TOP GEAR GETS A JOLT FROM TESLA

LA CAR REPORT—Top Gear, the popular British Broadcasting Company show, is no stranger to controversy. Last month, it almost started a war with North America when its hosts proclaimed, “Cars reflect the national characteristics… Mexican cars are just going to be lazy, feckless, flatulent…” This week, the electric car company, Tesla, got into the ring and sued the BBC television program for libel and malicious falsehood.

ANARCHY IN THE UK: DRIVERS DISSING THEIR SAT NAV DIRECTIONS

HOT WIRE—Drivers in the United Kingdom are falling out of love with their satellite navigation systems, believing them to be untrustworthy, inaccurate and a major cause of in-car bickering, according to a new study of 3,000 drivers. The research reveals that 79 percent of motorists—almost 4 out of 5 drivers—have defied the directions provided by their sat navs, perceiving them to be incorrect or less efficient than an alternative way of reaching their destinations.

IT’S TIME FOR THE BOSS 429

BACK SEAT DRIVING—Ford has brought back every single Mustang worth reviving—the GT, the GT/CS, Steve McQueen’s Bullitt Mustang, the Mach 1, the GT500, the GT350, the Cobra Jet, even a revival of the rent-a-racer in the form of the Shelby GT-H. Next year, it will be the Boss 302. They’ve done ‘em all—but one. Come on, Ford, it’s time to bring back the Boss 429…

FORD’S NEW MOTTO: YOU CAN HAVE ANY COLOR, SO LONG AS IT’S NOT BLACK

HOT WIRE—Or red. It turns out that a Japanese supplier impacted by the earthquake and tsunami provided a substance called Xirallic, which is used to give red and black paints a vibrant sparkly quality. Ford is consequently asking dealers not to order any new full-size pick-ups or SUVs in Tuxedo Black. The automaker is also scaling back its use of Tuxedo Black on mid-sized SUVs and Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS sedans. In addition, Ford is scaling back three shades of red on SuperDuty and Ranger trucks, Econoline vans, Lincoln Navigators and Focuses.

TICKET OFFICE OPENS FOR TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH

EVENT—Commencing Monday, March 28th, residents and visitors to the City of Long Beach will have an even handier place to purchase tickets to the April 15-17 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach right in the heart of the city. The Grand Prix downtown ticket office, located at 300 E. Seaside Way in Long Beach (near the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center box office) will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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