Left to right: Chevrolet Dealer Bill Perkins poses with his Urban Wheels Pioneer of the Year Award and General Motors Vice President Diversity Eric Peterson

Interview: Eric Peterson, GM’s Vice President for Global Diversity

A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to land an interview with Eric Peterson, General Motors’ Vice President of Global Diversity. Despite the fact that he was very busy and that we were in the middle of the 2012 Detroit Auto Show — literally in the middle: we chatted at a table between a couple of GMC displays — Eric gave me nearly half an hour to ask questions about GM, its brands, and its views on LGBT employees and customers.

Rimac Automobili Sound System by Vilner

News Bits: Buying A Car On Twitter, Rimac Brings Its High-Tech Ride Indoors

We’ve got a long, work-filled weekend ahead of us, full of code and comparison drives. (Oh, the things we do for our readers). But before we dive headlong into all that, here are a couple of news items we thought…

Used car

7 Tips For Buying A Great Used Car

The most important purchases you’ll ever make are likely to involve a roof or wheels. Here are seven helpful tips to make you a pro at one of those:

Citroen DS4

Citroën DS4 Voted European Gay Car Of The Year 2012

The Citroën DS4 has been voted European Gay Car of the Year 2012. The title was awarded by website Legorda.fr, which devotes itself to promoting gay and gay-friendly car clubs and events around the world. Past European Gay Car winners have included everything from the wildly expensive Aston Martin DB9 Volante, which starts at more than $200,000, to chic urban runabouts like the Mini Convertible and Fiat 500. In France, the entry-level DS4 costs approximately $27,500.

Indiana license plate for LGBT equality

News: Indiana, South Carolina Offer LGBT Licence Plates, Rosie Makes Some Assumptions About Tom Cruise

Before we head out of the office for a much-needed weekend break here are a couple of news items that crossed our desks over the past 24 hours:

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

The idea of taking the suburb-conquering, Rubicon-busting Jeep Grand Cherokee and turning it into a star of your weekend track club is somewhat akin to putting sneaks on L. L. Bean and asking him to win the New York Marathon. One has to wonder, “What’s the point?”

Acura NSX, 2012 Detroit Auto Show

The Best Of The 2012 Detroit Auto Show: Casey Williams

Last week, Richard Read gave his picks for the best of the 2012 Detroit Auto Show last week, and earlier today, Nick Kurczewski had his say. Now, Casey Williams is putting in his two cents. Hey, we’re nothing if not opinionated. Be sure to check out the gallery at the bottom of the page.

Volkswagen E-Bugster concept, 2012 Detroit Auto Show

The Best Of The 2012 Detroit Auto Show: Nick Kurczewski

The 2012 North American International Auto Show (aka the Detroit Auto Show) is still going strong, and if you’re fortunate enough to visit between now and closing time on Sunday, here are a few of the rides you ought to check out, courtesy of our editor, Nick Kurczewski. (FYI, click the pics for a larger view.)

Renault Twingo commercial

Renault Twingo Touts Marriage Equality

Need a break from the non-stop auto news coming out of Detroit? Have a look at this clever commercial, courtesy of French automaker Renault.

Ford Fusion, 2012 Detroit Auto Show

6 Car Trends Spotted At The 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Walking the floor of the North American Auto Show in Detroit, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Staff from each company rattle off details about their newest rides and how they differ from the competition. With all that minutiae running around in your head, you could begin to think that each automaker works in a vacuum.