Car Reviews

2014 Ford F-150 Tremor Review: A Tale of the Tape – or Stickin’ it to ‘em

2014 Ford F-150 Tremor Review: A Tale of the Tape – or Stickin’ it to ‘em

North Texas – This, ladies and gentlemen, is Truck Country (make that ‘TRUCK COUNTRY’). And with that, the highways and byways of Texas’ Truck Country are  littered with the pick’em-up truck: Home Depot’s delivery drive looks like a staging area for the Texas Auto Writers, while mall parking lots are liberally ‘malled’ by the F-Series, […]

April 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
2014 Lexus GX 460 Luxury review: Refreshing

2014 Lexus GX 460 Luxury review: Refreshing

The second generation Lexus GX 460, which debuted for the 2010 model year, was due for a mid-generational  refresh in 2014, and as Lexus has committed to its “spindle” grille as a brand trademark, how better to set the new model apart. Still, deep down there’s not a lot of change since last year, or […]

April 13, 2014 | By | Reply More
2014 Hyundai Equus road test:  ‘Home, Jeeves’

2014 Hyundai Equus road test: ‘Home, Jeeves’

No doubt about it, the refreshed 2014 Hyundai Equus Ultimate is a full-size, full-bore luxury sedan with more than 50 special comfort, convenience and safety features. But, as I cruised around the urban and rural roads of southern South Carolina, I couldn’t help thinking there was one more important feature that I could have really […]

April 9, 2014 | By | Reply More

News & Views

A Cadillac on Craigslist: Saving you money, rolling in style

A Cadillac on Craigslist: Saving you money, rolling in style

Let’s see, this or a new Prius. Well, let’s see. At 10 mpg at worst about about $3.50/gallon, if your daily commute is 20 miles, that’s $7/day. On the other hand, let’s say the Prius gets, for ease of calculation, 40 mpg, that means a day’s travel is $1.75. So compared to driving the Prius, […]

April 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
2014 Toyota Corolla ‘S’ Premium: Not (yet) a Toyoda

2014 Toyota Corolla ‘S’ Premium: Not (yet) a Toyoda

As this is written, Toyota president Akio Toyoda is but a few weeks shy of his 58th birthday. And with that personal timeline Toyoda-san is fully within the throes (if a billionaire can ‘throe’) of middle age; as is, critics would note, most of Toyota’s automotive lineup. Whether considering the about-to-be-refreshed Camry, recently refreshed Highlander […]

April 8, 2014 | By | Reply More
Dodge ups the performance ante with new Charger, Challenger, Scat Pack kits

Dodge ups the performance ante with new Charger, Challenger, Scat Pack kits

Dodge has announced that a new generation of the long-overdue-for-an-update Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger will be introduced at the New York International Auto Show next week, and other than a couple of teaser photos, not much has been revealed. Not that there are fundamental elements of the classic American muscle cars that need changing. […]

April 8, 2014 | By | Reply More

Places

Lambo on your laptop: Lamborhini Museum now offers virtual visits

Lambo on your laptop: Lamborhini Museum now offers virtual visits

Not everyone will be able to visit the Museo Lamborghini—the Lamborghini Museum—in person. More is the pity, particularly for the Lamborghinisti among us. It is the mothership, after all. But the good news is that Lamborghini has created a virtual tour of the museum, allowing the digital visitor to stroll through the museum and even inside […]

October 9, 2013 | By | Reply More
Road Race Motorsport’s Fiat Abarth: A Silver State of Mind

Road Race Motorsport’s Fiat Abarth: A Silver State of Mind

Los Angeles, CA – Road Race Motorsports was founded by owner Robert Tallini in 2001. Over the last twelve years Tallini has built a well-respected company – and established an international presence on the high-performance stage – with a wide range of innovative products. This September the stage was Nevada’s Silver State Classic, where an aggressively-prepped Road […]

October 4, 2013 | By | Reply More
America on Wheels, a car museum with a Pennsylvania flavor

America on Wheels, a car museum with a Pennsylvania flavor

“America on Wheels” might seem to be reaching a bit far for a museum that doesn’t cover at least several acres, but for a well-presented collection occupying considerably less square footage, it’s still a worthwhile visit. The theme for America on Wheels, located on a bank of the Lehigh River in Allentown, Pennsylvania, has a […]

June 13, 2013 | By | Reply More

Tech & How To

Land Rover’s concept Transparent Hood gives drivers X-ray vision

Land Rover’s concept Transparent Hood gives drivers X-ray vision

“Spotters” have been an integral part of off-roading. Cresting a hill or picking a way over obstacles is difficult when the hood is in the way seeing what’s there. The spotter, standing along the trail, points just where to go, how fast and how much to turn the wheel. But spotters will soon be on […]

April 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
What happens to electric car range when, baby, it’s cold outside?

