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 |  Mar 22 2011, 8:48 PM

Oprah Winfrey is one of the most influential and successful women on Earth, and her success has lead to the kind of wealth that can give her access to anything she points her finger at.

On the occasion of her 42nd birthday, she pointed towards a black on white 1996 Bentley Azure convertible. It seems Ms. Winfrey liked her Bentley a lot, amassing 49,000-miles on it. Perhaps it was used as a daily driver, and that gives Ms. Winfrey extra brownie points in our books.

According to Mark Scarincio, owner of Boulevard Auto in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. the dealership that currently has this vehicle up for sale, Ms. Winfrey came in with her gal pal Gayle King and said she wanted something special for her birthday. The salesman who was a personal friend of Ms. Winfrey showed her the Bentley and soon she signed papers to this $335,000 land-yatch.

The car has since depreciated quite a bit. It was recently listed on ebay Motors for a “buy it now” price of $67,900 but got no takers. So, if your significant other is a huge Oprah fan, you could earn extra credits by buying it for them.

[Source: Edmunds Inside Line]

 |  Nov 22 2010, 6:27 PM

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Oprah’s annual “Favorite Things” episode, where the billionaire talk show personality gives audience members a series of lavish gifts, saw the unveiling of the silhouette of the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle, a first for the new car.

Oprah, who owns a current generation Beetle, contacted the automaker regarding a giveaway, and she was given a sneak peek of the unreleased car. The 2012 Beetle won’t be shown until next year after the Detroit Auto Show and winners will have to wait until late in 2011 to collect their cars.

The new Beetle’s design echoes the original Beetle much more closely, with a more aggressive, slanted roofline, rather than the 3 semi-circles look the current car trades on. Volkswagen CEO Jonathan Browning mentioned that the car would be given a sportier edge, with optional features like a sport suspension, sport seats and dual exhausts, while powerplants will include the cracking 2.0 Turbo 4-cylinder and torquey TDI diesel. Volkswagen is hoping to move away from the Beetle’s feminine image – and will ostensibly doing away with Barbie themed Beetles, like the one seen above.

[Source: Volkswagen]

Hit the jump to read the official press release

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 |  Apr 30 2010, 10:45 AM

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Happy No Phone Zone Day!  When Oprah Winfrey talks, people listen. Now, Oprah is telling you to shut up – well, at least while you’re driving. The talk show diva has partnered with the Governors Highway Safety Association and a variety of other agencies to get the message out about distracted driving.

On a special live show airing today (April 30), she’ll be dedicating the hour to the dangers of driving and cell phone use. It might not be the sexiest of topics, but it’s an important one, especially since many provinces and states have passed cell phone laws that penalize drivers using hand-held mobile phones and devises.

The show is promoting a new awareness campaign called “No Phone Zone,” which cautions drivers not to talk or text on their mobile devices while driving. During this special episode, Oprah will interview the families of victims of distracted driving collisions, as well as government officials, advocacy organizations, parents, youth, and law enforcement officers to discuss best practices and steps to limit distracted driving.  The hour-long Oprah Winfrey Show will also host viewing rallies in cities across the US, including Detroit, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

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 |  Jul 13 2009, 11:09 AM

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Back in 2004 Oprah Winfrey gave away 276 Pontiac G6s to her audience members. And like all things Oprah touches, it turned to gold – gold for Pontiac and General Motors anyway. Popularity of the car shot up overnight and now Volkswagen is hoping for a repeat performance as Oprah will reportedly give away two Routan minivans on an upcoming show.

While a Volkswagen model, the Routan is actually a Dodge Caravan/Chrysler Town & Country underneath and is built in North America at Chrysler’s Windsor, Ontario plant in Canada.

Routan sales haven’t been strong for Volkswagen as it struggles for market share in a segment that is seemingly past its prime and filled with strong and established competitors from Toyota and Honda – not to mention from Chrysler with its own version of the same vehicle.

In such a well-established vehicle segment, the Routan’s biggest problem seems to be awareness, but that will all change after millions of Americans hear Oprah say that word: Routan. Awareness for the Pontiac G6 reached 87 percent after the 2004 Oprah giveaway. The Pontiac G6 also because an immediate top search item on both Google and Yahoo. GM even said that unique visitors to the Pontiac website were six times the average in the weeks after that famous Oprah show.

Luckily for Volkswagen, meeting the surge in demand won’t be a problem as Chrysler jut announced it would not shutter its Windsor assembly plant, which had previously been on the chopping block.

[Source: Wards]