Don Adair's Seat Time archive for Sept. 2013

SATURDAY, SEPT. 21, 2013

The smallest Buick ever built, the Encore is 10 inches shorter than Honda’s CR-V, and about the same size as a Kia Soul or a Scion xB. (Buick)

Encore: Buick’s pint-size proposition

My father-in-law Jack was a proper Buick owner, a self-made businessperson with a South Hill rancher and a Century wagon in the driveway. He worked hard to buy that car and I never saw him happier than the day he drove it home. Like most...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 20, 2013

SATURDAY, SEPT. 14, 2013


Juke Nismo: More fun from Nissan

Since corporations are people, does it not follow that a business -- even a really big business -- can experience emotion? Joy and sorrow, hope and despair? I hope so. I’d like to think Nissan is having fun. Otherwise, how to explain the Juke? You...

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Is a lightweight RV right for you?

There’s a new buzzword in the RV trade. Seems like half the trailers, campers and fifth-wheels one sees these days are emblazoned with a logo bearing some -- usually misspelled -- version of the word “light.” Super Lite! Ultra Lite! Ever Lite! Like every buzzword,...

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 8, 2013


Volkswagen shakes a bad case of car flu 

Volkswagen summoned journalists to Napa Valley last week, purportedly to introduce its 2014 U.S. product line. The unveilings included a family of innovative and efficient new engines, a new satellite-based connectivity system called Car-Net and an expanded lineup of “performance-inspired” R-Line cars. But the event’s...

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Kia Sorento turns up the heat

Determined to be a big-time player in the States, Kia continues to turn up the heat on its competitors. Just three years ago, Kia replaced its compact, truck-based Sorento SUV with an all-new crossover of the same name. The new Sorento quickly began to ring...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 2, 2013


Chrysler 300: Promise fulfilled

In 2004, the Chrysler 300 landed like a body slam to the midsection of the full-size sedan segment, its brooding, broad-shouldered presence a poke in the eye of convention. The 300’s dark beauty masked an array of shortcomings, though. On the verge of bankruptcy, Chrysler...

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