The ‘Routan Boom’ Was Brooke Shields’ Anti-Breeder Moment, Courtesy Of VW

Almost 15 years ago, Volkswagen produced a full mockumentary starring Brooke Shields shaming sexually active Americans who were having kids exclusively so they could sample the ‘German engineering’ of the Volkswagen Routan, a badge-swapped, Dodge-built minivan that was neither German nor particularly ‘engineered’ past a few cosmetic updates. Doubling down… read more »

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Five Thoughts about the Auto Industry for May 6, 2011

It appears as though my pining for top-down weather was premature, as we have been walloped by rain for the last 5 days straight. Depressing, but productive from a writing perspective, and it has helped me keep my ear to the ground and find some interesting subjects for this week’s five thoughts about the auto industry. Let’s take a look at some of the more interesting stories from the automotive biz over the past week. read more »

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