By Chris Haak
Those of us who work for Techshake don’t do it for the money. Believe me, we don’t do it for the money! We write for this website in order to share our passion and interest in cars and the car business with you, our readers.
At the end of each year, we have traditionally used our Google Analytics data to ferret out which of the previous year’s articles were the most popular, solely in terms of pageviews. Note that this year, we are not counting pre-2011 articles that appeared in the top 10, even though some of our old work (like the eulogy to the Chrysler PT Cruiser penned by Roger Boylan in July 2010) continues to enjoy strong traffic.
By Carl Malek
Typically, the start of a brand new year is usually an opportunity to look towards a bright future filled with new beginnings. Unfortunately for the folks at Porsche, an ugly incident from the company’s past has resurfaced thanks to the efforts of a group of investment funds which have filed a lawsuit seeking $2.6 billion USD in damages over the events that took place during the company’s ill-fated attempt to take over Volkswagen back in 2008.
By Brendan Moore
My goodness, the hits just keep coming from Kia. Here we have the exuberant and pretty 2012 Kia Optima SX, a car that is sure to give serious heartburn to its competitors like the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry.
Why? Because it does things better than those cars, it’s less expensive and it’s much better-looking – in a nutshell. That’s why. No mystery here.
By Chris Haak
Several weeks ago, I was planning a guy’s weekend in the woods near Jim Thorpe, PA with some college buddies. I packed my sleeping bag, extra clothes, a cooler full of beer and ice, my hiking boots, and my iPad – the basics for a night in the woods. Had things gone as planned, I would have hauled myself and my camping supplies the 100 miles from my house to Jim Thorpe in an Audi Q5 2.0T. Things don’t always work out as planned, though. When I arrived home from the office, there was a gorgeous red A7 waiting for me in my driveway instead. I kept thinking to myself, “the bank made an error in my favor.” Despite the fact that we published Kevin Miller’s review of a nearly-identical A7, a week with an A7 was a delightful turn of events.
By Kevin Miller
I don’t know why it had to be Saab that caught my eye in the late 1980s and made me a fan – and driver- for life. I wrote about it once upon a time for Techshake, that post is linked here. Whatever the reason, I’ve been caught up in my favorite brand’s gut-wrenching decline for two years. Even in December 2009, I had practically written my favorite brand’s eulogy. Although the Swedish brand’s fate was delayed for two years, it now, unfortunately, seems to be for real.