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I'm a guy who first got a drivers license during the latter portion of the 1970s. I grew up in New Jersey, where you could get a drivers license at that time when you reached the age of 17. As that fateful day approached, I started to evaluate the used car that would be right for me.
No matter who you are or where you go, car fanatics will almost always be biased on certain cars. That bias may be in the positive, and you’ve seen these people. They think that their preferred car is the fastest, best built, and obviously most visually appealing automobile on the market, and nothing you can say to the contrary, even if it is meant in a purely benign manner and only to stimulate productive discussion, will ever be seen as anything other than a slight to their beloved vehicle which they will defend to the death. German car owners are the first group to come to mind when talking about this auto hubris; American owners are second. Conversely, those that are against a certain group of cars will simply dismiss any and every piece of information that may lead them to draw a different conclusion than their already predisposed idea that the car they have always hated is forever still a piece of junk, that it is either overpriced, underperforms, looks hideous, or some combination of negative traits. Once again, American, German, and even Japanese cars come to mind. But, sometimes, even though you may hate a car, and may want to dislike it profusely, sometimes, you have to just shut up and give it the respect it deserves.
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People who love cars are invariably going to enjoy road trips. Now that we are in the sweet spot of the summer, the time is right for a weekend getaway or two before the leaves start to turn. There are many different destinations that are ideal for classic car aficionados. There are car museums, car shows, and, of course, there are collector car auctions that take place throughout the year. One of the major automotive auction companies is Mecum, and these people have done a lot for the industry.
Practical, pleasant to drive, and showing some design flair were the impressions left by a few hours spent with a 2016 Jeep Renegade. Chrysler's design team has long been noticeable for their ability to “do the most with the least”—Charger immediately springs to mind—and Renegade is cut from this cloth. In both size and ethos the Renegade reflects the original military Jeep, now reinvented for twenty-first century urban living.
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Tags: CAR REVIEW, 2016 Jeep Renegade, Jeep Renegade, 2016 Jeep roadtest
It may be too long ago for half of the people who are considered ‘legal adults’ at this point to remember, but there once was a time when if you wanted a pickup truck, you had one choice per company. Chevy had the Silverado, Ford had the F-Series, and Dodge had the Ram. And that was it. Oh, you wanted a smaller truck? Buy a Ranchero or a station wagon. But, enough people clamored for a smaller truck and, suddenly, they were everywhere. Chevy created the S10 line, Ford had the Ranger, Dodge had the Dakota. Even Toyota jumped into the mix in the 1990s with the Tacoma, and then moved up to create the full-sized Tundra. Then, carmakers started realizing that people enjoyed the interior volume of four-door pickups with the versatility of having a bed, just in case they had to hit up Home Depot on the weekends with the kids in the car. Suddenly, there was a new kind of pickup truck. A pickup truck that wasn’t quite a full pickup truck. Technically, a mid-sized sport utility truck. These were trucks like the Chevy Avalanche, Ford Explorer Sport Trac, Lincoln Blackwood, and the Cadillac Escalade EXT. Seeing all the success companies were having creating trucks, especially companies like Japanese rival Toyota, the folks at Honda decided in the mid-2000s to step into the mix. Enter the Honda Ridgeline.
These days, with cries of America First, Made in America, and Buy American heard from all parts of the country, there are those who insist on American-made automobiles. That’s MADE in America, not just assembled. The point was that things made in the U.S. help the economy here, and provide jobs and wages and opportunities to actually be able to afford the products we produce. Lots of people laughed at that idea; globalization and free trade were taking jobs and money out of the country, and that finding a car that was really made in America or could be called an American car was no longer possible. Well, that is true; however, there are cars that are almost all-American, and that should count for something.
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If you were to sit down with a few of your friends and make a list of the top 10 truly iconic American cars in any class, it is very likely that no one would argue with the inclusion of the Chevrolet Camaro. The car, designed as a competitor to the insanely popular Ford Mustang, was initially rolled out for the 1967 model year. It was first made available to the general public on September 29th, 1966. This American classic muscle car remained in production continuously until 2002. General Motors decided to reintroduce the car for the 2010 model year, and it has been going strong ever since. The current era Camaro is definitely a head turner, and the car's ongoing popularity is not surprising. In fact, my own head was turned all the way to the dealership when I bought my 2014 Camaro about a year and a half ago.
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is currently in the midst of celebrating the Jeep brand's 75th anniversary, they have unveiled a special one-off Wrangler concept that pays tribute to the government contract that helped give birth to its ancestor, the Willys-Overland MB.
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Few cars in the world seem to be able to make it past a few model years. For the few models that do, some tend to fade away by trying to change its image, or make radical changes, or, on the other end, not change enough to keep up with the times and watch their customer base walk off towards some newer model. But, sometimes, there are some models that just have a special something. Some models are able to rise above the madness of the global need for new and different, and change with the times, instead of watching the times either change them beyond recognition or simply pass them by.
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When it comes to building cars, there are literally thousands upon thousands of pieces that go into their creation. Engine, suspension, body, interior, exterior, there are so many areas to keep track of that it is almost mind boggling to the average human being. Beyond that, when producing cars, you then have to perfect the process, and then repeat it thousands, and even millions of times over and over. So it’s no wonder that, occasionally, some of those products come away with a defect or two, and a few cars need to be brought back for some revisions.
The dominoes are falling. On May 7th, a Tesla Model S strikes a tractor-trailer in Williston, Florida. The Model S driver is killed. On June 28th, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opens an investigation of Tesla in regards to the fatal accident; their main concern seems to be with the Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) in Telsa’s Autopilot driver-assist system.
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