Rules for Gas Station Etiquette

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Gas station etiquette should be discussed more. In an effort to raise awareness for the proper actions to take while filling your car with fuel, I’m having awareness bracelets made.

No. I’m really not.

But I am devoting this blog space today to appropriate gas station decency. Want to get the most out of each trip to the gas station? Want to know how to avoid flaring tempers? Want to know how to handle lines?

Read on, friends.

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MINI Goes Crazy, Shows Off Truck Concept

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There are many reasons why GMC doesn’t build a micro car. They are the same reasons why Ferrari’s stable lacks an econobox.

GMC makes trucks and Ferrari produces supercars because that’s what they’re good at doing. They do what their customers expect and they reap the benefits when they do it exceptionally well.

Sometimes carmakers try and push the limits, but usually those experiments end in spectacular failures on the level of the Subaru Baja.

Now it seems another unwary automaker is treading into unfamiliar territory, surely to be eaten alive by mobs of consumers who refuse to buy it.

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Will Nissan Kill the Car Wash?

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Will Nissan’s invention lead to the end of the car wash?

Today is my birthday, and I have a tradition: Every April 28, I detail my car.

I spend hours doing a thorough wash, I vacuum inside, I polish all the black plastic and rubber, I clean every crack and nook and crevice, and then I apply two coats of wax.

The whole process takes a good 8 hours, and I take great pride in the final outcome.

I also like to go through the ritual, or at least a shorter version of it, before road trips. I catch some flack for that one, because the clean car doesn’t usually last more than a few hundred miles. Even still, I like starting with a spotless car and then washing off the road grime when I get back home.

It’s a lot of work to wash the car, but I also really enjoy the process. So news of a car that washes itself is taken with an equal dose of relief and dismay, along with a little bit of trepidation.

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The Best Cars to Drive Every Day

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Just driving.

That’s a phrase that should never be uttered, regardless of circumstances. I called a friend yesterday, asked him what he was doing and he said, “Just driving.”

Oh.

That got me thinking. This is a world filled with two types of people: those who love to drive and those who have to drive. If you’re behind the wheel, and the phone rings, I hope you’re the kind of person who doesn’t even notice because you’re so in tune with your car and your driving.

I hope you’re NOT the kind of person who is able to fumble for the phone, turn on Bluetooth, answer and say that you’re “just driving.”

If you’re the kind of person who loves to drive, and has the opportunity to drive to work every day, here are some of the most fun cars you can take on your daily commute.

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Did Mercedes-Benz Just Get Caught Copying BMW?

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Squashed crossover coupes that try to look like SUVs are officially a thing. From the Land Rover Evoque to the BMW X6, the impractical mash-up between sports coupe and sport utility vehicle has slowly infiltrated the car market.

I don’t know why, exactly, because they don’t sell very well. In fact, the Acura ZDX came and went faster than a Lyrid meteor. Very few ever left dealership lots, probably because the ZDX looked like a duck that had been hit by a car.

Mercedes-Benz wants to take a shot at the crossover coupe and has introduced the Concept Coupe SUV, which the head of design at MB called, “Sensual as a coupe – visionary as an SUV.”

What he should have said is,

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Anyone Else Sick of Muscle Cars?

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Who does this impress?

I’m going out on a limb here and risking the complete revocation of my man card. I’m also risking the wrath of millions of Mustang and Camaro fanatics everywhere.

I’m sick of muscle cars.

The Mustang came out 50 years ago and captured the hearts of Americans. As a teenager in the 1990s, a ’65 Mustang was my dream car. I wanted a red convertible with the 289-cubic-inch V8 engine so badly that I worked two part-time jobs to save for one. I had dreams about that car and would have done anything to get one. Instead I met a girl and spent all the saved money on her, then settled for a black 1994 V6 Mustang.

Not the same, I know.

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Oh Lorde: The Comeback of the Maybach

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As the singer Lorde likes to say,

“But everybody’s like Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece. Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash.”

It’s interesting that the Maybach made it into the lyrics of a hit pop song, considering the luxury car company built its last car in 2012.

Owned by the people who bring us Mercedes-Benz, Maybach floundered in the luxury game and couldn’t keep up with the likes of Bentley and Rolls-Royce.

Perhaps thanks to a young singer, the brand is being revived and will attempt to sell to young millionaires in the United States.

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Should Lane Splitting Be Legal?

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We live in a society of single-family homes spread through countless suburbs surrounding big cities. We work in those cities, often driving many miles and spending hours commuting from our suburban homes to our urban workplaces.

In places like Los Angeles, the commute consists of congested freeways and long lines of stop-and-go traffic. In most cities, a driver’s only option is to wait out the traffic and arrive whenever the brake lights finally fade and the pavement opens up.

In California, though, there’s another option—assuming you have the right vehicle.

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2014 New York International Auto Show Gallery

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We came away from the 2014 New York International Auto Show so loaded with great images of fantastic cars that we wanted to put together a quick slideshow of some of our favorites for you. The show will offer a great time to car fans of any age, and as usual, it offers plenty of interactive fun as well as stands full of gorgeous new cars. Attendees can participate in the “Camp Jeep Ride Along” on an obstacle course or take a quick trip in Toyota’s fuel cell vehicle. Multiple simulators will keep gamers battling on electronic tracks, and Spongebob Squarepants will make an appearance.

2015 Toyota Camry 2015 Ford Mustang 2015 Jeep Renegade Trail Hawk 2015 Jeep Renegade Trail Hawk 2015 Subaru Outback 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder E-Hybrid 2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan, interior 2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan 25th Anniversary Mazda Miata Mazda Miatas at the 2014 New York Int'l Auto Show Honda's Fit and SUVs 2015 Honda Fit 2015 Dodge Challenger 392 Hemi Scat Pack 2015 Dodge Charger Hemi 2015 Acura TLX 2015 Nissan Murano 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition 2015 Volkswagen Golf Wagon 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid Bentley Flying Spur V8 2015 BMW i8 Kia's GT Stinger concept Bugatti Veyron

The New York International Auto Show runs through April 27th, and anyone interested in attending or keeping tabs on the excitement should check out the NYIAS app and look for the official #NYIAS hashtag in social media.

Which is your favorite car at this year’s New York Auto Show?

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2014 New York Int’l Auto Show Looks Forward and Back

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The 2014 New York International Auto Show opens to the general public today, but we were lucky enough to preview it during Press Days. Featuring the debuts of more new models, redesigns and special editions of older models than we could possibly cover in a single blog post as well as huge crowds, lots of loud music and crazy lights, and a growing social media focus, carmakers threw a terrific event for the press that bodes well for the public event as well as the next year’s worth of new cars. Here are some highlights.

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