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Time to Redefine Off-Road Adventures

July 10th, 2014

Subaru off road

When you think of off-roading, do you think of massive Jeeps, dirty Land Rovers and ’72 Fords?

I sure do.

My mind conjures images of massive boulders and mud-caked fenders. The vehicles I imagine conquering these obstacles are either old and beaten up or gigantic and customized to the gills.

Off-roaders are formidable and strong. They aren’t Subarus.

Right?

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$30,000: Honda or Audi?

July 9th, 2014

2015 Audi A3

Remember the parties Audi decided to throw for the 20-something crowd in an attempt to market the new A3?

To refresh your memory, the shindigs were by invitation and thrown by Audi dealers for hip young folks, the A3′s target buyer.

At the time, we said,

Not much more is known just yet, but the idea is to corral well-off potential buyers, woo them with food, drink and music, then hope the experience translates to new-car purchases.

It’ll probably work, since everyone loves a good party.

Well, it worked.

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Subaru BRZ Won’t Become a Classic… Yet

July 8th, 2014

2013 Subaru BRZ

Sometimes the best things in life don’t last long.

Puppies turn into dogs, fireworks last only about 20 minutes, and our favorite cars typically last only a generation or two.

When a new car comes out and people freak about how great it is, there’s always a chance the automaker will pull the plug and end the love affair early. That was the fear with the Subaru BRZ, which some people thought might exist only to satiate a niche and then disappear forever.

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1987 Jeep Lineup: Best Ever?

July 2nd, 2014

1987 Jeep Comanche

Remember when Jeep was awesome?

Back in the day, which is when everything cool and amazing happened, Jeep was the king of everything off-road. Even better, Jeep was affordable. If you were in the mood for a sturdy SUV that could go anywhere, Jeep was the only place you had to look.

But then things started to change. Maybe it was because the people at Jeep got lazy or greedy or maybe a combo of both, but Jeep split in two directions: inexpensive low-quality and really expensive luxury.

Can Jeep recover from that, or will another automaker step in to fill its shoes?

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Car Startups and Their Odds of Success

July 1st, 2014

Commuter Cars Tango Parked-Side

At the beginning of football season, every team believes it will win the Super Bowl. With nothing but optimism in the air and a young season full of promise, football players have the confidence and drive to believe they’ll make it all the way. Of course, most do not.

Breaking into the National Football League is no easy task, and even the lucky few who make it have to prove themselves as worthy of being there.

The auto business is similar. The big players like General Motors, Toyota, Honda, Ford and Chrysler have made it exceptionally difficult for new players to participate in the auto manufacturing game. Tesla has finally made it to the party and started the process of proving itself as a big-league automaker.

Who will be the next rookie automaker to take things to the next level?

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Introducing the Supercar Unknowns

June 27th, 2014

SSC Tuatara

I was tagged in a Facebook post that said, “Dude, Washington has a supercar!”

The link went to a local story about Washington State company SSC and its Tuatara megacar, which is due to start production in 2015. That car has a very real shot at regaining the title of world’s fastest production car for SSC, whose Ultimate Aero has battled with Bugatti for the title over the last couple of years.

In our parts of the woods, SSC, formerly Shelby Supercars, is not an obscure car brand. Granted, we don’t see any roaming our city streets, but any real car nut knows it exists.

Keep reading for 5 supercars of which even the most pure of heart may not be aware.

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Does the U.S. Finally Stand a Chance?

June 25th, 2014

1968 Ford Mustang

This Thursday, the United States Men’s National Team will take on Germany in one of the most important 2014 FIFA World Cup matches thus far. Both teams have their own futures, plus those of Portugal and Ghana, largely in their hands. While the USA’s Jürgen Klinsmann and Germany’s Joachim Löw have both garnered high praise for their teams’ performances thus far in the tournament, we thought there was still a little room for improvement. We came up with starting lineups we hope Klinsmann and Löw will consider, lest the USA or Germany suffers the same fate as England and makes an early exit after not taking gearhead advice.

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The Upside of GM Recalls

June 25th, 2014

GM-recall

There’s a silver lining in every bad situation.

Sometimes you just have to look on the bright side.

After the rain comes a rainbow.

Every rose has its thorn.

Ridiculous clichés aside, there’s always an upside to even the lowest of situations. The General Motors ignition recall is certainly a low point for the world’s largest automaker, but some people are enjoying the benefits of said recall.

Who could possibly benefit from the disaster and tragedy of one of the biggest and most controversial recalls in history?

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Anyone Else Ready for the Tesla Model X?

June 19th, 2014

Tesla Model X

It all started with a tiny squeak behind the fireplace.

Some investigation on my part led to the discovery of a baby mouse in the venting system, which in turn led to the removal of handfuls of insulation, which in turn led to the discovery of a perfectly folded newspaper dated September 1988.

I thought maybe I had discovered a hidden stash of money long forgotten by a previous owner, but all I found was a 26-year-old sports section. After the disappointment subsided I headed to the garage to look deep into its abyss to find some tools, so I could fix the damage I did in my quest to remove said mouse and prevent others from entering my abode.

It was there that I made my great discovery. A discovery that could potentially set me up for a future of gas-free motoring.

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When Car Technology Gets Creepy

June 18th, 2014
Bad idea...

Bad idea…

Sometimes the “thank-you wave” just isn’t good enough.

I can’t even count the number of times I’ve wished I could contact another driver with whom I’m sharing the road to convey a piece of information that a wave simply cannot.

Sometimes I wish I could apologize for a dumb move on my part or tell another motorist that I’ll stop and let him or her into traffic. Waving is good for a thank you, but not much else.

I’ve wondered what it would be like to type the license plate of the car I want to contact into some kind of device, then have access to the driver so I can convey my message.

Naturally, there would be a downside to such technology, because unfortunately, people like to use good inventions for evil. Road rage would become more personal, and the ability to curse out other drivers would rarely end well.

A new app could make the possibility of car-to-car communication a very real, and very scary, reality.

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