Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2017 Lexus GS350

This whole business of the luxury sport sedan is kind of strange . . . like expecting Usain Bolt to block for the Giants. World class...

2017 Kia Forte

It’s an odd thing when you stop to think about it, but small, inexpensive cars increasingly give you more in the way of choices (and...

2017 VW Comfort Coupe

VW has tried this twice. Both good tries. The problem - first with the Phaeton - and now with the CC sedan - has always...

2017 Mercedes S550e

A $100,000 hybrid makes me think of Gloria Steinem's quip about a woman needing a man like a fish needs a bicycle. But I'd still...

2017 Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry is like the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars. It may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts,...

2017 VW Golf Sportwagen

Maybe you were a Boy Scout as a kid. If you were, you may remember the infamous Snipe hunt. The Scoutmaster would gather everyone...

2017 Cadillac Escalade

The Cadillac Escalade is ridiculous - but then, so is my orange Trans Am. Both are (or were, in the case of my ancient...

2017 VW Jetta

Channeling Mr. T, I pity VW. The company has been Hiroshima'd by the fallout from the diesel "cheating" scandal. But the nuking was its own doing. Not the...

2017 Chevy Camaro (Pirate Review)

GM didn’t want me to test drive the new Camaro - I've been excommunicated as a politically incorrect heretic - so they’ll probably be surprised...

2017 Lexus NX300h

Hybrids have become a harder sell - because gas has become an easier buy. At $4 a gallon (and sweating the possibility of $5 or $6...

2017 VW Passat

Last year, VW nixed the so-so-fuel-efficient (but simple and inexpensive) 2.5 liter in-line five that used to be the Passat's standard engine in favor...

2017 Lexus GS450h

How much is a (roughly) 10 MPG improvement worth to you? How about $12,940? That's the price spread between the hybrid GS450h and the non-hybrid (but...

The Hybrid Mustang Makes My Teeth Hurt

At the Detroit Auto Show reveal of the soon-to-be-produced hybrid Ford Mustang, marketing manager Mark Schaller said the following: “The world has figured out...

The Crazy Thing Trump Could Do . . .

Borrowing - bowdlerizing - a line from Shakespeare: First thing we do, let's kill all the regulators. Well, maybe not kill them. Firing them would be enough. Or...

But There’d Be No Roads!

Along with the Myth of Authority - the idea that being ordered about by other people is legitimate so long as those people have...

Kill People, No Problem… Just Don’t “Cheat” Uncle

A VW engineer may be going to prison - and has already been professionally (and probably personally) ruined… for having “cheated” the EPA. Which...

“Services” Rendered. . .

It's bad enough getting arrested - especially when you didn't do anything to warrant it. This happens all the time, because the the threshold for...

Driving Under the Influence… of Starbucks

An interesting case out of California (of course) has a man being prosecuted for “driving under the influence”… of caffeine. Joseph Schwab was pulled over...

Ululating for “Safety”

The latest? Uncle wants to require that hybrid and electric cars be fitted with devices that make them noisy, so that the blind will be...

New Year’s Wishes

I got what I wanted for Christmas - Hillary's face (and that voice) will not be everywhere for the next 4-8 years. But how...

The Money Pit

Tesla Motors just borrowed another half-billion. What was it the late great comic San Kinison used to say? It never ends! Oh! Ohhhh! Elon Musk’s electric...

The Impossible Standard . . . a Year Early

Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably have heard something about Dieselgate - the VW exhaust emissions "cheating" scandal (in quotes for the...

Well, It’s Not Just Me . . .

Some of you already know about my spat with GM over “diversity mongering” at the world’s formerly largest car company (and lately, the largest...

“Conservatism” is Limp Dicked and Useless

What is “conservatism,” exactly? I was one once - and I can’t tell you. Not coherently, anyhow. Which got to bothering me when I was...

On the Bill Meyer Show 1/13

Here's the audio of my char with Bill Meyer on KMED in Oregon this past Monday; we talked about several things, including the insurance...

Economic Obsolescence

Several of the most successful car (and engine) designs were successful because they were around for a long time. The original VW Beetle is...

“Heroes” Treating Other “Heroes” Differently Than They Treat Us

Here's a video of Milwaukee "hero" Michael Boden, 52, being treated very gently and very patiently by a fellow "hero," who pulled Boden over on...
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