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North American Car Of The Year: What If It’s Not A Car Of The Year?

North American Car Of The Year: What If It’s Not A Car Of The Year?

With Detroit’s auto show just around the corner, the buzz regarding the North American Car (and Truck) of the Year announcement is building, as that announcement is made – typically – in the opening minutes of the show itself. And lending support to that buzz is the posting of the North American Car of the […]

December 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
Ferrari leaving Italy? Say it ain’t so

Ferrari leaving Italy? Say it ain’t so

Would a Ferrari made anywhere but Italy still be a Ferrari? It’s a question that won’t have to be answered. While Jeep, Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s booming all-American icon, sees manufacturing spread overseas, Ferrari production as well as its tax residence will remain in Italy. Chrysler remains headequartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan and Fiat in Turin, […]

December 12, 2014 | By | Reply More
Los Angeles Auto Show always has a surprise or two: Part One of 2014

Los Angeles Auto Show always has a surprise or two: Part One of 2014

Each year the Los Angeles Auto Show signals the beginning of the Auto Show season in the automotive industry. The L A show is the first major show that attracts key world and North American introductions for the international auto manufacturers. More recently it has also become the show that features alternative energy powered vehicles […]

December 9, 2014 | By | Reply More
Buzz On/Buzz Off: Let buyers ‘delete option’ airbags?

Buzz On/Buzz Off: Let buyers ‘delete option’ airbags?

Airbags and the mandate: Can we please have some restraint? Airbags have been part of the automotive and legislative lexicon for more than a quarter century. And while not a big fan of an explosive device sitting but a few inches from my face, I have (begrudgingly) recognized their importance to both the public at […]

December 1, 2014 | By | Reply More
Notes on the Economy Hatch: Your Door to More (Money)

Notes on the Economy Hatch: Your Door to More (Money)

At the end of 1966 my parents, having relocated to an Omaha suburb, found themselves in need of a second car. With money tight, the folks took what was at the time a no-brainer decision: the purchase of a brand-new VW Beetle. With a 4-speed manual and no a/c, the only option they popped for […]

November 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
2015 Ford Edge Update: prices, stats, and other random notes

2015 Ford Edge Update: prices, stats, and other random notes

Although co-Buzzard David Boldt gave us a preview of the next-gen Ford Edge midsize crossover last July (read about it here), more details have been shared with the press. The Edge is the next step up in size from the Escape, and Ford calls it the midsize crossover. Since its launch in 2006 as an […]

November 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
Shakespeare was wrong: A Mercedes by any other name…

Shakespeare was wrong: A Mercedes by any other name…

Here we go again, folks. First Infiniti did the big switcheroo, going from a series of vehicles badged G, M, FX to Qs. Now Mercedes-Benz is messing with the alphabet. The company announced today that it was rebadging the entire lineup of vehicles so customers can more easily understand the model and engine propulsion choice […]

November 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
Ford Begins Production of New F-150: Alloy, Mate!

Ford Begins Production of New F-150: Alloy, Mate!

That Ford should begin production of its all-new F-150 on Veterans Day has to be more than coincidence; in both World Wars Ford Motor Company did much to establish the United States as the arsenal of democracy. And just as Veterans Day marks the end of what was the first conflict with global import, production […]

November 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
Porsche’s 911 Targa 4: What’s wrong with this picture?

Porsche’s 911 Targa 4: What’s wrong with this picture?

Let’s be clear: I don’t own a Porsche 911 Targa, nor have I driven one. As a fan of the 911 platform since Johnson (Lyndon – not Andrew) was in office, I’ll admit to finding the 911’s growing footprint and price mildly distressing, but that distress doesn’t minimize my very real affection for the 911’s […]

November 7, 2014 | By | Reply More
Mazda MX-5 Global Cup race series to begin 2016: Just like Formula 1

Mazda MX-5 Global Cup race series to begin 2016: Just like Formula 1

Question: What do the Mazda MX-5 Miata, and Mercedes, McLaren and Ferrari have in common? Answer: They all compete in a global racing series. At least the latter three do right now in a race series called Formula 1. The Miata will…but not until the 2016 race season, however. Plans are being made now for […]

November 6, 2014 | By | Reply More
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