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Cadillac CTS Coupe

On: Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 11:29AM | By: Chuck Arehart

Cadillac CTS Coupe test 2

A funny thing about auto shows is that some of what a manufacturer displays as "concept" is obviously going to be built. Such was the case with the Cadillac CTS coupe originally unveiled at the 2008 North American International Auto Show. The CTS coupe on display appeared as if it could have been driven off the floor and into your driveway, a no-brainer to receive a green light from GM management.

40 MPG, Check. Top Safety Pick, Check. Made In USA, Check.

On: Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 10:11AM | By: Chris Salamone

Chevrolet Sonic test 2
Needless to say, there is a lot of buzz surrounding Chevrolet’s new subcompact. Although much of the hype is probably based on remnants of Chevy fans which remain quivering in frustration from the former Chevy subcompact Aveo, the Sonic stands all on its own as a tiny car worthy of big talk. After months of teasing strong fuel economy and safety, Chevrolet has announced that the Environmental Protection Agency rated the Ecotec 1.4L turbo Sonic at 40 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg in the city. And, the IIHS granted the Sonic their Top Safety Pick status.

The Sonic’s list of strengths doesn’t end with safety and efficiency, though. It just so happens that the Ecotec 1.4L turbo is paired with a six-speed manual transmission and is capable of reaching 60 mph in 8.2 seconds.  

You Have The Right To Remain Silent: Ford's Crown Vic Is No More

On: Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 9:22AM | By: Andrew W Davis

Photoillustration by author test 2

Yes, it’s true: The car you loved to hate when the cops were using it—and probably never thought of UNLESS the cops were using it—has ended its long production run. The last of Ford’s Old Grey Ladies had its newborn rump spanked into life at the company’s St. Thomas (Ontairo, CAN) Assembly Plant on Sept. 15th, signaling an end to both car and factory.

[Incidentally, that white-over-tan car—VIN 2FABP7CW8CX104292—is Saudi Arabia-bound and lined with the signatures of the people who built her. You’d think that Ford or someone HERE would want a keepsake like that. Apparently not.]

I ask now for a moment of silence for the dearly-departed. Believe it or not, this model holds a special place in my heart (and just maybe—if you’re honest—in yours, too). So let’s not mourn the passing of a great model. Instead, let’s celebrate a life well-lived with a (semi)brief history of the Ford Crown Victoria….

Toyota FT-86 Concept Goes Orange

On: Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 9:50AM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota FT-86 Concept Goes Orange test 1-1

The saga of the Toyota-Subaru sports coupe team-up (aka Toyobaru) has been so comical it could almost be classified as a farce. Toyota has basically bombarded us with concepts to the point that we're sick of seeing the FT-86. Meanwhile, Subaru has given us not one, but two, clear car-skeletons that show little more than the powertrain and a basic shell of a car. Polar opposite takes on what's essentially the same project.

Well, while Subaru is fiddling around with a glorified model car, Toyota has yet another FT-86 to show in Frankfurt.


Do You Need Winter Tires?

On: Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 9:45AM | By: Peter C Sessler

Winter Tires test 2

With winter just around the corner and the possibility of heavy snowfall, the question arises—do you need a dedicated set of winter tires? The answer is, it depends. It depends on how bad this coming winter will be and how often you must drive in the snow. Purchasing a set of winter tires is an expensive proposition; on the other hand, it’s the best way to go if you don’t want to end up in a ditch.

September Car Shows: The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

On: Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 9:32AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

September Car Shows: The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year! test 2

It's the most wonderful time of the year

With the car shows gathering

And everyone saying "Is that a 4:11 rear?"

It's the most wonderful time of the year

It's the hap-happiest season of all

The Cheapo Power Wash!

On: Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 5:07PM | By: Peter C Sessler

The Cheapo Power Wash! test 2

There are several ways to get a quick wash. You can go to the traditional car wash, pay the ever increasing price or do it yourself at one of the do-it-yourself washes. Of course, there’s always your driveway, too, but for a quick and effective wash, the do-it-yourself places are pretty good because of the power nozzle feature and you can certainly do a better job yourself than one of the automated car washes. You can do a decent job in fifteen minutes and, if you’re efficient, spend less than five dollars in the process. You can spend more too, depending on how thorough you want to be.

You’ll do a better job if you bring along a few things when visiting your local coin-operated wash facility. First, make sure you bring a few one-dollar bills, a few quarters, some wheel cleaner spray, a squeegee, and a towel or two. If you can, also bring along an assistant.

The Chevy Century: A Bowtie For Every Season

On: Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 3:58PM | By: Chris Salamone

Bowtie Logos test 2

Ok, before we even begin, I’d like to go out on a limb and suggest that 1985’s bowtie graphic is the obvious winner. Aside from being the most dramatic, the 1985 brand logo embodies the 1980s as a decade of good times, futuristic thinking, and dramatically new perspectives. Not to mention it’s just plain bizarre.

And yet, arguing over which logo reigns supreme is a difficult task when the brand logo’s origins are still unclear. Even Chevrolet remains unsure of the bowtie logo’s birthplace.

First Look: Eterniti Supercar

On: Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 3:01PM | By: Chris Weiss

First Look: Eterniti Supercar test 2

The 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show has been the breaking out party for Eterniti, a London-based, independent luxury car manufacturer. The company debuted at the Frankfurt show with the launch of its first model—the Hemera SUV. Since that car is basically just a tuned Porsche Cayenne, and I don't even like the Cayenne, I'm much more interested in Eterniti's second model—an unnamed supercar that it teased in sketch form.

Changing A Fuel Pump

On: Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 2:02PM | By: Peter C Sessler

Changing A Fuel Pump test 2

Before fuel injection came into vogue, mechanical fuel pumps mounted on the engine were used. Changing such pumps was just a matter of removing a couple of bolts and the fuel line. Now, practically all cars and trucks come with an electric fuel pump, which is typically located inside the gas tank.

They aren’t located in the gas tank just to make them difficult to replace, but because in-tank pumps are quieter, are protected from the elements, and fully pressurize the fuel along the entire system. Because fuel injection requires much higher fuel pressures (35-50 psi), vapor lock—a problem with old style mechanical fuel pumps—is a thing of the past.

Subaru Updates The BRZ In Frankfurt, But Not Really

On: Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 12:35PM | By: Chris Weiss

Subaru Updates The BRZ In Frankfurt, But Not Really test 2

Another dramatically named Subaru BRZ concept that shows us a whole lot of nothing. Yay. While not quite as dramatically named as past iterations, the BRZ Prologue concept still carries far too heavy a name-to-information ratio. We still don't have an actual car and are left to close our eyes and visualize what this car will look like in "WR Blue Mica". But Subaru did release a few extra details this time around.