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2016 Audi A3 TDI

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If you’ve been considering a diesel-powered, compact-sized entry-luxury sedan, you might want to consider this: The 2016 Audi A3 TDI’s city mileage is nearly as good as the Mercedes CLA250’s highway mileage. And the Audi’s highway mileage (43 MPG) is 10-15 MPG better. So says the EPA. In real-world driving, you will find the Audi…

They’re All Government Motors Now

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GM gets ribbed a lot (and rightly so) for being “government motors” … having accepted (no, demanded) enormous sums of taxpayer money in order to avoid bankruptcy. The bailouts were the corporate equivalent of EBT (which conservatives somewhat oddly or at least, inconsistently, dislike . . . their ire apparently reserved for needy and greedy humans rather than…

Pack It In – Updated

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Things are not good.I’m not sure why, what’s gone south, but we are losing ground. Not traffic, not readership. The articles are getting picked up by major media feeds (including Info Wars, which republished the Smokey & The Bandit piece; it went “viral,” they tell me) and I’ve been getting asked to be a guest…

Hacked

Charlie Miller (right) a security researcher at Twitter,  and Chris Valasek (left), director of Vehicle Security Research at IOActive, have exposed the security vulnerabilities in automobiles by hacking into cars remotely, controlling the cars' various controls from the radio volume to the brakes. Photographed on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 in Ladue, Mo. (Photo © Whitney Curtis for WIRED.com)

Well, I told ya so. First they hacked the Google car. Now, it appears, they – “they” being hackers – could, in principle at least, take over half-a-million Jeeps (and other Fiat-Chrysler vehicles) equipped with in-car WiFi. They’ve already done so in fact with one. According to a report just published on wired.com a guy…

Why Punish People for “Speeding”?

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Why should anyone be subject to punishment merely for driving “x” speed? Is it not of a piece with punishing someone for merely consuming alcohol? The justification usually given is that “speeding” might cause harm. Ok, sure. The same is true about drinking beer. Someone (generally) might drink beer and beat his wife. But we…

First, They Came For The Station Wagons…

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First they came for the station wagons… . Well, what actually happened was they became uncool – and then people stopped buying them. This kind of thing happens regularly in the car business. People’s tastes – as much as their needs – change. Minivans were the next to be yesterday’s rides. They replaced station wagons…

2015 VW Touareg TDI

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Years ago, Porsche got flack – and VW praise – for selling the same basic thing in two different wrappers (one of them carrying a considerably higher price tag). I won’t mention names. But I will mention that they’re doing it again – right now. On the one hand, there’s the VW Touareg TDI (diesel). On the other,…

Pack it In?

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Things are not good. I’m not sure why, what’s gone south, but we are losing ground. Not traffic, not readership. The articles are getting picked up by major media feeds (including Info Wars, which republished the Smokey & The Bandit piece; it went “viral,” they tell me) and I’ve been getting asked to be a…