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Want to impress? Rent a Merc or an Armani

Be it a Husain’s horse, a BMW, an Armani tux, a Gucci clutch, a Jimmy Choo tote bag or even a designer bridal tro­usseau, if you can’t or don’t want to spend a fortune on these, don’t sweat over it — all these are available on rent.

There are dozens of companies and portals that rent out some of these items of luxury. For instance, New Delhi-based Art Bank rents out expensive paintings to business houses and hotel chains for anywhere between six months to three years. Art Bank’s collection of 1,000 paintings includes names such as MF Husain.

“It is cheaper for companies to rent a painting for six months by paying just Rs 25,000 than buy them for crores of rupees. Hotel chains also interchange paintings among their various properties in order to give them a fresh look every time,” Adeshwar Puri, an art curator and foun­d­er of Art Bank, told Financial Ch­r­o­­nicle.

While rentals may be anything around Rs 5,000 a month, the borrower has to make a one-time payment of about 2 per cent of the value of the painting towards insurance premium.

If creating an impression is the idea, then arriving in a Mercedez Benz or a BMW could do the trick. Again don’t worry if you don’t own one. Both Daimler Chrysler and BMW lease out these beauties. Just walk into a Merc or BMW store and choose your ride. You can use them for as long as three years.

“We are targeting top-rung managers and senior executives for our leasing business to begin with. There is a big market for this,” said Sidhartha Nair, CEO of Daimler Financial Services.

Mercedez Benz cars that cost anything between Rs 29 lakh and Rs 1.50 crore can be hired for one to three years on a monthly rental that would work out 15-20 per cent cheaper than the EMI one needs to pay to purchase the same, Nair pointed out.

If these mean machines matter to men, for women it has to be branded bags, designer dresses or shoes (to name just a few).

Two portals, Bagsutra and Bag4aday, rent out luxury bags of big brands such as Gucci, Dolce amp; Gabbana, Jimmy Choo and Bulgari. Bagsutra charges an annual membership fee of Rs 10,000 and a weekly rental of Rs 1,000-2,000 a bag. A Bulgari bag that costs as much as Rs 28,000 can be hired for Rs 600 a week, while a Jimmy Choo tote bag that costs Rs 35,000 can be yours for Rs 500 a week, through Bag4aday.

Both these portals function like secret societies and entry is only by invitation or through the recommendation of an existing member. In a society where it is a cardinal sin to repeat an outfit or carry a fake branded bag to a party, it is important that the secrecy of the bag’s ownership is maintained.

From parties to weddings, even the outfit for the bride or groom is no more sacrosanct. Delhi-based Shahi Handicrafts rent out the entire bridal trousseau — including lehenga for the bride, sherwani for the groom, bridal jewellery, groom’s turban, stole and jootis — for anything between Rs 1,500 and Rs 4,000.

“Bridal lehengas cost anywhere between Rs 25,000 and Rs 80,000. It is not possible to wear a wedding outfit at someone else’s wedding. It is a waste of money to spend so much on an outfit that you would wear only once. Our customers are not lower middle class people, who cannot afford it. They are rich and practical people who are astute about their spend,” says Surjit Singh, owner of Shahi Handicrafts. The company rents out 300-400 outfits a month during the peak wedding season.

And finally, there are designer dresses. A recently-launched portal, Secret Wardrobe, allows women in Mumbai to hire designer partywear. A Malini Ramani dress with a price tag of Rs 16,000 can be hired for Rs 2,200 while a Maheka Mirpuri sari costing Rs 35,000 can be hired for Rs 4,999.

“If you want to buy these dresses, they are expensive and you cannot repeat them after a while. Borrowing is a cheaper option,” says Jessica Nagpal, founder of Secret Wardrobe.

Since the capital cost in this business is high, companies are entering into revenue-sharing deals with customers who can put up their designer-wear for rent for a share of rental income. In fact, ventures like Bag4aday and Art Bank are planning to go big and are looking for funding through the private equity route.

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Murdoch’s Date With Justice

A legal net is closing around media mogul Rupert Murdoch. On Monday a top investigator in London reported that senior News Corp. employees authorized hundreds of bribes to police officers and other government officials.

But these reports of criminal behavior in the United Kingdom have yet to trigger a prosecution of Murdoch here in the States, where top executives can be held liable for systematically bribing foreign officials.

