Archive for June, 2012

Jun
29
Tom Appel

Tom’s got a list of six bad-driving habits that really tick him off.

I am pretty sure that if, as a nation, we could assess and grade the driving skills of all our drivers—and we could subsequently keep folks earning D and F grades off the road during rush hour—our collective commuting times would drop by at least half.

Jun
29
MyFord Touch, Car Gadgets

Many current vehicles offer drivers a multitude of multimedia distractions.

Surely it’s not really the case, but I can’t help thinking that some boardroom brain trust had the following conversation.

“Okay everyone, it’s come to our attention that some city-dwellers don’t buy our cars, the ungrateful urbanites. And it’s not because they can’t afford them—it’s because they can’t park them. What can we do to change that?”

Jun
28
2012 BMW 3-Series Sedan, 2012 BMW 328i Sedan

2012 BMW 3-Series Sedan

Note: This report supplements Consumer Guide Automotive’s full report on the 2012 BMW 3-Series Sedan, a premium-compact car that starts at $34,900.

Jun
28
Euro-spec Ford Focus, 3-Cylinder Focus

Don drove this Euro-spec Ford Focus with the 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine. “From a stop,” he writes, “it was quicker than I expected.”

I recently spent a beautiful summer day at Ford’s Dearborn Development Center at a media event. It’s a fairly surreal place since it is basically across the street from the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. The steam-powered train in the village is often heard, providing a bit of an audio link back to the time of Henry Ford.

Jun
28
1971 Chevrolet Vega Coupe, Good Looking Regular Cars

1971 Chevrolet Vega Coupe

A bad rap can go a long way toward messing your legacy. Take the poor, ill-remembered Edsel. Rendered largely unsellable by a recession and some dubious marketing, the car is now recalled as a lemon, which is certainly not the case.

Jun
27
motorcycle lane splitting in California

While this motorcycle maniac can legally split traffic in California, your grandmother can get a ticket in that state for walking across the street.

Although I’ve visited California frequently over the past 20 years—and even lived there briefly back in the ’70s—it always takes a while after arrival to acclimate to the local climate. And I don’t mean the weather. I mean the driving climate. Which, like the weather, differs from that of the rest of the country.

Jun
27
2013 Chevrolet Caprice PPV, front

2013 Chevrolet Caprice PPV

I like police cars. I think they’re cool, exciting, and just plain bad-ass. It’s thrilling when I see one speeding down the road with the lights flashing and the siren going. Even though the mid-1990s Chevrolet Caprices and Ford Crown Victoria-based Police Interceptors weren’t the best looking vehicles to my eyes, they still exhibited a certain measure of get-out-of-my-way authority when dressed in police livery.

Jun
27
2013 Ram 1500, New TorqueFlite

2013 Ram 1500

Chrysler has had some great brand names in its long history, and the company isn’t reluctant to trade on its past glory. Now for the 2013 Ram 1500, Chrysler is bringing back the TorqueFlite automatic transmission.

Jun
26

Hyundai Accent, Mystery Car Quiz

1) Accent or Elantra?

Driving the redesigned 2012 Azera this weekend got me thinking: Boy, Hyundai’s cars sure do look alike, at least from the front. With that in mind, here’s a modest quiz designed to see if you can tell them apart. When creating the images for this particular test, more than once did I have to go back to Hyundai’s media website to make sure I had the correct cars. Maybe your eyes are a little sharper than mine are. Mystery car quiz.

Jun
26
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee

With the new turbodiesel engine, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee will have an easier time ascending terrain like this. Pictured is a 2012 model.

Trade weekly Automotive News, citing various sources, reports that the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee large SUV will start sale next January with two notable changes: an 8-speed automatic transmission, replacing a 5-speed unit, and the model’s first diesel-engine option in North America. Both moves were expected, and Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed the diesel option last January.

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