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Kia has proclaimed that the 2014 Soul has been completely redesigned, but at first glance you might not notice. They look very much the same. The new Soul is .8 inches longer, .6 inches wider, .4 inches taller, and has a nearly 1-inch longer wheelbase. Not much of a difference…
Did we have a recession or a depression? It depends on who you ask but we’re now being told that it is over, or almost at least. So how is the automotive industry doing after the government (the taxpayers) came to the rescue?
Driving is a huge responsibility. You take your life and the lives of your passengers into your own hands. The decisions you make while driving could potentially change the lives of anyone on the road, including those not in vehicles. If you’ve read my other pieces you know I like to approach most subjects with a dose of humor. This topic is serious though and you won’t find much to laugh at. Hopefully you will find some food for thought.
Drivers have been complaining about high gas prices ever since automobiles were invented. Yet, when it comes to doing something about fuel costs, Americans are long on talk and short on action. That may be why unleaded costs well over $3.00 a gallon across the country.
Fortunately, there are some ways you can get more out of each drop of petroleum. These methods go beyond the usual advice about staying inside the speed limits and keeping your tires properly inflated. They’ve been developed over the past 10 years by a group of people who call themselves hypermilers. By following their tips, you can greatly increase the distance you go on a tank of gas. Some drivers double their current MPG by using these suggestions. Here they are.
Over the weekend I was shopping at a local big box store and the lines were getting a little long at the check out. This particular merchant had big signs at one time promising to open a new register if the lines had more than a certain number of customers waiting to check out. Those signs didn’t last long. Now there is no more assurance of good old customer service. I asked a cashier at a closed register if she was about to open. I was obviously an annoyance. She snapped at me that someone was going to open this register at some undetermined time. There was no smile, there was no courtesy. I remember a time when it was a feat to avoid tripping over sales clerks who wanted nothing more than to help you with your purchase, almost to the point of obnoxiousness.
Americans love their cars. There’s no doubt whatsoever about that. Being a relatively “new” country, we still have plenty of wide open spaces to drive through. We still have the luxury of living in the “country” and working in the “city” and we want to be ultra comfortable on the trip to and fro. Car manufacturers understand this about us and cater to those needs and desires. American cars are big with lots of passenger seating and leg room. You can float down the interstate feeling as though you’re sitting on your couch in a climate controlled environment with your favorite audio entertainment to keep you company.
In 1996, Lambrecht Chevrolet closed its doors for the very last time. Owners Ray & Mildred Lambrecht had served the residents of Pierce, Nebraska since 1946, and it was finally time to retire. At one time, this small Midwest dealership was one of Chevrolet's highest-volume stores. Ray would give people his best price right off the bat. If the customer wanted to haggle, he'd tell them, “If you can find a better price on this vehicle, then you should go get it.” He treated people the way he wanted to be treated, and that kept customers came back again and again.
During their 50 years in business, the Lambrecht's put countless Americans on the road, and they amassed a collection of over 500 cars in the process. Like an enormous time capsule, Lambrecht Chevrolet Co. is a glimpse into how our country used to be. And now, all those memories are about to cross the auction block.
“Like a Rock”, “Have You Driven a Ford Lately?”, “The Heartbeat of America.”, “What A Luxury Car Should Be.” We all recognize these automobile advertising slogans. They are meant to touch something inside us and make us purchase the product. What touched the first drivers? How did manufacturers tap into consumers desires when cars were fresh on the market? Today we don’t even recognize some of the original manufacturers but the slogans used are a little confusing and makes us wonder what the early car buyers thought was important. Consider the following taglines:
In Europe, diesels are big business. In America, not so much. Our fuel taxation system is designed to make gasoline the cheaper fuel, exactly the opposite of Europe's fuel/tax situation. Nevertheless, the Germans are dead-set on getting Americans to re-embrace the diesel. To that end, BMW and Audi are launching TDI versions of their most popular models. And now Mercedes is rolling out an oil-burning version of its uber-popular E-Class. But is it just a replacement for the soot-covered 240D?
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We’re all concerned with getting a vehicle that gets good gas mileage. We all know how expensive gas is and car buyers have decided that sometimes size must be sacrificed for fuel efficiency. Auto makers have cut the dimensions of SUVs and trucks in order to attract more conservative customers. How far can you shrink a vehicle and still be street legal? Austin Coulson decided to find out.
Way back in the 1970s when I was a youngster trying to make sense of the world I heard the term “jaywalking”. This was the decade of “streaking” and I’d also heard the phrase “naked as a jaybird”, so naturally I thought jaywalking was walking around naked. It seemed to be an unwise thing to do in traffic and thus illegal. It all made sense.