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Fort Lauderdale City Commission To Sign Pact With Dr. Evil

On: Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 1:59PM | By: Clay Ritchings


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Elected officials on Fort Lauderdale's City Commission will vote tonight to formally approve and set up red light camera enforcement and cement their pact with Dr Evil. Apparently Dr Evil has come out of his deep freeze and started up his evil empire. Problem is that evil empires need cash flow and since his Alan Parsons project failed, he started a dastardlier plan to make money. . . hence the birth of Red Light Cameras


NAIAS, New Models, And A Rant On Grammar, GM Edition

On: Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 12:46PM | By: John Welch


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America has been throwing around the word "Reveals" as if, well, it were an actual word. It isn't; stop that. There aren't any "Hawt New Reveals" coming from the North American International Auto Show, namely because there is no such thing as a "reveals". My ass is puckering just thinking about the first guy who was trying to put together a montage for a LOST commercial and decided the voice-over would include the phrase "Stay tuned this season for shocking reveals" . .. he should be shot, whoever he is. I thought "Newspeak" was the silliest concept ever, the first time I read 1984. Then I watched American televison. And I heard "melty". And I heard "reveals". And now I'm wondering if my TV is watching me while I sleep . . .

Enough of that! There are cerraazzzeee new cars coming to market, and the 'Shopper has your short list of vehicles to watch in 2010 and beyond. First up, the mighty (sic) General Motors . . .


Red Light Camera Ticketing Company Resorts To Bogus Threats

On: Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 9:07AM | By: Clay Ritchings


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Red light camera companies’ profits are falling far below expectations all over the country. The cash cow is drying up for the cities because of the citizen effort to ban the cameras is gaining steam, and more and more drivers are ignoring the tickets they get in the mail after hearing from fellow speeders that there are often no consequences to doing so.


2010 Begins With Positive Sales Numbers

On: Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 11:28AM | By: John Welch


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It appeared, at the beginning of the year, that 2009 would be the Harbinger of Doom for the American Car Industry. The last year of this decade saw GM burn through two CEOs, Toyota try to murder Americans via floormat, and Ford present itself as the most sensible car-maker on the planet . . . who saw that coming?!

Well, turn that 2009 frown upside down;, the sales results from December are in, and they kick ass! Ford, Toyota, Subaru, and Hyundai Group are all up 15% compared to December 2008, while GM brands Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac are all up 13%. The industry as whole is down 21%, but we will take positive news where we can get it. Venture inside the post for the hard numbers and statistics . . .


 

Wild Racing Updates; F1, SuperGT, Danica Practice

On: Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 2:11PM | By: John Welch


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We haven't really ever mentioned the Japanese Super GT. That is a bad move on our part. There's a first time for everything!

Also, the two biggest-deal racers in the world, (arguably) Michael Schumacher and Danica Patrick, both made news in the last few days; we cover it all inside the post . . .


Lutz Takes The Wraps Off Of GM's Near Future Product

On: Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 3:47PM | By: John Welch


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Another day, another boring, useful-information free press conference from GM. The world has to be getting as sick of this as I am . . . has this blog even reported on anything other than GM in the last month? Yeah, I guess we have, but not much damnit!

Anyway, the esteemed Mr. Bob Lutz gives us small morsels of info regarding the next Malibu and its cousins, assuming anyone cares . . .


Forza 3 Blowing Sony Into The Weeds

On: Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 5:41PM | By: John Welch


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Forza Motorsport 3 is handily beating the crap out of its cross-Pacific rival Gran Turismo 5, mostly because Gran Turismo 5 doesn't actually exist. Shame on you, Sony. Shame.

The third installment of the Forza series has offcially crested the one million sales mark, AND they have a Christmas present for us all! Those darn oil-drenched fools at the Turn 10 studios have put together ten new cars that didn't make it to the original release, and pasted them on Xbox Live for your approval. Full press release inside yonder post . ..


VW's Plan To Rule The World

On: Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 11:38AM | By: John Welch


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Welp, they're gonna own us all one day. Volkswagen, I mean. Earlier this year the fiesty automaker declared its intentions to be the world's number one car manufacturer by 2018. And then VW set about doing just that. They purchased a 49.9% stake in Porsche and then moved on to consuming companies with strong Indian and Chinese presence. Suzuki, for instance. Look at the big brain on Dieter!


Grand-Am Off-Season Updates

On: Mon, Dec 7, 2009 at 5:35PM | By: John Welch


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We are mired in the racing dead-zone between November and February, but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty of news as race teams prepare for the 2010 campaign.

Grand-Am will see a number of changes after the winter break: a new title sponsor for the Sports Car Challenge, teams adding and subtracting the number of cars they field, and new models racing, just to name a few. Herein we have an update to the goings-on behind the off-season scenes . . .


Fiesta Pricing Announced, The 'Shopper Prices Our Own

On: Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 4:41PM | By: John Welch


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Aww geez, Ford went and screwed up the Fiesta. Who knows why; US crash regulations, marketing fluffery regarding fake chrome, needing to save a few pennies with a cheaper grile. Whatever the reason, Ford went and uglified the new Fiesta but-good for our (American) consumption. What was once an attractive, almost angry looking small car now has that unpleasant small-car cheapness to the front end that none of us particularly like . . . Here at the 'Shopper anyway. You might like it, but you also might be a total jerk.

So it got all goofy/cheap looking; it's still a fantastic amount of car for a (comparable) pittance. Certainly worth pricing, as it will probably occupy more than a spot or two behind the gates of the 'Shopper parking lot in years to come. Served on a platter: all the steps needed to reserve a $13 grand Fiesta for yourself, thoughtfully scewed to keep that "13" from swelling much past "17" . . .