John Dingell’s New American Car

Mr. Car, John Dingell, shopped around the auto show.


By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Democratic Rep. John Dingell knows cars, probably more than most lawmakers. He represents Michigan's car-industry-rich 15th District, home to Ford and the plant that makes the battery for the new Chevy Volt. He doesn't play favorites. His Michigan vehicle is a Ford Escape; in Washington, it's a Chevy Malibu. But he's in the market for a new Michigan car and took time at this week's Washington Auto Show to shop around. He tells Whispers that American makers "don't have to take a back seat to anybody." Which means, he adds, "I'm going to buy a new car, and it's going to be American." Word is he's leaning toward a Mercury Milan, though he's a big fan of the Volt.

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