News Bits: GMCs & Orange Cars Rule, Plus Madonna Interrupts Auto Ads With New Single ‘Give Me All Your Luvin”

Here are a couple of quick news items to spice up your Super Bowl weekend. We’ll see you on the other side…

2012 Infiniti G37 IPL Coupe

I enjoy the Nissan 370Z, but its hyper-tweak personality can wear me out. Revving the engine to a scream and lighting up the tires makes me giddy, but constantly getting thrashed by the suspension is a bit much. I can think of a number of more entertaining ways to get thumped that don’t require a sports car. Coffee down the front of my shirt, throbbing headache, sore – never mind. There’s not even a rear seat. Point is, I could go for sports car fun without all of the sports car drama.

2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

When you go to buy a Volkswagen, their best cars almost always have three letters or numbers at the end of the model name: GTI, TDI, VR6.

The sixth generation, 2011 Jetta, on sale for a little over a year now, has been met with some pretty strong criticism. Reviewers took one look at 2011’s cheapened interior, and suspension, and had three letters of their own; “WTH??”

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.

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…

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:

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.

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

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?”

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.