Author Archive

Jun
18

Note: In 2013, Ford is still struggling with glitches and consumer complaints regarding its MyFord Touch interface control system, available in all of its cars and SUVs as well as the Ford F-Series. Presented here is a MyFord Touch-related article from August 2011 that we feel is still relevant today.

On the day that Google used high-tech graphics to honor Lucille Ball’s 100th birthday, auto-technology expert Jason Vieau had a lot of esplainin’ to do about MyFord Touch.

Jun
14
Rent a Lamborghini

Gotham Dream Cars uses this image of the Lamborghini Gallardo on their website.

For Eric, renting a Lamborghini from Imagine Lifestyles in Miami was a transforming experience.

“I felt like I had gone from a regular Joe to Joe DiMaggio!” he beamed.

Jun
13
Solar Powered EV

This image is a still from a video created by SunPower. The video is at the bottom of this article.

It’s the Earth lover’s dream-come-true: an electric car that’s powered by the sun!

In late 2011, SunPower announced partnerships with Ford and Nissan regarding the Ford Focus Electric and Nissan Leaf. A year and a half later, a small number of these electric car owners are pursuing this option. Some believe that it not only makes sense for the environment, it could actually make sense for them financially.

Jun
12

Funny Car Ads

Are these funny car ads? Humor is a very personal thing. What’s funny to one guy may prove utterly banal to another. That said, certain elements of our editorial team found these auto ads especially amusing. Let’s see what you think.

Jun
06

Car Logo HistoryThrough their logos, many automakers have created a dazzling world of wonder. In logo land, you’ll discover roman gods, prancing horses, and mystical beasts—as well as religious themes such as the Holy Trinity and the Christian Crusades. It’s a universe of stars and planets, ships and rockets, diamonds and domination. One emblem, which is simply a crooked letter, symbolizes a trustworthy handshake.

May
31
2014 Malibu Freshening

2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Recently, Chevrolet officials announced they were in the midst of an aggressive new-product rollout across the globe, with 25 new or significantly redesigned vehicles. One of them is the Chevrolet Malibu, which will get a freshening for 2014 just one model year after being redesigned.

May
29

Vintage Sexism

In 1963, Betty Friedan authored the landmark book The Feminine Mystique, which explored the “problem with no name.” That problem would eventually be called sexism.

May
24
John Varvatos 300C

The Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition is coated in Phantom Black tri-coat paint. The company asserts that the car “exudes a Detroit-tough attitude.”

When Saad Chehab, president and CEO of the Chrysler Brand, spoke at a press event recently, he described the Chrysler 300 as “kind of like a chameleon.” The automaker has taken what once was considered an “old man’s car” and tried to transform it into a ride for a wide spectrum of individuals.

May
21

C-Max Mileage Issues

I got into the Ford C-MAX Hybrid this weekend, and a number of things caught my attention—good and bad.

May
15
Yogi Bear Car

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Yogi Bear Car?

Well, maybe it doesn’t look quite like Yogi Bear, but from this angle the steering wheel with the speedometer and tachometer look like the face of an old-time cartoon character. Felix the Cat? Something. This design faux pas reminds me of the smiley face front grille on some of the Mazdas a couple years back.