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Long Term Test F-150 Purchase Process: The Best Way To Buy a Car
Aug05

Long Term Test F-150 Purchase Process: The Best Way To Buy a Car

By Kevin Gordon

I constantly find myself cringing when I am at a car dealership and I witness the following happen: Kenny “The Sap” Consumer walks into his local Honda dealership and is greeted by “slippery” Sam the salesman. Kenny says he is interested in a Honda Pilot, one “with the DVD system”. Sam the salesmen says that he thinks he might have one or two of those available, but immediately begins to explain how popular they are. Both people walk off to make a copy of Kenny’s license and Kenny the poor sap has taken his first steps towards paying thousands more than he needs to when purchasing a car.

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GM’s Mark Reuss Shows Cadillac “ATS” Teaser

By Chris Haak

For some time, General Motors has seemingly operated under the assumption that its buyers are define the value of their cars by a “by the pound” metric.  The logic appears to be that if a given GM vehicle is a bit large for its class, then consumers will hopefully perceive the GM vehicle as being a better value.  That’s why, for example, the Chevrolet Cruze is almost as big as a midsize car, and has a published curb weight just 97 pounds lighter than the [also big-for-its-class] midsize Hyundai Sonata.

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Product Review: OnStar FMV
Aug04

Product Review: OnStar FMV

By Charles Krome

The friendly folks at General Motors gave me some seat time recently in a rather interesting loaner, complete with the obligatory full tank of gas. It was a Ford F-150, and if you’re wondering why the General would lend me its arch-enemy’s top vehicle, it’s because the truck also came complete with OnStar FMV (For My Vehicle), GM’s new standalone retail product designed to bring the benefits of the proven OnStar system to drivers across the marketplace.

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Wieden+Kennedy Gives the Chrysler 300 a Bad Fuel Economy Rap
Aug03

Wieden+Kennedy Gives the Chrysler 300 a Bad Fuel Economy Rap

By Chris Haak

Paging through the September 2011 issue of Automobile magazine today, I was looking at an ad for the new Chrysler 300 that had and I really liked the message.  If you’ve worked hard in your life and come into some measure of success, it probably feels better to treat yourself to some luxuries.  In contrast to “trust fund babies,” hard-working folks who put in the time in their chosen profession probably have a better appreciation for where they’ve come from and how arduous it was to get to their current station in life.

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2011 Concours d’Elegance of America at St. Johns

By Charles Krome

For 32 years, some of the oldest, most beautiful, rarest, and most expensive vehicles in the world had gathered on the grounds of Meadow Brook Hall, an incredible 110-room mansion that was once in the Dodge family and is located about 30 miles northwest of Detroit – and which I always considered just a little too far to go to see a bunch of antique cars. But this year, what was formerly known as the Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance migrated to a new venue just down the street from me, and I was able to convince the family to accompany me to the 2011 Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s—that last bit being a nod to the hotel and meeting complex, built on the site of an old seminary, that is now doing the hosting.

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