The Dodge Dart Rides Again

01.16.2012

Hey, Tom and Ray, are you sitting down? Maybe you better. I've just returned from the Detroit Auto Show where I caught a glimpse of the first real progeny of the Fiat-Chrysler marriage.

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Christmastime for the Telecommunications Industry

12.27.2011

Yes, Virginia, there really is a Santa Clause. Just ask the telecoms of the world who are rejoicing in the surprise overruling of the NTSB's recommendation to ban the use of cell phones in cars by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

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The Compleat Guide to the Electric Car Movies of Chris Paine

12.07.2011

Who killed the electric car? Chris Paine's 2006 documentary of the same name made the case that General Motors had more than a little something to do with it.  In his latest film, The Revenge of the Electric Car, Paine depicts the most recent chapters in today's modern EV saga.

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Leaving the Leaf: When Anxiety Becomes Anger

11.16.2011

What's the biggest problem with electric cars? As any blow-dried TV anchorman or ordinarily intelligent house cat can tell you, it's lack of range. Because once you run out of juice, there's literally no going back.

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Still Fond of Honda, But Someone Please Call the Bullpen

10.13.2011

Man, Honda has had a tough year. The Japanese earthquake and subsequent tsunami limited production and choked supply of its redesigned Civic, just when the company needed a hit new model. And then, adding insult to all that earthquake injury, the new Civic finally arrived only to be met by an extraordinarily lukewarm reception.

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A Short History of the Modern Van

09.02.2011

To think that the surrender monkeys of France are driving around in vans superior to that of my van-driving brethren here in America burns my deep-fried, artificially flavored, apple pie pride. Of course, we have no one to blame but American industry. Van technology on this side of the pond has been stifled by an all-too-obvious, gentleman’s non-compete agreement.

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The Sorcerer’s Failed Apprentice

08.04.2011

Guess who's getting on a Pittsburgh-bound plane to both root for his beloved Pirates, and pick up a Ford Anglia for a 400 mile drive home to New York? By the time you read this, I may well have broken down a dozen times or more in what may be one of the slowest, least capable cars known to man.

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You Shouldn't Trust Your Car to the Men Who Wore the Star

07.29.2011

If you're the sort of person who stopped filling up at BP stations after the Gulf Horizon disaster, here's hoping you're not shopping for gasoline at Chevron, owner of Texaco, instead.

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Big Oil Meets Big Corn in Battle of Titan Hypocrites

06.30.2011

Comrade Motavalli has it right -- corn ethanol is not the way forward, especially when it's made by the big corn-glomerates; grown on big, corporate farms, knee deep in petrochemical fertilizers and genetically modified seeds. And he is correct, too, in pointing out that ethanol doesn't need to be made from corn.

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When Industry Says It Can't Be Done That's When You Know It Can

06.21.2011

By the time Anthony Weiner got around to avowing recently that the content of any texts he sent minor females was not "indecent" was there anyone still inclined to take his word for it? That's the way I feel when I hear the American automobile industry howl with pain over their own dire prophesies when discussing proposed fuel economy regulations.

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The Great New York City Taxi Caper

05.16.2011

When New York City launched a contest, "A Taxi of Tomorrow," in 2007, the predominant cab on its streets was the Ford Crown Victoria, a large, gas-slurping piece of retro-tech with roots dating back to the 1970s.

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David E. Davis, Jr: Guns, Whiskey and the Inalienable Rights of Children

05.03.2011

What could be a more fitting tribute to David E. Davis, Jr. than smoking a Dominican cigar in a Chevrolet?  Jamie Kitman and Bruce McCall pay homage to the late "Dean of Modern Automotive Journalism".

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I Can't Hear You: I've Got a Smartphone in My Ear (Oh, and I'm Eating, Reading and Driving)

04.15.2011

The very first precept of good driving is: Keep your eyes on the road. Yet the modern explosion in so-called smart phones has too many of us attempting to watch the road with one eye, while following the stock market, route guidance system, instant fuel economy readout and salty e-mail threads with the other.

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Don't Like Government Regulation? How'd You Like Another Pinto?

03.24.2011

September 11th: A day that lives in infamy for more reasons than one. Thirty-one years to the day before the vicious attack that took so many lives on this date in New York City in 2001, the Ford Motor Co. introduced the Pinto.

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Hold the Rubber: Why Big Tires Are No Fun

03.08.2011

As a car tester I pretty much drive the biggest, baddest rubber of all time -- all the time. Low, wide and fat, I put my life in their care at some point most every day.

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