To stop this scandal from jumping the Atlantic, Murdoch has added legions of lobbyists and lawyers to his ranks. Their goal is to defang the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which makes it unlawful for a US corporation to pay off a foreign official for the purpose of advancing or protecting a business interest.

Ruperts Dream Team

Murdochs new team of legal aces includes Mark Mendelsohn, a former Justice Department prosecutor who helped bring FCPA cases against companies including Siemens, Daimler Chrysler and Johnson Johnson. In a controversial move, Mendelsohn jumped to the private sector to protect Murdoch and his fellow executives against the very sort of prosecutions that he used to lead.

Murdoch would not have put that level of investment into a legal team if he didnt think that US enforcement against News Corp. fell within the realm of possibility. But while the Justice Department, FBI and Securities and Exchange Commission opened investigations against News Corp. last year, they have since said very little about their progress.

Some experts predict we will see no enforcement action against News Corp. during an election year as politicians and government agencies steer clear of a confrontation with one of the nations most powerful media companies. Others believe News Corp. will move to settle before prosecutors assemble their FCPA case and take it to court.

Media Power Corrupts Absolutely

For its part News Corp. has sought to mute coverage of the phone-hacking and bribery scandals across its news empire. Last fall it went so far as to censor a joke Alec Baldwin planned to tell about the companys alleged crimes during Foxs broadcast of the Emmys.

Murdoch also invested a million dollars in lobbying efforts to declaw the FCPA, donating to the US Chamber of Commerce last summer just as the group was set to launch a high-profile campaign to rewrite the anti-bribery law.

This is how Murdoch works. For decades now hes wielded his enormous media power and financial might to build an empire, fight the public interest and place himself and his fellow News Corp. executives above the law.

Several public advocacy groups, including Free Press, Public Campaign, ThinkProgress, CREDO Action and Media Matters for America, have collected signatures from more than 200,000 Americans demanding a full investigation.

The present situation with News Corp. is exactly the sort of scenario these groups have warned against for years. When one company amasses too much control over a nations public discourse, democracy suffers and corruption spreads. Its clear that Murdoch and his News Corp. colleagues believed that their tremendous media power placed them above the law.

But their fortunes are turning, and Rupert Murdoch must now answer for all that has happened under his watch. If he or his executives broke the law, they must be held accountable in the United States.

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Forge appoints Mr David Simpson as new CEO

The Board of Forge Group Limited takes great pleasure announcing the appointment of Mr David Simpson as the Company new Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director following an extensive national and international search.

Mr Simpson will take over from current CEO and Executive Chairman, Mr Peter Hutchinson, who will remain as the Executive Chairman during the transition period. Mr Simpson will commence working for Forge and be appointed to the Board as soon as he has fulfilled his existing employment obligations.

Until recently, Mr Simpson was Chief Executive, UGL Resources, a division of UGL Limited. He has extensive experience specific to the engineering and construction sectors both in Australia and internationally. In his most recent role he was responsible for leading UGL Limiteds Resources division with an order book of around USD 1 billion, servicing the mining and mineral processing, oil and gas, chemicals and petrochemicals and industrial processing industries.

Mr Peter Hutchinson executive chairman said I am very pleased that Mr Simpson has accepted the challenge of leading Forge through its next stage of development and growth. Forge is undergoing a period of significant expansion both geographically and into other growth sectors including LNG in Queensland. The Company current pipeline includes over USD 500 million of committed work and this growth requires disciplined leadership as Forge expands into other States outside WA and broadens its suite of service offerings to clients.

He said One of Mr Simpsons key priorities will be to deliver on the growth and stretch targets set by the Forge Board. He was considered by the Board to be the most appropriate candidate to lead the Company into this new era with his professional capability, experience and knowledge of the engineering and construction sectors in a listed environment as well as a strong background in MA.

In accepting the appointment, Mr Simpson said he was looking forward to the significant opportunities for growing shareholder value for Forge investors.

Mr Simpson said From my extensive due diligence, Forge is on the cusp of a period of unprecedented growth and the Company has a solid footing to increase shareholder returns by successfully delivering on the current work pipeline and future opportunities. I look forward to being a part of this tremendously successful organization.

