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The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

On: Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 3:13PM | By: John Welch


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BMW hasn't been actively involved in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters series since the early Nineties. They're considering making a come-back. I'd love to see a Rahal M3 with its doors and fenders all chopped up, and crazy aero-thingees hanging off its muscular flanks.

Toyota has hit the proverbial "Crack-smokin', alternative-lifestyle hookin', eating-Ramen-at-every-meal" rock bottom this week; their credit rating has been reduced to that of a college student. Oh, how the mighty have fallen on their smug, insultingly boring car-producing faces.

Ken Block is planning another viral video sensation:; Gymkhana 3. The first two Gymkhanas were films involving Subarus with horribly ugly paint-jobs. This new edition will feature a Ford with a horribly ugly paint-job. *Yawn* . . . boy, do I have a hankerin' for a sugary can of nearly carbonated hyper-juice right about now . . .


Misguided Agenda

On: Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 8:35AM | By: Benjamin Roussey


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Brace for impact; car companies must continue their pursuit to make cars run more efficiently. Wouldn’t you think they would do this on their own without big brother meddling in their internal affairs? It is amazing anyone would want to invest in this business. The latest gimmick is that consumers, like us, will have to pay more for cars initially but supposedly save money in the long term. Now, cars and light trucks will have to abide by greenhouse gas emissions regulations.


American-Made Automobiles Score High in the Polls

On: Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 4:39PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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According to MSNBC, recent car news reports that an Associated Press Poll indicated Americans now believe that U.S. made cars are better in quality than Asian-manufactured vehicles.

In fact, 38% of Americans who were polled said they preferred U.S.-made cars compared to 33% who still feel Asian-made vehicles are superior. Business analysts suggest a strong link between the tarnished reputation of Toyota due to recent safety issues and the results of the poll.


Hyundai Sales Through The Roof

On: Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 2:53PM | By: John Welch


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The new Hyundai Sonata is an interesting-looking automobile. Part eel, part cheese grater, the front end of the Sonata stimulates discussion, if not disgust. We 'Murrikens don't care. The car is different, and "different" means everything in the American market. The sales figures prove it.

Hyundai has seen a 26% increase in sales during the first quarter of 2010, on the backs of redesigned Sonatas and Tuscons. On top of that, the average price of cars exported from South Korea climbed 13 percent. They have been able to really put the screws to Japan; a strengthening yen has made it difficult for Japanese companies to make money in export markets such as ours. Should Honda be worried about its market share?  . . . possibly . . .

 


 

GM To Payoff Bailout Loans Early

On: Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 2:59PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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General Motor’s Chairman and CEO Edward Whitacre Jr. will announce this week that GM is repaying its remaining $5.8 billion in bailout loans to U.S. and Canadian taxpayers two months ahead of schedule. Whitacre will announce the details of the loan repayment at this week’s visit to GM’s Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kansas. After the announcement Whitacre plans to travel to Washington D.C. to meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Michigan congressional delegation.


Toyota AgreesTo Pay $16.4 Million U.S. Fine

On: Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 3:59PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Toyota Motor Corporation agreed to pay the largest fine in history, to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for allegations of not reporting safety problems in vehicles with defective accelerator pedals for 4 months. According to the NHTSA, the law states that any safety issue must be reported within 5 business days. Since Toyota failed to do so, a monetary fine was assessed for $16.4 million, the maximum penalty that NHTSA can assign.


Lake Mirror Classic Featured On SPEED

On: Sat, Apr 17, 2010 at 11:31AM | By: John Welch


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Back in October 2009, the Lake Mirror Classic enticed a startlingly diverse group of classic autos to converge on the mean streets of downtown Lakeland, Florida. Okay, not really "mean streets"; "yuppster boulevards" is probably a better way to put it.

Considered a premier event for many years, the Lake Mirror Classic has attracted many special guests, from Brock Yates (my personal "hero du jour") to Hurley Haywood. In 2009, our little concours by the lake saw Dennis Gage in attendance. Not only did Dennis bring his famous handle-bar 'stache, he was accompanied by his Speedvision camera crew. ("SPEED" camera crew, not "Speedvision" . . .sry.)


The Best Seat In The House

On: Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 1:29PM | By: John Welch


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Going through the Flip it dawned on me that there were some hidden gems we hadn't yet shown you, the faithful 'Shopper Blog reader.

First up, we have "The Best Seat In The House". This video was taken from the driver's seat of my Subie, pointing directly at the exit of NASCAR Turn Two. I could have died happy.

More interesting videos inside the post . . .

 


Roll Over, Little Samurai, The Lexus GX 460 Is Here!

On: Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 7:35PM | By: John Welch


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I was reading this article in Consumer Reports this one time; I had been in the market for a new blender for several months. Being of small mental stature, I just couldn't make up my mind. CR instructed me to specifically avoid the blender named "The Furnace Blast-O-Matic" but the packaging was just sooo damn intriquing . . . I bought the most expensive Blast-O-Matic I could find.

 

Wouldn't you know it; CR alleged that the Blasto-O-Matic had a faulty wiring system and would throw sparks from its blades at any speed higher than "frappe". Lo, they were correct, and now I am rebuilding my kitchen and having work done to the houses' foundation. Sum . . . bitch.

 

Ever since that fateful blender incident I have taken Consumer Reports at their word. They say a new Lexus model, the GX 460, might be a bit tippy in the turns. Might bob and weave a little too much for the average Soccer Mom's driving skill set. Might just go "turtle", and kill all the little munchkins inside. Important news, assuming this isnt a Toyota Witch-Hunt . . .


American Mini, Not Muscle

On: Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 2:19PM | By: Benjamin Roussey


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The New York International Auto Show seemed to be less of an auto show than it was an extravaganza for environmentally friendly automobiles. To be more accurate, it seemed to be a display for mini-mobiles. The self-propelled cars in the Flintstone’s cartoon had more power than some of these cars. This timing could not have come at a worse time for these auto companies. This winter tossed a monkey wrench into the spokes of the Al Gore global warming crusade and an increasing number of people are questioning the global warming rational.


The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

On: Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 12:49PM | By: John Welch


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Carlos Ghosn and Deiter Zetsche hopped into bed this week, and this unholy Franco-Hun alliance is already producing some interesting love children. Mercedes four cylinder in an Infiniti? Wouldn't that be a little, I don't know, difficult for Benz dealers to swallow?

GM is repaying tax-payer loans five years early, sure, but does that mean that they are on the road to profitability? Short answer, NO. Long answer, Double NO! The General has shed $4.3 billion dollars since bankruptcy, $1.9 billion in the last three months of 2009. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but it's still a pin-hole. Profit in 2010? We shall see . . .

Audi has dominated sports car racing for the better part of a decade. With countless R8s and R10s, the storied marque has taken every major trophy more then once, from Le Mans to Laguna Seca. Their red and silver rocket-sleds have yet to win any beauty contests, however. With its racing introduction this weekend in the south of France, at the Paul Ricard Circuit 8 Hour, Audi continues a proud tradition of function over slightly hideous form. You be the judge, inside the post . . .