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2012-07-24 16.00.48We blogged a while ago about thieves taking third row seats from SUVs.

Now in a continuing trend of stealing parts of vehicles instead of the entire thing itself, we find thieves are making off with truck tailgates.

What some people may find truly shocking about this is that it only takes 30 seconds to remove the tailgate. Yikes!

Meanwhile for the owner it’ll take a lot longer to replace and at a cost of around $1,000! This is a relatively new type of theft but the National Insurance Crime Bureau says that it’s definitely on the rise.

See the article for which truck models are most likely targets (beware Ford owners) and the states where it happens most. And follow the recommendations to avoid losing your tailgate.

Read more about the tailgate theft spree from The Car Connection here.

2012-07-24 16.00.50“Connected car” was the buzz phrase at CES and the Consumer Telematics Show as well.

There were so many announcements related to the field in Las Vegas that it’s a little dizzying trying to track it all.

Carmakers like Chrysler talked about enhancements to its UConnect system while Ford touted its newspaper reader via the Kaliki Audio Newsstand.

Pandora, Aha, iHeart Radio, among others announced its deals.

Hopefully you caught our blog post that ran on the CES blog during the show: Can Connected Cars Change the World?

You can also get the overview from the recent shows here from Extreme Tech and Tech Crunch.

The 2013 Ford Mustang at CES.

The 2013 Ford Mustang at CES.

It’s possible that the automotive world has already bumped against the “peak car” wall.

Ford acknowledged as much with their statement that they are transitioning from automaker to “enablers of mobility”!

Whatever the heck that means. But statistics don’t lie.

The U.S. hit its high of total vehicle miles traveled in 2007 and that number has declined since then even though the population has increased.

It’s clear that in the developed world at least we’re probably going to do less driving (and less car buying as well), as we’re already mired in global gridlock.

The Chinese say, may you live in interesting times.

Well, this is definitely one of them!

Read more about the “peak car” idea from Quartz here.

cobra_crashSCREEEEEEECH!!!

On the less serious side of auto news, here’s a vid of a Ford Mustang Cobra Jet doing a wheelie before crashing into the wall at a Maryland drag meet.

Considering this car has a 690-hp engine that costs $93,000, well, that’s a costly drag run.

Furthermore, there were only 50 of the purpose-built, limited-edition drag racers made by Ford this year. So the crash is even more crushing, if you will.

We’re afraid no security system could’ve saved this driver from a meeting with the wall.

Think this one is kind of a “meh” story? Well, it’s already gotten over 800,000 hits on YouTube!

A video captured from inside the Cobra Jet shows the driver jerking the wheel while still in the air — a mistake that increased the chances the vehicle would drift in the wrong direction when it came back down to the ground.

Read the full story from Yahoo here or check out the full video of the $93,000 Cobra Jet crash below:

Consumers may be complaining about the MyFord Touch system, but that hasn’t dissuaded CEO Alan Mulally from continuing to focus on in-vehicle electronics as a key way to connect with buyers.

The CEO conceded that Ford might have overlooked voice controls and depended far too much on touch-screen technology — but still firmly advocated investing in the developing technologies that are bringing the connected car to today’s consumer.

As he told Automotive News, “We want to move to the place where you have this enduring relationship with your Ford store just like your Apple store.”

Sounds like the car company wants to sell you the hardware and a lot of software that goes with it in the future. That being said, on the Sync side, Ford announced it sold over 5 million vehicles with that system in the last five years.

Echoing the CEO, Chief Technology Officer Paul Mascarenas noted, “The car is a rich source of real-time data and when combined with the processing power available in the cloud, it could become the smartest device you will ever own.”

Check out more full coverage, read the Automotive News article for more from Alan Mulally here and see the CE Outlook story with quotes from Ford CTO Paul Mascarenas here.