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Autos archive for Jan. 1, 2015

TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2015

MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2015

More traffic, better drivers

During my drive to California in May, contrasts to our northwest driving experiences became evident. Approaching Los Angeles, I experienced the biggest difference: multiple freeways with multiple lanes. There’s a theory that more lanes allow improved traffic flow — a concept that may have been…

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MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2015

Our crazy obsession 

I’ve often quoted an old friend, W.W., who said, “People are funny, aren’t we?” By that philosophy, he included himself in the peculiarity of human behavior. Regarding motor vehicles, his sentiment is certainly evident. Judging by America’s network of pavement alone, our vehicle obsession is…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2015


MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2015

V2V making news again

Vehicle-to-vehicle communications, widely known as V2V, is regaining attention in the auto industry. Transponder systems that allow vehicles to signal their locations to one another show much promise for collision avoidance. And as certain entrepreneurs are proposing, such systems could provide further safety and convenience…

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MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2015

U-Turn addendum

This weekly column is about dispelling knowledge, and sometimes the recipient of that education is me. My May 23rd column explored allowable U-turns in Washington and Idaho. In summary, such turns are legal given certain prerequisites, such as no vehicles coming in either direction within…

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MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2015

A touchy coexistance

I’ve often noted the strained relationship that motor vehicles and bicycles seem to experience and demonstrate on our roadways. I’ve also written that I have little hope for a harmonious coexistence between the two. My skepticism rises from several factors, but I’m essentially hopeless for…

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SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2015

2015 BMW 228i xDrive (Michael Simari / BMW)

Test Drive: BMW 228i

This week, we’re driving BMW's all new 228i xDrive, the latter the nomenclature for AWD mechanicals. This all-new 2-Series is going to be a big hit with people of all ages as it delivers true BMW-bred road manners and is within economical reach of many of today’s consumers.

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FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015

This Chrysler Corporation ad from 1956 highlights the new aerodynamic and forward look design of all cars, including the pictured Plymouth and siblings Imperial, Chrysler, DeSoto and Dodge. In comparing styles to Chevy and Ford in 1956, it is clear Chrysler cars were more “forward looking.”  ((Ad complements Chrysler Corporation) )

More from a MOPAR enthusiast

I just read your article responding to the lady with the ’56 Plymouth. I had a four-door ‘56 Belvedere in the 1960’s with the flathead six cylinder and three-speed column shift manual transmission. I loved that car!

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TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2015

Allowed when "safe"

In Washington, certain driving maneuvers are allowed when drivers deem them to be “safe.” That may seem vague, but the rules of the road governing certain procedures leave their legality up to individual driver judgment. There are two examples within the same email from reader…

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SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2015

MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015

Why two license plates?

Is one enough? Is two too many? Those are the basic questions pondered when states consider the number of license plates required on vehicles. But after B.W.’s email informed me that a House Bill suggesting single plates here received no consideration in Washington’s Legislature, I…

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SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2015

TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015

MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015

Connected, driverless, or not

Technological advancement is rampant among automakers. Though sometimes moving in uncertain or even misguided directions, it nevertheless dominates industry news. Experts have differing opinions of the eventual results of this trend. For example, akin to the frenetic pace of road building once autos were invented,...

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FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015

MONDAY, MAY 4, 2015

Auto safety finally popularized

I like the noticeable trending of auto safety issues. I’ve been writing for years about the rampant annual tally of our country’s vehicle related deaths. Until recently, car and truck crashes have ended the lives of over 100 victims daily for decades. Thankfully, that number…

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During hard cornering, VW’s XDS Cross Differential System reads data from wheel sensors, and automatically applies braking to the inside front wheel to maintain stability. Shod with conventional all-season tires, my tester kept a tenacious grip on the road, with little or no understeer.  (Volkswagen)

VW Golf: Little hatch, big strides 

When the 2015 Volkswagen Golf arrived, I’d spent the previous few weeks driving big cars. Minivans, midsize crossovers, full-size American sedans. Not a loser in the bunch. But the Golf forced me to face facts; I’m a small-car guy. Nothing rings my bell like a…

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MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2015

The beauty and perils of spring

As an enduring annual event here, we are treated to bold and pastel hues emerging with the advent of spring. That colorful palette, made up of tulips, daffodils, and tree buds of virtually every color, is a welcome harbinger of great weather to come. Along…

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