Recent things I've observed ...
The cult of celebrity is everywhere. Unfortunately.
When Saab Automobile announces its appointment of Adrian Hallmark as executive director-sales, it provokes this thoughtful comment on the auto maker's website: "Does anyone else see the resemblance to actor Alan Rickman? That's so cool!"
Rickman, above left, portrays wizard Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies series.
Then again, some magic might come in handy as Hallmark -- who has led sales teams for VW, Bentley and Porsche -- tries to rejuvenate Saab.
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The Audi Q5 may have an image problem in Russia.
As a thank-you for their performances at last month's Winter Olympics, Russia's government presents that country's medalists with Audis: Q7s for gold-medal winners, Q5s for silver and A4s for bronze.
Silver-medal speed skater Ivan Skobrev was disappointed. "Q5 is more a car for women,” he says.
Figure skater Egvgeny "The Pouter" Plushenko, who claims he was robbed of gold by the judges, says he'll trade in his Q5.
That's cold. Even for ice-skaters
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Hollywood has the lowest rate of seatbelt use in North America. Without a doubt.
Ever notice nobody wears seatbelts in the movies? Not even in flicks that focus on cars.
I can forgive Thelma and Louise. They were on a one-way trip.
But the daredevils in Gone in 60 Seconds? And the petulant punks in Fast and Furious? Nobody buckles up in those movies.
Meanwhile, 83% of Americans use seatbelts routinely, according to the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Admin.
Does this bother anyone else?