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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
Rolls-Royce shows pictures of SUV development mule, dubbed Project Cullinan

Rolls-Royce shows pictures of SUV development mule, dubbed Project Cullinan

Rolls-Royce has outed its SUV. Again. After recently announcing that it will build a new class of vehicle for the company, Rolls has released photos of the first engineering mule “which will be seen on public roads this week.” Called Project Cullinan, it’s for an all-new Rolls-Royce vehicle, something Rolls calls a “high-sided, all-terrain motor […]

April 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
Volkswagen Beetle concepts at New York foreshadow production versions, or pretty in pink

Volkswagen Beetle concepts at New York foreshadow production versions, or pretty in pink

Some cars lend themselves to special or limited editions, usually “high personality” that are already special to their owners. Consider the Mazda MX-5 Miata, which already—even before the cars are showing up at dealerships and under high demand—had showed a special edition, called the Special Edition, a Launch Edition and a Miata Club edition. It’s […]

April 9, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 New York International Auto Show: Big, little and in between, Part 2

2015 New York International Auto Show: Big, little and in between, Part 2

More New York International Auto Show stuff. For Part 1, go here. Infiniti QX50: It’s one heck of an update. Infiniti added 3.2 inches to the wheelbase of the QX50, meaning that they had to blend everything in while coming up with a new front bumper and lower front fascia and Infiniti-style double-arch front grille, […]

April 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 New York International Auto Show: Big, little and in between, part 1

2015 New York International Auto Show: Big, little and in between, part 1

It’s a hard show for a car to get noticed, even for carmakers bringing out their latest at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, whether it’s the Cadillac CT6, Cadillac’s new range topper built to take on the world’s automotive power brokers. Can you say Audi A8 and BMW 7-Series? And Lincoln is back […]

April 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
Rewriting the Screen Play: Are tablet screens ruining the dashboard?

Rewriting the Screen Play: Are tablet screens ruining the dashboard?

The necessity for technology and connectivity in vehicles today has led automakers and designers down a frustrating path of interior packaging. Buttons and knobs took up real estate for decades on the dash. Then along came the touchscreen, and the buttons and knobs vanished, only to return hastily once complaining began from customers who just […]

April 5, 2015 | By | Reply More
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