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Putting it into park: Weekend Linkage

What did you miss this week? Well, the 2013 Ram 3500 can tow more than any other truck, the New York governor bought his daughter a Ford Bronco and while it isn’t news, the video below is hilarious.

Jerry Seinfeld is coming back, again

The 2013 Ram 3500 can tow more than any other truck

The New York governor bought his daughter a white Bronco

Jalopnik’s ten most ridiculous automotive myths

The history of the car piece in Monopoly


Why minivans will make a comeback

Automotive News reported recently that the Wuling minivan in China is selling like bingzis or whatever the Chinese call hotcakes. Translation: this means they’re selling really darn good. Whilst Americans continue to buy up big trucks, SUV’s and crossovers, don’t be surprised if there’s a renaissance of the minivan. But wait, then why would Dodge drop the Grand Caravan or why would Ford stop building minivans in America altogether? To focus on crossovers where there might be more money to be made.

This might be a premature shift in strategy because there’s still a market for the minivan. Sure, the number of people buying minivans has dropped from about 1.3 million in 2000 to 540,000 in 2011, but so far in 2012, AutoData reports 10.6% growth. Two months the L.A. Times reported that fuel efficiency is what car buyers care about most after a Consumer Reports found 37% of shoppers care about fuel economy. Quality of the car, which should probably be more important came in second at a measly 17%. Gas mileage alone is reason enough why minivans should make a comeback, but keep reading for more. [keep reading]

Putting it into Park: Weekend Linkage

Happy Friday! If you’re going shopping this weekend, good luck because it will probably be a gauntlet. If you decide to ride out the weekend at home, perhaps these auto links will be of interest to you.

Changfeng Rhombus Ugly Chinese Car Image

China’s car contributions to the world are slightly cool, weird but mostly ugly

The 2011 Mojo Motors Blog Gift Guide highlighting all the best gifts for car peeps is here

Nissan is going buck wild with electric cars and premiered 5 electric concepts in Tokyo

A new study finds fat kids are safe in normal-sized car seats

Read the worst towing stories from Boston, MA

Car and Driver’s 10 best future used cars


Photo credit: MSN Cars UK