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Autoweek in review: What you might have missed

Fri, 01 Jun 2012

A 1933 Alfa Romeo took home the top-prize “Gold Cup” from the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este this past week. The owner purchased the car in 2002, fulfilling his boyhood dream of owning it.

Chrysler said it will drop the Jeep Compass and will replace the Town & Country minivan with a crossover. The company is looking to eliminate overlap of products and lend each product a more distinct brand identity.

Digital editor Andrew Stoy took the new 2013 Lexus ES for a spin to evaluate the updated version of the company's second-best-selling product. Check out the article for all of the details.

Lotus Group CEO Danny Bahar has been suspended. That development stirred additional concerns over the future of the company. The suspension comes after an “undisclosed conduct” complaint. The British company has had its fair share of controversy as of late, with an unorthodox press release trying to address concerns.

The Carroll Shelby tribute at the Petersen Automotive Museum drew more than 1,200 attendees, with countless others watching live via the Internet. In a tribute to Shelby, owners around the world started their cars and revved their engines at the same time. Extra copies of the Autoweek Carroll Shelby tribute issue are available.

If you are still looking for the perfect Father's Day gift, look no further than Ferrari Racing Days at Silverstone in England. The all-things Ferrari event is not to be missed for fans of the Prancing Horse.

Small cars may be making a bigger—pun intended—comeback if Gordon Murray has his way. The former Formula One designer claims to have cut small-car production costs. Will his claims bring about some change? Give us your thoughts on his plan.

If performance-oriented four-door sedans pique your interest, consider looking at the Ford Taurus SHO with the Performance package. The upgrades earn high marks for the sedan. Watch as executive editor Roger Hart takes the SHO around the track.

By David Arnouts