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Autos archive for Nov. 2012

FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 2012

More on TPMS

I wrote about Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems two weeks ago, but I’ve received some new information since then. I previously stated that TPMS has appeared in vehicles since late 2007, as part of a National Highway Transportation Safety Administration mandate. True. I wrote that some…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 29, 2012

Cadillac ATS: New kid has attitude

It's all-GM all-the-time this week here at Seat Time. For the past few days, we've focused on Chevy's new mini-car, the Spark. For the next few days we'll look at Cadillac's newest and smallest, the ATS sport sedan. We might as well get this out…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 27, 2012

Chevy Spark: Making more from less

As you would imagine, the base Spark ($12,995, including destination) is relatively spare in the standard-features category. Air-conditioning, power windows, 60/40-split-folding rear seats, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-only steering wheel, a trip computer, OnStar telematics and a four-speaker radio with an auxiliary audio jack…

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MONDAY, NOV. 26, 2012





 (Brandon Seiler / Brandon Seiler)

Big news @ the Seattle Auto Show

Scoring a press pass to the Seattle Auto Show is kind of like finding a golden ticket in a Wonka Bar. Only the press pass doesn't come with the risk of being saddled with CEO duties to an ailing chocolate factory. It does come with…

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 (Chevrolet)

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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 (Chevrolet)

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

 (MotorTrend)

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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 (MotorAuthority )

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

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