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The folks over at CAR Online delivered a great article today showing a variety of creative concepts to upgrade Santa's ride. Bentley, Ford, Nissan and Rolls-Royce provided design ideas to the article. 

The slick Bentley is my personal favorite. 

Irv, one of our expert technicians, recently sent this along to us.

Apparently, this driver ran over a mattress with his truck and decided to keep on driving.  You can see the results.  Our techs see some pretty crazy things in the shop, but it's not common to see a mattress wrapped around a driveshaft!!

With turkey day just around the corner, I was feeling nostalgic and wanted to find out if the Chrysler Plymouth had any association with Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Mass.

Chrysler introduced the Plymouth in 1928 (it was retired in 2001) as a low-priced vehicle.  Back then, the logo on the car was of the Mayflower Ship.  Chrysler said the Plymouth name was a great symbol to represent the “endurance and strength” of the vehicle, similar to that of the first American Colonists, the Pilgrims.

With the release of the James Bond flick “Quantum of Solace” this month, the latest Bond vehicle of choice was revealed:  the 2008 Aston Martin DBS 2-door coupe.  Apparently, the franchise started out with the Connery and Moore Bond driving British cars, but by the 1990s, the Brosnan Bond drove a BMW.  Well, now the British car fleet is back.

If you’re interested in scooping one of these Bond cars up, the 2008 Aston Martin DBS will set you back a mere $265,000.  However, you’ll get a racing vehicle with a 510 horsepower, V12, 6.0L engine which will take you from 0 – 60 in just 4.3 seconds. 

Ever since I saw this clip from the BBC's Top Gear, I've been waiting for the Toyota Aygo to appear in America.  I've read several times that it's coming, but it's been a couple of years since Edmunds and Autoblog shared whispers of this sort.  With the success of the Smart ForTwo, you'd expect Toyota to make it happen.  This tiny city car, which may go for less than 10 grand, has both a Renault and a Citroen mechanical twin, which should also both come to the US, but of course won't.

Once the Aygo hits our shores, if I can find a willing partner to donate the use of an abandoned airstrip, I'm totally putting together an Aygo Soccer League. It may be best if the airstrip is relatively close to a hospital.

Need a little more oomph under the hood? General Motors has announced that the LS9 under the hood of the Corvette ZR1 will be available as a crate motor next fall. With 639 hp and just over 600 ft. lbs.of torque, this monster is ready to be dropped into a willing engine compartment!

We won't be providing estimates anytime soon on the cost of installing an LS9 into your vehicle, but like they say, "If you have to ask..."

Porsche increased its stake in Volkswagen to nearly 43%, driving up Volkswagen's stock price and causing billions to be lost by hedge funds. With so many automotive mergers, don't you wonder what sort of influence Porsche may have on the "People's Car"? While these companies have very different markets, there may be some unusual economies of scale. Here is our take at what may be the 2010 Porsche Beetle 911.

This week's trivia question:

"What was the name of the Japanese version of the Datsun 240z?"  

This week's trivia question:

What automobile manufacturer sold the last V4 engine available in the U.S.?

We heard some great answers to our last question, Which vehicle has one of the most expensive regular maintenance services? They included an oil change on a Ferrari Enzo and any service for a Bugatti Veyron. If you've had any of these services performed, please let us know how much you paid.

The answer to our last quiz, which no one came up with, is changing the spark plugs on a Mercedes MacLaren SLR. A Mercedes technician blew us away when he told us that the warranty time for this service was 25.5 hours! Our local Mercedes dealer charges $175 an hour for labor—that's $4,500 plus parts for new spark plugs.