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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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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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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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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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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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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


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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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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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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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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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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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 arouses concern 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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