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Putting it into park: Weekend Linkage

Good stuff this week in the automotive sphere…check out the links below for stories on cop cars, a defensive cake-eating hipster and oodles of other link goodness. Enjoy the weekend.

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- Michigan State Police have released their cop car rankings

- Why Audi may be giving up on their fight for horsepower dominance

- Sexy red cars that you can find on MojoMotors.com

- TopGear USA funnyman Rutledge Wood likes cake but he’s no hipster

- Someone with lots of time dug out their basement using remote control toys

What Bob Lutz can teach brands about success

Bob Lutz Cigar Mojo MotorsBob Lutz, legendary gear head and businessman who has worked at BMW, Ford Europe, Chrysler and General Motors tackles the challenges he faced during the decline of General Motors in his book Car Guys vs. Bean Counters. He writes about the disorganized management, layers upon layers of red tape and the embarrassing debacle known as the automotive bailout when General Motors pseudonym became Government Motors.

The book has gotten a bad rap because Lutz blames a large chunk of GM’s downfall on the penny-pinching financial types who were given charge of the automotive design. These folks were focused on cost-cutting, systematizing production and making the most money on each car produced, even if that meant sacrificing quality. As a result, Lutz contends, General Motors was building vehicles notorious for wide body gaps between panels, cheap interiors and being, well, really ugly.

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