They’re the hottest vehicles on the market, but SUVs also may be an environmental nightmare. The latest blast from the Sierra Club? No, from Ford Motor Co. Chairman Bill Ford, who warns, “There are very real conflicts between Ford’s current business practices, consumer choices and emerging views of (environmental) sustainability.” has the complete story on how Ford is rethinking its commitment to its most profitable product segment.

Meanwhile, DaimlerChrysler is giving the old heave-ho to one of its icons, the sexy, but slow-selling Plymouth Prowler hot rod. But as DC President Jim Holden tells TCC, the end of Prowler doesn’t mean the automaker is getting out of the custom car business. The company plans to put the next-generation Dodge Viper in the Conner assembly plant, and is also considering whether to build a couple of other specialty models.

There’s plenty more on this week. Check out the new generation of “smart” airbags from General Motors; and learn how federal regulators are trying to reduce inadvertent airbag injuries. Get up close and personal with GM’s new design star, the talented Anne Asensio. Then see what’s hot in the private car collections of DaimlerChrysler execs and employees.

In this week’s review roster, TCC burns rubber in the 2000 edition Viper, cruises in the leaner, meaner new Olds Aurora, unveils the updated BMW 3-Series ragtop and wagon, discovers how the Grand Am is keeping Pontiac in style, takes a tour in a great eight, the new Audi A6 4.2, and chases the millennial Miata.

We’ve got spy shots of the next-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon, “Caught in the Web,” while TCC’s very own CarGirl discovers it can be dangerous to think and drive at the same time.

There’s all this and more on , including new and used car pricing, photos and buying data. Let our On-Site Mechanic help keep your car running. And weigh in with your own auto opinions in the TCC Forum.

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