Archive for January, 2017

Jan
31
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

2017 Alfa Romeo Giula Quadrifoglio in Vesuvio Gray

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Premium Compact Car

Miles Driven: 148

Fuel Used: 10.7 gallons

Jan
31
1978 Dodge Magnum XE

1978 Dodge Magnum XE

One thing Dodge lacks that Chevrolet and Ford have always enjoyed is a memorable—and arguably beloved—brand logo. The Chevy “bowtie” is genuinely iconic, while Ford’s script-in-blue-oval marker as much a symbol of American freedom as it is a trademark.

Jan
30
Cash for Clunkers Truck

Many dealers used condemned “clunkers” as rolling billboards for the program.

With the benefit of a few years’ time, I can now look back and safely say that the “Cash for Clunkers” (CFC) program was one of the strangest auto-industry events of the past 50 years.

Jan
30
Jim Mateja

Jim Mateja (lower left), seen here with Tom Appel (upper right) and other past presidents of the Midwest Automotive Media Association. Jim helped found the MAMA organization, and remained an active member throughout his career.

Long-time Chicago Tribune Auto Editor Jim Mateja died today after a battle with cancer. Thanks to widespread syndication of his column, Jim spent several decades as one of the automotive media’s most influential voices. Here, Consumer Guide Publisher Tom Appel remembers Jim.

Jan
29
2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD

2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD in TorRed

Consumer Guide First Spin While it’s certainly not the first all-wheel-drive coupe on the market, the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT is putting a new spin on an old formula.

Jan
27
2017 Alltrack

2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack in Reflex Silver Metallic

2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack TSI SE 2015 Audi Q5

Class: Compact Car

Miles Driven: 323

Fuel Used: 13.5 gallons

Jan
27
1963 Mercedes-benz Ad

1963 Mercedes-Benz Ad

Mercedes-Benz can lay claim to a history that goes all the way back to 1886. That was the year the first Benz Patent- Motorwagen was introduced. The German company has been building cars and trucks ever since then.

Jan
26
2017 Toyota 86

2017 Toyota 86 in “Hot Lava” paint

2017 Toyota 86    Quick Spin

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles Driven: 407

Fuel Used: 16.9 gallons

Jan
26
1960 Chevrolet Ad

1960 Chevrolet Ad

There’s no way to accurately paint a picture of a brand as popular and long-lived as Chevrolet in just a dozen ads, so we didn’t even try. Instead, we’ve gathered twelve of our favorite print advertisements, and didn’t worry too much about amassing a representative sample.

Jan
24
2017 Ford Fusion Sport

2017 Ford Fusion Sport in Burgundy Velvet (a $395 option)

2017 Ford Fusion Sport   Consumer Guide Test Drive

Class: Midsize Car

Miles Driven: 204

Fuel Used: 11.5 gallons

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