Re the Times Square car bomb, José M Guardia comments on the mistranslation of Chelsea tractor by Cadena Ser and others. While their minds may well be as furry as porcine slurry, the marketing of a vehicle allegedly (where?) designed for exotic and perilous deserts to surgically improved mums to transport their precious tots half a mile to school does create ample scope for creativity.
I wonder if the use of an SUV by the would-be New York bomber is not a sign of its decline as a status symbol. There was a great growth in their use in Spain at the time of the "No war for oil" movement, demonstrating the paradoxical nature of tercermundista anti-Americanism, but my impression this last year is that sales are down vis-à-vis other types. Maybe the cultural lead-time between Anglocabronía and Barcelona isn't as great as some expat bar pundits believe.