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It was kind of exciting when Mercedes jumped on the SUV bandwagon a few years back. Of course that was mostly because they were being made right here in my home state, and the bandwagon wasn't quite so long then. Mercedes started the second wave of the SUV craze with the LUXURY SUV M-class, which led to abominations like the Cadillac Escalade and a host of others... more
When I see pictures like the one above, two things happen to me. The first is something very close to sexual desire, the other is a stirring wistfulness that reminds me that I will probably never own one. I can't afford one right now, but by the time I can, the f-body will be gone... swallowed up by GM bureaucrats salivating over profits from SUVs and front wheel drive sedans... more
So, Pontiac has a new sport utility-like truckish-minivanish sedan-sportster. How nifty. I've been following the development of this vehicle since the concept car first appeared in Car and Driver, and have been secretly hoping that Pontiac wouldn't actually do it. I hoped one or more members of the design team would wander out into a cornfield late at night and hear a voice whispering on the wind: "If you build it, they will laugh." more
Ask your average consumer which he or she would rather do…. Try to get financing for a car loan or put an agitated rattlesnake in their pants and the most common answer will probably be: "How long does the rattlesnake have to stay in there?" more
It's great when the Corvette gets an extra 15 bhp or the Celica gets a moonroof, but who cares when the Toyota Sienna gets a new front fascia or the Maxima gets yet another styling upgrade to make it look even more like the Camry? more
I know I do an awful lot of bitching about General Motors, and the reason that I bitch is because I happen to like GM cars. I mean, Ford is great too, but GM just has some neat stuff… the Corvette and the Corvette, oh and let's not forget that perennial favorite, the Corvette. more
Lamborghinis are fairly unique in that all models have a fully synchronized reverse gear. Meaning, it is possible to put the shifter in reverse while moving forward. This is why Lamborghinis are equipped with a little throw-out lever that blocks reverse on the gated shifter. However, should the shifter still somehow be put in reverse while the car is moving forward... more
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