What happens to electric car range when, baby, it’s cold outside?

The freshman chemistry student knows chemical reactions are typically slowed by cold temperatures, and everyone who owns a pure-electric automobile knows—or should know—that basic chemistry means there’s less electricity available from a battery when the weather turns cold. But by just how much? That’s a question that the American Automobile Association asked as well. It […]

March 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
New Cadillac Vsport 3.6L puts power underhood for XTS Vsport, CTS Vsport

New Cadillac Vsport 3.6L puts power underhood for XTS Vsport, CTS Vsport

The Cadillac CTS has suffered, if that’s the right word, a gap between the regular CTS models, powered by a two-liter four-cylinder engine, or a V-6 of 3.6 liters, and the V-8-powered Cadillac CTS-V. The four-cylinder engine, turbocharged and making 272 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, is not the anomaly-in-a-Cadillac one might expect. And […]

February 25, 2014 | By | Reply More

Times Were

1961 Jaguar MkIX: There will always be Jaguar

1961 Jaguar MkIX: There will always be Jaguar

It seems rudely out of place. There, surrounded by the Edwardian library excesses in leather and walnut, is the flat-black steering wheel. It’s a huge one-piece affair made a Bakelite-like material, with four flat spokes radiating from the hub in an intimidating X. Except for the snarling jaguar on the horn button, the wheel would […]

March 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
1957 BMW 507: Beauty in its soul

1957 BMW 507: Beauty in its soul

The BMW 507 is a beautiful car.  It is well-proportioned, refined and visually harmonious.  It is a shape of classic grace and timeless elegance. The 507, however, is more than a collection of well-drawn curves.  Those who know the model know it was designed by Albrecht Goertz.  What’s not so well known, however, is that […]

January 7, 2014 | By | Reply More
1986 Maserati Quattroporte classic review, four doors of history, occasionally made

1986 Maserati Quattroporte classic review, four doors of history, occasionally made

Maserati’s history had been one of race cars, sports cars and grand touring cars, but never, never a sedan. But then there on the Maserati stand at the 1963 Turin was just that, a four-door sedan. Considering the momentous nature of the event, Maserati simply named the car the “four-door.” But it was four-door in […]

December 26, 2013 | By | Reply More

Road Kill

Fiat ‘encourages’ worker support by putting non-Fiat cars in plastic bags

Fiat ‘encourages’ worker support by putting non-Fiat cars in plastic bags

Shades of the United Autoworkers Union not allowing “foreign” cars—in an increasingly internationalization of the auto industry a truly difficult thing to define—in any of its parking lots: Fiat wrapped non-Fiat cars owned by employees parked outside its factories in clear plastic with the message that the driver is breaking the company’s heart. “To see […]

April 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
First date? Not an estate. Brit babes say ‘No’ to wagons

First date? Not an estate. Brit babes say ‘No’ to wagons

While we’ve always heard about how they’re more sensible about their automobiles on the other side of the pond, with Brits getting sniffy about sedans in lieu of the more favored station wagons, or as they call them over there, estates. But according to a survey by rental car giant Europcar, an estate doesn’t rate […]

March 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Wavebreaking news: Woman goes minivan surfing at Daytona Beach

Wavebreaking news: Woman goes minivan surfing at Daytona Beach

Whether she was reenacting Homer’s Odyssey or just driving her Honda Odyssey into the ocean isn’t clear from the report on WFTV.com, but a woman drove her Honda minivan full of kids ages 3, 9 and 10, into the waves at Daytona Beach, Florida. Alert lifeguards—how alert does one have to be to see a […]

March 5, 2014 | By | Reply More
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