Kurt Ernst, Contributor

Kurt has been fascinated by anything with wheels and a motor for a long time. Growing up, he spent his spare time turning wrenches and pumping gas in the family garage, back when hand tools were used to tune cars. After college, he spent a year racing cars, only to learn that he was neither fast enough to get rich nor rich enough to get fast. These days, he spends his time as an automotive writer and a self proclaimed "Cro-Magnon Renaissance Man".

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Auto Industry Puts A (Small) Dent In Unemployment
Auto Industry Puts A (Small) Dent In Unemployment

In Montgomery, Alabama, automaker Hyundai recently announced it was hiring 877 new workers. To fill those positions, over 20,000 prospective workers applied. Last summer, 18,000 people put in for jobs at Ford’s Louisville, Kentucky, plant, where the automaker will begin producing its Escape...Read More»

2011 Lexus HS 250h
The Death List: What Cars Aren't Coming Back For 2013?

The only thing truly constant, it’s said, is change. With the possible exceptions of the Porsche 911 and every model built by the Morgan Motor Company, nowhere is this adage more true than in the automotive industry. We said goodbye to a fair number of cars in 2012, including some that were...Read More»

Mitt Romney
Automobile Magazine Explains... Mitt Romney?

As the glossies go, Automobile magazine has always strived to be a bit different and a bit less politically correct than the other keep-the-advertisers-happy-at-all-costs buff books. The latest issue, with its feature story on Mitt Romney and his auto industry executive father, George, is certainly...Read More»

Ford's 2013 Fusion configurator website.
2013 Ford Fusion Configurator Goes Live

Manufacturers, it seems, are starting to favor configurator microsites over the old-fashioned grind-out-a-press-release method of informing the public of new product details. The reason why is somewhat obvious: by tracking the configurations built by zip code, manufacturers get an idea for regional...Read More»

Praying hands. Image: Jan Smith
Salvation, Meet Convenience: Florida Church Offers Drive-Thru Prayer

There isn’t much you can’t do at a drive-thru window these days. Most of your basic needs, including food, liquor, pharmaceuticals and clean clothes can be met from the convenience of the driver’s seat. We’re even aware of a few drive-thru funeral parlors, where paying your...Read More»

2013 Dodge Dart launch at Detroit Auto Show, Jan 2012
2013 Dodge Dart Pricing Announced

If you’re soon to be in the market for a compact sedan, chances are good the 2013 Dodge Dart has made your shopping list. It won’t hit dealerships until June, but Dodge has just released pricing on the full range of Dart models. Dodge’s compact sedan will be available in five trim...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Avalanche
Chevrolet's Avalanche Pickup Hits The End Of The Road

In 2001, Chevrolet debuted the concept of a “lifestyle truck” with the launch of the Chevy Avalanche pickup. Prior to that, trucks were generally built for work, and using them for other purposes meant accepting a harsh ride and limited amenities. The Chevrolet Avalanche injected a bit...Read More»

2013 Ford Escape
2013 Ford Escape Configurator Now Live

If you’ve been waiting to find out how much a 2013 Ford Escape will cost when built to your own specifications, your wait is over. Ford has finally kicked off a configurator site for its much-anticipated compact crossover, and the range of available Escape models appears to offer alternatives...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Traverse
2013 Chevrolet Traverse: Walkthrough Video

Chevrolet’s full-size crossover, the Traverse, gets a bit of a makeover, both inside and out, for the 2013 model year. The updates are evolutionary and tasteful, although shoppers expecting radical changes to styling are likely to be disappointed. On the outside, the Traverse now wears a...Read More»

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Walkaround Video

Hyundai knows that midsize crossover buyers want the widest possible range of space, content and configuration options. Rather than trying to build a “one-size-fits-all” replacement for its popular Santa Fe, Hyundai will take the midsize crossover in two different directions for the...Read More»

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