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Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport concept worth seeing at Worthersee 2015

Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport concept worth seeing at Worthersee 2015

For fans of the Volkswagen GTI, there’s hardly a spot better than Lake Worthersee in Austria for the annual conclave of owners and enthusiasts of Volkswagen’s sporty sedan. Going strong for 34 years and with attendance hitting 200,000, the event has become a place for Volkswagen to treat the faithful with a new GTI special, […]

May 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
An Open Letter to Jeep: MAN UP!

An Open Letter to Jeep: MAN UP!

In the July issue of Jp Magazine (All Jeeps!), a Jeep-specific mag published by The Enthusiast Network, its Dispatch section quotes Business Insider : “Jeep is the most relevant brand in the auto industry.” While knowing what ‘relevant’ means, the blurb doesn’t supply any context beyond the quote itself. And while ‘relevant’ is obviously better […]

May 11, 2015 | By | Reply More
Solar Stratification: Where Have All The Droptops Gone?

Solar Stratification: Where Have All The Droptops Gone?

Washington, DC – So, you’re looking for transparency in government? Aren’t we all? And if you hope to find it within the Beltway, best to do it behind the wheel of a convertible. Of course, if you’re a deep-pocketed lobbyist your choices are many, beginning (alphabetically) with Alfa, Audi and Aston and continuing – as […]

May 8, 2015 | By | Reply More
Where are all the Hummers? Not where you might think

Where are all the Hummers? Not where you might think

Where are all the Hummers? The Hummer dealerships, with their distinctive simulated corrugated galvanized steel roofs are gone, converted to other purposes. On the other hand, Hummer vehicles, the Hummer H2 and H3, didn’t simply evanesce when GM pulled the plug on the simulated military vehicles. To some extent, they’ve kept on rolling. And according […]

May 5, 2015 | By | Reply More
Nissan to build Mercedes-Benz pickup truck, but will it sell in the U.S.? (video)

Nissan to build Mercedes-Benz pickup truck, but will it sell in the U.S.? (video)

Renault-Nissan Alliance announced that Daimler AG will work together with Nissan on developing a Mercedes-Benz-badged pickup truck based on the world-market Nissan NP300 Navara/Frontier pickup. The new Mercedes pick-‘em-up won’t be a Nissan with a three-pointed star on its grille, but rather, we’re told, it will “share some of the architecture with the all-new Nissan […]

May 4, 2015 | By | Reply More
Book Review: Sylvia Wilkinson’s The Stainless Steel Carrot

Book Review: Sylvia Wilkinson’s The Stainless Steel Carrot

If, in 1972, you had any audible automotive pulse, you’d know Mark Donohue (driving for Roger Penske) won Indy, a 25-year old Emerson Fittipaldi took the Formula One championship (for Lotus) and About-to-be-King Richard Petty won his 2nd consecutive Winston Cup (and 4th overall). Those of you with a heightened automotive interest – or nothing […]

April 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Paint your wagon with Rolls-Royce and Dodge Viper configurators

Paint your wagon with Rolls-Royce and Dodge Viper configurators

You won’t find “configurator” in the Oxford Dictionary. Or Cambridge. Or Miriam-Webster. We know. We looked. But you will see it on automobile consumer websites. Usually it’s just color and wheels, mainly because that’s all the “configuration” that can be done to most cars. Not so, however, with Rolls-Royce and the Dodge Viper. You can […]

April 19, 2015 | By | Reply More
What On Earth Is Alcantara?

What On Earth Is Alcantara?

Washington, D.C. – We will, of course, get to the answer in a minute. In the interim, for lack of anything else going on this past Wednesday, I rang the doorbell at the Italian Embassy in order to provide you, Dear Reader, a brief glimpse into the exclusive, high-end world that is Alcantara. Competing for […]

April 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
2016 Cadillac ELR get more performance–and a performance package–for sportier driving

2016 Cadillac ELR get more performance–and a performance package–for sportier driving

Cadillac broached a new product class with the 2014 Cadillac ELR, and it hit the market with a profound…cricket chirp. It’s not that there was anything wrong with Cadillac’s extended range electric vehicle. It’s just that there wasn’t enough right. Cadillac is wagering that the 2016 Cadillac ELR will fix that. With new technology and […]

April 16, 2015 | By | Reply More
Fiat 500 1957 Edition Cabrio: A special edition of a special edition

Fiat 500 1957 Edition Cabrio: A special edition of a special edition

The Fiat 500 1957 Edition is a good way to celebrate the anniversary of the 500. Now there’s a special edition of the special edition: the Fiat 500 1957 Edition Cabrio. If one is good, two must be better. At least that’s what the Fiat brand is thinking. The limited-production model features a premium dual-layer […]

April 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
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