Are the American auto manufacturers giving up on cars?


A few years ago, familiar American nameplates started to disappear, Plymouth, Mercury, Oldsmobile, Pontiac victims of overcapacity.    These models share most components with other corporate models.   Plymouth shared engines, suspensions with Chrysler and Dodge. Mercury with Ford and Lincoln.   Chevrolet, Buick shared parts with Oldsmobile and Pontiac. American manufactures have long struggled building fuelContinue reading “Are the American auto manufacturers giving up on cars?”

When A Diesel Engine becomes about Trump


  I don’t have a life, or anyone in my life at the moment.  My bed is filled with books, Pc’s and Tablets, various, car magazines, back issues of Consumer Reports issues ( I just purchased a top rated toaster) you get the idea. My mind is filled with useless and useful information. I’m outsideContinue reading “When A Diesel Engine becomes about Trump”

Sexy Beasts-Volvo and Buick introducing Sizzling Wagons (Just don’t call them Station)


  Photos: Car and Driver  Not long ago the vehicle of choice for many families in the US was the Station Wagon.  Vista Cruisers, parked along side Ford, Chrysler and other stations wagons capable of carrying ten passengers filled the nation Shopping Malls. In 1984, Chrysler changed the landscape with its Mini Vans, the landscapeContinue reading “Sexy Beasts-Volvo and Buick introducing Sizzling Wagons (Just don’t call them Station)”

Big Man Rides 2015/2016 Volkswagen Passat


One cant mention Volkswagen without mentioning the International Diesel Scandal. Which effects nearly the entire Volkswagen line  including the Passat. There are many questions concerning the future of VW and resale values.  Sales for VW through May 2016 is down 13% Volkswagen is currently the largest automaker in the world, larger than Toyota and GeneralContinue reading “Big Man Rides 2015/2016 Volkswagen Passat”

This is going to hurt, Volkswagen


By: Jamie Kitman/Automobile Magazine If one can call a battle with cancer a “personal Vietnam,” as writer and critic Susan Sontag once did, then maybe it is fair to term the lyin’-cheatin’-pollutin’ scandal that Volkswagen brought upon its house its personal nuclear holocaust. I mean, kaboom: VW’s loud proclamation that its new line of turbodieselContinue reading “This is going to hurt, Volkswagen”

VW and Audi diesels reach out to U.S. drivers


Why do people buy diesel-powered vehicles? Should you consider one? By Mark Phelan/Detroit Free Press The ★★★ 2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen TDI station wagon and the ★★★ 2015 Audi A3 TDI sedan provide some answers to those questions. Both cars combine excellent fuel economy with lively performance, features that have long made diesels popular inContinue reading “VW and Audi diesels reach out to U.S. drivers”

The last days of the Stick Shift


  By CityFella, Stick Shift, that’s what my mother used to call cars with manual gearbox.  In her day,you changed gears on the column not on the floor. Like the Mercury above.   In those days, all the cars had foot brakes. You have to admire the skill of those people who lived in hillyContinue reading “The last days of the Stick Shift”

Jordan Davis another 17,unarmed black teenager in Florida killed. Echos of Travon Martin


Like Travon Martin he was 17 when he was killed.  Like Travon Martin he was unarmed and like Travon Martin, the killer said he was in fear of his life.  That’s where the similarities end. Today 17 year old Jordan Davis was laid to rest today at his mother church in Powder Springs, Ga. HisContinue reading “Jordan Davis another 17,unarmed black teenager in Florida killed. Echos of Travon Martin”

BIG MAN RIDES: 2012 Ford Fusion,2012 Nissan Altima, 2012 Toyota Camry


Not too big, not too small best describes the largest and most  competitive segment in the US car market.  Mid Size cars.  Once upon a time, General Motors owned the segment with it’s A bodied cars the Chevrolet Celebrity, Buick Century, Oldsmobile Ciera and the Pontiac 6000.    By the mid nineties Toyota’s Camry took the sales crown from GMContinue reading “BIG MAN RIDES: 2012 Ford Fusion,2012 Nissan Altima, 2012 Toyota Camry”

Lending shortage may turn Europe’s car sales descent into a debacle


German manufacturers like VW will be least affected by any financing problems. (VW)   Europeans plucky enough to ignore the crumbling economy and confident that their jobs are safe might find that a new car isn’t possible because banks won’t lend them any money. With Europe on the brink of a double-dip recession, forecasters areContinue reading “Lending shortage may turn Europe’s car sales descent into a debacle”