Video: What happens when Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher meet at dinner?

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Mika Hakinen

Mika Häkkinen, Nico Rosberg, Michael Schumacher Mercedes TV spot – Click above to view video after the jump

The internal rivalry between Mercedes GP Petronas drivers Nico Rosberg and the legendary Michael Schumacher is famous. They race almost as hard against each other as they do everyone else on the track, and exist in a world of tense equilibrium between teammates’ friendly competition and bitter rivalry.

Mercedes-Benz has released a new clip that makes light of the rivalry while delivering a sharp message about this year’s focus. After Rosberg and Schumacher go back and forth, each ordering the other a progressively expensive and more impressive bottle of champagne, Mika Häkkinen shows up to focus the pair.

The Finnish F1 legend orders both drivers a Red Bull, offering a not-so-subtle clue as to who Merc’s gunning for this year. Webber and Vettel, you have been warned. Watch it all after the jump.

[Source: YouTube]

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eBay Find of the Day: Original Michael Keaton Batmobile

Filed under: Coupe, Auctions, Specialty

Tim Burton’s Batman Returns Batmobile – Click above for high-res image gallery

Time is running out if you want a shot at bringing home a slice of caped-crusader history. One of the three original Batmobiles from Tim Burton’s Batman Returns is officially up for auction, and the bidding wraps up in mere hours. According to the seller, this car was the best of the three used for filming, and comes with full documentation for the discerning collector. Power is served up by a Chevrolet 350 cubic-inch V8 with Hedman headers and an Edelbrock aluminum intake manifold that bumps power north of 200 ponies.

Supervillains apparently moved at a more leisurely pace in the ’90s.

This particular Batmobile also comes with hydraulics for easy loading and unloading, which you’ll use because the auction also throws in a custom trailer for transportation. As of right now, the bidding has ratcheted up to $311,000 with the reserve price not yet met. The Buy It Now price is set at $499,000, and the vehicle is located in Clearwater, Florida.

The seller says that if no one reaches the reserve price before the eBay Motors auction comes to a close, the car will be auctioned on live television instead, which probably means it will appear in Scottsdale, Arizona for this weekend’s big Barrett-Jackson auction. Raid your couch cushions, save your pennies and head over to eBay Motors to get your bids a rollin’ before it’s too late.

Gallery: Tim Burton’s Batman Returns Batmobile

[Source: eBay Motors]

eBay Find of the Day: Original Michael Keaton Batmobile originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 19 Jan 2011 17:35:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Video: Michael Vick hawks for Nissan dealership, skirts shame

Filed under: Car Buying, Marketing/Advertising, Videos, Nissan

Michael Vick Woodbury Nissan commercial

Michael Vick’s Woodbury Nissan commercial – Click above to watch the video after the jump

When Michael Vick went to prison for bankrolling an illegal dog fighting operation, sports journalists and fans the world over threw dirt on his once highly successful career as an NFL quarterback. Vick did his time and eventually made his way back to the big time, but it appeared that his days as a starting quarterback were over. Not so fast. An injury to Philadelphia’s starting quarterback meant that Vick got a second chance to run an NFL offense. And he’s been excelling; perhaps enough so to become the league’s MVP. But can he sell Nissan vehicles? Not a national campaign, mind – we’re talking about a local dealer.

Woodbury Nissan, a dealership in New Jersey just outside of Philly, has hired Vick to hock new and used vehicles. The move probably doesn’t endear the dealership to dog lovers (or animal owners in general), but the hope is that Eagles fans really won’t care. Interestingly, USA Today notes that Vick isn’t getting paid for his appearance, though he is getting use of a $54,000 Armada for his troubles.

Hit the jump to watch the commercial (scripted to mimic The Office)l for yourself. Vick isn’t wearing a cowboy hat and he’s not yelling about amazing deals. Instead, the nearly two-minute spot is very well done for a local add, and it’s pretty funny, too. The dealer even takes a shot at the diminutive Versa, which may not sit well with corporate, but it gave us a chuckle.

[Sources: YouTube, USA Today, Automotive News – sub. req.]

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