Why is Nissan Getting Cozy With Tesla Owners?(Feb 25, 2014)Thing is, the Leaf isn't a bad car. Problem for Nissan is that the Tesla Model S is a great car.
Nissan really needs to push their game to the max.
Rather reminds me of General Motors insisting in shitty plastic interiors in their small cars, so buyers wouldn't be tempted to down-size. All GM did was chase people who wanted small cars to Toyota, Nissan, Honda, etc.
The BRZ We Want That Subaru Isn't Making(Feb 22, 2014)Screw up design by not giving it enough power. Blame customers for not buying under-powered sports cars. Cancel production.
Logical. Totally logical.
Does Obama Roll too Large?(Oct 23, 2013)Thought he was the most Un-Important person on the planet. Who really cares about him (or Romney, or Bush...)
Let's face it - they are all just a waste of space.
Is This the Lexus RC F aka BMW M4 Fighter?(Sep 26, 2013)Lexus makes really nice, well engineered cars. The only problem is that I find the "spindle" front grill horrifically ugly. Ugly enough that I'd rather buy something else.
Of course that's always the problem with styling. Whether you like it or not comes down to personal taste.
New Ford Mustang Comes into Focus(Aug 26, 2013)Wonder exactly how much weight they've managed to cut?
And finally indie rear suspension. With the weight loss, 4 cylinder engine, and independent rear suspension. It could end up coming close to a Datsun 510...
Toyota Proves the Yaris Has Some Balls After All(Aug 16, 2013)Good to see that the Hot Hatch segment is heating up further. Yes, a lot of people don't like Front Wheel drive. Guess what folks, in the real world it's the most common system.
And if everyone tried to buy those older cars you think are so available and affordable, the prices would skyrocket, and no one would be able to find any to buy that weren't totally trashed.
Is Dodge Planning a 600HP + Challenger?(Aug 15, 2013)Sounds like you folks have already said it all. Weight reduction, power, and better handling, we don't want much, do we?
Really though, this car is just too big. They also need to chop so,e inches. Heck, dump the back seat. The only time I ever used the back seat in my pony car was when I was making out with my girlfriend, and we found that the front was better....
2014 Ford F-150 To Have Compressed Natural Gas Option(Jul 31, 2013)CNG doesn't explode, because tank designs are engineered to be able to survive crashes. I used to work in a related industry, where both CNG and LPG were common fuels (I designed and sold catalytic converters). We never, ever, had a CNG explosion.
There were some LPG (or VPG) explosions, but they were very rare, and relied on several things going wrong at once. Effectively both are far safer than Gasoline or Diesel, where the tanks can easily be ruptured.
Tron-bo is Free At Last(Jul 27, 2013)I know they're fast as hell, but Lambos look so ugly. The squared off contours make it looks like a toy.
Mind you, I wouldn't complain if someone gave me one, but if I was spending that sort of cash, I'd go for an Aston Martin or Ferrari, both of which are far nicer looking.
Cruisin' the Gut USA is Downright Awesome(Jul 27, 2013)Drove one of these in 1975. Wow, did it handle, and move well.
FYI, I was working at a rust proofing place, and got to drive most of the new 1975-76 model year cars. Hated the job though, left work every day covered in tar. Try picking up girls when smelling of tar. Doesn't work too well.
BMW M3 BT92 by Alpha-N Performance(Jul 27, 2013)You think this BMW is hot, what about the one converted into a swimming pool? A driveable swimming pool even!
The Original Mini is a Bad Ass Little Thing(Jul 21, 2013)Back in the late seventies, there was a real neat Pizza shop. Great food, most popular restaurant in the small town I lived in.
One day they got a new delivery driver. Me and my buddy didn't know what we should stare at. The Mini, or the sleek looking chick wearing the Rolls Royce tee-shirt who was driving it. And man, did she drive it. Seemed like she was practicing for a Formula One team.
Wonder if she was?
This Guy Built a Full-Size Tonka Toy Truck(Jul 21, 2013)Wonderful, simply wonderful. What a great way to show your creative style.
Yes, I know there are comments about him having too much time in his hand, but how many of us get to build a dream?
In Memory of Classic Datsuns(Jul 21, 2013)God, I loved my 510. You could toss it sideways, and keep it there on a gravel road (and watch the passengers mess their pants).
A totally fun car. Wish I still had it.
Is it Better to Own an Old Porsche 911?(Jul 20, 2013)Hey, if this is accurate, and 70% of all Porsches are still alive, that's a superb indication of how well built they were, and how attractive.
By attractive I mean a joy to drive.
Swedish Lovin' for American Cars(Jul 15, 2013)The are nice looking cars. Pontiac did some neat stuff. Too bad GM decided Badge Engineering was the future, ruining Pontiac and Oldsmobile.
Leno Shows Us The Engine From His McLaren F1(Jul 14, 2013)Yes Will, there were serious mechanical issues. Loved his explanation of why the engine was pulled, and how they are handling the problem.
Leno is a real gearhead.
Not Much Left Of Cody Loveland's Pikes Peak NSX(Jun 27, 2013)Guess I'm insane, but I'd like to see real, road legal cars doing this. Yes, the hand built racing specials are neat, and they help advance the state of the art in engineering and design, which is good.
But I'd have far rather seen him driving a road legal NSX, something I could actually buy. If I had that much cash!
The New Toyota Corolla: Who Cares?(Jun 07, 2013)Hey, the Corolla is a great little car, and it handles fairly well too. I have a 2002, and it's. fun car to drive, while being practical enough.
