SANTA’S GOT A NEW RIG – Santa’s new “sleigh,” on display in La Porte City for a limited time, makes a strong, stylish statement about real world travel and protecting the environment. The SSB (Santa’s Slug Bug) prototype is equipped with energy-saving lights and a smaller, 3 RP (reindeer-power) engine, which has been downsized from the standard 8 reindeer model to reduce emissions. While the demo model on display is not available for a test drive, the SSB is rumored to have a sophisticated electronics package, which includes a Naughty-or-Nice sensor that provides the jolly elf with up-to-the-minute reports from all around the world. Photo by Mike Whittlesey.