• Jan 22, 2010
The Autoblog Weekender – Click above to find out what you missed

Welcome to another edition of the Weekender. The Friday goods this week come from all over the world: Formula 1 drifting on ice in Montreal, an underwater Dodge Ram in Argentina, Skodas in Monte Carlo, a Hot Tub Edition Mini in New York, and free tickets to the Chicago Auto Show.

The domestic front also brings us a Fast Company profile of Volkswagen Group of America's head honcho Stefan Jacoby, which includes him admitting, "It was clear we were not understanding of our customers. We needed to change our style in the U.S., as we are a very stubborn bureaucratic German company – and German management – to some extent. I am here to listen."

And then there was all that singing and dancing at the Detroit Auto Show, but Beyoncé provided the lyrics this time, not the Chevy Volt marketing team. Follow the jump to get your weekend fill.

1. Detroit Auto Show Taken Over by the (Flash) Mob


Sure, there was that Dodge Ram on the ceiling, but After the media left the building the peeps at the Detroit Auto Show decided to have some real fun. During the show's annual charity event a flash mob broke out, singing and dancing to Beyonce in the middle of the tuxedo'ed hoi polloi. It's awesome to see impromptu fun at an auto show again, and if we had been there we would definitely have put a ring on it... Hat tip to Einor!

[Source: YouTube]



2. Red Bull on Ice, No Vodka, Please


It looks like 2010 will gift Formula One with the largest cast of awesome drivers we've seen in a while. Still, now that the last of the true characters is gone, that being Flavio Briatore, the sport lacks a little off-track tingle. For that, there's Red Bull, a company that is bigger than any of its teams since it seems to exist purely to have fun – and sell the occasional drink and win an occasional race. But to the fun: to celebrate the return of F1 to Montreal this year, they put Sébastian Buemi in an F1 car, installed some studded tires and set him loose on a lake in Quebec. That is how you do Icecapades... Hat tip to Sébastian!

[Source: YouTube]



3. Rally Monte Carlo Dashes Through the Snow

Guy Wilks pilots a Skoda Fabia in the Monte Carlo Rally - Click above for high-res image gallery

While we await the F1 season, the Monte Carlo Rally is on and Skoda and Peugeot are racing for the Intercontinental Rally Championship flag. The race is no longer part of the World Rally Championship, which means slightly slower S2000 cars but more open racing and flexibility. Eurosport has daily coverage of the race for those who want to be there. A primer on WRC vs IRC from one of the IRC co-drivers sounds like F1 vs NASCAR. Not that we care what you call it as long as there are giant wheel arches, light bars, and snow...



[Source: Peugeot, Skoda]



4. Peugeot 508 Paints It Black



Peugeot is replacing two cars with one: the handsome 407 sedan and never-quite-got-there 607 are combining to form the 508. It's too soon to see what new design chief Gilles Vidal will have in this sedan, but the 508 is said to be the first integration of styling cues seen on the recently uncovered SR1 Concept. If so, it could make a decidedly attractive change for the brand. Hat tip to Antal

[Source: Secret New Cars]



5. Barbie Edition Mini Limo. Need we say more?

The Barbie-edition Mini Limo – Click above for high-res image gallery

The photos say it all. You should probably have a glass of something strong nearby. If you like the pink but not the.. hot tub, there's always the special edition Fiat 500. Hat tip to David



[Source: eBay]



6 Stefan Jacoby Comes Correct on Volkswagen



Volkswagewww.autoblog.com/make/volkswagen/n Group of America has a hearty task ahead. It needs to grow quickly at the same time as it works to ameliorate the ill will from the last time it grew quickly and left a trail of broken down cars in its wake. It is also presiding over a new American factory and a new line-up that includes a crucial new car. Stefan Jacoby is the captain of VW's American ship, and a Fast Company magazine profile on him illuminates the man, the company, and their consumers.

[Source: Fast Company]



7. 1,400-Horsepower Evo 8 Aptly Named "Drag Monster"

Magnus Motors 1,400-hp Evo 8 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Of the 2-years-in-development Drag Monster, Magnus Motors says "without compromise... it is the most technologically advanced AWD drag car that the world has ever seen." Weighing just 2,266 pounds and packing 1,400 horsepower up front – check out that front side-mounted exhaust and the tube frame where the rear seats used to be – the Mitsubishi Evo 8 is predicted to do 7-second runs. We aren't sure, however, if that means to the end of the dragstrip or the galaxy. Hat tip to Jim



[Source: Magnus Motors via Bespoke Ventures]