Yeah, I'd love a Camaro, but where do you put the passengers? I have two kids over 6 feet tall!
5 Crazy Animal-Car Encounters(Jun 07, 2013)Oh yah. Moose and deer are common road hazards where I live. Hit a deer once. Luckily it was a fawn, if it had have been an adult, the car would have taken serious damage.
We also get wolves, foxes, bears, and damned near everything else crossing the road. Big rigs up here are fitted with collision guards - cowcatchers to the uninitiated. They need them.
Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Powered Audi A7?(Jun 02, 2013)Wrong. The water emitted from a fuel cell is not clean.
I had the chance to talk to the CEO of a fuel cell company a few years back. The water output is not "potable" or drinkable in simple terms. At least not at the current time.
Long term, things may change.
Classic JDM: Nissan Bluebird(May 29, 2013)Had a 1973 Datsun 510. Great little car, was a hoot to drive. The only problem was common among all automakers at that time. The sucker was prone to rust when exposed to road salt, and in winter we have to salt our roads.
What a pity, I would have loved to have kept it, but rebuilding the body would have cost more than buying another car.
Unearthed: 1962 Renault Dauphine DeLuxe(May 18, 2013)Actually it is gorgeous. No, it isn't any good for drag racing, but in a country devastated by war, inexpensive transportation made a difference between survival and upward mobility.
Subaru BRZ Tuned to 450 HP(May 14, 2013)Just think of the look on the face of the guy driving the Vette/Viper when you pull away from him. Priceless.
DC Design Avanti Coming in 2014(May 04, 2013)While it might not be a "Supercar" per se, it is far more likely to be affordable by the general public, like the Mustang, Camaro, or even Corvette and Viper. Yes, Lamborghinis look fantastic, but Mazda Miattas do far more to introduce young drivers to the thrill of driving. At least you don't have to be an heir to a large fortune to be able to buy one!
Mercedes Releases Updated Sprinter(May 01, 2013)Actually, it is exciting. I worked in the forklift business for a long time. We used full sized Ford, GM, and Dodge vans for mechanics service vehicles, and they were crappy. Minivans got better fuel economy, but were cramped hellholes.
The Sprinter with its high roof and way better fuel economy is a far better solution. Service Technicians around the world will be thanking Mercedes for designing a decent van.
Rolls-Royce Makes a Pink Ghost(Apr 22, 2013)WTF, nobody gets the reference? Go dig out your 1960's British TV DVD collection, watch Thunderbirds, and look at the license plate number on Lady Penelope's Rolls Royce.
God, the kids these days. They know nothing about popular culture!
Expensive Failures: Aston Martin Lagonda(Apr 14, 2013)I rather liked how it looked.
As to electronics, no one can produce bad electronics like the English. Remember the Lucas slogan, "Bringing Darkness to the Light!"
Top 5 Market Trendsetters(Apr 10, 2013)Sure you haven't been drinking too much Red Bull? My buddy had a 1973 model year, which he bought late 1972. Fitting four big Canadian boys, along with their hockey equipment into it (one was a goalie) was a challenge.
Defunct Euro Carmakers: Facel(Apr 09, 2013)The French call it élan. Everybody else calls it shear bloody minded stupidity.
Still, no one does stupidity with such style and panache, and no one else ever will. I live 20 kilometers from the Quebec border. We often go shopping there. There's a joy to life that you just don't see in English speaking countries. There's also a level of stubbornness that would make a mule stare in disbelief.
Unearthed: 1972 Triumph TR6(Apr 08, 2013)Guy in High School bought one new off the dealer's lot (with his parents help). Looked great. Wonder if he still has it. Damn, that was forty years ago.
Unearthed: 1960 MGA Roadster(Mar 30, 2013)There's an old, unrestored MGA sitting not a mile from where I live. It used to be under a tarp. It spent this winter exposed.
I shudder to think what shape it is in. The owner, well, let's just say I have a less than stellar opinion of his intelligence for how he's handled this classic automobile. It's shameful.
Defunct US Carmakers: Nash(Mar 28, 2013)From The Playmates - The Nash Rambler Song aka Beep Beep
Defunct US Carmakers: Studebaker(Mar 27, 2013)Not sure what's worse:
1) Conservative Penny Pinching Executives
2) Bean Counting Box Checking Executives
3) Big Thinking Big Spending Executives
Any one of the three can kill an otherwise healthy company.
Unearthed: 1967 Austin America Countryman(Mar 23, 2013)Hehe. These cars were small. Remember hearing a news report of a guy picking up a girl at a pub. They drove to a nearby quarry for sex, and in the middle of it, he threw his back out.
She was trapped underneath him for four hours. When rescue arrived, they had to cut the roof off the Mini to get the two of them out.
I suspect that was the last time she ever went anywhere with him. Talk about a bad date...
Classic Clarkson: Maserati MC12(Mar 19, 2013)No back window. "What'sa behind you, isa not important. It'll never catcha up!"
And yes, I get to do a fake Italian accent, I'm 1/2 Italian, 1/2 English, 1/2 French, 1/2 Austrian, and 1/2 Ogre.
Top 5 Spec Racing Cars(Mar 18, 2013)And it is such a gorgeous looking car. Lambos always look over-muscled. Maseratis look sexy with all those rounded curves. There's something in he water in Italy. I don't know what it is, but the cars usually aren't boring, even the cheap ones.