Mr Simpson has worked at UGL since 2006, initially as Group General Counsel, then as Chief Commercial Officer in 2009. This role saw him lead the companys Strategy, Development, MA and Major Project teams. He has also served as a Director for most of UGLs global divisions.

Prior to joining UGL, Mr David spent 13 years working in engineering and construction companies including Leighton Contractors, Daimler Chrysler Rail and Asea Brown Boveri. At Leighton Contractors he focussed on financed projects and major infrastructure, and his international experience began with his role at ABB in China and again with Daimler Chrysler Rail where he held the position of Global Counsel Contracts Manager based in the UK.

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POL-EN: Gevelsberg – Silberner Daimler Chrysler angefahren

Gevelsberg (ots) – Unfallverursacher flüchtet

In der Zeit vom 03.02.2012, 19.00 Uhr, bis 05.02.2012, 11.00 Uhr, beschädigt der Fahrer eines unbekannten Fahrzeugs vermutlich beim Abbiegen von der Hammerstraße in Richtung einer Firmenzufahrt die linke Hinterseite eines abgestellten silbernen Pkw Daimler Chrysler. Der Verursacher flüchtet, ohne den Schaden von etwa 1.500 Euro reguliert zu haben. Die Polizei bittet um Hinweise unter der Telefonnummer 02333/9166-4000.

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BorgWarner Supplies Turbochargers to Daimler Trucks for First-Ever Euro VI …

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — BorgWarner supplies its B-series turbochargers for the new Mercedes-Benz 12.8-liter six-cylinder in-line Blue Efficiency Power engine, the first in its class to meet upcoming Euro VI emissions standards. Based on Daimlers new heavy-duty engine generation specifically developed for the European market, the turbocharged engine sets a new benchmark in low emissions, improved fuel economy and increased performance. With a power output of 310 kW (421 hp) to 375 kW (510 hp), the powerful engine will be used in on-road commercial vehicles as well as off-highway vehicles. To meet growing demand in the US, BorgWarner is also supplying its turbochargers to Daimlers, EPA10-compliant engine which is featured in Freightliner commercial trucks.

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The new Blue Efficiency Power engine is the result of the continuing and successful collaboration between Daimler Trucks and BorgWarner, said Pete Kohler, BorgWarner President and General Manager, Turbo Systems Commercial Diesel Products. We are pleased to contribute our years of turbocharging experience to the success of this outstanding engine. Around the world, commercial and off-highway drivers will appreciate the benefits of improved performance, increased fuel economy and reduced emissions.

To meet Daimlers demands for system robustness and durability, BorgWarners latest B-series turbocharger with asymmetric twin scroll turbine housing delivers improved efficiency, high durability and excellent sealing attributes even in the harsh working environments encountered in heavy-duty on- and off-road applications. In contrast to a twin scroll turbocharger consisting of two scrolls of equal size, an asymmetric twin scroll turbine housing incorporates two scrolls of different sizes for separate exhaust gas routing to provide high exhaust gas recirculation rates for efficiently reducing NOx emissions. The smaller scroll achieves recirculation of the exhaust gas through higher back pressure built-up in front of the turbine. The larger scroll provides a high turbine output using exhaust gas energy for optimum efficiency without being affected by the exhaust gas recirculation. This combination provides optimum engine response and helps the engine to comply with global emissions standards while achieving better fuel economy and improved performance.

About BorgWarner

Auburn Hills, Michigan-based BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE: BWA) is a technology leader in highly engineered components and systems for powertrain applications worldwide. Operating manufacturing and technical facilities in 59 locations in 19 countries, the company develops products to improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and enhance performance. Customers include VW/Audi, Ford, Toyota, Renault/Nissan, General Motors, Hyundai/Kia, Daimler, Chrysler, Fiat, BMW, Honda, John Deere, PSA, and MAN. For more information, please visit www.borgwarner.com.

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BorgWarner’s R2S® Turbocharging Technology Drives First Four-Cylinder Engine …

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —
BorgWarner’s award-winning regulated two-stage (R2S®) turbocharging technology boosts performance while helping improve fuel efficiency and lower emissions for the first four-cylinder engine in the history of the Mercedes S-Class. The 2.2-liter diesel S 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY is the first car in the luxury segment to consume less than 6 liters of fuel per 100 km.

