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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.
Like people, cars tend to get bigger with age. Case in point, the newly redesigned 2014 Nissan Rogue. This once-petite crossover has gained a third row of seats and a bit of 'heft' in its second generation. It hasn't migrated into midsize territory just yet, but there's a lot more Rogue than there used to be. Now sporting a slightly bigger waist, the Rogue has been thoroughly reworked by NIssan to keep its compact CUV competitive in this growing segment. Their second best-selling model now comes with a host of new technologies, and passenger room has obviously increased too. But is the Rogue just becoming a fat villain, or is there now 'more to love'? Let's find out...
Next time you pull up to a stop light and you have a moment, take a look at what the people around you are wearing. Jeans? A T-shirt? Tank tops? A suit or dress, maybe? When we get into our vehicles today we are dressed for our destination. You can tell by looking who is most likely going where. We have climate control in our cars, thick glass all around us, and we even feel a modicum of privacy inside our mobile boxes.
I grew up on a motorcycle. My father bought his first Honda at 16 and that’s all he rode until he was 50 when he bought a Harley-Davidson. I was disappointed, having been raised to believe that Honda was the ONLY bike to ride. It felt like a betrayal. A Harley sounds different and feels different and I had a hard time making the transition. I’ve come to terms but this is an example of how loyal bikers generally are to a brand. Good news then for Indian Motorcycle lovers. They are making a comeback and will be available any minute. A sizable portion of the intended production has already been sold, sight unseen, so if you want one you better get on it.
Tags: motorcycle, bike, Sturgis, Polaris, Indian, Indian chief, vintage, classic
For most people, self-driving cars fit in the same category as jet backpacks, robot butlers, and personal spaceships. While they’re great topics for science-fiction writers, there’s very little chance that they will ever exist in the real world. Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn begs to differ, however. He not only intends to build autonomous vehicles, he has announced that they will be available for public purchase by 2020.
To those in the know, including other auto executives, this goal sounds so ambitious as to be ridiculous. While Google has put several self-driving cars on the road, the search engine giant has no plans to market such vehicles to the public. Rather, company heads hope to sell the technology to established manufacturers like Ford, GM, and Toyota.
Posted In: Car News, Concept Cars, Hybrid / Green, Rumors, Safety, Technology
Tags: Nissan, self driving cars, autonomous vehicles
While some people argue Summer is the best season of the year, we respectfully disagree. Whenever Fall rolls around, suddenly there is a wealth of things to make us realize how good life can be. Football season begins—and during the Fall months, most teams still have a chance—the leaves change colors and show us how beautiful a drive down the road can be, no more sweating profusely and running from air-conditioned room to air-conditioned car, and, of course, there are the car shows.
Tags: Car shows, september, october, oldies, doo-wop, ford, chevy, Lead East, Lake Mirror Classic
Why do men make things so complicated? For example, I asked my grown son what makes my car go. He launched into an explanation with words like internal combustion, pistons, torque, and flywheel. I asked my husband the same question and got what he called a “simple explanation” with words like spark plugs and gas fumes.
Get ready for the newest Jeep Wrangler. Originally shown at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show, Jeep is ready to unleash its new Wrangler Dragon Edition. It received “tremendously positive feedback” at the show and Jeep has decided to make them available to North America this fall.
Tags: 2014 jeep wrangler, dragon, jeep, jeep wrangler, jeep wrangler dragon edition
If you're a Camaro fan, then you've undoubtedly heard of the Yenko Camaro. A tire-melting dragstrip legend that was born at a time when gas was cheap and love was free. Racing driver Carroll Shelby had started turning Ford's little Mustang into a stoplight god, and Chrysler dealers were equally well-armed with the 426 Hemi-powered GTX. These muscle-bound monsters were specifically made for road racing, and came with almost no options to reduce weight. Chevrolet's new Camaro would also get the Skunkwerks treatment in 1967, as SCCA racer and Chevrolet dealer Don Yenko turned the General's little pony into one of the most legendary muscle cars of all time.
I am a perfectly sound and mobile individual. I am capable of parking anywhere in a parking lot and perambulating to the building without difficulty or assistance. I still try to find a close spot. I’m sure this applies to the majority of drivers in this country. Nobody wants to walk if they don’t have to, especially during a Florida summer.
Although GM's flagship luxury brand is still rebuilding its image, the Cadillac name was once a byword for 'quality'. Their cars were cutting-edge, luxurious, and powerful. Everybody from kings to rock stars had a Cadillac in their garage. Then, years of corporate cost-cutting reduced the storied brand to mere 'Premium' status. Now on the upswing, Cadillac is out to show the world that it still knows a thing or two about making luxury cars. Their new Cadillac ATS is often mentioned in the same breath as the BMW 3-Series, and their recent Elmiraj Concept has actually caused people to lust after a Cadillac (that hasn't happened since... Elvis was alive). Cadillac is still very relevant in today's China-crazy car market, and their future is starting to look pretty bright. But let's take a quick look at the company's past, and see just how much they've shaped the cars that we drive today.