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I Bring You the Safety Car of the Future, Built Right Here in the U. S. of A. - in 1989!

On: Fri, May 16, 2014 at 9:44AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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I call America a nation of “Missers”—people who avoid collisions through blind luck rather than awareness and talent—NOT "Drivers". Sure, there are exceptions, but we are few and far between. It is for this and who knows how many other misguided reason(s) that the government is mandating more and more “driver aids” (aka Idiot Over-Riders) tacked onto vehicles already stuffed with them in the name of "safety".

I’ve railed—admittedly, usually to myself—that the emphasis should be on driver education, not on adding electronics that make it possible for the worst-of-the-worst to not die in solo-car accidents like they should, to, as my dad would say, "thin the herd." Pumping money into education and training helps stop collisions from occurring, while the majority of electrissical bits are there to only mitigate how damaged you'll be after the fact.

I bring this up (here, anyway) only to at least tweak your thinking on what’s safe, both for you and your pocketbook.

[Here’s a hint: If you're a Driver, you were pretty much better off before today's big push towards “active” seatbelts, airbags, Traction- and Stability Control and…]

Third Time is Not Charming For Escape Owners

On: Thu, May 15, 2014 at 3:32PM | By: Karen Cook

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Ford's Escape SUV is having a hard time. At least those from 2013 and 2014. Ford has just announced a third recall on this vehicle which will cover 581,986 of them.

Mercedes New Fancy Pants EV

On: Thu, May 15, 2014 at 2:11PM | By: Karen Cook

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Before the summer ends, showrooms will be getting the first Mercedes-Benz all electric compact cars. The B-Class Electric Drive will be the most expensive EV on the market to date, starting at $42,375. The question is whether or not consumers will see enough value to choose it over the less expensive Nissan Leaf or Chevy Spark, both of which are almost half the price.

The Mitsubishi FTO: Japan's best kept secret

On: Thu, May 15, 2014 at 9:00AM | By: Teddy Field

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Several decades ago, Mitsubishi actually made exciting cars. They had names like Eclipse GSX, Galant VR-4, 3000GT/GTO, Conquest/Starion, Lancer Evolution, and the turbocharged Mirage Cyborg-R. But one of the more obscure models was a JDM sport coupe called the Mitsubishi FTO. It was hip, fun to drive, and it had the cutest little 2-liter V6 you've ever seen. So let's have a look at yet another sporty Mitsubishi that you've never heard of...


GM - Delphi: Plenty of Blame To Go Around

On: Wed, May 14, 2014 at 1:31PM | By: Karen Cook

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It appears that consumers and the government aren't the only ones that have issues with General Motors. Planning Perspectives, Inc recently completed a survey of suppliers who make and sell products to the biggest auto makers in the United States. The survey found that GM rates lowest on the list of customers the suppliers want to deal with.

Motorcyclist Death Decreasing in the United States

On: Tue, May 13, 2014 at 11:11AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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In the United States, motorcyclist deaths decreased by seven percent in 2013, making it only the second time that’s happened since 1997. The drop may be due to the lack of the kind of weather that lures bikers out, rather than safer driving, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).

Say Goodbye to Some Discontinued Cars in 2014

On: Mon, May 12, 2014 at 12:04PM | By: Karen Cook

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We all face an eventual demise and automobiles are no different. Every year models drop off the map, some to be replaced by better versions and others to be forgotten.

Nokia - On to Bigger and Better Things

On: Mon, May 12, 2014 at 11:44AM | By: Karen Cook

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It's a fact that you have to keep up with the times and the times they are a'changin'. Nokia has completed the sale of its smart phone business to Microsoft and is now looking toward the future of automobile technology for its growth.

Happy Mother's Day

On: Sat, May 10, 2014 at 9:59AM | By: Karen Cook

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Mother’s Day is this Sunday. I do hope none of you have forgotten to at least buy a card. In honor of the holiday, here are some thoughts and tidbits concerning mothers and driving. It should be stated that in my wanders across the web I found a disturbing number of news stories relating to awful mothers doing the unthinkable to their children and involving a vehicle. I have left all of that out. This article concerns affection, both to and from mothers everywhere.

GM Puts the Brakes on 8,208 More Vehicles

On: Fri, May 9, 2014 at 3:56PM | By: Karen Cook

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General Motors has announced yet another recall, bringing the total to 19 so far this year and five just within the last two weeks. 5.4 million GM vehicles have been involved in recalls of one kind or another this year.

Two "B"s Bring Two TV "Reals" (and a Fake) To Auction: a Starsky Torino and the BtC Buick and BLS Pegasus

On: Fri, May 9, 2014 at 10:44AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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So, let’s say you read my article on the BTTF DeLorean (Seriously. Say it.) and found that either the going rate for a film-fake—or the car itself—was not for you. But you still want to have something Tinsel-Townie to parade in front of your friends. What can you do?

Well, have I got a deal (or three) for you! Sure, the silver screen they (sort of) appeared on was smaller—and usually less silver—but that doesn’t (necessarily) mean that TV-used cars should be worth any less (even though they are).

Here we have two cars from Branson Auctions’ Spring 2014 sale, April 11-12 in Branson, MO, and one from Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach 2014 sale in—this is too easy—Palm Beach, FL, the same weekend. From these two auction houses come three distinct types of made-for-TV cars: a replica of a car everyone knows, an actual movie prop that might be a little famous, and a similarly real-deal vehicle from a show evenIdidn’t know ever existed.

Sure, they're not the most famous of cars—and the one here that is most famous is a fake—but when you're looking for star-quality cars on a Second Director's Assistant's budget, well, fame has its price. And you can't afford it. So...