“BorgWarner’s highly efficient turbocharging technology meets the highest demands in performance, fuel economy and emissions,” said Frederic Lissalde, President and General Manager, BorgWarner Turbo Systems Passenger Car Products. “We are pleased to collaborate with Mercedes-Benz to set new benchmarks for powerful downsized diesel engines in the luxury segment without compromising performance.”

To develop a state-of-the-art engine featuring low-end torque, responsiveness, high output and low emissions, Mercedes-Benz chose BorgWarner’s regulated two-stage turbocharging system for the new four-cylinder diesel engine. The compact R2S system consists of one small KP39 high-pressure exhaust gas turbocharger and one large K04 low-pressure exhaust gas turbocharger. The high-pressure turbine is first driven by the exhaust gas, revolving at up to 215,000 rpm. BorgWarner engineers integrated a bypass into the high-pressure turbine casting which allows the turbines to be controlled based on engine speed and generate optimum boost pressure over the entire engine speed range with excellent torque characteristics. The R2S turbocharging technology fulfills the requirements of state-of-the-art engine concepts, allowing maximum exhaust gas recirculation rates even under full load conditions while significantly reducing NOx emissions.

While still offering excellent dynamics, the engine provides its maximum torque from just 1,600 rpm in the S 250 CDI and achieves a fuel consumption rating of only 5.7 liters per 100 kilometers (41 mpg). This equates to CO2 emissions of 149 g/km (240 grams/mile).

About BorgWarner

Auburn Hills, Michigan-based BorgWarner Inc.

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Maserati Rolling Out New Models From 2013: Report

Maseratis new Kubang SUV is expected to arrive in the following year, with the concepts styling likely to carry over to the production model.

The big Grand Cherokee-based SUV could get a new name when it debuts, with reports late last year pointing to Cinqueporte (five-door) as one possible moniker.

Despite its Daimler/Chrysler platform origins, Maserati says the SUV will be powered by a range of high tech proprietary engines designed by Maserati and built by Ferrari. No doubt that will include a V8 range-topper.

In 2015, the current GranTurismo coupe and GranCabrio convertible are also expected to be replaced, although details for those models – still sometime away – have yet to surface.

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SASFED welcomes new SABC GCEO

The South African Screen Federation (SASFED) would like to welcome Lulama Mokhobo as the new permanent Group Chief Executive Officer of SABC, replacing Phil Molefe who was the acting GCEO of the SABC and who had already replaced another interim leader Robin Nicholson.

Mokhobo was recommended by the SABC board and approved by Minister of Communications Dina Pule. SASFED is grateful that the public broadcaster finally has a permanent GCEO again, who will serve a five-year term. SASFED is pleased by the appointment of a woman to the helm of the SABC, and hopes she will offer some leadership and vision to the SABC, as well as better continuity and accountability.

Mokhobo is said to have a BA (humanities) and attended the University of Botswana and Swaziland and the State University of Utah (1987-1989), where she got a MSC (Instr Tech). She is also a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Children?s Fund.

Mokhobo shocked the mining industry last week by suddenly resigning with immediate effect as independent non-executive director and Chairperson of Miranda Minerals, a junior mining exploration company. This might seem obvious if she was taking up the SABC post, but it?s of concern to SASFED that she was one of four other directors who resigned as well, and that a court order halted a rights offer Miranda wanted to set in motion on the JSE, after the foreign majority shareholders in Miranda demanded repayment of their loans to the company.

Mokhobo had interactions with SAFSED and its affiliates as former SABC Group Exec for public broadcasting, where she served for nearly five years before resigning in June 2010. Prior to joining SABC in 2005, she ran the PR divisions of Eskom, SAPO, and Daimler Chrysler SA, and is a former CEO of Urban Brew Studios (set up by former SABC boss Zwelakhe Sisulu), and also worked on the start-up of the now defunct BopTV and used to be a director of e-TV. She was also the Chairperson of the Independent Producers Organisation (IPO) in 2005, which in turn is member of SASFED.

SASFED welcomes Mokohobos appointment, wishes her the best in setting the SABC on the path to transparent and independent Public Broadcasting, and urges her to seek a meeting with the independent industry as soon as possible so together we can normalise the public broadcasting sphere and provide high quality content to the public. SASFED heralds the fact that for the first time ever, a woman will head the SABC.

