Brandon Seiler's Blog on Cars archive for Feb. 2013

THURSDAY, FEB. 28, 2013

 (Chrysler Group, LLC  / Chrysler Group, LLC)

Dodge Dart Registry lets others buy you a car 

In the old days when someone needed money for a car they would ask a relative for it, generally after laying a masterful groundwork of butt-kissing. Dodge is taking the swindle to the millennial generation and beyond with the Dodge Dart Registry – a crowd-funding...

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 (Consumer Reports)

Consumer Reports pans American cars 

The bottom five car brands on Consumer Reports' 2013 Brand Report Card were domestic. Eight of the top 10 brands were Japanese. Before anyone throws their American flag lapel-pin across the room take a look at the five top and bottom car brands on the...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27, 2013


Cadillac V SIXTEEN Concept. (X03CC_CA026) (General Motors / Cadillac)

1,000hp V16 Cadillac hints at automaker's future

The Cadillac Sixteen concept is powered by a coffee table-sized 13.6-liter V-16 good for 1,000hp and 1,000lb-ft torque. Produced in 2003, the luxury cruise-liner was supposed to set the stage for Cadillac’s new flagship car. For unknown reasons the production version was never made. The...

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 (Chrysler )

Chrysler strips muscle machines to their “Core”

The original recipe of the muscle car was simple: Stuff a ridiculously powerful engine into the smallest car possible and sell it for cheap. Chrysler announced plans this month to spice-up the cheap ingredient with stripper, or “Core” models of the Dodge Challenger and Chrysler...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 26, 2013


 (Volkswagen)

Volkswagen to produce 270mpg car

According to my abacus, with its 2.6-gallon fuel tank Volkswagen’s XL1 concept has a theoretical range of 700 miles. If Volkswagen’s mileage claim proves to be true the plug-in electric diesel could make it from Seattle to the middle of Montana without stopping for gas....

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MONDAY, FEB. 25, 2013

Comedian Rowan Atkinson sits at the wheel of his McLaren F1 sports car in November 1998. (Associated Press)

Mr. Bean sets record with supercar crash 

Rowan Atkinson, better known as Mr. Bean, is a car guy. The thought of him spinning hopelessly out of control in a McLaren F1 while making strange guttural noises sounds like a gag from his show. Unfortunately the accident occurred in real life in 2011....

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 (Orlando Sentinel )

Kurt Busch the most hated man in motorsports? 

Kurt Busch has a temper problem, the sort that makes him threaten to punch people during interviews. As much as celebrity divas are celebrated in the media Bush’s shenanigans seem out of place in the world of NASCAR. He’s a man of fiery distinction. This...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 14, 2013


The Ford Atlas Concept, a bold vision for the future of pickups, has been named Autoweek Magazine�s Most Significant vehicle of the 2013 North American International Auto Show. (01/17/2013) (Ford / Ford)

Ford Atlas hints at future of the F-150

There’s not a bigger hitter in the United States auto market than the Ford F-150. In addition to being the best-selling pickup in the country for the past 36 years it’s also become the perennial best-selling vehicle of any variety. It is to our domestic...

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Nissan LEAF NISMO RC (Racing Competition) Takes Zero Emission Strategy to a New Dimension - The Race Track. (Nissan )

Nissan Leaf Nismo RC: Electric Race Car

Electric race cars are trying hard to be taken seriously. Peak torque at zero RPM is hard to argue with from a performance standpoint. Having to make pits stops more often than a waterlogged person with bladder control problems is less impressive. These are the...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13, 2013


 (You Park like an a**hole)

Revenge for terrible park jobs

The website “You park like an a**hole” was created by a man who prefers to go by Andy. His noble mission: “to put an end to a**hole parking, or at least to make fun of it.” By definition Andy's website is at least half a...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 8, 2013

 (Audi )

Super Bowl car ad winners and losers  

Car ads were at the forefront of the advertising blitz in the big game this year, but spending $4million for thirty seconds of air time doesn’t guarantee anything more than a highly publicized stinker on the world’s biggest stage. Massive productions that would have been...

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Brandon Seiler is a bonafide car guy, member of the Northwest Auto Press Association and proud Washingtonian. He covers the latest auto news, technology, and pretty much anything having to do with car culture. You don't have to like cars to read his blogs, you just have to be able to read.


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