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Hammer Time: What Car Would You Keep for 25 Years?

A quarter of a century can yield an amazing level of improvements to a modern day car — but this isn’t always the case. Take for example a 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air and compare it with the 1983 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera. Even back in 1983,...Show More Summary

Did Other OEMs Know Volkswagen Was Cheating?

While working on a story about some very old cars, I stumbled upon something relevant to the latest big story in the automotive world. I ran into a Model T collector who’s also a powertrain engineer for Ford. Seizing the opportunity,...Show More Summary

Hammer Time: How Can Volkswagen Save Themselves?

Twenty-two vehicles on the front line and not a single one of them a Volkswagen. This wouldn’t be surprising if this were a used car lot or a new car store that sold a different brand, but this is Jim Ellis VW — the most successful Volkswagen dealership in the entire metro-Atlanta area. Show More Summary

Hitler’s Cars – Collectibles or Artifacts of Mass Murder?

How do you feel about Hitler’s cars? No, I’m not talking about the KdF Wagen, aka VW Beetle, or its wartime variants like the Kübelwagen and Schwimmwagen. I’m talking about the cars more personally associated with the dictator and mass murderer, like his parade and armored cars that find their way into collections and museums. Show More Summary

Last Rides Premium Selects: Getting The Boot

When I write these little features, I always follow a set of self-imposed rules: Rule No. 1: The car is always the main character; Rule No. 2: Avoid using the same personality profile as in a previous story; Rule No. 3: Inject truth....Show More Summary

Junkyard Find: 1999 Dodge Neon Sport

When Chrysler went all macho with tough car names, it was partly an attempt to expunge the marketing memory of the cute and happy ads for the Neon. The Neon was much better than its wretched Shadow/Sundance predecessor, but still enough of a disposo-car that junkyards teem with them today. Show More Summary

Volkswagen of America Temporarily Reins In Adverts Amid Diesel Scandal

If, while watching your team crush it this weekend, you see few Volkswagen ads, you’re not alone; VW of America is reining in advertising for two weeks. In a memo sent Friday to VWoA’s dealer network, marketing chief Vinay Shahani announced...Show More Summary

Biofuel Makers May Have Known About Volkswagen Emissions Rigging for Years

A recent press release on the completion and success of a three-year program to test biofuels in Volkswagen Jetta and Passat TDI models may hint that two external companies had knowledge of the high levels of NOx produced by the “Clean Diesel” vehicles. Show More Summary

Volkswagen Board Holding Emergency Meeting Ahead of Planned Friday Conference

Five senior members of Volkswagen’s supervisory board are meeting Wednesday to discuss the future for the automaker after stock prices have plummeted and the company has publicly acknowledged it cheated worldwide emissions tests, the BBC reported. Show More Summary

You can only watch YACHT's music video when Uber surge pricing hits LA

The band YACHT has a new record coming out next month, but the video for "LA Plays Itself" can only be viewed when Uber's surge pricing goes into effect in Los Angeles. Continue reading You can only watch YACHT's music video when Uber...Show More Summary

A Place Where Having A Stick Shift Can Get You Towed Away

As I’m sure most of you know, the most important movie release of the summer — Turbo Kid — appeared in a very limited selection of theaters two weeks ago. Here in sunny Columbus, Ohio, the sole place to see it is down on the Ohio State campus. Show More Summary

2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk 4×4 Review – A Gimmick Wrapped in Nostalgia

2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk 4×4 2.4-liter Tigershark SOHC I-4, MultiAir 2 variable valve and lift timing (180 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm; 175 lbs-ft of torque @ 3,900 rpm) Nine-speed ZF 948TE automatic transmission w/ Jeep Active DriveShow More Summary

If Honda Could Make This Track Car, That’d Just Be The Best

Honda will show off its Project 2&4 car this year at Frankfurt and 14,000 is the number that stands out the most. That’s the redline for its V-4 engine, which is borrowed from the RC213V. Other impressive numbers: The car is roughlyShow More Summary

Honda Odyssey Sales Were Falling, We Got An Odyssey, Now Odyssey Sales Are Rising

We’re kidding. Yes, Odyssey sales were falling. Then we used our own money to pay for a new 2015 Honda Odyssey. Forthwith, Odyssey sales increased. You know better than to connect the two, of course. Post hoc ergo propter hoc, and all that. Show More Summary

The Saudi Royals Ride In Benzes and Escalades, Not Audis

Notwithstanding Remy’s hugely popular Saudis in Audis rap video, it appears that Saudi Arabian King Salman and his entourage prefer Stuttgart and Detroit to Ingolstadt. The King and his retinue arrived at Andrews Air Force Base on Thursday, flying in on four Boeing 747 airliners for a state visit with President Obama. Show More Summary

Junkyard Find: 2007 Kia Sedona, Wisconsin Hippie Fingerpaint-n-Stickers Edition

I had the opportunity to visit a Green Bay wrecking yard earlier this month. Most of the inventory was made up of the 10-to-15-year-old GM and Chrysler midsize sedans you’d expect in the Upper Midwest, but I also found this eight-year-old...Show More Summary

Bark’s Bites: We All Need a Bad Influence or Two in Our Lives

“Just passed this on Michigan Avenue outside of Dearborn. Manufacturer plate.” The above picture of a GT350R in the wild and the accompanying text found their way across the LTE network to my phone last Thursday. My good friend — let’s call him Acd — and I have a habit of supporting each other’s addictions. Show More Summary

Don’t Do Me Like That, Honda!

If my personal relationship with Honda had a Facebook status, that status would be the one so beloved of mistresses, side pieces, and FWBs — namely, “It’s Complicated”. A decade ago, I took a gig reverse-engineering a piece of production-line equipment for them. Show More Summary

Last Rides Premium Selects: You Goin’ Nowhere

Today’s morbidly interesting victim is a friggin’ Yugo. If you know where this is going, I think there’s little else I could possibly say to encourage you to click the jump. My taste in cars strays wildly from that of most everyone. For me, exotics sit on opposite ends of the spectrum. Show More Summary

In Which An Editor Goes Car Shopping

At virtually every other automotive outlet for whom I’ve worked, the communication between writer and reader has been a one-way street. I give advice. The reader listens. Whether the reader acts on that advice is completely unknown. Also, the reader never gives advice to the writer. Show More Summary

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