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General Motors Is Blind to Pontiac Potential

On: Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 2:34PM | By: Gary P Garry

Trans Am Depot test 2

Many young people today are completely unaware of the one time existence of the Pontiac division of General Motors. This division, which dates back to 1926, is named for a Native American chief who also lent his name to the city of Pontiac, Michigan. The Pontiac name became a deeply embedded part of the American automotive landscape for many decades, but the company decided to scrap the division in 2009 during the height of the financial crisis of that era.

How well is your car equipped?

On: Wed, Jul 6, 2016 at 1:49PM | By: Gary P Garry

How well is your car equipped? test 1-1

Technological advances have always pushed the automobile industry forward, and it is certainly a selling point when you can offer a new bell or whistle that your competitors have not yet perfected. Back in the day, the steps forward were typically baby steps, and change came about slowly. During our current era, the dynamic is quite a bit different. Innovations are constantly entering the automotive picture, and existing features undergo refinements. In fact, there are so many different features available in new cars, it can be hard to keep track of them all. This is especially true if you haven't purchased a new car in a number of years, because the landscape evolves quickly. Let's look at some of the features that you may find useful when you are shopping for a fresh ride. Some of them are technologically advanced, and one of them is surprisingly simple.

Review of the 2017 Audi R8: Improving perfection

On: Wed, Jul 6, 2016 at 1:08PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

2017 Audi R8 test 2

In the hundred-plus years that cars have been around, there has been a divergence of the car philosophy. This has come about for different reasons, a lot of which have to do with money. The income of a potential owner is obviously a big factor in producing a car.  But, after that, the general mission statements for some cars have gone is entirely different directions. For example, some cars are just cars. They are simple, basic transportation that gets us from point A to point B. Your Toyota Corolla, Ford Fiesta, and Honda Fit are all cars that do just what they're supposed to do:  Take people from one place to another more quickly than if they had attempted to walk or ride a bike. Then, on the other end of that spectrum, are insanely impractical, wholly purpose-built nigh-racecars that have been created to haul its passenger from one place to another in a stunning spectacle of lavish excess. Cars like the Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita, Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari LaFerrari, or Lamborghini Veneno are all simply the ultimate expressions of excess.

Mercedes-Benz developing trick tire de-Icing technology

On: Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 10:20AM | By: Carl Malek

Mercedes-Benz developing trick tire de-Icing technology test 1-1

There's nothing like traveling to the confines of the U.S. patent office to get a glimpse at some of the futuristic vehicle technology concepts that various automakers are working on. This time our trip makes a stop at Mercedes-Benz, where they appear to be working on the latest iteration of de-icing technology, according to a recently filed patent.


Nissan recalls 28,000 Infiniti Q50 models

On: Fri, Jul 1, 2016 at 3:07PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Nissan recalls 28,000 Infiniti Q50 models test 1-1

Technology is generally a good thing. We use it for everything. What once took us hours and sometimes weeks at the library, or making phone calls, or searching through pages and pages of dusty old documents dredged up from some dank basement in the mountains can now be done in seconds while sitting on a moving bus or train, watching television, or sitting on the toilet, and sometimes minutes, depending on the WiFi connection.

Review of the 2016 Subaru Legacy: Trying to live up to its name

On: Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 3:34PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

2016 Subaru Legacy test 2

The world of midsize sedans is a brutal market to compete in. The big champs of the segment are the Camry and the Accord, who trade blows year after year battling for supremacy of the heavyweight sales division. But, aside from those perennial all-stars, there are some other competitors that have been trying to make their mark against those bruisers for some time. Known mostly for their all-wheel drive systems, and their rally-inspired WRX models, Subaru has been trying to establish itself as more than just a boy-racer brand in recent years. The model in center stage of those attempts is their midsize model, the Legacy.

The best used cars for new college students

On: Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 4:05PM | By: Gary P Garry

The best used cars for new college students test 1-1

We have recently passed through the high school graduation season, and, if you are a parent of a recent graduate, college is probably going to be the next step for your child. You may be in the market for a used car for your new college student, and there are some things to take into consideration when you make car buying decisions. Though it may not be on the top of the list for your son or daughter, safety will probably be your primary concern. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) has done a great deal of very useful research into the subject. According to their website, there are four primary things to think about when you are trying to identify the right used car for a young driver.

American automotive independence: Route 66

On: Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 10:18AM | By: Gary P Garry

Route 66 test 2

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and this is a very significant date in American history. Independence Day commemorates the approval of the Declaration of Independence, which made the United States a sovereign entity outside of British rule. A lot of people think that the document was signed on July 4th, but it was actually signed two days earlier and approved on the day that we now call Independence Day.

BMW Recalls 21,000 Cars

On: Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 11:42AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

BMW Recalls 21,000 Cars test 1-1

BMW has long since lived up to its self-proclaimed "Ultimate Driving Machine" moniker. We have seen dozens of examples of BMW's ability to produce amazingly powerful, fast, luxurious, and elegant cars, while still making them fun to drive day-to-day. But even the mighty BMW is subject to a screwup here and there. It's inevitable; you build millions of cars, and you're bound to have a few that don't quite come out right. It happens to bakers, bartenders, authors, and, obviously, carmakers; the odds are that if you produce a lot of something, eventually a small percentage will be incorrect.

Hyundai Tucson: Affordable practicality

On: Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 9:44AM | By: Gary P Garry

Hyundai Tucson test 2

The process you go through when you buy a new car is tried and true, but, when you think about it, you are taking quite a big risk. You may see a car on the road that catches your eye, and this can draw you in. There is nothing wrong with that, but you're seeing only the outside, and you can become infatuated before you get behind the wheel. (Come to think of it, this is something like the dating process, but that's a subject for a different type of article.) Short of this, you may see a commercial that gets your attention, and, in other instances, you may ride with a friend who has a car that interests you.

Review of the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR: Pick your poison

On: Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 10:30AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Review of the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR test 2

In terms of iconic cars, there are a few American cars that showed up, stole our hearts, and then rode off into the sunset without the slightest thought of giving them back. Cars like the Corvette, Mustang, Camaro, Firebird, GTO, Chevelle, Challenger, all have had that same talent to capture new suitors by simply just being driven by them. But, even beyond most of those cars, with the exception of some Corvettes, there was one car back in the 1960s that single handedly took hold of the fantasies of every car enthusiast for decades and never let go. That car was the fabled Shelby Cobra, a production hot rod that was nothing short of blisteringly, ridiculously, ungodly powerful and fast.