That's the sweet smell of success
The Trabant, the troublesome but spunky, two-stroke east German sedan, may have gone out of production in 1991, but that's not stopping a German entrepreneur from capitalizing on its continuing popularity. Thorsten Jahn, a 33-year-old plasterer, is canning Trabant exhaust fumes and selling containers of the smelly stuff on the Internet for about $4 a tin. According to The Daily Telegraph newspaper in London, Jahn and a friend ran Jahn's Trabant in his back yard in Eisenhttenstadt, Germany. While one pulled out the choke, the other placed cotton over the exhaust pipe. Then the saturated cotton was sealed in a can. The scent is supposed to appeal to nostalgic eastern Europeans and other Trabant fans.
Onward and upward
Four hardy British GMAC Financial Services employees scaled the tallest mountains in Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland in just under 48 hours to raise more than $11,000 for charity. The four - GMAC brand manager Barry Wilson and regional managers Mark Bradley, Dave Bradley and Tim Whaley - were among 180 participants in the annual Vauxhall Four Peaks Challenge. Their mission: climb Ben Nevis, Helvellyn, Snowdon and Carantouhill - that's a total combined elevation of 14,000 feet - within 48 hours. The GMAC team finished with 41 minutes to spare.
Nissan's trailer: Stretching the boundaries
Cars and light trucks aren't the only designs coming out of Nissan's California studio. In an effort to bring some panache to the trailer industry, Nissan's Bryan Thompson and Steve Moneypenny designed this one for Airstream Inc. Nissan encourages its designers to work on projects outside the industry to spur creativity. The trailer sleeps four people and has 20-inch wheels. It is expected to cost less than $20,000 when it goes on sale in the fall. And, no, Nissan says it will not unveil a Nissan-brand trailer any time soon.