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A Week of Commutes – 2/3/2012

By Kevin Gordon

It was a fun week of afternoon commutes this week. Some days, it seems like it is going to be tough to get something together for the ride home, but every day there is something worthwhile happening in the automotive world. We hope you enjoy the commentary from this week. If there is anything different you would like to see during the afternoon commute please let us know in the comments. After the break are all five commutes from this week.

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They Hacked My Ride – Is YOUR Car Next?

By Kevin Gordon

Please forgive the bad pun and the local news scare tactic headline. I couldn’t resist. As electronic control systems and wireless communications technologies proliferate in automobiles, so will the opportunities to exploit them. As a result, expect this topic to become topical and for ratings attracting headlines to make it to the front pages of your local newspaper. After the break, we step through some of the information about what has been done to date, what might be possible, and determine if there is actually anything to fear.

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All of the Automotive “Big Game” Ads for 2012 – Updated

By Kevin Gordon

Look no further for proof that the automotive industry is out of the doldrums than the fact that they are pumping a huge amount of cash into advertising for Super Bowl XLVI (46). Historically, the lead up to the big game has seen hints and rumors of which companies were pulling out all stops to attract attention to their brand. Today, with hopes of viral videos dancing in their heads, advertising executives post their ads ahead of time to try to build hype. Why troll around YouTube for all of this year’s auto relevant advertisements? After the break, are all of them without written commentary. Lets face it, the people who make these things get paid to be clever. You be the judge of their success in the comments. As a heads up, all of the videos are on one page which may take some time to load depending on the speed of your computer.

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Review: 2012 GMC Terrain SLT-2 V6
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Review: 2012 GMC Terrain SLT-2 V6

By Roger Boylan

GM offers three versions of this pleasant vehicle: the working-stiff’s Chevrolet Equinox (previously reviewed in these pages), the fancy-pants Cadillac SRX (actually on a premium version of this platform shared with the recently deceased Saab 9-4x), and the present, modestly upscale iteration, the GMC Terrain, which was my ride for a week. (The also recently deceased Saturn Vue was another close relation.)  While the vehicle may be similar in feel and specs to its relatives, at least GM has made it look completely different from the Equinox – for better or worse.

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Chinese Knock Off the Ford F-150

By Chris Haak

These may be some of my favorite kinds of stories to write about.  My very limited understanding of Chinese culture , gained from talking to a few Chinese friends, is that if you give them something and tell them to make their own, they will find a way to duplicate it.  You have to be specific, though, or you will end up with something that looks very much like the original, but is quite different under the skin.  The thinking is, why innovate on design when there’s a perfectly good design there to work with?

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