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Autos archive for Jan. 1, 2012


Fiat 500 Sport Test & Review

When I asked Chrysler for a Dodge Challenger to review they delivered a Fiat 500 Sport instead. There was no reason to feel crestfallen. A proper auto enthusiast doesn’t judge a car on preconceived notions and Jennifer Lopez commercials but on driving impressions. The little…

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SUNDAY, FEB. 26, 2012

"It's a brick" - Tesla's batteries under question

A titillating story emerged this week with solid evidence that Tesla electric cars can turn to “bricks” if their batteries reach a zero charge. Tesla has since released a statement downplaying the issue, but the juiciest facts are clear. Michael DeGusta of The Understatement broke…

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MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2012

Kia Track’ster – 250hp AWD Soul?

If Kia were a high school the Soul would be the coolest kid on campus. It makes sense then that Kia is tickling auto enthusiasts with hints that their Track’ster concept could be the basis for a Soul “family”. Will this family wear tracksuits and…

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Cadillac ATS vs BMW 3 Series

It takes a serious pair to announce a car from Detroit is going to make the BMW 3 Series look like a second-rate job. General Motors did just that. Five years after beginning to build the Cadillac ATS from the ground up GM is ready…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2012

Nissan Juke Test & Review

Without driving a Nissan Juke it would be easy to say it looks like a frog and leave it at that. Fortunately Nissan packed enough fun-factor into the little sports-cross to make the comparison seem like a good thing. None the less, the unusual styling…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2012

Chevrolet Volt fire roars, fizzles

No one wants to drive a car with a reputation for catching fire after an accident. When a Chevrolet Volt caught fire three days after being destroyed in NHTSA crash testing a media storm and federal investigation soon followed. Journalists were quick to paint the…

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