June 2019

BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Leaked Ahead of Official Debut

June 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

In case you weren’t sure if BMW was going to fill the gaping hole left in its lineup by the departure of the 6 Series Gran Coupe, early official photos have confirmed that it will. Recently leaked photos of the 8 Series Gran Coupe were confirmed by BMW…

GM Reportedly Thinking About Electric Hummers

June 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

Demand for Hummer vehicles peaked in 2006 before being obliterated by the financial crisis and a spike in domestic fuel prices. Considering the brand’s most eco-conscious model (the H3) averaged somewhere around 14 mpg in the city, the nameplate …

Junkyard Find: 1972 Chevrolet Vega hatchback coupe

June 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

The General made more than two million Chevrolet Vegas during the car’s 1971-1977 run, and the numbers climb much higher if you include the Vega-derived Chevy Monza and its siblings. The Vega’s many quality problems and rapid cheap-subcompa…

4-year-old Trades Booster Seat for the Driver’s Seat

June 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

A 4-year-old boy in Blaine, MN, traded his car seat for the driver’s seat, borrowing his great-grandfather’s SUV. At 4 years old, I can’t imagine having the understanding and capability to successfully operate a car. But little Sebastian Swenson proved…

Off-Roading Brings A Different Kind of Automotive Joy

June 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

When the invite from Fiat Chrysler came in, I hemmed and hawed. The event in question was an off-road drive of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, along with other off-road-oriented Jeep and Dodge rigs, taking place at an off-road park in west-central Indiana. Th…

QOTD: Car Show Faves?

June 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

With the official start of summer just around the bend, your corner car meet is about to get a lot more crowded. Sure, you folks who are #blessed to live in warm climes have Cars & Coffee year-round but the rest of us plebes can only enjoy our prec…

Bloated Auto Inventories Deflate Slightly

June 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

Due to weakening new-vehicle sales, the United States was staring down the barrel of near-record inventories a couple of months ago. Encouraged by the factory to ensure their lots were filled with the latest wares, dealers have watched their margins ev…

Rare Rides: The SUV Oddity Which is a 1998 Laforza

June 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

Which SUV looked like a 1995 Range Rover at its debut in 1984, but was less reliable and more expensive? Why, it’s a Laforza of course. The Laforza story began with Magnum. The Magnum was the idea of Italian coachbuilder Rayton Fissore, a brand c…

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