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Ford approaching autonomous car function by function, not all at once

Ford approaching autonomous car function by function, not all at once

The arrival of the autonomous car, says Ford, will be more like Chanukah than Christmas. Not that the carmaker went theological, Ford indicated that instead of getting everything on one day, presents will come over a period of time. (Yes, we know gift-giving isn’t part of Chanukah, but technically, neither is Christmas, but rather than […]

June 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
Further With Ford: Oh, Henry!

Further With Ford: Oh, Henry!

Palo Alto, CA – This isn’t Ford’s Glass House in Dearborn, although the unassuming two-story building in Palo Alto does have glass. It doesn’t rise, however, like a mid-century bar graph, a descriptive you might use (but wouldn’t) for Ford’s World Headquarters in Dearborn. Rather, Ford’s newly established Research and Innovation Center (RIC) near Stanford […]

June 27, 2015 | By | Reply More
2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid prices released

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid prices released

  When we reported on our first drive of the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, we had no prices for you. Now we do. The base Sonata Hybrid starts at $26,000, with the Limited at $30,100. All models come with the 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Limited offers an Ultimate Package […]

June 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
Nissan’s Maxima 4DSC: What Happened to the 4-Door Subtle Car?

Nissan’s Maxima 4DSC: What Happened to the 4-Door Subtle Car?

Dallas, TX – Twenty-five years ago the times were infinitely simpler. Admittedly, Hussein was on the radar, but 41’s restrained approach to reducing Sadam’s regional footprint was – in hindsight – absolutely brilliant, almost over before we knew it. Although the economy was in the doldrums, on automotive showrooms there were a few bright rays […]

June 10, 2015 | By | Reply More
What’s the Buzz? The ‘Buzzard’s Fathers’ Day Gift Guide

What’s the Buzz? The ‘Buzzard’s Fathers’ Day Gift Guide

I get it, already. As a father for almost forty years, and a son for some sixty, there is no way fatherhood – and its commemoration – will ever compare favorably to the celebration of our mothers. We didn’t carry the baby to term, our breasts didn’t swell in anticipation of the feeding, and while […]

June 8, 2015 | By | Reply More
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
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