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Review: Scion tC 6MT, Take Two
Jul21

Review: Scion tC 6MT, Take Two

By Charles Krome

Here’s a fun little factoid about the Scion tC: According to a recent study by a group called Quality Planning—which provides research for the insurance industry—Scion’s sports coupe is the third-most-ticketed car in the U.S., trailing only the Mercedes-Benz SL and the Toyota Camry/Solara. Of course, seeing the tC so high on the list was no surprise to me, because I’d already been driving one for a couple of days by then and knew full well what a blast the car was. Scion had lent me a tC in “Super White” with a six-speed manual and a full tank of gas, and that turned out to be a surprisingly affordable recipe for some serious driving excitement.

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Hey, There’s a Bunch of Cool Cars
Jul21

Hey, There’s a Bunch of Cool Cars

By Charles Krome

If you listen to some people in the industry, traditional “car culture” is a dying animal here in the U.S. For example, when I attended an Automotive Press Association event earlier this year, I heard designers from the Detroit three talk about how the generations that are now coming of driving age really aren’t all that interested in the actual activity of driving; they view cars as means, but not ends. I don’t know if that’s really the case or not, but if it is, the culture is certainly going out with a bang. Take the growing popularity of neighborhood gatherings of auto enthusiasts, who bring their vehicles together on weekend mornings to share America’s favorite hot caffeinated beverage, show off, and talk cars.

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2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan Black Diamond Edition Road Trip, Part Two
Jul19

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan Black Diamond Edition Road Trip, Part Two

By Chris Haak

In Part One, we read about the planning of this road trip, driving off the beaten path (sometimes too far off of it).

Shortly after we made the route change, we found ourselves on MD 51, with instructions to turn right in the next few miles. When we made the turn as instructed, we arrived at what appeared to be a parking lot and a small toll booth, with a river in front of us. We later learned that this low water bridge, called the , is the only privately-owned bridge that crosses to Potomac River. Why is it a “low water bridge?” Because it only works when the river is reasonably low. When water levels are higher, the bridge is closed because it’s underwater.

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Ask the Techshakes: Will the VW Beetle Drop Its “Chick Car” Rep?
Jul19

Ask the Techshakes: Will the VW Beetle Drop Its “Chick Car” Rep?

By Chris Haak

From the moment it was first displayed, Volkwagen executives have gone to great lengths to point out that the new Beetle (not the New Beetle, mind you) will appeal much more to male buyers than did the previous model.  Of course, when the Beetle’s first publicity stunt is a giveaway on Oprah, I’m not sure how serious VW is about boosting the testosterone levels of their classically-shaped hatchback.

Nonetheless, even the press release makes no bones about the company’s intent to shift Beetle buyer demographics from a 65/35 female/male split to something closer to 50/50:

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2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan Black Diamond Edition Road Trip, Part One
Jul18

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan Black Diamond Edition Road Trip, Part One

By Chris Haak

I consider myself fortunate to own Techshake and to have access to cars and events that this site affords me.  It’s a privilege to attend auto shows, press launches, track days, and to drive some really great cars and trucks.  And as someone who has a short attention span when it comes to car ownership, getting a new car with a full tank of gas delivered to my house nearly every week is a magnificent perk, and one that I take pains to not somehow ruin for myself.

But until Memorial Day weekend, I’ve always been a little out of sorts when it came to scheduling the appropriate car for the appropriate occasion in my life.  Going on vacation with the family for a week?  How about a Scion xB?  Need a roadtrip car in the winter?  Here’s a Lexus LS 460 Sport with summer tires.  Because I value this perk so highly, and because I just don’t have the personality type to call fleet vendors to demand a particular car, or even any car, there isn’t always a good match with what my family and I are doing and what vehicle has landed in my driveway.

And then there was Memorial Day Weekend 2011.

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