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Web Review; Camaro vs Mustang- Ad Agency Edition

On: Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 12:09PM | By: John Welch

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I decided it was time to review a website from a more pedestrian, 'every-man' car company. Over the last several weeks we have reviewed the Porsche 911 GT3 website, the Mercedes SLS AMG website, and other high-end digital brochures. Though fun to play around with, these sites are not incredibly realistic, considering all of these cars topped six figures once I had optioned them to the gills. Options I found to be completely necessary, thankyouverymuch.

So, name a car us poor folk might actually be able to afford, some day in the distant future? Scrolling around our blog, there has been a lot of news about GM, some good, some not so good. Most of it, honestly, is not so good. What better example of a Red-State, Go- Fearing Man-Car than the Chevy Camaro? Uhm, the Ford Mustang, if for no other reason than its advanced age and lack of prolonged gaps in its production cycle. While the Camaro was axed in 2002, Mustang production has soldiered on continuously, uninterrupted since 1964.

So whose website is shiny and tempting enough to make me take out that second mortgage? Read on . . .

Mileage Tax Proposal Rumors?

On: Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 11:05AM | By: Clay Ritchings

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Has anyone heard about this proposed new tax? Instead of taxing the gas that we use, we will be taxed on mileage. Drivers will be tracked through GPS chips installed in their cars and charged a quarter-cent per mile.

The concept for a mileage tax was created in response to declining gas tax revenues due to improved fuel-efficiency in cars. All this time we are encouraged to buy fuel efficient vehicles and offered “Cash For Clunkers” rebates, and now, they are going to change the system to make sure that they get their chunk of change? I believe I pay enough tax on my vehicle via sales tax and vehicle registration fees, that, by the way, just doubled here in Florida.

GM Dropped The Ball On The EV1

On: Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 3:34PM | By: Clay Ritchings

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One of the most high profile and controversial cars in modern history, GM's electric EV1, evolved from the GM Impact concept car. Through the years, the limited production EV1 has been held high by electric vehicle enthusiasts as a poster child for the electric vehicle's "success", and ultimate demise.

The GM concept car that debuted at the 1990 Los Angeles Auto Show was created by the automotive and energy efficiency wizards at AeroVironment, under the direction of Paul MacCready, renowned for his work in energy efficient vehicles of all types. Shortly after that, General Motors announced that the automaker would build the electric car. This generated tremendous media attention, but was a surprise to many within his own company since much of the technology did not yet exist to transform the concept car into reality.

Petit Le Mans Preview Pt.2

On: Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 11:46AM | By: John Welch

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Dr. Don Panoz (say 'PAY-nose') is the savior of sports car racing in America. NASCAR began dominating national media towards the end of the twentieth century, leaving little room for other forms of motorsport. Trans-Am was a shell of its former self and several accidents were beginning to erode support for big time GT1 racing. After the rise and decline of Group C in the late eighties, the fate of road racing on American shores was becoming darker and grimmer by the day. Dr. Panoz decided to stop the hemorrhaging and created an endurance race to rival any run in Europe or the rest of the world.

The Petit Le Mans.


Discovery HD Theater to Present The WRC

On: Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 2:01PM | By: John Welch

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The World Rally Championship left American televisions without much fanfare way back in 2004. Personally I have missed it, a lot. Rivaling F1 for heart-stopping, made-for-TV drama, the WRC has continued on without its US audience just fine. Discovery HD knows we want our dirt/ice/tarmac/snow/cliff racing back, and they plan on obliging us with close-up HD-maximized rally coverage, starting on October 4th with a six-hour 'Dummies Guide to WRC', featuring shows dedicated to the drivers, cars, and specific stages of the WRC . . .

