Review: 2012 MINI Cooper S Countryman All4

Posted on 11. Aug, 2012 by .

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MINI is the most unlikely successful new brand in America. Why? Because the brand "tiny transport" ethos runs counter to America's "bigger is better" mantra. Of course, to explain these conflicting philosophies, why is the modern MINI uses are by far not as mini as minis. Still with me? Hang on to your hat, because […]

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Pre Production Review: 2013 Lexus LS 460 and LS 600hL

Posted on 10. Aug, 2012 by .

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The LS and I have a long relationship. Back in 1993 I was an impressionable teenager just before the holy-grail Age: 16 This meant that I always dreamed of driving. My parents were Oldsmobile and Chrysler people, so my choices were a 1980 Custom Cruiser, a 1985 Cutlass Ciera, or a 1988 Grand Voyager. The […]

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Parents Still Aren’t Getting Car Seats Right

Posted on 10. Aug, 2012 by .

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It seems as car seat discussion everywhere. Starting before the child is even born, hospital educators often child-safety seat curriculum required new parent classes. In the news and online, parents often hear about changes child seat regulations. It is also often a topic of conversation in mothers' groups and play dates. However, the message could […]

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Boomerang Basement Bolides — First Place: Mazda Miata PRHT

Posted on 09. Aug, 2012 by .

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The conventions of the auto request in writing that we come up with at least a working metaphor for each comparison test, so here goes: You guys remember that movie It might Get Loud? Obviously, the Scion FR-S Jack White: stripped down and consciously retro, perhaps too confident context sensitive worshiped unconditionally by a group […]

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Car Backseats to Avoid

Posted on 09. Aug, 2012 by .

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Car buyers often without families overlook the back seat. It can empty weeks to go at a time, jump across to friends for this trip through the city and find out Johnny has shiny new ride a back seat best suited for food, coats and hobbits. No one expects a two-door sports car, or provide […]

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Boomerang Basement Bolides — Second Place: Hyundai Genesis 2.0t R-Spec (Yo)

Posted on 08. Aug, 2012 by .

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"That's how I ride. Flat Out." So the the infamous Miata-blocking Koenigsegg/GT2 driver says in the trackday community popular Video Ever. As a fellow teacher and track rat, I meet people like that all the time – but just as often, I see fairly talented drivers in small-caliber hardware that holds a perverse pleasure equally […]

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Suzuki Death Watch 5: How deep would you cut to make a profit?

Posted on 08. Aug, 2012 by .

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The Grim Reaper is not at the door step of the American Suzuki, after all. We have learned, ASMC is healthier, at least financially, than we thought. But, to be profitable in the past year ASMC had completely cut almost any non-essential and some essential functions of their business. American Suzuki has been very conservative […]

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Classic Pickup: 1946-68 Dodge Power Wagon

Posted on 08. Aug, 2012 by .

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Text and photos by Richard Truesdell For many truck enthusiasts, the history of Dodge trucks starting in autumn 1993, with the introduction of the Ram pickup. In a heartbeat Dodge went from being an also-ran in the light-duty pickup truck market in a big competition with established leaders Ford and Chevrolet. In retrospect, it is […]

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Boomerang Basement Bolides — Third Place: Scion FR-S

Posted on 07. Aug, 2012 by .

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"This car," Derek Kriendler told me when we reached the third gear down Toronto Motorsports Park just before, "is like a GT-R is a man who lives in his mother's basement." He had a point. Some American subcultures practice what I think, as immobile ambition – All those McMansions with no furniture and a double-income […]

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Tuner Trucks: Still Ready to Make a Statement

Posted on 06. Aug, 2012 by .

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By Mike Magda The shrinking number of high-performance "tuner" Truck not gone unnoticed in the pickup community. Industry observers can certainly call the close economic as carmakers main motivation to eliminate high-performance street truck from their statements. But the aftermarket has cut back significantly, too. "We saw a big run-tuner truck for quite some time, […]

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