Brandon Seiler's Blog on Cars

SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 2013

Nurburgring sale could bring end to an era 

The Nurburgring is the Mecca of the automotive world, and as of this month, it’s for sale. After going bankrupt last July, a state-appointed liquidator was appointed to sell the government-owned motorsports complex. Of an initial 50 interested buyers, no more than ten are still...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2013

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Kardashians consider legal action over Ford ad 

The Kardashian sisters are probably better poster girls for capitalism than feminine equality. That isn’t stopping them from considering legal action over an ad that featured them bound and gagged in the back of a Ford Figo. Paris Hilton smiles from the driver’s seat and...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2013


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2013

The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV pure electric vehicle's plug-in portal Tuesday, November 27, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. When it goes on sale next summer, the Spark EV is expected to have among the best EV battery range in its segment and will be priced under $25,000 with tax incentives. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet) (General Motors / General Motors)

GM CEO promises 200-mile electric car 

During a presentation at the IHS CERAWeek energy conference this month, General Motors CEO Dan Akerson made it clear GM is committed to making oil dependency an issue of the past. His announcement that GM is close to revealing a 200mile electric car was tempered...

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The right way to destroy a Tesla Model S (Video)

Extricating crash victims from an electric car is a real-life game of Operation, only with much, much more electricity. Both first responders and passengers are in danger of being exposed to high-voltage components that aren’t likely to let them off with a giddy tickle. Complicating...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2013

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VIDEO: Russian bus driver is a road rage hero  

They call him “The Punisher”. Born Alexei Volkov, the Russian bus driver is famous in the city of Zelenograd for ramming motorists that cut him off. Better yet, Volkov records the smash-ups with a dashboard camera to maintain his innocence. A compilation of the footage...

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Jeff Gordon Pepsi prank was staged

As I write this, a prank video for Pepsi starring Jeff Gordon and a Chevrolet Camaro is approaching 31 million views on Youtube, two weeks after being posted. It doesn’t matter the whole thing was staged with actors, or that Jeff Gordon was replaced by...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2013

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2013


 (VUHL / VUHL)

Would you buy a Mexican car?

How about a Mexican supercar? Brothers Iker and Guillermo Echeverria are hoping their company VŪHLwill convince a number of people to do just that. Their upcoming performance machine dubbed the 05 will be unveiled during the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed this summer. A single...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2013

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Subaru Viziv concept redefines tradition

Subaru is built on all-wheel drive, boxer engines and a Northwest popularity that could probably get a Forrester elected to public office. Subie lovers should find it concerning the Japanese automaker has yet to dabble in the wave of hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles making...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2013

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10 questions for a Ford electrification expert

Driving an electric car these days comes with a caveat you won’t find in the owner’s manual. Somewhere in the small print of the lease agreement a line reads: “By agreeing to these terms you accept guerilla public relations duties for electric vehicles everywhere.” During...

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One week with a Ford Focus Electric 

Electric cars are a lot like Pit Bulls. No matter how many supportive things are said about them, they still frighten a good portion of the population. Still, under the right circumstances, driving an electric car is a realistic proposition for those willing to take...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2013

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Top 10 cars for women

Ladies have a stranglehold on many aspects of society they don’t receive credit for. According to data from R.L. Polk and Co the next area of fem-domination could be at car dealerships. A comprehensive study found women influenced four of every five vehicle purchases last...

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MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2013

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Volvo cyclist detection system is world’s first

If Volvo sticks to their guns there might come a day when having an accident in one their vehicles simply isn’t possible. This month the company unveiled an enhanced version of their pedestrian detection system that is now capable of avoiding collisions with bicycle-specific situations....

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FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2013

THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2013

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2013

TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2013

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U.S. Army FED: Hybrid Humvee

You know fuel prices are too high when the U.S. military starts building hybrid Humvees. The FED (Fuel Efficiency Demonstrator) isn’t a replacement for the trusty all-purpose vehicle. Rather the concept is a showcase of the technologies the Army hopes to apply to its existing...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 28, 2013

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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 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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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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