Posts from ‘Commentary’

Feb
20
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Tom lists the three most egregious traffic blunders he’s witnessed while commuting to and from work.

Hitting the road is more than just the opening salvo of your daily commute.

Most of us understand that when you take the wheel, you enter into a social contract obliging you to make driving as easy and uncomplicated as you can for every other driver on the road.

May
03
Jap Crap

Tom: “Were you paying attention when the ‘Jap crap’ LS 400 combined an opulent cabin with rear drive and a silky, potent V8 for 35,000?”

You sound like an idiot.

I don’t know if your ignorance is willful, or if it’s driven by some sort of latent racism or misplaced sense of nationalism, but you sound like an idiot.

Apr
22

The 560-horsepower 2013 BMW M5

I just spent the weekend in BMW’s awesome 2013 M5. I say awesome because the car accelerates about as rapidly as anything I have ever driven and is capable of reaching absurd speeds, space permitting.

So what’s the problem? The problem is that I really didn’t enjoy driving the car. And, after careful consideration, I blame my ambivalence on the M5’s outsized performance potential—or more correctly, the compromises made to achieve that potential.

Sep
20
Auto Air Fresheners, Pine Tree Air Freshener

Is one of these hanging in your car?

I last pumped gas for pay sometime in 1985. It was then that I last peeked into another person’s car using a windshield squeegee as cover for my furtive voyeurism. You can learn a lot about a person while nosing around their car. I’m pretty sure most folks pulling up to full-serve weren’t thinking about what conclusions were being drawn about them while they filled up. But us pump jockeys, we noticed stuff.

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.

Jul
17

Bumper stickers are a scourge. A single sticker can effectively break up the color and contour of what was likely an otherwise decent-looking vehicle. Multiple stickers are blight on the landscape, a dangerous distraction often wielded by the worst of drivers with seemingly little regard for the resale value of their vehicles.

May
23
ATS versus Cimarron

Advertisement for Cadillac Cimarron

The 2013 Cadillac ATS will be the first compact Cadillac since the Cimarron, which was introduced more than 30 years ago.

May
10
Scion Facebook page, Fall of Scion

Ford Mustang, a single car, has almost 40 times more Facebook fans than the Scion brand.

I think you’ll agree that most individuals and small businesses would be very happy to have 100,000 Facebook fans and 13,000 Twitter followers. (As a side note, we certainly would be and we’d encourage you to tell your friends to like us on Facebook and follow us @cgautomotive.) However, when you’re a car company trying to target the most connected generation in history, suddenly those numbers are, to put it charitably, less than stellar.

May
02
Crazy tailgater

Chris is sick of being tailgated.

Call me a wuss, but I’ve developed a “thing” about tailgaters—and I don’t mean parking-lot picnickers at football games. I’m talking about those drivers who follow too close for my comfort. Thanks to these bullies—for that’s what many of them are—I no longer feel as relaxed in traffic as I used to. Okay, being close to 65 has something to do with that, but never I have felt the need to be on constant red alert, scanning for signs of encroachment and becoming rather nervous if a vehicle suddenly looms large in my mirror to threaten a rear-ender—especially if it’s a vehicle much bigger than my little Jetta wagon. And make no mistake: Tailgating is a rear-ender or chain-reaction crash just waiting to happen.

Apr
13

In the whole scheme of things, 2008 wasn’t that long ago. Well, maybe it was in terms of electronics technology (last month I found an old 128MB SD card I’d lost—gigantic at the time I bought it; pathetically small today), but typically not so much in cars.