Chevrolet Camaro Z28 News

On: Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 1:20PM | By: John Welch

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GM is such a tease. They're always telling me what I want to hear, and I always eat it up even though I know 'what I want to hear' is usually too good to be true. GM dangles tasty morsels of automotive erotica in front of my face and then sweeps the cars I lust after back under the rug at the first sign of political or economic turmoil. The examples are endless: Pontiac G8/Chevy Caprice/G8 ST/Buick Grand National, The CTS-V Wagon/Coupe, and the Camaro Z28 all spring to mind.
Not much can be said for the poor G8 and its possible offspring, and the CTS-V Wagon is very much in doubt, but the Camaro goodness is still in the pipeline. Following is news on the Z28 and a few people who couldn't wait until GM got around to making it . ..

Nissan Recalling over 26,000 2009-2010 Altima and Maxima Sedans

On: Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 12:15PM | By: Drew Christy

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a recall (campaign ID #09V358000) for 2009 and 2010 Nissan Altima and Maxima models to correct a problem with faulty suspension components that may contribute to an accident. This recall involves up to 26,398 vehicles. The problem component has been identified as the upper front strut insulators. The poorly designed insulators may crack, allowing the struts to move out of position which could cause vehicle instability and potentially lead to a crash.

Nissan will replace both the left and right side front strut insulators at no charge to the customer.  The recall is expected to officially begin on October 5; consumers may contact Nissan at 1-800-NISSAN1 (1-800-647-7261), or the NHTSA's Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (1-800-424-9153) for more information.

Required Viewing: This Weekend's Racing

On: Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 4:50PM | By: John Welch

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Grand-Am tears up Miller Motorsports Park, NASCAR gets the 'Chase' underway, NHRA counts down their own 'Chase To Marketing Glory', and the IRL visits the Motegi Circuit in Japan.

Just Say No To The '59 Bel Air

On: Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 4:28PM | By: Nick Truden

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Remember the lectures from grandparents you used to receive, or perhaps still do? They would begin by uttering the clichéd “back in my day!” introduction leading to a story that made whatever it was that you were going through seem like a walk in the park. Well, the following video of a 1959 Bel Air colliding with a 2009 Malibu is proof enough that if your parents, or your parent’s parents, were to get into a collision, chances were slim for anyone to make it out alive or with minimal injury.

Cars That Were Too Kewl For the U.S.

On: Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 1:04PM | By: John Welch

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Everyone has one car/car moment that they emotionally tie to their childhood. It may have been the family's first Camaro, an old Bronco that Dad used for hunting, Mom bringing home the neighborhood's first Taurus. Whatever the story may be, everyone has one. Mine involves a tricky Euro-brick with a faulty front suspension and the baddest wing this side of an Airbus— the Merkur XR4Ti. Muh Daddy considered himself a classy, adventurous Gent, the sort that would take a chance on an unknown import simply because it was wicked-fast. He woke me up at 5 a.m. one spring Saturday (if I'm not mistaken I was seven years old . . . maybe eight) the first time I had seen 5 a.m. on purpose, and instructed me to get dressed and head out to the drive way as quickly as possible. There it sat, ominous dark blue paint gleaming behind thick, fresh central Florida dew, our brand new Merkur Whatsitsfourteeeye.

More Euro Fords: The 2011 C-Max

On: Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 11:16AM | By: John Welch

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Several weird segments have popped up in the American auto industry lately. Four door hatch-backs, itty bitty city cars, narrow work vans, and seven passenger car/van double mini-people carrier thingees like the Mazda 5 and the Kia Rondo. All of these concepts are direct descendants of, or inspired by, European products. BMW, VW, and Porsche have the 'shooting-brake', foor door hatch-back thing covered, while Ford, Mercedes and others have produced 'city cars' for decades. Ford recently had the bright idea to begin importing its European product to the U.S. market . . . something about Euro-Fords being dynamically superior to the American-produced crap-wagons currently sold in Ford dealerships. The first European Ford product to actually go on sale was the Ford Transit Connect, a urban sized cargo van, similar to the Daimler Sprinter. Next we will get the new Fiesta, followed by the new Focus and the Ford C-Max.