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What Improvements Does the Chevrolet Volt Need?
Jun22

What Improvements Does the Chevrolet Volt Need?

Yesterday, we posted a review of the 2012 Chevrolet Volt, a car that is controversial for a number of reasons, from GM’s bailout, to the huge expectations heaped on the car, to the giant pre-release hype that GM built for it.  I thought it might be interesting to look at what the Volt might need in order to be more successful in the marketplace.

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Four Cylinder Pony Cars Set To Return
Jun18

Four Cylinder Pony Cars Set To Return

There have been some rumblings over the past few weeks that the 2015 Mustang – which will be all-new, not heritage styled, and smaller and lighter than the current car – will drop its base 3.7 liter V6 in favor of an EcoBoost four cylinder.  Thinking back to the many dark days of pony car powertrains (with the likes of 105-horsepower 2.3 liter four cylinders under the hoods of Mustangs and 90-horsepower 2.5 liters under the hoods of Camaros), does this mean that more-stringent CAFE standards are going to kill the fun that these cars are currently delivering by the truckload?

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GM Defines Chevy Spark’s Competition In a Surprising Way
Apr27

GM Defines Chevy Spark’s Competition In a Surprising Way

Looking over the photos in GM’s media website this afternoon, an infographic caught my eye.  (Actually, two infographics caught my eye, but this is the more interesting of the two.  I’ll mention the other one at the end).  In the particular item I’m focusing my attention on, GM defines the competition for its upcoming Chevrolet Spark minicar.  It’s an interesting choice for comparison, and seemingly one out of left field.  Read on for the punchline.

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Long Term, The Price of Gasoline Will Keep Rising
Mar14

Long Term, The Price of Gasoline Will Keep Rising

On March 6, 2007, I wrote the following post for Techshake:

Within the context of buying a new car or truck, people often ask me whether I think gasoline will be $4 a gallon or $5 a gallon soon. In case you have the same question, here is the general answer I give them:

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One Simple Change to Fix Everything Wrong with Auto Racing
Mar12

One Simple Change to Fix Everything Wrong with Auto Racing

As a die hard fan of Formula One racing I often get questioned as to why I like it. My standard response: Formula One highlights the best drivers, the most technically advanced cars, and the greatest racetracks around the world. Understand, this is my standard response as I no longer believe this statement 100%. I abbreviate my previous response to prevent a three hour diatribe. As the F1 season approaches, I wanted to take the opportunity to provide a road forward for motor racing. In the next few paragraphs I provide a simple rule change that will bring the innovation and excitement back to racing. 
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Why I’m Not Excited By the New F10 BMW M5
Mar05

Why I’m Not Excited By the New F10 BMW M5

These days, numbers no longer do the talking.

We have comfortably exceeded every available record to break for the modern sports car. Fastest lap times – check. Fastest acceleration – check. Shortest braking distance – check. You get what I mean; there is so much improvement from cars of yesteryear that now we are spoilt by excellence.

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