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Web Review; Camaro vs Mustang- Ad Agency Edition

On: Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 12:09PM | By: John Welch

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I decided it was time to review a website from a more pedestrian, 'every-man' car company. Over the last several weeks we have reviewed the Porsche 911 GT3 website, the Mercedes SLS AMG website, and other high-end digital brochures. Though fun to play around with, these sites are not incredibly realistic, considering all of these cars topped six figures once I had optioned them to the gills. Options I found to be completely necessary, thankyouverymuch.

So, name a car us poor folk might actually be able to afford, some day in the distant future? Scrolling around our blog, there has been a lot of news about GM, some good, some not so good. Most of it, honestly, is not so good. What better example of a Red-State, Go- Fearing Man-Car than the Chevy Camaro? Uhm, the Ford Mustang, if for no other reason than its advanced age and lack of prolonged gaps in its production cycle. While the Camaro was axed in 2002, Mustang production has soldiered on continuously, uninterrupted since 1964.

So whose website is shiny and tempting enough to make me take out that second mortgage? Read on . . .

Web Review; Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

On: Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 1:09PM | By: John Welch

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Being extremely enamored with the new Mc-Merc replacement (SLR), the SLS AMG, we decided to take a look at the purpose-built website Mercedes is using to hock the SLS. A big German luxury-car maker should be able to put together a fairly impressive e-brochure, right? Yes, and no. But mostly yes . . .

The Purest Auto-Poetry You Will View This Week

On: Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 2:54PM | By: John Welch

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I promise I will not ride Jeremy Clarkson's coattails on a weekly basis. Even though I'll read his column every week, I leave it up to you do do the same. Sometimes however, the jerk is just so achingly eloquent that I feel like it's my holy duty to bring Mr. Clarkson and his articles to your attention. This is one such time. I give you a quote, and then a link, and I hope you are bright enough to devote five minutes of your Big Mac-gobbling day to read it. If not, well, you're a dummie and I hate you.

Per Clarkson: "Not once did the car pitch or lurch. There was never a shimmy from the rear or a squeal from the tyres. We just went up that smooth, brilliant road with the roof down and me looking at the stars flying by as though we were on the Starship Enterprise’s observation deck. It was, I think, the most enjoyable drive of my life: to be in a car that good, with its V10 bark echoing off the limestone and a bit of Steely Dan on the stereo, doing about a million with a man who truly knows what he’s doing at the wheel. This is what those of a Guardian disposition don’t understand: that a car can be a tool but it can also be so much more. It can be a heart-starter, it can be a drug, it can be a piece of art, it can stir your soul and it can get you from Marbella to Ronda before the bar closes."

If that doesn't stir your soul then either you're dead or illiterate. Period. The entire article can be enjoyed at The Times Online

Web Review: Cadillac

On: Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 5:45PM | By: John Welch

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Last week we examined Porsche's impressive website. This time I'd like to exercise my unrealistic auto fantasy by checking out an American manufacturer. Cadillac, to be specific. If there is an American company producing desirable cars (even after all of Detroit's marketing puffery, this is still debatable), it is Cadillac. The Cadillac V-Series line has produced some interesting offerings, from the original CTS-V to the XLR-V, with its Bvlgari-designed dash and gauge cluster. Everything I have read regarding the new CTS-V makes me a little hawt under the collar. Let's see if Cadillac has done an acceptable job with their web campaign.


Clarkson doesn't just say nasty things, he also writes them

On: Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 5:18PM | By: John Welch

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Unless you live under a rock, (which is entirely possible, I'm not judging . . .) then you have probably witnessed a scene or two of Top Gear. "Uh oh," you're thinking, "Another blog, brown-nosing Top Gear . . . " Not entirely true. Give me a BBC budget and I'll blow up some buses for ya. No problem. I'm not brown-nosing the show, more its presenters. One presenter in particular, Jeremy Clarkson.

The Good The Bad, and The Ugly

On: Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 4:40PM | By: John Welch

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Baaad Bad Ideas . . .

How many '86 Trans-Ams have you seen with one functioning headlight? Plenty, I'm sure. Pop-up headlights have always been a BAD idea. "Hey, instead of putting normal headlights on our auto, let's equip it with a set of overly complicated pneumatic headlights that will surely fail within the first five years of the car's life!!" I doubt they actually looked at it in that light; but geez, c’mon, why engineer a car with any system that may fail and ruin your ability to drive the car? On top of that, pop-up headlights are horrifically ugly. Fortunately, this pop-up phenomenon is basically dead, but the car industry is not free of bad ideas that will surely cripple certain automobiles over time. Nor is the industry free of gawd-awful ugly design. We explore an example of both...