Mercedes-Benz USA and Saks Fifth Avenue have created 20 special-edition CL-class coupes featuring nappa leather interior, piano lacquer black wood trim and a 510-hp, twin turbo V-12 engine. The cars will be offered through "The Gift," Saks' annual holiday catalog that arrives in October. The price hasn't been announced. Last year's catalog featured 20 specially equipped Mercedes S600 sedans priced at a mere $145,775 each. The cars sold out in seven minutes.
There's something in this Santa's Saks
By now everyone who cares about golf must know that Tiger Woods won the Buick Open on Aug. 6, becoming the youngest player ever to win 50 tournaments on the PGA Tour. But here's something you may not be aware of: One pro, John Cook, took advantage of Buick's offer of a free car to anyone who scored a hole-in-one during the tournament on the par 3, 178-yard 17th hole at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc, Mich. Cook took home a loaded 2007 Buick Lucerne sedan that stickers at more than $35,000. By the way, Tiger got one, too. For winning.
Industry consultant Laurie Harbour-Felax, daughter of industry manufacturing godfather Jim Harbour and sister of industry manufacturing guru Ron Harbour, has been introducing herself as Laurie Felax lately. But last week, at a breakfast during the Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Mich., someone asked her point-blank: "Are you dropping the 'Harbour' part of your name?" "Are you kidding?" she answered. "I'm not stupid. I know a good brand name when I see one." Harbour-Felax, who has started her own firm, Harbour-Felax Group, was in Traverse City to speak about a new study she and her father are undertaking to measure cost competitiveness in the auto industry.
Nissan North America Vice Chairman Jim Morton surely would have faced a ton of questions about the proposed Nissan-General Motors alliance during last week's Management Briefings Seminar in Traverse City, Mich. But the automakers agreed to a quiet period. Even more unfortunately, Morton took it one step farther by contracting laryngitis and could not speak as scheduled - silenced on both the corporate and the corporal fronts.
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