Tesla Motors and the Model S Prepare To Take on the World
Tesla Motors and the Model S Prepare To Take on the World

When electric car company Tesla Motors officially arrived on the scene in March of 2008, their first offering, the Roadster, definitively put to rest the long held notion that electric cars cant make your pulse race.  Since its debut the six figure carbon fiber bullet has been busy dismantling the...Read More»

2010 Fisker Karma S Concept
Automotive Technology: Where It's Been and Where It's Going in 2010 and Beyond

For decades, people have been making predictions about what life would be like in the 21st century.  Well, its been here for 10 years now, so what is it really like?  Specifically, what can the cars of the future really do?  They dont hover or travel through time yet, or even drive themselves...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Genesis 4-door Sedan 4.6L V8 Side Exterior View
2010 Hyundai Genesis: A V-6 Gem

Not long ago, the name Hyundai was to luxury cars what plastic roses are to Valentine's Day.  The Korean brand didn't generate motoring passion. That's changed.  Like its mid-size Azera sedan, Hyundai's latest car shows that its designers, engineers and suppliers whip up a convincing alternatives...Read More»

2010 Cadillac CTS-V
Five Fun Sedans for TALL Drivers

If you're tall, you already know people like us don't fit in things as well as average sized people do. Cars are too small, clothes are too short, doorways are too low, flying is miserable, and beds can't hold us.  How tall are we talking about... 6'0"... 6'3"? How about 6'9"? That's right, I'm...Read More»

2004 Volkswagen R32
Future Auction Stars - Cars You Should Start Collecting Now

Believe it or not you don't have to go back all that far to find something that is already commanding a premium and is becoming an instant classic. Sure, everyone knows that a 1963 Stingray or a 1966 Mustang fastback is a find. The funny thing is though, a lot of expensive collectors items were...Read More»

2003 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLI
Volkwagen's 48 MPG Wonder: Jetta TDI Diesel Sedan

NEVER-ENDING EXPERIMENTATION The price of fuel has gone up way too much. In response to this: Ive written already about how to boost power in your car with a hydrogen generator. Ive told you how to use evaporated water-alcohol infusion (EWAI) to do this also. Ive shared my experience with mixing...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Avalanche
Dr. Gizmo Solves Your Car Troubles - Part II

Clicking Tappets Not Normal  Question 1 I have a 1991 Audi 90 Cabrio with a 2.3-liter engine and 150,000 miles.  For the last six months when I start the car, the tappets do not click.  Up until six months ago, they tapped up to 10 minutes after a cold start.  Now they only tap for three...Read More»

2010 Saab 9-5
Will There Only Be Seven Auto Manufacturers in Five Years?

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat and supposed savior of Chrysler, once said that he bought the beleaguered manufacturer because the Italian automaker need to manufacture over 3 million cars a year to survive. What he said next sent chills throughout the entire auto industry. He predicted that within...Read More»

2002 Honda CR-V
Dr. Gizmo Solves Your Car Problems - Part 1

Engine Falters During Acceleration During heavy acceleration in my 2002 Honda CRV, the 2.4-liter engine cuts out as if it is not getting enough gas. I took the car to my local repair shop where a mechanic said he could not diagnose the trouble because the check engine light is not on. He said he...Read More»

2010 ford taurus 043
GPS Systems Find Their Way

In the beginning there was the map. And it was good. That is, if you could read it. And if you didnt run three lights and take out four Holstein cows while you were folding and unfolding it. And of course, the only way to update it was to buy a new one. That is, when one came out every few years...Read More»

2010 Kia Soul
Is California The New Car Capital?

Well it sure isn't Detroit anymore that's for sure. I hate to be a pragmatic realist but the center of the U.S. auto industry left Detroit around the same time Ferris Bueller had his Day Off. Yes, it was obvious that the Big-Three had lost the plot decades before they finally were forced to admit...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion
Tire Talk: Subtle Signs Can Tell You a Lot

Although it's tough finding a talking tire one did appear somewhere recently your car's tires can tell you a great deal about how they are feeling, just by looking at them. You've likely read your owner's manual which tells you the exact pressure to keep in your tires and it tells you how to rotate...Read More»

2009 Hyundai Elantra
October 2009 Market Report: No Clear Trends Yet, But Some Interesting Results

Here's an interesting riddle: how can a leader be a follower, and a follower be the leader? Here are a couple of hints: Percentages Sales We'll help you find the answer to the riddle in a moment or two, but for now, let's talk about market reporting in the car business. Every month, one or more...Read More»

mercedes benz esf 2009 experimental safety vehicle 032
A Brief History Of Auto Safety Technology

Call it the elephant in the room. The one nobody likes to talk about. Way more fun to think about performance and luxury and style, right? But here's the catch. The more we the manufacturers, designers, and drivers think about it, the more chance we have to avoid the dreaded accident. Way back...Read More»

Finding the Right Technician Can Take Time, So Don't Delay Service Work

Not too long ago, an East Coast couple ran into a problem with their car. Both being unemployed, they tried to wait as the brakes on their subcompact became noisier and noisier. A look at the discs told the story, they were down to just about metal-to-metal contact between the brake pads and the...Read More»

2003 Dodge Intrepid SE
Review: 2003 Dodge Intrepid SE

It is a car this writer has loved to hate over the years; four to be exact. This was mandated more by the length of the payment book and less by owning the envy of German and American engineering. One warm June day in 2005, the untimely death of my 1995 GMC Sierra mandated a hasty decision to buy...Read More»

2010 Honda Civic Sedan
Civic Duty: Honda's Mid-course Change Makes Next Civic Smaller

In the automotive business, few things are more expensive than making changes to a product that has already advanced through much of its developmental cycle.  Making matters worse, many vehicles share a common platform, meaning that changes to a design could cause multiple product launches to be...Read More»

1929 Used Car Promo
5 Must-Know Tips for Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car brings up a lot of concerns. Did I get a good deal? Why is it really being sold? Whats the story? What information should I have, and how should I weigh it all out? What is it really going to cost to fix it up? Is it a lemon, a maintenance nightmare, or a find that I can brag...Read More»

2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS
Why It Is Immoral for Automakers To Sell Cars With Crank Windows

There is no business, financial or manufacturing case for it. It is a design that dates back to the origins of the automobile. Why on earth in 2009 are brand new cars at Toyota, Nissan, Chevy, Hyundai, Kia and even Smart dealers rolling off the lots with hand crank windows? And no, it isn't because...Read More»

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