David Leeder, a 37-year veteran of General Motors' assembly plant in Janesville, Wis., finally got his dream car. The thing is, it doesn't have a GM badge. Leeder plunked down $175,600 for a new silver Ford GT supercar from the Boucher Group store in Kenosha. "It will probably shock a lot of people that I know," he confessed to a local newspaper. Leeder said he paid about three times what he paid for his house to acquire the car but considers the car an investment.
FLAGGING FAN SUPPORT -- It's not unusual for fans of a sports team to fly a flag to show support. But workers at Toyota's factory in Burnaston, England, wanted to do something special to cheer on the English team during the World Cup soccer games, so they decided to go one step further. A team of 40 employees spent two 12-hour shifts this month lining up and parking 400 Toyota Yaris cars to create a giant St. George's Cross flag in the plant's parking lot. The St. George's Cross is the national flag of England. The "flag" measured about 263 feet by 131 feet.
BANKING ON HYBRIDS -- With $3-a-gallon gasoline a reality, Bank of America is offering $3,000 rebates to as many as 21,000 employees who buy a new hybrid vehicle. Theoretically, if Bank of America offered the rebate to every one of its U.S. workers, and every one of them took advantage, the company could shell out up to $608 million. The program will be available to employees living within 90 miles of Boston, Los Angeles and Charlotte, N.C. Under the program, someone who pays $21,725 for a new Toyota Prius could save $6,150, including a $3,150 federal income-tax credit.