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Today’s Most Popular Cars From the 1980s

February 13th, 2015

1988 Pontiac Fiero

As time goes on and we look back at decades past, the ’80s become a weirder time for everyone. It was a pretty good time for cars, though, to be honest. Cars from the ’80s are still holding up to this day, and finding these 30-plus-year-old vehicles is becoming more desirable for some people. A lot of cars from the ’80s still move off sales lots pretty quickly. Not too surprising when these American classics are becoming increasingly rare and desirable. Many have long been discontinued, and that rarity has only increased their value.

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2016 Ferrari 488 GTB or 2016 Dodge Viper ACR?

February 13th, 2015

2016 Ferrari 488 GTB

I’ve been dreading the day I’d hear about the demise of the Ferrari 458 Italia. The Italian supercar has been sitting on the top of my list of favorites since its introduction.

Like all good things, though, I knew the 458 would eventually die. All Ferraris do. On the positive side, the death of one model usually results in the birth of something even better.

The 458 Italia will give way to the 488 GTB. Will it be an improvement? Will it compete with the best supercars on the market?

My 13-year-old son is a Ferrari aficionado and suffered equal heartbreak when he heard the news of the 458. Here is the question he asked:

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Entry-Level Aston Martin? Nope! Buy These Instead

February 12th, 2015

2015 Aston Martin Vanquish front-three-quarter-in-motion-03

If you’ve been hankering for a new Aston Martin that will fit your mid-executive budget, you might want to look at another brand or start making more money.

Aston Martin won’t follow in the footsteps of Porsche and Maserati by adding a lower-priced car. At least not yet. The temptation to chase sales by adding a more attainable model is intense, but Aston intends to stay the course and offer only premium supercars to the world’s wealthiest car buyers.

Rather than increasing sales with a lower-priced car, Aston wants to increase volume by opening more stores.

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Aluminum Cars and Trucks: Fad or New Trend?

February 11th, 2015

2015 Ford F-150

Will aluminum body panels become a relic of an experimental past or redefine how automakers build cars?

The new Ford F-150 uses the alloy extensively and is receiving accolades for its innovation. People were cautious, even full of ridicule, before the truck hit the market. Comments like, “The new F-150 will be as tough as a beer can,” circulated through the online world.

Now automakers are eating their words and realizing that the use of aluminum in cars is probably not going away.

The big question is: Do the weight savings translate to enough money saved to justify the costly repairs to aluminum?

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Detroit’s Famous Walker Gets a Free New Car

February 10th, 2015

2014 Ford Taurus James Robertson

Sometimes we just need a feel-good story to get us through the week.

By now you’ve probably heard about the man in Detroit who has walked an incredible 21 miles every day for work. This wasn’t a once or twice fluke—James Robertson made the trek for 10 years. Assuming a 5-day work week, that’s 54,600 miles traversed on foot through some of Detroit’s toughest areas.

He walks because he could never afford to replace or repair the car that broke down a decade ago. Even still, Robertson arrives at his 2 pm shift on time, every day, and goes home at 10 pm.

For 10 years.

Naturally, when the Internet got hold of this story, things went berserk. Within days a fund was set up, and over $300,000 was raised for Mr. Robertson to buy a new car.

Late last week he received his gift:

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Ram’s Tiny Truck: Worthy of the Name?

February 9th, 2015
Ram 700

Worthy of the Ram name?

 

The Toyota Tacoma.

The Nissan Frontier.

The Chevrolet Colorado.

The GMC Canyon.

The Ram Dakota.

To some extent, the Honda Ridgeline.

One of these doesn’t fit in, because one of these isn’t real.

Most automakers now realize that some people want a truck, but don’t need a full-size truck. Not everyone is from Texas, and not everyone hauls trailers loaded with hay and cattle.

For the people who just want a small truck to move the occasional end table, options are limited. Should a small FIAT-based truck come to the U.S. as a small Ram?

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10 Cars Worthy of a Super Bowl MVP

February 6th, 2015

2015 Chevrolet Colorado

Tom Brady received a Chevrolet Colorado as his Super Bowl MVP prize, a vehicle a lot of people thought was an odd choice for such a prestigious award. This makes some sense when you consider how much of a marketing push has surrounded Chevrolet’s resurrected midsize pickup, and the resulting publicity around the choice will certainly move some Colorados off Chevy lots. Last year, General Motors gave Malcolm Smith a Silverado High Country, straying away from the trend of giving performance sports cars in the handful of years Chevy has had the contract with the NFL.

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Would You Buy a Porsche With a Sketchy Past?

February 6th, 2015

2001_porsche_boxster

There’s something sexy about the idea of owning a Porsche with a sketchy past.

Buy the right car, and you could be behind the wheel of a criminal’s favorite ride. Maybe it was used to rob a bank or to transport illegal drugs. Or maybe it was just an indulgence after a successful crime spree.

Of course, you’d never do anything illegal, but driving a car that once served a primary role in crime is a very real possibility.

If you’re interested in such an automobile, the Dallas District Attorney’s office has a Porsche Boxster with your name on it.

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Beyond Traffic: The Future of Transportation

February 5th, 2015

traffic-jam-highway

Thinking about the future can be an exciting prospect.

It can also be terrifying.

The United States Department of Transportation has just released a study, called “Beyond Traffic,” that looks into the next 30 years of transportation in the U.S.

It doesn’t look good, folks.

An article at The Verge said,

As far as USDOT secretary Anthony Foxx is concerned, pretty much everything is in bad shape and getting worse: roadways, railways, waterways, the whole nine yards.

The problems are endless: ancient infrastructure is crumbling without the money to repair or replace it. Renewable energy strategies aren’t materializing quickly enough. Rapidly growing urban centers are buckling under the weight of the commuting residents that occupy them.

Surely the USDOT has the solutions to save us from impending peril, right?

Nope. They are asking us for help.

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Would You Buy This Damaged Land Rover?

February 4th, 2015

Hoegh Osaka Land Rover

What a short attention span we have in this world today.

Less than a month ago, we wrote about the Hoegh Osaka. Remember that? If you’re anything like me, you’ll read that name and it’ll sound vaguely familiar, but you won’t remember why. Let me remind you:

The ship was carrying around 1,200 Jaguars and Land Rovers before tilting dangerously and running aground near England.

It was speculated that the load of expensive cars would be scrapped, depending on the damage done.

Well, 20-some days later, the cars are being driven off the boat under their own power. Watch the video then ask yourself: Would you buy one?

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