Archive for October, 2012

Oct
11
Bugatti Veyron

Titans speed burner Chris Johnson keeps up with a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.

Speed. Power. Versatility. Longevity. These are traits that define Hall of Fame football players—as well great cars and trucks.

With another football weekend upon us, we thought it would be fun to showcase the best in each category: the speediest NFL player and the fastest car on the road; the strongest pro lineman and the most powerful vehicle you can buy. You get the idea.

Oct
10
Sultans of Swing, Songs for a Long Drive

Is “Sultans of Swing” the greatest road song?

Ask five car guys, and you’ll likely get five different answers. Still, we asked. Here are best road songs per the members of the Consumer Guide review staff. If your favorite road tune isn’t on this list, be sure and tell us what it is. Also tell us if you still own a copy of that song on cassette or 8-Track–which would be pretty cool.

Oct
10
Best Connected Auto Brands

This Cadillac User Experience app enables shoppers to “test drive” the system on an iPad.

In 2009, I wrote a piece called The Five Best Connected Auto Brands to highlight the car companies that were at the forefront of in-vehicle connectivity.

Three years isn’t necessarily a long time in the automotive industry, but it is a lifetime when it comes to technology. We are seeing an explosion in the development and implementation of in-vehicle “infotainment” systems. With the number of smartphones exceeding that of “feature” (read: dumb) phones, it’s only natural for carmakers to want to integrate them into their products.

Oct
09
Dullest Cars

1992 Toyota Camry

Cars can be pretty exciting. That simple declarative statement should indicate that I am about to take this the other direction. And so I have. Just to be sure that we don’t have too much fun with the CG Daily Drive blog, I have amassed what I consider to be the five dullest cars of the past 40 years. Note that four of these cars were actually high-volume sales successes, which only goes to prove that there’s more to selling cars than styling. Still, looking back at these Unisom-inspired rides, one wonders how designers stayed awake working on them.

Oct
09

Note: The following story was excerpted from the December 2012 edition of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Chrysler products of the early Fifties were finely engineered, but unfortunately the cars looked like they had been styled by engineers, too. The visual part of the equation—likely the most important piece on the showroom floor—was addressed for 1955. The corporation’s cars evolved from frumpy to Fifties fabulous thanks to Director of Styling Virgil Exner’s “Forward Look.”

Oct
08
Automotive Fun Facts

With its BringGo app, the 2013 Chevrolet Spark cuts the cost of a navigation system to just $50.

You probably already know all the big stuff: The Dart gives Dodge its first competitive small car in a couple of generations, the Honda Accord is all new, and the redesigned Nissan Altima gets an EPA-estimated 38 mpg highway. So, I won’t bother rehashing the news that’s making headlines. Instead, here are a few things that may have slipped through the media cracks on the way to your inbox—you know, little stuff that’s still worth knowing.

Oct
06
2012 Nissan Juke

2012 Nissan Juke

Steve King and Johnnie Putman, Chicago radio personalities and car enthusiasts, are longtime friends of Consumer Guide Automotive. Click the video below for their latest car review. For more details on this sporty/performance vehicle, go to Consumer Guide Automotive’s review of the 2012 Nissan Juke .

Oct
05

Aston Martin DB-5 by Airfix

In celebration of 50 years of James Bond films. (Dr. No was released on October 5, 1962.)

For about as long as I can remember, plastic model-car kits have been part of my life. Some of my earliest memories of my mom involve the two of us working on a model kit at the kitchen table. I still have a 1/43-scale 1969 AMX she helped me build around 1974.

Oct
05
Mazda CX-5 Mileage

2013 Mazda CX-5

Note: Read our full review of the 2013 Mazda CX-5.

It was like a scene out of a cheesy TV show, but it actually happened to me last Saturday afternoon. I didn’t accelerate fast enough from a stoplight, and the Neanderthal in the Jeep behind me got ticked off. He wheeled into the left lane and—before zooming by me—shouted, “Hey, buddy [he actually called me buddy], put your foot on the gas!”

Oct
04
1954 Studebaker Commander

1954 Studebaker Commander

Note: The following story was excerpted from the December 2012 edition of Collectible Automobile magazine.

At a glance, it would seem Studebaker was on a roll during 1953, given that the company introduced completely redesigned cars, particularly the “Loewy coupes” that were styling sensations. All wasn’t rosy, though. Flexible frames and production problems delayed introduction of the ’53s from October 1952 until January. To compound the difficulties, the company couldn’t meet better-than-expected coupe demand while the not-as-stylish sedans weren’t as popular as the company projected. In the end, production for the model year came to 169,899, less than half the peak total of 343,164 just three years before.