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FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2009

THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2009

Four Hyundais, one blogger

I’m on a Hyundai kick. I test drove one after another until I could critique them no more. Why you ask? Because Car Pros Hyundai treated me like a king and who doesn’t like that? Also, if you haven’t forgotten we’re working our way up...

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FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2009

TUESDAY, JULY 7, 2009

FRIDAY, JULY 3, 2009

Billy Mays' greatest car care products

Billy Mays, the lovable salesman who managed to hawk some of the finest, err, most alluring automotive wares ever to grace the television airwaves in spite of his AMBER Alert beard has died. With his new show “Pitchmen,” Mays’ popularity was reaching an all-time high...

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MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2009

Weird Auto News

If it’s wrong to strap a panda into a Fiat 500 for a crash test then Fiat is as wrong as wrong can be. In a series of new print advertisements the Italian automaker shows a Fiat 500 being smashed from various angles with wildlife...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2009

New GM Vehicles spotlighted in Transformers 2

GM is using the summer blockbuster Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen to showcase a lineup of the next generation vehicles they hope will TRANSFORM their struggling empire. Whoo! I shelled out $10.50 and sat through 147 minutes of Shia LeBeouf to document this film...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2009

Ridiculously Cool Rides

If it weren’t for ridiculous cars there would be far less cars worth wanting. It would be easy to fritter our lives away worrying about what’s going to happen when the oil runs out or the icecaps dissolve or if we should adopt another polar...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2009

Ask Patty, Cash for Clunkers, Gas prices, NASCAR

Are women really treated equally by car salesman, mechanics and the like? Jody DeVere, Founder and CEO of AskPatty.com believes that the male dominated atmosphere surrounding auto business needs to be more in tune with female clientele. According to the press release announcing Ask Patty’s...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2009

MotorSpaceNW muscle car test drive Part 1

The last time I attempted to test-drive a muscle car for this blog I was stuffed into the passenger seat of a tired 1980 Corvette Sting Ray alongside a rosy-cheeked man who was most likely dying of respiratory failure. At the time, a blogger from...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2009

1/Big three ain't bankrupt

So General Motors went bankrupt, Chrysler went bankrupt and by default Ford is poised to be our leading domestic carmaker, or the sharpest butter-knife in the drawer. Also, cheeseburgers are now eating people. As for the world heavyweight auto title, the big whoopin’ belt now...

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THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2009

$30 billion more to GM?

The recent announcement that the Obama administration plans to throw another $30 billion of taxpayer bailout money to GM in addition to the $19.4 billion that’s already been lent to the drowning giant... doesn't seem at all out of the ordinary. Either our government is...

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TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2009

Summertime News

Memorial Day weekend produced enough sunshine to call it summer, the seasonal anti-depressant strong enough to cast even the most horrific auto news in a more flattering light. Throw some cow on the BBQ, crack a beer and get ready for four pieces of pleasantly...

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THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2009

I'll tell YOU when I've had enough!!

There’s been a lot of talk lately that the V-8 is a dying breed, big cars are going the way of Artie Lange’s liver, that the auto industry is sobering up and apologizing to those it hurt during its decades-spanning blackout. Good for you Artie,...

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TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2009

For some, 'Clunkers' are a better deal

I’ve never thought of my 1991 Dodge Dynasty as being a “clunker.” She’s been referred to as a “grandpa” car, a “drug dealer” car even, but certainly not a clunker. Then, the muffler and every inch of piping to the rear of the catalytic converter...

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THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2009

TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2009

Ford of Kirkland Test Drive Event

It was a definite sign of the times over the weekend when I accidentally handed my passport to a Ford of Kirkland salesman in place of a valid driver’s license and was still allowed to test drive not four, but five of their vehicles. *...

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FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2009

All the muck that's fit to rake

Big news is tossing the auto world like a dryer set on crazy. There will be no salad references here. Without further ado, here’s a good cross section of the action: -Fiat CEO to take over Chrysler (and the world?) “Fiat Group CEO Sergio Marchionne...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2009

Chinese Knockoffs Won't Quit

Bah! Chinese automakers are ripping off the world’s cars and there doesn’t seem to be much anyone can do about it. It’s no secret that China churns out a preponderance of second-rate regurgitated products, everything from clothing lines to cameras. In fact, it’s respectable, because...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2009

Holdout Creditors Force Chrysler Bankruptcy

They almost had it. Under the wire and working with the Obama administration, Chrysler nearly avoided the recent announcement they will be forced to file for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. In a bid for further government loans, Chrysler worked a cost-cutting deal with the United Auto...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2009

Pontiac Dead, Burt Reynolds Not to Blame

Today, General Motors announced the death of Pontiac. What was once known as The Excitement Division will soon be no more than a bed time story to tell the grandkids, of a time when the rebel American spirit was embodied by a mustached man in...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009

Government Money Electrifies Carmakers

The government is dishing out funding for battery-powered vehicles and carmakers are jockeying for a slice of the electric cheese. Way back on the campaign trail, President Obama voiced his desire to convert the White House vehicle fleet to battery power within the year, and...

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MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2009

Future Transportation (Baby Steps)

There is a definite compressed sense of time in the auto industry right now. A year’s worth of activity now needs to be crammed into a matter of months as carmakers scramble to innovate the vehicles of future and survive in the process. But let’s...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2009

Girl Cars

Girl cars. Strong enough for a man, but specially designed for a woman, these are the vehicles that inarguably represent a serious gender divide on the roadways. The following is a list of the most predominant girl cars the world has ever known. For any...

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MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2009

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