Archive for June, 2012
Regardless of whatever else may be troubling your mind as an American, at least you won’t have to bother with this vexing question:
Should I buy the luxury Renault?
A regular on “Worst TV Show” lists, My Mother the Car was the story of Dave Crabtree (Jerry Van Dyke), who, while car shopping, discovers his mother reincarnated as a vintage car. The mother (the voice of Ann Sothern) communicates through the car’s radio speaker and, in the tradition of Mr. Ed, talks only to Dave.
It was more than three years ago that electric-vehicle-maker Tesla unveiled prototypes of its Model S midsize hatchback sedan, claiming a 0-60-mph time of less than six seconds and a battery range of up to 300 miles. At the time, many considered it little more than an over-hyped automotive pipe dream.
Many premium-brand vehicle owners aren’t content to follow the herd and don’t think twice about spending big bucks to customize their rides in one way or other. Porsche learned this decades ago, and it has cashed in handsomely with an endless parade of performance and cosmetic packages for its various products, many allegedly inspired by the brand’s racing exploits and all aimed at customers who just can’t resist lilly-gilding.
The Fiat 500 Abarth might have the raspiest exhaust note of any factory-stock 4-cylinder vehicle on the market today. Dig the snarky sound. . . .
This week, Kelley Blue Book came out with their “10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000”—a list that is now all over the Internet. Here it is:
Fifties America must have been wonderful if you were interested in unusual cars, especially unusual imported cars. Flip through old back issues of most any enthusiast-oriented car magazine from the mid- to late Fifties and you’ll come across ads for countless imports. Fiat, Renault, Opel, Mercedes-Benz, and, of course, Volkswagen are names that are still familiar today.
Maybe you’re no good at fill-in-the-blank-type tests. No problem. Here we’re looking for you, the sharp-eyed quiz taker, to find the fakes. Below, you’ll find car brands followed by four corresponding models, one of which is a fake! Take your time and read the names aloud. If the name sounds wonky, it probably is. If you score five correct, you’re some sort of auto savant. Score four and you have earned our respect. Good luck!
After nearly 50,000 miles of service, it was time to replace the tires on my wife’s 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE. My wife’s grandfather is a retired Firestone employee, so she wanted to stay “in the family” so to speak.
Only weeks after showing its Project AM310 concept at a toney classic-car gathering in Italy, boutique British automaker Aston Martin released details and photos of the expected production version. Called AM310 Vanquish, it replaces the 2-seat V12 DBS grand touring coupe and revives the name of that car’s predecessor, the 2002-07 V12 Vanquish. Though we haven’t heard what “AM310” signifies, Aston says the new Vanquish should start U.S. sale in early 2013 as a 2014 model. The base price will be five bucks shy of $280,000, about $1,500 more than the outgoing DBS coupe. A companion Volante convertible should arrive in early 2014.