THE WEEK THAT WAS: All eyes on the Hill

Two weeks of annual leave still needed taking. Lots of late-autumn chores needed doing around the house. The last two weeks of November should be quiet so Dave Leggett and the rest of the just-auto team can handle the news. Or so I thought. You know how it turned out. The Detroit Big Three faced up to looming liquidity crises but were sent home from their first trip Washington to concoct more detailed plans for state aid. Markets everywhere continued to tank. Assembly lines were idled for days or months, more workers faced losing their jobs. And it ain’t over yet. In a quarter-century of covering this industry and close to two decades more as an interested observer, I don’t think I’ve ever seen things as bad, though the 1970s oil crises ran it close.

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2009 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG

2009 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG
2009 Mercedes Benz CL63 AMG - Mercedes Benz Luxury Coupe - Automobile Magazine
A huge, luxurious, and expensive coupe makes quite an extravagant statement, and one that’s AMG-fortified makes it even more emphatically.

The CL coupe stands out as something unique in the automotive firmament. No other manufacturer builds a coupe off its top-line luxury sedan; BMW‘s 6-series comes closest, but it’s not really close at all. The CL is more a kindred spirit to a Bentley Continental GT or even a Brooklands. A huge, luxurious, and expensive coupe makes quite an extravagant statement, and one that’s AMG-fortified makes it even more emphatically. The awesome, 6.2-liter V-8, which we know from so many AMG models, provides jet-thrust acceleration accompanied by a stock-car sound track, an utterly charming combination – especially for those with their own oil well.

Photo Gallery: 2009 Mercedes Benz CL63 AMG – Mercedes Benz Luxury Coupe – Automobile Magazine

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