8. The 2011 Porsche Cayenne Takes the Reserved Route



This is the kinder, lighter, nicer, gentler, abler Cayenne. The front end especially has been toned down so much that it looks positively soft, but the slate of improvements will make this vehicle a comprehensive change over the current one. We'll see the real thing, and it's Panamera-inspired interior, at the Geneva Motor Show. Hat tip to Julio

[Source: Autocar]



9. Dok-Ing - Dino

Dok-Ing XD electric car – Click above for high-res image gallery

We dig this company because its slogan is "Don't send a man to do a machine's job." That refers to the heavy rigs the company makes – for mine removal, firefighting, and underground mining – and that makes the fact that Dok-Ing has created Croatia's first electric vehicle even more intriguing. It has two 65-horsepower electric motors that power the front wheels, an 82-mile-per-hour top speed, a range of 250 kilometers, and "X"-shaped rear lights. And it has one seat. It will be good for people who think the Smart Fortwo is a behemoth. Hat tip to Jim



[Source: Dok-Ing]



10. Cuban Gynecologist Urges Viva la Revolution Trade-In!


The tale of the immigrant coming to America from the distressed country is an oft-told one because it's full of ex-nuclear physicists turned taxi drivers and ex-lawyers become night watchmen. This one goes in the ex-medico gone car salesman, a Cuban gynecologist arrived to liberate used cars from his lot and into the freedom they deserve. Don't know if we'd buy a car from him, but we could watch him do his thing all day. Thanks to Jaime

[Source: Autos-Terra]



11. Hitler Just Got the Memo about Ken Block


The meme is gets yanked into just about everything, but when done right it can bring the goods. After telling anyone who drives a Ford, Lincoln or Mercury to leave them room, we find out just what the leader thinks of Block's move to Ford... and Dave Mirra. It's almost as funny as the time he got angry about the lack of dedicated PC servers for Modern Warfare 2... cat helmet boy! Hat tip to Seminole

[Source: YouTube]



And then some

- Remember the Hyundai Genesis snafu?
This is the same, but in reverse... kinda... A woman buys a car from a dealer, the dealer accidentally undercharges her by $6,000 because of a "clerical error," dealer sues customer – not the clerk – to get $6,000. Hat tip to Jacob

[Source: Left Lane News]



- Free tix to Chicago Auto Show
If you're in the Chicago area and in the market to buy a Chevrolet and you want to go to the Chicago Auto Show for free, these folks can help you out.

[Source: Chevy Drives Chicago]



- This is What Happens...
When you put $20,000 in the glove box of your Dodge Ram, park it by the ocean and forget about how tides work... Hat tip to Ganesha

[Source: Argentina Auto Blog]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      It was funnier the last time

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQkCe2--ym0
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love this weekender, good way to relax after a long week at school
      • 4 Years Ago
      It says xD on the back of that EV thingy... Most appropriate badge ever IMHO xD
      • 4 Years Ago
      probably not a good idea to have a picture of Hitler on the blog............just sayin'
        • 4 Years Ago
        but he looks so happy in that picture :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      For history buffs.........the Hitler video is from the movie Downfall, the film shows the actress Alexandra Maria Lara, playing the part of one of his personal secretaries...Traudl Junge. Part of this film is based on memoirs of hers. Traudl was one of several who fled the Führerbunker after his suicide, the film shows a lot Hitlers final days from her viewpoint. She died in 2002.

      It's a good film if you are into that particular historical moment. The version I watched is in German and was controversial there. The film also portrays much of the confusion in Berlin during the surrender (or not) of troops loyal to Hitler up to the very end.
      • 4 Years Ago
      well how long until red bull takes a car around the 'ring? they seem to be able to get around the testing ban for every other stupid promotional stunt, why not let them see how fast they can traverse the green monster?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Never.

        First of all, I doubt BMW would allow Red Bull to do a demo run and second, it would be just that... a demo run like BMW Sauber did back in 2007, where Heidfeld would have to occasionally slow down for press photos.

      • 4 Years Ago
      You actually posted the video. Sweet!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I gotta wonder how many people are gonna do this hitler video though
      • 4 Years Ago
      Half my family dies in Hitler's Gas chambers.

      Using Hitler to make for funny stories isn't right, I feel offended by this. Autoblog, please spare us any more Hitler images.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm very sorry about that if it's true, but if anything Hitler should be membered and i mean Chaplin made fun of him already in 40's so i hope we can still do the same today.
        • 4 Years Ago
        At the risk of deviating from the automotive contents of these comments and sounding anti-Semitic I make this comment:

        Dude.. move on, you're alive and that's what counts. While the Holocaust was bad, there have been plenty of genocides much worse and yet you don't see those people constantly bringing them up do you?

        But that vid has been overused.. jus sayin
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