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Top Five Stories of the Week: Jan. 16-20

By Jacob Brown | January 21, 2012
We're happy to resuscitate, reiterate, and recapitulate the top five stories of the week. Without further ado, here's a countdown of the top five noteworthy news items from the third week of January 2012. Paragraphimage 5. Advocacy Group Believes Fiat, Jennifer Lopez Responsible if Iran Gets Nuclear Weapons Don't be fooled by the rocks that's she's got, some people believe Jenny from the block is helping terrorists and that the dictatorial regime in Iran obtain nuclear weapons. You read that correctly: There are people who believe that if Jennifer Lopez doesn't abstain from her endorsement of Italy's favorite city car, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his country will obtain weapons of mass destruction, and probably use them on the U.S. And we thought J Lo's Gigli was bomb. Read more... Paragraphimage 4. Automakers Find They Don't Build Kids the Way They Used To How do you market a car to a generation that lusts for iPods over an Impala convertible, World of Warcraft over an otherworldly sports car, and instant gratification over enjoying the ride to the destination? Millennials are a different sort of breed from those of us who were brought up before and during the digital revolution of the 1990s. They want to stay connected to their friends and ignore that there's actually a bit of effort that goes into keeping a car on the road. General Motors found out where this generation is headed with the next generation of automobiles. Read more... Paragraphimage 3. 2012 Toyota Prius v Wagon Outsells Year's Worth of Chevrolet Volts in Two Months The 2012 Toyota Prius v went on sale at the end of October, yet it outsold the Chevrolet Volt's entire 7671 sales year in that short time. In the war of technology, Toyota certainly drew first blood. Chevy retaliated with a swarm of new technology that makes most everything else on the road seem antiquated. But Toyota prevailed. While it's easy to draw a tally mark in Toyota's corner, there's a lot more to the story than two new hybrids duking it out on the sales charts. And it deserves to be told. Read more... Paragraphimage 2. Volkswagen Finds the Secret for Marketing Gold: Dogs + Star Wars = Massive Views There's nothing more heartwarming than listening to dogs bark the Imperial March from the Star Wars movies. We mean it. Following up last year's cute kid in a Darth Vader outfit Super Bowl commercial for the 2012 Volkswagen Passat, Volkswagen is teasing its upcoming spot with a choir of dogs in an internet clip called "The Bark Side." We only have three words to describe it: Pure. Marketing. Genius. Read more... Paragraphimage 1. Next-Generation C7 Corvette Spied Finally! After years of waiting and months of anticipation, we've seen the first pictures of the next-generation C7 Chevrolet Corvette. We can get a general sense for this smaller, lighter car's proportions despite its cloak of modesty shrouding what will surely be sleek lines and sexy curves. This rolling enigma was spotted taking in Northern Canada's balmy winter weather for testing—probably a smart move for engineers to go to no man's land. Little is known about the technical details of the next generation of America's favorite sports car, but we anticipate it'll be worth the wait when it shows up in production form, probably at January 2013's Detroit Auto Show. Read more...
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