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New York International Auto Show coverage, part deux

New York International Auto Show coverage, part deux

Round two of our stroll around the New York International Auto Show, in more or less random order because, well, the only order it’s in is mostly random. Without further ado: Hyundai Sonata: Can you believe the Hyundai Sonata is in its seventh generation? Believe it. Hyundai rolled out the latest in New York. It’s […]

April 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
New York Auto Show, Part 1: Flashiness, fanfare and 60 new vehicles

New York Auto Show, Part 1: Flashiness, fanfare and 60 new vehicles

    NEW YORK — With flashy, high-tech presentations and upbeat sales pitches,  32 automobile manufacturers introduced some 60 vehicles to automotive journalists at Press Days previewing the 2014 New York International Automobile Show. The vehicles — some world debuts, some just new to the United State public — range from new megabuck cruisers by […]

April 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Chevy touts Transformer Camaro ‘Bumblebee’ on Mustang’s birthday

Chevy touts Transformer Camaro ‘Bumblebee’ on Mustang’s birthday

We now interrupt the Mustang’s 50th Anniversary with rilly emportent news: Bumblebee is back. In case you were wondering whether Bumblebee, the Camaro that, well, transforms into a Transformer was jacking up Obama’s unemployment numbers, he’s back—or perhaps it is it’s back—to star in yet another sequel in the Transformer series that’s a merchandizing bonanza […]

April 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
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
New bag in town: New ceiling-mounted airbag goes into production

New bag in town: New ceiling-mounted airbag goes into production

There’s a new bag in town. TRW has a new idea in airbags and it’s going into production. The ceiling-mounted airbag will deploy from the windshield header to protect the front passenger instead of the conventional dash-mounted bag. One of the problems with the conventional passenger-side front airbag goes back to the first concept of […]

April 7, 2014 | By | Reply More
‘My Electric Avenue’ has Brit neighbours charged up over electric car test of infrastructure

‘My Electric Avenue’ has Brit neighbours charged up over electric car test of infrastructure

One of the arguments against electric cars—in addition range and other operational concerns—has been infrastructure. One or two electric cars is fine, the contention is, but what about if everyone does it? Putting aside the likelihood that everyone isn’t going to do it, well, what would happen if they did? There’s the matter of overall […]

April 5, 2014 | By | Reply More
Kia to introduce new Sedona–or not–at New York show

Kia to introduce new Sedona–or not–at New York show

Remember the Kia Sedona? Unless you were among the buyers of the 25,000 Sedona minivans that Kia sold in 2012, probably not. The plain Jane Sedona was something of a sideshow for Kia, enough to keep around but not sexy enough to take any kind of priority over the booming sales of the Optima and […]

April 4, 2014 | By | Reply More
Competitive Set: Audi’s A3 vs CLA and ILX

Competitive Set: Audi’s A3 vs CLA and ILX

For fans of the existing A3 5-door, news of the ‘new’ 2015 Audi A3 was bittersweet. Obviously, in this hyper-competitive environment it would be a better car. And while cognizant of the obvious improvements, you couldn’t help but feel a pang of regret when noting the absence of a hatch, along with absence of a conventional […]

March 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
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