop on by — somebody will be here. If not, have a great Thanksgiving Day tomorrow and enjoy the Black Friday sales. Tom Joslin, of course, will be here all weekend.



⏎ Ford and GM Renew a Bitter Rivalry. [Wall Street Journal]

⏎ Big Trucks Returned Big Profits for Detroit. [New York Times]

⏎ A Push To Make Gasoline Engines More Efficient. [NPR]

⏎ A last chance for the Lexus GS. [Automotive News]

⏎ Nissan's quirky Cube is down but not out. [AutoWeek]

⏎ GM continues to oppose Saab's China deal, paper says. [Automotive News]

⏎ Electrified Cruze will be a plug-in hybrid rather than a range-extender like Volt. [GoAuto]


⏎ Renault invented the car at 2,500 euros. [La Tribune via Car Magazine]

Today in Automotive History:

On this day in 1966, Elvis Presley's 22nd film, a rock 'n' roll musical called "Spinout" in which Elvis played a singing race car driver, opens in theaters across the U.S. The movie was the year's 57th highest-grossing film. "Spinout" was released on DVD in August 2004. [History]


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