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

THURSDAY, JAN. 31, 2013


2013 Diesel Beetle mans up

Volkswagen is thumping their clean diesel bible to great success. They’re also on a mission to increase the masculine appeal of the Beetle, which in years past has looked like it might have a tube of lipstick where the cigarette lighter should be. With the...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30, 2013


Obama has tax protest license plate

Millions of people watched President Barack Obama’s motorcade cruise down Pennsylvania Avenue on the way to his inauguration this month. Anyone who looked closely may have noticed his limo, ‘The Beast’ featured a license plate that reads “Taxation Without Representation.” The plate is a rolling...

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 (Copyright General Motors)

The Corvette Stingray is back

Corvette is America’s sports car and for the money is supposed to be the best on the planet. The last time Chevrolet adorned a Vette with the epic Stingray moniker was in 1976; a year Greg Brady could have embarrassed it with the family station...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 25, 2013

 (Mercedes-Benz USA)

Super Bowl XLVII car ads revealed

If you’re going to pay up to $4million for a 30 second commercial it better make people do spit-takes with their cheese dip. From what’s been revealed of this year’s Super Bowl car ads we can expect more than a couple to grab headlines. In...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 24, 2013

Danny Glover is angry at Nissan  

Actor Danny Glover might be getting too old for Mel Gibson’s craziness but he’s still down to take a stand for the working man. On the opening day of the Detroit auto show the longtime political activist joined forces with the Mississippi Alliance for Fairness...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 18, 2013


Fiat boss drops racial slur 

As an Italian-Canadian Chrysler and Fiat CEO, Sergio Marchionne gets a tentative pass to say a handful of things non-Italian folk probably should not. He exercised his unique freedom of speech at a press conference this month while explaining why the Alfa Romeo 4C is...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 17, 2013

 (Aj Mueller / Chrysler Group, LLC)

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee gets a 30mpg diesel

The biggest story of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is under the hood where you’ll soon be able to order up a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine. Paired with Chrysler’s new 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission the new Grand is capable of 21mpg city and 30mpg highway....

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16, 2013

 (Digital Trends)

Elio three-wheeler promises 84mpg, $6,800 price tag

Although technically classified as a motorcycle, startup company Elio Motors is hoping their three-wheeled creation ‘The Elio’ will strike a chord with car buyers. With just enough room for a driver and a single passenger in the back the little oddity is essentially an attempt...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 15, 2013

FRIDAY, JAN. 11, 2013

 (World Of Monopoly )

Monopoly Car facing axe 

Hasbro Incorporated is playing a sick game of social Darwinism with their Monopoly game pieces. In an effort to breathe fresh life into the classic board game they plan on introducing a new token. To make room for it they’ll need to kill off one...

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 (Guantanamo Gazette )

Guantanamo Bay has a sad Go-Kart track

There are only so many ways a Go-Kart track can be controversial. At the top of the list might be spending $400,000 of taxpayer money to build one at Guantanamo Bay. For $3 troops can take a five minute ride around the course and enjoy...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 10, 2013


Audi goes 3D and driverless @ CES

The age of self-driving cars is upon us but that’s not all Audi had up its sleeve at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. They also brought along an audio system that adds another dimension to the listening experience, 3D entertainment without the glasses and a...

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 (Chrysler Group, LLC)

Ram trucks floor GM, Ford tow ratings 

As far as bomb dropping goes Ram just pulled out a nuke. News came this week the 2013 Ram 3500 is rated to tow 30,000lbs, up from a maximum towing capacity of 22,750lbs for their equivalent setup in 2012. To put that in perspective similarly...

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Nissan wants a brand smell

After four years of laying low Nissan plans on roaring back to the U.S. auto show circuit in 2013. This time around it’s going to be smelly. Attendees of the Detroit auto show next week will be the first to lay their noses on what...

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2015 Toyota FCV  (Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.)

43 Alternative fuel vehicles we’ll see by 2015

Wondering how automakers are going to meet federal mandates that nearly double fuel economy standards by 2025? According to a comprehensive list released by, the oracle of automotive information, we can expect to see at least 43 new hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery-electric vehicles, diesels...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 8, 2013

The most innovative version yet, the fifth-generation 2013 Nissan Altima builds on its strong reputation for quality and reliability and adds new levels of innovation, fuel-efficiency, dynamic performance and premium style. (Nissan )

2013 Nissan Altima Review

Nobody likes to be called boring, and let’s face it; most family vehicles are about as fun as drinking with Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. A push is emerging among car makers to try and breathe some chutzpah into their family haulers. The 2013 Nissan...

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MONDAY, JAN. 7, 2013

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Mini Italian Jeep on the way

The automotive melting pot took another stir last month when Fiat announced it plans to build a new subcompact Jeep in Italy. That’s right: An Italian Jeep could soon be sold in the United States and around the world. FDR may be rolling in his...

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Brandon Seiler's Blog on Cars

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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