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BorgWarner Equips New Renault Diesel Engine with Optimized Turbocharger Technology

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Jan. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — BorgWarners latest generation of variable turbine geometry (VTG) turbochargers power the totally new 1.6-liter Energy dci 130 diesel engine from Renault. BorgWarners VTG turbocharger helps the engine set high standards of efficiency with CO2 emissions of less than 115 g/km (185 grams/mile) and 20 percent better fuel economy compared with its 1.9-liter predecessor. The boosted four-cylinder diesel engine also produces impressive performance, generating 130 HP and 320 Nm (236 lb.-ft.) of torque at 1,750 rpm. Debuting in the European Scenic and Grand Scenic models in first-half 2011, the engine is intended for Renaults and Nissans European mid-range C-segment vehicles.

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BorgWarners advanced turbocharging technology combined with our exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) cooler and tube on the low pressure EGR system allows drivers to experience the benefits of significantly improved fuel economy and reduced emissions without sacrificing performance, said Frederic Lissalde, President and General Manager, BorgWarner Turbo Systems Passenger Car Products. We value our long-standing and successful partnership with Renault and are pleased to provide them our latest engine technologies.

To replace the older 1.9-liter diesel engine, BorgWarner supported Renaults downsizing strategy to combine driving performance, lower fuel consumption and reduced emissions for the new engine. In developing the latest generation of its BV38 VTG turbocharger, BorgWarner drew on its many years of experience, replacing the straight turbine vanes with a patented S-shaped vane to improve thermodynamics, response and controllability. To offer protection against the high exhaust gas temperature and acerbic exhaust gas components, BorgWarner developed a special coating for the new milled VTG turbocharger compressor wheel. BorgWarner also developed a more compact design for use in combination with the low-pressure EGR system. Built to deliver powerful yet efficient performance, the new VTG turbocharger provides excellent torque characteristics over the entire engine speed range while reducing fuel consumption.

About BorgWarner
Auburn Hills, Michigan-based BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE: BWA) is a technology leader in highly engineered components and systems for powertrain applications worldwide. Operating manufacturing and technical facilities in 59 locations in 19 countries, the company develops products to improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and enhance performance. Customers include VW/Audi, Ford, Toyota, Renault/Nissan, General Motors, Hyundai/Kia, Daimler, Chrysler, Fiat, BMW, Honda, John Deere, PSA, and MAN. For more information, please visit www.borgwarner.com.

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Chrysler 300C: Ville du kjøpt bruktbil av denne mannen?

Når nordmenn skal selge bil har det etter hvert blitt en ganske kuriøs rutine å forsøke å bortforklare at man rett og slett har gått så grundig lei av den gamle bilen at man har lyst på noe nytt. Overgang til firmabil, oppussing av hytta eller flytting er tre av gjengangerne.

Nylig dukket denne 2005 Chrysler 300C´en opp på eBay. En forholdsvis anonym bil i en forholdsvis anonym farge. Men et par ting ved denne bilen er virkelig ikke anonyme:

Den er sikkert ikke akkurat gjenglemt av Obama, men en gammel plakat fra valgkampen i 2007 er jo det minste man burde kunne forlange Ã¥ fÃ¥ med pÃ¥ kjøpet. En presenning er tydeligvis ogsÃ¥ inkludert – det er det nærmeste man kommer president. Faksimile: eBay.com

Leaset fra 2004 til 2007

Først og fremst gjelder det opplysningene om hvem som hadde bilen først, nemlig en Chicago-mann ved navn Barack Hussein Obama, som de fleste vil gjenkjenne som USAs 44. og nåværende president.

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Selv om han i dag rÃ¥der over en omfattende flÃ¥te med spesialbygde og pansrede kjøretøyer er det nok heller ikke firmabil som er forklaringen her – og heller ikke behov for Ã¥ skifte vinduer pÃ¥ presidentens fritidsbolig Camp David, eller den flyttingen som mange kommentatorer tror kan bli aktuell for familien Obama etter neste presidentvalg.

