March 2017

Old Man Lutz Weighs in on Donald Trump, Tesla Motors, and the State of the U.S. Auto Industry

March 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

If you’re unfamiliar with Bob Lutz, it’s likely that you’re a recent addition to the world of automotive enthusiasm. Allow me to be the first to welcome you. The rest of us have been following Lutz’s career shift from extremely outspoken auto executive to extremely outspoken car blogger for years. Now 85, he hasn’t become any less critical of […]

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Autonomous Uber That Crashed in Arizona May Have Been Less Innocent Than Previously Thought

March 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

The recent collision in Tempe, Arizona, where an Uber Technologies driverless Volvo collided with another vehicle before rolling onto its side, might not have been as cut and dried as it originally seemed. While the Tempe Police Department originally deemed the autonomous car not to be at fault, the incident report suggest that it might have been taking the […]

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Hyundai, Kia, Genesis Brands All Get a New Electric Model: Senior VP

March 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

Each brand under the Hyundai Motors umbrella will see an all-new model powered solely by electricity in the next few years, with the lower-rung brands getting them next year. That’s according to Lee Ki-sang, senior vice president and head of the automaker’s green cars division. While the company is busily crafting an expensive, dedicated electric vehicle […]

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There’s a Little Bit of Patriot in the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, Sort of

March 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

As Jeep super fans nervously await the official reveal of the next-generation Wrangler, images posted online suggest that deeply held fears of an unforgivably altered 2018 model might come to nothing. Two images appeared on JL Wrangler Forums this week, claiming to show a 2018 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. While the site’s administration says the images […]

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Trump Administration Now Seeking More Modest Changes to NAFTA

March 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Trump administration is changing its tune regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement. Despite the president calling the pact the “worst deal” in history throughout his campaign and hinting his goal was to abandon the agreement, the White House intends to keep numerous provisions while seeking more moderate changes. Among the more controversial arrangements Trump intends […]

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2017 Lexus GS 200t Review – Goldilocks?

March 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

Midsized luxury cars are a tough sell these days. The SUV craze shows no sign of ebbing, with new models coming out frequently from nearly every automaker (though if Caterham starts offering an assemble-it-yourself crossover, I’ll hang up my keyboard for good). Further, these midsizers are squeezed by models upmarket and down — the compacts […]

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No Fixed Abode: No Matter How Far Wrong You’ve Gone, You Can Always Turn Around

March 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

I was still in my 20s, browsing my local library’s jazz catalog with what I hoped was an open mind, when I found Brian Jackson and Gil Scott-Heron’s “Winter In America” tucked between Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea. I had a vague idea of who Scott-Heron was from my years in school, so I snagged […]

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2017 Audi Q3 Quattro Review – At What Cost?

March 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

Some cars genuinely suck. There is essentially no price at which, for instance, wooden ride quality and inept handling and nonexistent acceleration and uncomfortable seats and disappointing fuel economy are worth the asking price. There are simply far too many decent alternatives for a vehicle such as, oh, I don’t know, the Mitsubishi Mirage. Some cars, […]

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QOTD: When Should Your Self-Driving Car Ask For Help?

March 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

Don’t look now, but it would appear that SkyNet has finally arrived — in an expert system designed to make certain judgments during autonomous vehicle operation. NetworkWorld’s breathless report states, “Basically the patented IBM system employs onboard sensors and artificial intelligence to determine potential safety concerns and control whether self-driving vehicles are operated autonomously or […]

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Jeep’s Best New Concept Vehicle for the Easter Safari is a 1993 Grand Cherokee

March 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

For over half a century, Jeep has held an annual safari in Moab, Utah, where 4×4 enthusiasts come to tackle the rough terrain in all manner of off-road vehicles. It’s also become an opportunity for Jeep to showcase its modern concept vehicles. While Jeep has in past years leveraged nostalgia as a theme for its based-on-current-model concepts, […]

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