Category Archives: News

Quick Look: 2013 Ford Escape

The outgoing Ford Escape became a best-seller after its introduction in 2001, but the truth is, I never liked it much. It always felt cheap and thrashy to me, especially on the trip I took to the motorcycle show at … Continue reading

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Why “the News” shouldn’t cover cars

Two stories in the last few days have cemented my opinion that every news channel should have a legitimate¬†automotive expert on speed-dial, if not on staff. The first was the news that ABC News’s “Chief Investigative Correspondent” Brian Ross won … Continue reading

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Fear Marketing 101

Not three months ago, the Toyota Prius was nailed to the showroom floor. Less expensive gas and a year’s worth of bad press surrounding the “unintended acceleration” issue (read: “I stepped on the gas and the brake” issue) meant that … Continue reading

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Jalopnik, TTAC, Mommy blogs and Journalism 101

    Jalopnik and The Truth About Cars are foaming at the mouth over the following: http://dearcrissy.com/crazy-toyota-mommy-networks-mom-bloggers-story/ The gist is this: Crissy Someb0dy-or-Other has something I’d rather carve my eyes out than read: A “mommy blog.” Anyhoo, she’s up in … Continue reading

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Cadillac CTS Coupe Wrapup

I can’t say I don’t like the 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe, because in a lot of ways, I think it’s pretty sharp. On the other hand, with all the competition Cadillac faces, and with its $48,000 price tag (in V6 … Continue reading

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First Impressions: 2011 Kia Sportage EX

    It’s been a long time since I’ve driven a Kia Sportage. Two generations, in fact. The last one I drove was probably some time around 1999 and I’ll pull no punches here: It was the single biggest pile … Continue reading

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The Massachusetts RMV stole my $750

So I went to switch over my license and my plates from the state of Vermont to my new state of Massachusetts today. I purchased both cars privately, from residents of Massachusetts. The transactions we conducted both took place in … Continue reading

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What’s the Fiat-Chrysler Dealer Meeting Mean for New England?

The Detroit News reported yesterday that 400 Chrysler dealers flew into Detroit to hear a pitch from Fiat in the hopes that they could convince 200 dealers in 119 select cities around the country to open a Fiat store.Today they’ll … Continue reading

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The Blind Leading the Blind Spot

“And now, my friend, the first rule of Italian driving: What is behind me is not important.” — Franco Bertollini, The Gumball Rally (1976) I’m an unabashed fan of cars from the post-war period, right up until the end of … Continue reading

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