Archive for January, 2018


Autonomous Driving LevelsIf there is an automotive analogy to the concept of a shadow government, it’s the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Although there’s nothing actually shadowy about the group, its members do establish a considerable number of standards and general guidelines by which the industry regulates and organizes itself. The SAE does this while having no direct relationship with any car manufacturer or the government.

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio in Trofeo White (a $2200 option)

2015 Audi Q52017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio RWD

Class: Premium Compact Car

Miles driven: 267

Fuel used: 14.2 gallons

2018 Hyundai Accent Limited

2018 Hyundai Accent Limited in Admiral Blue

2015 Audi Q52018 Hyundai Accent Limited

Class: Subcompact Car

Miles driven: 269

Fuel used: 10.1 gallons

1989 Yugo Review

1989 Yugo GVX

Even folks with just a passing interest in comedy know that there are dozens of punch-line responses to the classic prompt, “Waiter, there’s a fly in my soup!” My new favorite is, “That’s possible–the chef used to be a tailor.”

2019 Jeep Cherokee

2019 Jeep Cherokee

Consumer Guide Automotive With the automotive market making a tsunami-like shift to SUVs, Jeep has found itself in an enviable position.

Pontiac Sunfire Concept

Pontiac Sunfire Concept

The very last Pontiacs were sold as 2010 models, though production of all Pontiac models had ceased by late 2009. The demise of General Motors’ “performance division” was certainly a sad affair, but truth be told, the brand had become largely unrecognizable to many marque enthusiasts. With a largely alphanumeric naming scheme and an intentionally toned-down design theme meant to attract Japanese-car intenders, the Pontiac of the 21st century bore little resemblance to the nameplate once known for Wide Track design and the GTO.

2018 Honda Accord Touring

2018 Honda Accord Touring 2.0T in Kona Coffee Metallic

2015 Audi Q52018 Honda Accord Touring 2.0T

Class: Midsize Car

Miles driven: 679

Fuel used: 26.3 gallons

2018 Range Rover Velar

2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic HSE in Byron Blue (a $610 option)

2015 Audi Q52018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic HSE

Class: Premium Compact Crossover

Miles driven: 221

Fuel used: 12.3 gallons

GMC MotorHome

GMC MotorHome

In the large motorhome biz, it is customary for a coachbuilder to purchase a basic chassis and powertrain from a truck maker, and then assemble its end product on that procured rolling framework. That’s how big-name motorhome companies such as Winnebago and Holiday Rambler do it.

Sterling Motors, What was Sterling

Sterling was the American arm of England’s Rover Group. Seen here are a 1990 827 SL (foreground) and 827 SLi.

If you’re relatively new to driving, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of Sterling. If you’re older and have been looking at the cars around you for a while now, there’s a good chance you’ve simply forgotten that this short-lived brand ever existed. Because, odds are, you’ve never actually seen a Sterling.

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