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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2009

Jeep J8 replicas soon available

Unbeknownst to this Jeep lover, Chrysler LLC began producing a military-spec Jeep Wrangler called the J8 for use by the Egyptian military in 2007. Now, American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) will be making a limited number of AEV J8 MILSPEC Jeeps for sale in the United...

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SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2009

Concept minivans are not the answer

We would all like to see Ford and the other two-thirds of the big three bounce back, but it’s hard to reserve the hope that it will happen any time soon with ridiculous concepts like Ford’s new, “Transit Connect Family One Concept." If the name...

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MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2009

The worst day of Rick Wagoner's life

What does it feel like to be asked by the leader of the free world to step down from the most prestigious position in the U.S. auto industry after your leadership has left your company in shambles? Ask Rick Wagoner, it happened to him. In...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2009

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Little Red Jeep

Instead of Ritalin, my parents bought me my first car at the age of five: A 1990 Jeep power wheel. Cherry red, two gears (fast AND slow), a roll bar that stopped just below my head and a storage compartment nestled beneath the Trans-am inspired...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2009

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2009

Mixed Memories of Driver's Training

My nephew is beginning his driver’s training this month and I couldn’t help but begin to reflect on what an odd and wonderful experience it was when I had to do it. There probably hasn’t ever been a normal driver’s training instructor, so it was...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2009

World's First Underwater Car, seriously

Leave it to the Swiss, they’ve designed a zero emissions electric car inspired by a James Bond movie that can drive above and below water. “The ‘sQuba’ lets me be one with the elements and lets me immerse myself in a new and fascinating world...

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MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2009

Buried in a '67 Chevy, by request

Albert Dancy Jr. of Sutton, West Virginia upped the ante for Chevy guys the world over when he was buried in the bed of his 1967 Chevrolet pickup, with his Old Timer pocketknife and Remington .243-caliber deer rifle. If the burial wasn’t culturally sound enough...

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MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2009

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2009

Cheerios Lego Racer!

It’s a cumbersome chore to create weekly ultra-informed blogs that attempt to stay on the cutting edge of automotive news. My hat goes off to anyone who can do it, but sometimes I feel like I try to make mine too, "smart." So eat this:...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 28, 2009

THURSDAY, FEB. 26, 2009

Clean-diesel cars on the rise, without Detroit

Foreign automakers are preparing to launch a wave of clean-diesel cars in the United States and Detroit doesn’t seem to have a response. “This is the perfect storm for clean diesel-powered cars," says Allen Schaeffer, executive director of Diesel Technology Forum,"Diesel engines are a proven...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 24, 2009

Prius Cup: Amazingly boring

Have you heard the one about the Prius Cup? Yeah, the one where a bunch of Toyota dealerships enter their Prius’ in low-speed races to see who can suckle the best gas mileage out of their car? Actually, the Prius Cup is no joke. Japanese...

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MONDAY, FEB. 23, 2009

GetCarsWrap.com arouses concern

GetCarsWrap.com is shady, like the well-dressed guy on the street who jitters up to you asking for a dollar to buy a beer, but it’s fairly obvious he’s trying to work up a wad to score some crack. At the website a “one-time” fee of...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 2009

Shelby's 208 mph Electric Car

The World’s fastest production car is going Green at 208 mph. Shelby SuperCars (SSC), has outfitted their Ultimate Aero, a gas powered car that currently holds the Guinness World Record for “World’s Fastest Production Car” at 256.18 mph with an All-Electric Scalable Powertrain (AESP). The...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2009

RIP International CXT

After a long battle with the ailments of the American economy the world’s largest production pickup, the International CXT is said to be dead. “Shame on International for making this thing,” said Daniel Becker, director of the Sierra Club’s global warming and energy program, “this...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 12, 2009

2003 Kia Rio 4D, America's new best buy

Are you broke or getting there in your own sweet time? Yes? Well don’t shake the baby, buy a Kia. That’s right, a 2003 Kia Rio 4D sedan is the new car for the working class gentleman whose social standing is seeing a definite gain...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 10, 2009

Black box for teen drivers

Nothing says safety like installing a black box on the dashboard of your kid’s car. It’s called Tiwi, an enduring sign of parental distrust made especially for the young person entering the first formative years of their driving experience. Tiwi comes equipped with GPS capable...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 3, 2009

Humvee to be replaced

Since replacing the Jeep in 1984, the Humvee has been modified to fill tactical roles for which it was never designed to undertake, perhaps most notably as a transport capable of protecting American troops from attack in the Middle East. According to statistics from the...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 29, 2009

The Homer

The world is full of back seat drivers of nearly every orientation. As Detroit flounders about searching for a way to meet the obvious needs of American drivers (low cost, high mileage cars) taking the time to criticize their apparent ineptitude is both fun and...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 27, 2009

Dear Mr. President, where's my car?

Dear Mr. President, I would like a people’s car and I could have used it yesterday. Please excuse the edgy reference, but in 1933 Hitler asked Ferdinand Porsche to build a “Volks-Wagen”, a car for the people. Porsche answered with what would become the Volkswagen...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 23, 2009

Super cop car for 2012

By 2012 it’s likely American cops could be patrolling the streets in a real life version of David Hassellhoff’s crushingly 80’s Night Rider car, KITT, minus the pretentious attitude and quip comments. It’s called the E-7. Designed by Carbon Motors with over 100 features specifically...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14, 2009

Aurora Avenue, Part 2 - The Denunciation

Snubbed, I was snubbed. No prostitutes, no drugs, and the closest I got to powering about in a muscle car was revving the engine of a moldy 1970 Cadillac Coupe DeVille; the cheapest car on the lot at the only antique dealership I could find...

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MONDAY, JAN. 12, 2009

Aurora Avenue, Part 1

This week, I’m infected with an intrepid disease. It has me thinking it’s a good idea to do something I swore I 'd never do again: Return to explore the used car capitol of Western Washington and the culture it has managed to cultivate over...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 6, 2009

Marijuana and Driving

Marijuana. What does it mean to you? For the cool kids out there, it probably arouses questions such as: Who’s got it? How much do I have left? And, Do they know? Sure, most people with their heads moving freely outside of their ass cheeks...

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