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Shelby fakes a glamour shot, safety advocates chastise tech and another EV builder ditches in the Dash

March 28, 2012

Fake Shelby Mustang
Fake Shelby Mustang

What we're reading in this morning's Motoramic Dash about Shelby faking photos, the latest squawking over distracted driving and yet another troubled electric vehicle builder:

Shelby fakes photos of Shelby 1000 lifting off ground [DriveOn/USA Today] This photo above of Shelby American's 1,000-hp custom Mustang supposedly lifting its front tires off the ground ran across several auto news web sites on Tuesday. It took an eagle eye of a newspaper photo editor to notice a few things off about the picture we've highlighted above — and upon further digging, for Shelby to admit the photo had been faked and issue an apology. If you want to see a Mustang on its rear quarters, head to a horse barn.

Tech firms share fault in distracted driving: NTSB [Bloomberg] The National Transportation Safety Board held its first hearing Tuesday on its proposal to ban all cellphone use by drivers in vehicles, and it quickly became an example of good intentions gone awry. Despite lacking proof that ending calls would reduce crashes, the NTSB came out swinging against automaker and tech companies, blaming them for encouraging more tech inside vehicles — ignoring that much of the tech inside vehicles was either brought there or asked for by their owners, and that there's still no way to know how much such devices actually contribute to wrecks.

Azure Dynamics files for bankruptcy, halts output of Transit electric vans [Crain's Detroit Business] A Canadian start-up that had won a contract from Ford to convert Transit delivery vans to electric power sought protection from debtors in Canada this week, laying off most of its staff and shutting down the Transit line. Outside of Tesla, and maybe Fisker, the world of start-up EV builders is getting smaller by the day.

Chevy selects global advertising agency [GM] After months of review, Chevrolet will consolidate the advertising work it had spread among 70 companies worldwide into one new joint venture called Commonwealth. Based in Detroit, the partnership between McCann-Erickson Worldwide and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners will be tasked with getting Chevy better ads while eventually saving $2 billion over five years. No biggie.