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In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web:
•Gooding & Company will sell George Clooney’s 2008 Signature 100 Tesla Roadster at its Pebble Beach Auction on Sunday, Aug. 19. Mr. Clooney bought the car, No. 0008, when Tesla introduced the Roadster as a high-performance electric sports car. With only 1,700 miles from new, Mr. Clooney’s Tesla Roadster is finished in Obsidian Black Metallic over a premium, two-tone leather interior. The Tesla’s estimate of the car’s value is $100,000 to $125,000. Mr. Clooney has selected a nonprofit organization that he helped found, the Satellite Sentinel Project, as the beneficiary of his sale proceeds, the auction house said. (Gooding)
•Less than a week before he was to become the design chief of Opel/Vauxhall, Dave Lyon left the parent company, General Motors. Mr. Lyon was to succeed Mark Adams, who G.M. appointed to be the new global design director for Cadillac and Buick. An Opel spokesman confirmed Mr. Lyon’s sudden departure without elaborating. Mr. Adams will remain Opel’s design chief until a successor is found, the spokesman said. (Autonews)
•BASF, in its Global Automotive Color Trend Report, predicted brown, blue and green would be trending in the next five years as preferred vehicle colors. Consumers want more choices than just silver, white and black. Still, silver, white and black will make up 50 percent to 80 percent of all car colors. (USA Today)