2015 Kia K900

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2015 Kia K900

“K900″ sounds like the designation for the latest Russian nuclear ballistic missile submarine. But it’s a Korean sub – and…

Vidcast: Electric Lemonade

Remember the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result? Welcome to the…

Clover Cam on EPautos!

EPautos has a new feature – CloverCam! It’s a revolving slot on the main page (bottom left, under the Auto…

New Car Reviews

2015 Kia K900

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“K900″ sounds like the designation for the latest Russian nuclear ballistic missile submarine. But it’s a Korean sub – and its warheads are targeted at Mercedes and BMW. Kind of like Lexus did, back in the day. The concept is similar: Offer more car (literally) for less money. Thus, the K900 is bigger – and a great deal roomier – than an E-Class, but costs tens of thousands less than an S-Class.…

2015 Toyota Camry

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Don’t worry – they didn’t mess it up. The “bold” and “sporty” 2015 Camry is – wisely – more or less the same as it was before. Yes, it has a new face. And there is a new (and “sportier” optional gauge cluster). But it’s no Altima/Maxima/Mazda6/Accord … thank god. Toyota isn’t stupid, after all. And it would be exceptionally stupid to take the best-selling family sedan on the market and…

2015 VW Golf

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The Beetle is cute and lately, butch – but the VW that consistently sells best (and which has done so, for a long time) is the Golf …  which was once the Rabbit … which was the car that succeeded the original (air-cooled/rear-engined) Beetle, back in the late ’70s… by which time it could no longer comply with Uncle’s ever-more-demanding laundry list of “safety” and “emissions” requirements. The reasons for the Golf’s enduring…

2015 Lexus IS350

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It’s said that good things come in small packages – but sometimes, they’re maybe a bit too small. Which accounts for Lexus’ re-bopp of the IS series sport sedan. It’s a a little bigger now – closer to being a mid-sized sport sedan – and has a passenger-viable backseat. Unlike, say, its most obvious direct competitor – the Mercedes-Benz CLA. Which is a gorgeous car with a medieval back seat (27.1 inches of legroom,…

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG

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Wastegates popping, all four tires skittering … zero to 60 in the mid-high fours. In a snarky little hatchback hot rod.  STi, right? Nope. GLA 45 AMG. Mercedes’ take on Subaru’s idea. High-lined and tweaked up. Sits lower. Runs harder. Sounds tougher. Extremely turbocharged 2.0 four feeding a ground-grabbing, pavement rippling all-wheel-drive system… just sans the gold anodized wheels and super-sized spatula on the trunk. It’s an STi for grown-ups. WHAT IT IS The GLA is…

2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo

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When you’re the only girl in a room full of single men, getting attention’s no problem … even if you’re only a strong “7.5”. But what happens when you’re a strong “7.5” … and you’re in a room full of perfect “10s”? Feel Nissan’s pain. The 370Z is a great sports car. But there are lots of other great sports cars out there vying for your affection (and your dollars). Some – like the…

Politics

Lock-Down Nation

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While waiting for a dentist appointment, I was listening to a news report about NewYork City being on “lockdown” because of snow. Only the official vehicles of the anointed were at liberty to be out and about. Ordinary citizens were subject to arrest merely for daring to attempt travel. It reminded me of the old Soviet Union (long forgotten by most Americans, perhaps because we’re living in the Soviet Union now). Of party bigwigs in their ZIL limos, broad avenues empty except for them. This is of a piece with the lockdown of Boston…

All Over The Road Clover

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But, he’s not “drunk” – so it’s ok! The driver (loosely used) in the video above was almost certainly sober. But his form of impairment (incompetence? senility?) is not socially stigmatized, much less savagely prosecuted. Mind, I am no defender of “drunk” driving. I’m critical of anyone who can’t control their car for any reason. Unlike Clovers, who only care about people’s BAC levels – their actual driving being irrelevant. It seems to me that if your driving can’t be faulted – if you can keep your car between the yellow line to…

Automotive Affirmative Action

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Would you buy a money hog? Arguably, that’s what any hybrid – or electric – car has become given what’s happened to the price of gas. Hybrid and electric cars aren’t selling well all of a sudden. In October of 2014, they were down 30 percent – and that was when unleaded regular was averaging $3 a gallon. It is now averaging under $2 a gallon. Very hard to make a case for a hybrid that costs thousands more than otherwise-similar non-hybrid when you can fill up the non-hybrid for $20 again. And forget…

Roaches Don’t Like The Light

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What possible legitimate objection could any cop have to being video/audio recorded while performing his “duties”?  As the saying goes, if you’ve got nothing to hide… . But of course, there is much to hide – such as the recent choke-holding death of cigarette scofflaw Eric Garner. Take away the inconvenient video and the official story becomes: Large, threatening black man resists arrest and is unfortunately killed during a scuffle. The video shows what really happened – and of course, that’s the problem. Roaches scurry away from bright lights. There are lots of roaches in Illinois.…

Ignorance of The Law is Now An Excuse … For Cops

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One of the last rickety supports holding up the rule of law was thrown in the woods by the Supreme Court a couple weeks back. In Heien vs. North Carolina, the court ruled (nearly unanimously, there was just one dissenting opinion) that evidence obtained as the result of a “mistake of law” can and will be used against you, provided the mistake was (wait for it) “reasonable.” This is an affirmation – or expansion – of the previous idea that if a cop acts in “good faith” his illegalities are to be forgiven.…