Archive for August, 2012

Aug
23
Lake Michigan boat ride, car ferry, SS Badger

Entry to the SS Badger car ferry is via a hatch at the rear of the ship.

This past Saturday, I did something I’ve been dying to do for several years now: take a car ferry across Lake Michigan.

The boat that caught my fancy, the SS Badger, has been ferrying vehicles, and people, since 1992. Before that, the ship was a train-car ferry, and the rails those cars rode on into the boat are still visible on the cargo hold’s floor. At 410 feet in length, the Badger isn’t an especially large ship; still, the hold has space for up to 140 vehicles.

Aug
23

We’re anxious to see how the coupe compares to the the Rolls-Royce Ghost sedan (pictured).

no secret that Rolls-Royce has been working up a coupe version of its smaller sedan, the Ghost, and Britain’s Autocar magazine has now given us a good idea of what’s in store. For starters, the new 2-door will bow at the March 2013 Geneva Auto Salon in Switzerland, ahead of a summertime production start at the R-R facility in Goodwood, England. First deliveries are slated for late fall, presumably for European customers. No word yet on U.S. timing, but we’d guess the car will be available before New Year’s Day 2014, which means it could arrive here with a 2015 designation.

Aug
22

Cars on Facebook

If you’re an auto manufacturer and want to be more popular, here’s how to do it: Build. Fast. Cars.

In our scan of Facebook pages, we found that the seven most-popular automakers all specialized in speed. In contrast, Buick, long associated with the early-dinner crowd, finished 31st.

Aug
22
Google Street View

Google Street View car

Google Maps Street View is, undeniably, a very useful tool. Need to find a local business that you’ve never been to before? Check out a picture of the place before you go there so you know what to watch for. Planning a vacation? Scope out the hotel before you get there and make sure it’s as great as the website says it is. Wanna check out the Eiffel Tower in Paris or roam the streets of New York City while on your lunch break? Yep, you can do that too.

Aug
22
Honda Civic Controversy

2012 Honda Civic EX-L Sedan

Honda has received a lot of flak from the press and its fan base about the 2012 Civic. Some of it might be justified, but in all honesty, this is still a really good compact car.

Aug
21
2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500

2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500

Well . . . no. But considering that accessibility to its 662 horsepower (!) is just a pedal press away, our test 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 proved that power and economy are no longer mutually exclusive.

Aug
21
BMW 3-Series And Cadillac ATS

2013 Cadillac ATS

This is the fourth in a series of articles comparing the redesigned 2012 BMW 3-Series sedan with the brand new 2013 Cadillac ATS. Also see Part One: DesignPart Two: Drivetrains, Part Three: Handling, and Part Five: Value.

Aug
21
2014 Flying Spur

This is the current Continental Flying Spur sedan. Chris expects the new version to include a sleeker, less-formal look via new outer body panels.

Bentley is putting the final touches on a major update of its Continental Flying Spur sedans. According to Britain’s Autocar magazine, the revised versions will launch in late 2013 with fresh styling, a first-time V8 option, revamped interiors, and assorted technical changes.

Aug
20
Fiat 500 Turbo

2013 Fiat 500 Turbo

We love the 2012 Fiat 500, ranking it No. 1 on our list of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000.” “The 500 makes its mark as a maneuverable, fun-to-drive, economical city runabout with a fistful of character,” we wrote. We were also impressed with the car’s base MSRP—just $15,500.

Aug
20
2012 Buick Regal

2012 Buick Regal GS

Note: This report supplements Consumer Guide Automotive’s full report on the 2012 Buick Regal, a premium-midsize car that starts at $26,670. Also see our full report on the 2013 Buick Regal.

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