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10 Cars Unveiled in Detroit We Can’t Wait to See

January 16th, 2015

2016 Nisan Titan

This has been quite a big week for the auto industry, as manufacturers unveil the first lines of their 2016 portfolios at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The annual auto show has a long history of being one of the most pivotal events of the year for auto manufacturers. This is the time of year to get excited. This is when we begin to have a sense of what is to come in the next 11 months of automobile production and when we get to see in what direction the industry will head. This is one of the biggest events in the auto industry for a reason.

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Why Did Toyota Use This Photo of a New Tacoma?

January 16th, 2015

Toyota Tacoma FB

The picture looks like a Ram 1500 that’s been in a wreck.

The above photo, a close-up of the headlight, fender, and hood of the new Tacoma, could very well have been a photo submitted by a Ram owner after a long and damaging day of off-roading.

Believe it or not, Toyota’s marketing department posted the picture in an effort to generate buzz for the all-new Tacoma pickup.

It’s a terrible picture. And people noticed.

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New BMW Headlights Solve Old Problem

January 15th, 2015

BMW headlights at CES

Imagine a world where you never have to worry about turning down your brights as you drive. We’ve all been there, happily zooming down a country lane or lonely highway with the road in front of us bathed in ample light, our cars cutting through the darkness with high beams in full force.

Then a car approaches.

We think nothing of it until the approaching vehicle flashes its high beams, causing us to remember that we are blinding this fellow traveler. In our haste to quickly turn off the high beams, we spill our drink and accidentally flip on our right turn signal.

By the time we recover, the approaching car is long gone and we flip the high beams back on, only to repeat the process a few miles down the road.

There has to be a better way.

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Buick Avenir Concept Rekindles Glory Days

January 14th, 2015

2016 Buick Avenir concept

My goodness, it’s hard to switch gears from the new Ford GT to, well, anything else.

My personal gratification aside, there are many other surprises and exciting cars being shown at the Detroit Auto Show this week.

One of them took me completely off guard and provides a hopeful, and beautiful, look into the future of Buick.

It’s really not fair to continue to label Buick as the brand preferred by Florida retirees. Sure, there are plenty of old Regals and Centurys still parked at the buffets down there, but the new Buick is something else entirely. Instead of stodgy and practical, words like sleek and exciting come to mind. Buick cars routinely turn heads and gather comments like, “That’s a Buick?!?”

In Detroit this week, Buick took the next step into becoming a genuine luxury car brand by unveiling the Avenir concept, a stunning GT sedan with rear-wheel drive and sloping sexy lines.

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The New Ford GT: Just Try and Look Away

January 13th, 2015

Ford GT

Well, thanks a lot, Ford. I had plans for today. Big plans. Thanks to you, I have no choice but to put them on hold. I was going to research and share a lot of information on a lot of cool cars, including new rides from the likes of Buick, Toyota, and Acura.

You and your fancy, overly produced car unveilings have made it virtually impossible to look at anything else and write a compelling piece on anything other than the one car you want guys like me to focus on:

The all-new Ford GT.

Warning: If you look once, you won’t look away.

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No Joke: Get Ready for the Chevy Bolt

January 12th, 2015
The Chevy Volt

The Chevy Volt

How could it be true? Why would Chevrolet, which currently builds the electric/gas hybrid Volt, introduce a new electric car and call it the Bolt?

It seems that one of the top automakers in the world will resort to rhyming names of cars that are in the same class.

Some automakers employ nomenclature that use alliteration to label a certain class of vehicle, such as Ford and its SUVs that begin with E (Explorer, Escape, and Expedition) and its cars that begin with F (Fusion, Focus, and Fiesta).

That’s a strategy that makes sense. Using rhymes, as Chevy is now learning, will lead to nothing more than mockery.

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Nine Cars Bidding Farewell: The Good, the Bad and the Confusing

January 9th, 2015

2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser

The sad reality of the auto industry is that some vehicles don’t have long lifespans. This is always a sad time of year when we begin to realize some of our favorite models will not get refreshed for the new year. Of course, automakers and industry analysts have been hinting that some of these wouldn’t see a new edition, but now the reality is sinking in.

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Do You Know Your Movie Cars?

January 9th, 2015
This was one of the easy ones!

This was one of the easy ones!

I’ve been known to watch the occasional cat video online or to sometimes partake in viewing compilations of motorcycle jump fails. Of course, I’ll waste time on dumb stuff, too, such as online quizzes that serve no purpose other than providing advertisers a place to reach me.

One of those quizzes sucked me in, and I normally wouldn’t share my results or admit that I used valuable work time to complete it, but today, being Friday and all, I’ll make an exception.

The quiz was titled, “Can You Match the Car to the Movie?”

Well, of course I can. I am, after all, a car guy, so I expected a hundred percent. As it turns out, to know your movie cars, it’s also good to know a thing or two about movies.

Which I apparently I don’t.

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Chrysler Quietly Goes Away

January 8th, 2015

FCA-Fiat-Chrysler-101

It died a quiet and uneventful death.

You may not know this, but Chrysler as a company no longer exists. A foreign company has overtaken the smallest of America’s Big Three automakers and erased its corporate name.

Does this mean Chrysler automobiles have disappeared with it?

No.

Car shoppers will still have a few Chrysler vehicles to choose from, but those are limited to the 200, the 300, and the Town & Country. Chrysler Group LLC, the company that succeeded the original Chrysler Corporation that was formed in 1925, is now known as FCA US.

The change was official last year, but I think it’s fitting to take a moment and say goodbye to the company that Walter P. Chrysler founded 90 years ago.

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Boat Crash Claims 1,200 Jaguars – Could You Save One?

January 7th, 2015
Imagine all the Jaguars on board that may never find homes

Imagine all the Jaguars on board that may never find homes

For sale:

Brand new Jaguar sports car, zero miles, never been driven. There’s no damage, and the price is a fraction of the cost of buying the same car brand new from a dealer. You won’t find a better deal anywhere!

Act fast and get one of the 1,200 available cars.

The catch?

The cars were once on board the nearly sunk Hoegh Osaka.

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