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Autos archive for Jan. 1, 2012

MONDAY, NOV. 26, 2012


No such thing as a bump-free revolution

I suspect that in the final analysis, touchscreen navigation and infotainment systems will be found to be dangerous. IMHO, any onboard function that requires that drivers a) take their eyes off the road and b) reach out to touch an icon on a screen while…

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The mighty mini Spark hits the highway

Not even Chevy claims for the Spark the ride and handling package of a German Grand Touring machine. Twelve feet long and riding on a 93-inch wheelbase, the Spark has more in common size-wise with a washing machine packing crate than an S-class Mercedes. Fifteen-inch…

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SATURDAY, NOV. 24, 2012

FRIDAY, NOV. 23, 2012

Getting familiar with TPMS

Since 2008, vehicles have been equipped with Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems. When things are okay, you don’t even know they’re there, but when the pressure in one or more tires drops by 25 percent, you are warned. That warning will be an illuminated instrument cluster…

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A trim, contemporary exterior replaces the boxy shape of the previous-generation Escape. (Ford)

2013 Escape: More Than Just Cool Stuff

So much cool stuff clings to the 2013 Ford Escape, it would be easy to lose site of how fundamentally good it is. No doubt you’ve heard about the motion-sensing handsfree tailgate, the torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system and the first-in-class application of active park assist. Nor…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 16, 2012

Dodge ‘Adult Toys’ of the 1970’s

Remember the 1970’s? They were nasty. Imagine a decade where you could buy a hot-rod Dodge pickup truck with semi-stack dual exhaust straight from the factory. That actually happened. Dodge called it the Little Red Express. It ran a high-performance Police Interceptor 360ci V8 and…

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SATURDAY, NOV. 3, 2012


2014 Forester nabs turbo BRZ engine

Subaru fans that lean towards the hippie end of the spectrum should get ready to flip their hemp wigs in the wind. I'm talking about Forester folk, the Northwesterny sort who admire the off road sport wagon charm of the first generation Outback. People, Subaru…

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Turbo Lust - Subaru BRZ

Few new cars have made more people swoon this year than the $26,000 Subaru BRZ. By most everyone’s standards that’s had a chance to drive one it’s close to perfect for what it set out to be: A purist’s rear-wheel drive sports car, the kind…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 2, 2012

TUESDAY, OCT. 23, 2012

Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive;Platin blue chrom; designo Leder exklusiv schwarz; (BR 197); Paris 2012 (Mercedes / Mercedes)

Electric Mercedes costs more than your house 

Car companies love whipping out superlatives. Mercedes-Benz just dangled a big one at the Paris Auto Show with the SLS AMG electric: 740hp and 738lb-ft of torque. Mercedes says it’s the world’s most powerful series production car. Another claim to fame is the “my car…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 18, 2012

The rebirth of Jaguar

Most people know what a Jaguar used to be. Fewer people have a solid idea of just what the Jaguar brand is now. At the moment Jaguar is on an eighteen city tour of the United States dubbed the Alive Driving Experience. Its goal is…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2012


FRIDAY, AUG. 10, 2012

Washington State's best drives

Summer time comes but once a year in Washington State. There’s barely two months left of the sunniest season to enjoy all the natural beauty our slice of Northwest heaven has to offer. Disregard gas prices. Fill up the tank in whatever car you can…

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SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2012


Greenwood Car Show Best of Show

As usual this year’s Greenwood Car Show had a lil’ somthin’ for just about everyone. In an effort to fill your auto-loving eyes with visual candy I attended the event as an ace photographer to snap pictures of the choicest rides. Please don’t take these…

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MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012

THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2012

Lexus CT 200h F Sport

Wearing the F Sport badge while rocking the same powertrain as a Prius gives the Lexus CT 200h a mixed bag of credentials to say the least. The concept of a “performance hybrid” is still regarded as more of an oxymoron than anything else, and…

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FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

Little Prius C has big urban appeal

In its own special way the Prius C is one of the most exciting cars of the summer. Small cars are in, fuel prices are approaching $4 per gallon and recession-addled Americans are tired of syphoning gasoline from their lawnmowers just to make it to…

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MONDAY, MAY 7, 2012

Hybrid Killer: 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI

Consumers are wising up to the realization they don’t have to buy a hybrid for the sake of fuel economy. On average clean diesel vehicles are 30%-35% more fuel efficient than their gasoline counterparts, meet the same emissions standards and make significantly more low-end power.…

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Be happy the 2015 Ford Mustang won't be retro

Today’s muscle cars are carefully designed to resemble their iconic forefathers. It’s been a winning recipe thus far for the current generation Dodge Challenger, Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang; the big three of the new muscle era. One-up competition has always driven muscle car design…

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