Archive

Archive for the ‘Domestic Cars’ Category

Chrysler Wants Original Vipers Destroyed

March 10th, 2014
1992 Dodge Viper Coupe prototype

Heading to the crusher

I checked my phone after the familiar buzz in my pocket. With the swipe of my thumb, the sexy rear end of an SRT Viper popped up in my text messages.

My lovely girlfriend, on her way home from work, sent the text along with a brief message asking about the car. That quick text led to a lengthy conversation about the Viper, why it’s no longer called a Dodge, and the history of the devastatingly powerful car.

Being a Porsche purist, she was only mildly impressed, but left our talk with a healthy dose of respect for the brute. Enough respect, anyway, to shed a tiny tear when we read last night that Chrysler has ordered the destruction of up to 93 vintage Vipers.

Continue reading >>>

Car Industry News, Car Minded, Domestic Cars, Exotic Cars, General Chat , , , , ,

Renegade? That’s Not a Renegade

March 5th, 2014

Renegade? That's not a Renegade...

Oh, how the Renegade has fallen.

Picture a Jeep Wrangler Renegade in your mind, and you’ll likely see an American-made, brutish, square-shaped, dirt-covered, rock-hopping jacked-up SUV on oversize tires.

That’s the Renegade of the past, which was actually an option package offered for the Wrangler from 1991 to ’94.

The Renegade of the future is a FIAT with a 7-slot grille.

There’s not anything wrong with that, per se, it’s just not what one would expect from the Renegade name. I totally get it—there’s an economic demand to create vehicles with low price tags and high miles per gallon. Why is it necessary, though, to mess with history to make it happen?

Continue reading >>>

Car Industry News, Car Minded, Car Shopping, Classic & Vintage Cars, Domestic Cars, General Chat , , ,

Cadillac Ad Spotlights American Materialism

February 28th, 2014

Cadillac ELR ad, poolside

After what I saw yesterday, I kind of wish I was from France.

In France, and many other countries, people don’t live to work, they work to live. It’s not uncommon to take exceptionally long lunch breaks, work 4 days a week and even take the entire month of August off. New mothers often take far more time off in other countries than they do here in the States.

Why is that?

People in other countries value family time and personal growth over materialistic success.

Here in the U.S., that hasn’t traditionally been the case. We’ve been quite the opposite, working our tails off to accumulate stuff and all the debt that goes with it. We’re making slow progress in the other direction, much to the chagrin of marketers everywhere.

None, perhaps, more than Cadillac.

Continue reading >>>

Car Industry News, Car Minded, Domestic Cars, Electric Vehicles, General Chat , , ,

Tesla’s “Gigafactory” Could Change the Future

February 27th, 2014

Tesla Gigafactory

Today we will discuss an important theme: the future.

In the film Back to the Future 2, Marty McFly travels from 1985 to 2015 and encounters a future he didn’t expect, only to return to a present he never knew.

That’s on my mind today, because I’m watching the antics of crazy old scientist Doc Brown with my family while reading about a young brilliant entrepreneur and his plans for the future. Doc Brown needed 1.21 gigawatts to power his DeLorean, while this modern-day man plans a “Gigafactory” that could change the auto industry as we know it.

What is a Gigafactory? Read on, with no worry that you’ll learn too much about the future and cause a chain reaction that could unravel the very fabric of the space-time continuum and destroy the entire universe! This time, the future seems set.

Continue reading >>>

Car Industry News, Car Minded, Domestic Cars, Electric Vehicles, General Chat , , , ,

GM Recall Poses a Serious Safety Issue

February 26th, 2014

2008 Saturn Sky

Sometimes topics in the auto world get pretty serious.

We like to have some fun and make light of certain situations, but there are times when humor is off the table. The fact is, building cars is a dangerous business. A lot can go wrong when putting together the pieces of these metal capsules that hurl us down traffic-filled roads at upwards of 70 miles per hour.

Usually, things go according to plan, and our vehicles safely transport our families and us for many years. When things go wrong, though, lives can be lost. Even worse is when an automaker knows about a problem, but fails to act in time to save lives.

Continue reading >>>

Car Industry News, Car Minded, Car Safety, Car Shopping, Domestic Cars, General Chat , , ,

Chevrolet Wants to Be More Like Ford

February 20th, 2014
2015 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-150

Talk about being ahead of its time.

There’s nothing better for a company than introducing a new product so revolutionary that your closest competitor can’t touch it for about 4 years.

Even better is when the competition’s product chief wants to get his hands on your product and examine how it was done so it can be copied. That’s called hitting a home run.

That is what Ford has done to GM. It’s not a knockout punch by any means, but the blow has effectively left the General staggering and grasping for ways to catch up. Round 1 goes to Ford.

Continue reading >>>

Car Industry News, Car Shopping, Car Shows, Domestic Cars, General Chat, Trucks & SUVs , , , , ,

The Would You Rather Game: Karma Edition

February 19th, 2014

VL Destino

Have you ever played the “Would You Rather” game? It’s a wonderful way to get to know someone or discuss topics that might not otherwise come up in conversation.

There are thousands of possible questions, including scenarios like: Would you rather have a million dollars right now or get $40,000 per year for the rest of your life?

Of course the questions can get a lot more serious, funny or downright inappropriate. Today we’re going to play one round of “Would You Rather,” but first I’m going to give you some details so you can make an informed decision.

Continue reading >>>

Car Industry News, Car Minded, Domestic Cars, Electric Vehicles, Exotic Cars, Foreign Cars, General Chat , , , , ,

VW Workers Defeat UAW

February 17th, 2014

UAW_VW

Who protects you from getting fired? Who has your back when things at work get hard or when your employer decides to increase your share of health benefits?

If you’re like me, the answer is easy: no one except yourself.

Advocating for yourself keeps you working as hard as you can to keep advancing and growing in your career.

As a writer I can tell you that no one will fight for me if my job were threatened. Like you, I can’t get lazy in my work or someone else will come along and work harder.

Advocating for one’s self is better for the employee and for the employer. Who wouldn’t want a workforce determined to work hard and do all they can to keep their jobs?

That’s my thought process for my position on the auto union.

Continue reading >>>

Car Industry News, Car Minded, Domestic Cars, Foreign Cars, General Chat , , , ,

What to Drive in Sochi

February 14th, 2014
2014 BMW 5 Series

Photo courtesy of BMW in Russia

Last week, the world turned its attention to the resort city of Sochi on Russia’s Black Sea coast for the 2014 Winter Olympics. While television has showed endless montages of athletes winning gold medals, people enjoying the sights and sounds of Sochi, and breathtaking shots of the seemingly endless Caucasus Mountains, one integral part of Russian life has thus far been left out: cars.

Continue reading >>>

Car Lists, Car Minded, Car Shopping, Domestic Cars, Foreign Cars, General Chat

The Great Corvette Sinkhole of 2014

February 13th, 2014

Corvette sinkhole

By now everyone’s heard about how Mother Nature hates Corvettes. After yesterday’s little outburst of swallowing a few ‘Vettes whole, we can officially add her to the list, which also includes everyone outside the U.S. and anyone who drives a Porsche 911.

Okay, that’s a little unfair. The Corvette is a perfectly fine car and deserves its place in American history. That place is enshrined at the Corvette Museum in Kentucky, which is also where the infamous sports car is built.

It’s a little ironic that the very place that serves as the shrine to Corvette fans everywhere is the same place where a hole in the earth opened up and destroyed more than a few classic ‘Vettes.

But there’s an even more alarming piece to this story.

Continue reading >>>

Car Industry News, Car Minded, Classic & Vintage Cars, Domestic Cars, General Chat , , ,