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Karma’s back, and Faraday’s still hoping

February 27, 2018 David Zatz 0

For many people, the first indication that small automaker Karma has actually started producing its sport-luxury hybrid-electric cars was a recall on the 2018 Revero (for side airbag failure). Today’s Karma has its roots in the Fisker Karma, unveiled way back in 2011. Fisker sold around 2011 Karmas, which were […]

Whitewashing, neglect, fiction: Automakers and history

February 20, 2018 David Zatz 0

Every automaker has its own history, but how they approach it can be rather amusing. First, of course, is Mercedes, the world’s oldest automaker, which not only claims to have invented the car, but later on claimed to have invented the truck, as well. So far, sliced bread is safe […]

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Mercedes using law-evasion software?

February 18, 2018 David Zatz 0

German newspaper Bild am Sonntag printed a report claiming that Mercedes planted two software devices that turn on emissions-reduction equipment only when diesel engines being tested. The first, Bit 15, turned off emissions equipment after 16 miles of driving, presumably the longest they expected government or private testers to be using […]


Will new tariffs spike car prices?

February 16, 2018 David Zatz 0

The Commerce Department has recommended that Donald Trump put tariffs or quotes on imported aluminum and steel, after concluding that importing too much of these metals poses a national security threat. In this case, the issue is not that the country is subsidizing prices of steel and aluminum sent to […]

Why does Toyota want to be what it isn’t?

February 15, 2018 David Zatz 0

In the United States, Toyota was most successful when it mercilessly copied General Motors. The Camry was specifically tuned for American tastes, using, among other things, former General Motors engineers. The first Avalon interior was practically a carbon copy of a past Chevrolet.  For a time, ironically, Toyota sold the Corolla […]

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Who’s most dependable? Hint: GM’s feeling its oats

February 14, 2018 David Zatz 0

Every year, J.D. Power tells us about problems with three-year-old cars, so we can get a basic idea of long-term reliability (or, as they put it, dependability — a word invented by Dodge Brothers marketers). Lately, GM has been doing quite well in these reviews, and this year was no […]

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Rolls: HEY, LOOK AT ME!!!

February 13, 2018 David Zatz 0

Generally, automakers try not to have their prototypes photographed by spy cameras. Rolls-Royce, on the other hand, actually provided “spy shots” to the media. They went so far as to leave the hood ornament in place, apparently trying to entice people into photographing their station wagon — I mean SUV […]

Should Detroit get out of the car business?

February 8, 2018 Bill Cawthon 0

For more than 100 years, Detroit, Michigan has been synonymous with the automobile. While it certainly wasn’t the only place car companies called home, it was the main attraction with Chrysler, Ford and General Motors. For the majority of those years, the pride of place went to passenger cars, like […]

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Corolla: it’s not what you’d think

February 7, 2018 David Zatz 0

Enthusiasts love to hate the Toyota Corolla, a compact car whose reliability has kept it popular through thick and thin. They complain that it’s “just an appliance,” a car without zip or fun, even as Toyota has tried various tricks to make the car at least look sporty. Are they […]