The Sierra Club's new anti-SUV Web site, www.hummerdinger.com, debuted last week with much media fanfare. Besides attempting to humorously ridicule General Motors' Hummer H2, the site asks people to urge GM to make all of its vehicles average 40 mpg. It invites people to send their protest e-mails to Elizabeth Lowery, GM vice president for environment and energy. GM spokesman Dave Barthmuss says that after the first day and a half, Lowery hadn't received a single e-mail.
OH, DEER - For many employees at Layton Hills Dodge in Layton, Utah, July 21 was just another Monday. That is, until a deer jumped through the showroom window. After causing $3,000 in damage, the deer ran out of the showroom and hopped a fence before a car struck and killed it. Manager Matt Westrich joked: "We're having a window-crashing sale for the rest of the week."
FREE ADVICE - Before last week's Buick Open in Grand Blanc, Mich., a Detroit disc jockey asked Tiger Woods if he had any playing advice for Gary Cowger. The president of General Motors North America was teamed with Woods in a pro-am tournament sponsored by GM subsidiary OnStar. Woods could not have been any more direct: "Just relax and try to keep the ball between the people."
A FAVORITE NAME - Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. is making its name known in truck-happy Texas. Only months after announcing plans to build an assembly plant in San Antonio for the next Tundra pickup, the automaker has won naming rights to the Houston sports arena. The downtown center, where the pro basketball Rockets and Comets and pro hockey Aeros will play, will be called - drum roll, please - the Toyota Center!
CUSTOMER 1 - Last week Ronnie Rountree of Suffolk, Va., became the first retail buyer of the redesigned 2004 F-150 pickup. Rountree drove his white F-150 STX off the lot of Beach Ford in Virginia Beach, Va., on Monday, July 28, less than three hours after it arrived at the dealership.