On today's Jalopnik Precast, Spinelli and Farago examine automakers' track records of "neglect and abuse" of certain models. Are car companies "freshness dating" their vehicles? They also discuss GM's new electric-car prototype expected to be unveiled at the Detroit show in January. Will the General beat Toyota to a plug-in hybrid? Finally, they wonder if a UK dealership will be able to find a "Barbie Girl" willing to pay more than double the price of a pink Nissan Micra just for a vanity license plate. Mattel likely wouldn't approve, even if a couple hundred quid's going to charity.

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