Politisk ukorrekt – selv i USA, i hvertfall hvis man har ambisjoner: Obama unnet seg V8 med litt pulver under panseret i denne bilen, og fikk høre det. Neste ble en hybrid-SUV med adskillig grønnere profil. Faksimile: eBay.com

Nei, når sant skal sies er det ikke engang Obama som selger bilen.

Han fikk ifølge opplysningene i annonsen en del pepper i amerikanske medier for at han hadde valgt utgaven med Hemi V8-motor i stedet for en litt mer drivstofføkonomisk sekser, dermed byttet han den da den tre år lange leasingperioden utløp i 2007 med en mer politisk korrekt Ford Escape Hybrid.

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Presidenten skal selv ha kjørt på drøyt 19.000 av de 20.800 miles som meteret i bilen viser i dag. Den er oppført med tre registrerte eiere, og vedkommende som nå forsøker å selge bilen er en privatperson som tydeligvis forutså Obamas fremtidige karriere den gang i 2007, og klokelig beholdt bilen for salg på et mer lukurativt tidspunkt.

De siste årene har den vært lagret, nærmest som en god vin. Og etter å ha fått nytt batteri og litt service er den nå klar for veien igjen.

Rent bortsett fra ting som måtte oppstå etter lang tids lagring snakker vi i praksis om en nesten ny bruktbil. Men her kan du for en gangs skyld ikke påstå at det er norske bilavgifter som gjør bilen dyr dersom du klikker inn et bud på nettauksjonen. Faksimile: eBay.com

N̴ anser alts̴ eieren at tiden er moden for et salg, og etter en auksjonsrunde uten budgivere er n̴ bilen lagt ut p̴ eBay igjen Рmed samme utropspris. Den er p̴ friske 1 million dollar, noe som vi oppfatter som det andre, virkelig oppsiktsvekkende med denne bilen.

Selv om alle de scannede eierdokumentene og alt annet skulle sjekke ut OK i forhold til Obama-tilknytningen, er det likevel et friskt forlangende.

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For bare noen dager siden bragte vi historien om en Tesla Roadster Sport som ble kjørt av Bruce Willis i en kommende film, og som selgeren føler at har steget betraktelig i verdi av den grunn. Selgeren av Obamas gamle Hemi-Chrysler har også gjort leksa si, og anser sitt forlangende som et kupp med bakgrunn i disse påståtte historiene:

Mye å hente på en berømt eier

Pave Johannes Paul IIs 1975 Ford Escort skal ha blitt solgt for 690.000 dollar til en samler i Houston, og nÃ¥værende pave Benedicts 1999 Volkswagen skal ha innbragt 244.000 dollar – antagelig uten at han selv kjørte den noen gang, da han visstnok ikke har førerkort. Og sÃ¥ var det Irans president Ahmadinejads hvite 1977 Peugeot 504, som skal ha gÃ¥tt for 1,5 millioner britiske pund.

Salget av den Peugeoten har vi tidligere fortalt om her på Broom:

Det blir spennende Ã¥ se om det kommer noen budgivere pÃ¥ banen denne gangen. Ser man bort fra proveniensen sÃ¥ fÃ¥r man altsÃ¥ en familiesedan fra Daimler-Chrysler-perioden, basert pÃ¥ mye Mercedes E-klasseteknikk under skallet, men med særegne amerikanske linjer – og i dette tilfellet altsÃ¥ ogsÃ¥ en meget amerikansk V8 under panseret.

Bak dette rattet har muligens spiren til mye av politikken som i praksis er blitt toneangivende for hele den vestlige verden de senere årene blitt klekket ut. Og kanskje har Obama sunget en og annen Al Green-sang på vei mellom Chicago og Washington. Faksimile: eBay.com

Til forskjell fra i Europa så har bilen vært forholdsvis populær i USA, og her snakker vi altså i tillegg om en bil med den største motoren og en meget pen kilometerstand. Men uansett hvor mye man mener en slik bil er verdt i seg selv, så gjenstår at man nok må sette uvanlig stor pris på president Obama også for å få dette regnestykket til å gå opp.

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Vi tviler pÃ¥ at det sitter mange klare til Ã¥ trykke pÃ¥ budknappen i Norge. Men om det gjør det, sÃ¥ kan man i det minste konstatere at for Ãn gangs skyld er det ikke norske importavgifter som gjør at en amerikansk bil blir svinedyr…

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