• New Toyota Concept The Next Avalon?
    Paul Eisenstein of the Detroit Bureau points out that while "passion" is a word that Toyota CEO - and founding family heir - Akio Toyoda talks a lot about, it is a quality that has been lacking in the company's products. "Last year's launch of the new Lexus GS and the recent unveiling of the LF-LC concept hint that Toyota product developers are taking the mandate seriously." The company promises the same experience with the planned N.Y. Auto Show preview of what the Japanese maker is calling a "stunning U.S.-designed sedan." Spy shots suggest the concept may be the next-generation …
  • Skittles Candy And Trayvon Martin's Death
    Rashaun Collins, who owns the Discreetly Greek T-shirt company in Minnesota, slips a pack of Skittles into every order he ships.
  • Low Interest Rates Mean Money
    A historic drop in interest rates is helping U.S. households save more than $3,000 a year on average, allowing consumers to spend more even as their earnings fall, a USA Today analysis finds. Americans spent 5.8% of their after-tax income paying interest on mortgages, credit cards, car loans and other debt, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. That's the smallest share since 1977 and a steep drop from a record high of 9.1% in 2007.
  • Jeep Preps Concepts For Moab Trek
    The folks at Jeep are used to overcoming some tough obstacles - like the ones on Utah's grueling Moab Trail, which serves as the site of the maker's annual Easter Safari. But even as Jeep officials rolled out an assortment of SUV concepts specifically designed for the Moab run, they acknowledged they're facing some even tougher challenges in the months ahead. But it's not all bad news.
  • Under Armour Adds Arian Foster
    The performance sportswear and shoe company will use the Houston Texans running back in a variety of marketing and activations, following the route also being taken by Cam Newton, Tom Brady, Brandon Jennings and other top players.
  • Bentley And Rolls Royce In India
    Forget the one percent, this is the one-hundredth percent. Bentley Motors Ltd. and Rolls-Royce are expanding in India, where leprosy still lurks in the bustees of Calcutta, barefoot rickshaw pullers sleep on the sidewalks of Howrah Station, and five-year-olds beg on Brigade Road. Bentley will announce this year plans to increase dealerships in the country, its second most important Asian market after China, per Amy Arora, brand director at distributor Exclusive Motors Pvt. BMW's Rolls-Royce unit may triple its number of showrooms this year to six in India, home to the youngest person to ever buy a Ghost sedan, which …
  • Gas Prices Alter Summer Plans
    Rising gasoline prices are likely to make business and leisure travelers alter their travel plans this summer, according to a survey to be released today by the U.S. Travel Association. More than half, 54%, of leisure travelers who planned to travel by car say higher fuel prices would affect their plans. A smaller percentage, 26.8%, of business travelers would reconsider their plans.
  • NHL, Discover's 'Day With The Stanley Cup'
    A multi-media campaign, anchored by Facebook and including a new TV spot, will support the efforts of the NHL and Discover to get the iconic symbol of the league's post-season and championship into the hands of one fan.
  • AT&T Plus Gets Personal
    AT&T has a new loyalty program called AT&T Plus, a free service, though only available in Houston, Colorado and Minneapolis. It lets customers get a "personalized customer experience." Among other things, it means access to a 1-855-ATTPLUS customer service line. AT&T Plus users also get a 25% discount on accessories and waived activation and upgrade fees.
  • Tiger Woods Has Sponsors Growling
    Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando on Sunday, his first win on the tour since September 2009 -- two months before the car accident that opened his personal life to the public -- just in time for the release of EA Sports Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 videogame this week and in time for other official sponsors such as Nike, Fuse Science and Rolex to activate for The Masters (April 5-8).
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