5.18.2012

News: GM Boycotts 2013 Super Bowl


After a series of high-impact, well-received spots for various products during the 2012 Super Bowl, General Motors has announced it's boycotting the 2013 Big Game. Why? The rent's too damn high. Full story from The Detroit Bureau.

5.15.2012

News: Prepare For The Ferrari Enzo Hybrid

Ferrari Logo

It's the end of the world as we know it. The Guardian newspaper in the UK is reporting that Ferrari will launch its first hybrid vehicle by the end of the year.

Red 2012 Ferrari Enzo parked on wet pavement

It'll be a gas/electric version of the Ferrari Enzo, which costs $643,330 as a purely gasoline-powered machine. Bet on the hybrid to cost more. Full story here.

5.11.2012

News: Caroll Shelby: 1923-2012

'Ol Shel, the man who gave us the Cobra, the Mustang GT350 and so much more, died last night of complications from pneumonia. The best Carroll Shelby story I've ever heard is largely true, and was told by none other than Bill Cosby onstage at Harrah's Tahoe in 1968. It's also one of the best stories, period...and a masterpiece of stand-up comedy:
      
                              

5.04.2012

5.03.2012

New Car Review: 2012 Kia Rio Sedan and 5-Door

White 2012 Kia Rio Sedan 3/4 view parked in front of wall
The 2012 Kia Rio Sedan.

If the rest of the world's automakers aren't taking Kia seriously yet, it may be too late.

With the 2012 Kia Rio, these guys have stepped into serious contender status, and if I were playing with my own money, they might just end up selling me a car.

The Rio has, in the shortest imaginable time, gone from being the worst thing that could happen to you at the rental counter to a car that absolutely nails its intended target in a way a car in this class hasn't done since the mid-1980s glory days of the Honda Civic.



5.02.2012

TireKicker Time Machine: 1970 Chevrolet Bel Air

Front view of white 1970 Chevrolet Bel Air with rusty roof parked in parking lot

Some TireKicker Time Machines are well cared-for, almost museum quality pieces.

And...some aren't. But there's beauty in surviving against the odds, and this 1970 Chevy falls into that category.

5.01.2012

New Car Review: 2012 Buick Verano

Front 3/4 view of dark brown 2012 Buick Verano parked in resort setting
The 2012 Buick Verano.

I sense a slippery slope ahead when I'm at the wheel of the Buick Verano. And it has nothing to do with the pavement under the tires.

Call it generational perspective. I'm old enough to remember when Buick wanted a compact car so badly that it took a 1973 Chevy Nova, made it a bit prettier (in the eyes of some beholders, anyway), a bit cushier, a bit more upscale, and sold it as the 1973 Buick Apollo.