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I was Jaywalking When It Hit Me

On: Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 12:03PM | By: Karen Cook


I was Jaywalking When It Hit Me test 1-1

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.


Is Bigger Really Better? 2014 Nissan Rogue

On: Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 5:03PM | By: Teddy Field


2014 Nissan Rogue test 2

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...


The Well-Dressed Motorist

On: Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 4:32PM | By: Karen Cook


The Well-Dressed Motorist test 1-1

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.


Indian Motorcycles: Back on the Warpath

On: Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 2:03PM | By: Karen Cook


2014 Indian Motorcycles test 2

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.


 

Nissan Sets 2020 Deadline for Self-Driving Vehicles

On: Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 9:36AM | By: Bill Wilson


Nissan Sets 2020 Deadline for Self-Driving Vehicles test 1-1

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.


The Best Season of the Year - Car Show Season!

On: Sun, Sep 15, 2013 at 3:29AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


The Best Season of the Year - Car Show Season! test 1-1

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.


The Simplification of the Automobile

On: Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 5:11PM | By: Karen Cook


The Simplification of the Automobile test 1-1

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.


2014 Jeep Wrangler Dragon Edition Sparks Interest

On: Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 11:46AM | By: Karen Cook


2014 Jeep Wrangler Dragon Edition Sparks Interest test 1-1

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.


Meet the Mean One: The Yenko Super Camaro

On: Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 4:04PM | By: Teddy Field


Meet the Mean One: The Yenko Super Camaro test 1-1

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.


What Is A Parking Space?

On: Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 4:03PM | By: Karen Cook


What Is A Parking Space? test 1-1

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.


How Cadillac shaped the car that you drive today

On: Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 12:43PM | By: Teddy Field


Cadillac's Elmiraj Concept test 2

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.