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A surprising October for the USA

November 2, 2018 David Zatz 0

USA car sales in October surprised some pundits and analysts, though the trends of crossovers and trucks beating out sedans and coupes continued unabated. It was a very good month for FCA US, which logged 177,391 sales — up 16% from last October, with every brand but Fiat gaining. Sure, […]

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Mopar wows world with supercharged “Hellephant” 426 Hemi

October 30, 2018 David Zatz 0

You can’t order it in your 2019 Ram or 2018 Charger, and it’s too powerful to have a recommended transmission, but it’s still big news that will reverberate across racing tracks, car shows, and country lanes around the world. It’s the new supecharged 426 Hemi “Hellephant” — named after the […]

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Escape to 2020: Ford spy shots

October 24, 2018 David Zatz 0

The Ford Escape has been around for quite a long time, an early crossover that has stayed quite popular — with over 300,000 sales in both 2016 and 2017, it’s an important vehicle for Ford, which has been relying more and more on its pickups. Indeed, the Explorer was the […]

e-mustang: electric Ford muscle car

Ford drops big hint about e-Mustang

October 19, 2018 David Zatz 1

An electric Ford Mustang is coming, if a brief commercial placement is any indication. Robert S. Miller pointed us to this freeze-frame showing a blue Mustang grille emblem in the middle of a commercial. While any automaker can put lighted emblems onto the grille, the color blue is usually reserved […]

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Cadillac’s New York gimmick is over

September 26, 2018 David Zatz 0

Cadillac moved its headquarters to New York City just three years ago, under a new brand leader who wanted to bring employees closer to America’s center of financial power.  The idea came from Johan de Nysschen, who had worked with hoity-toity brands Audi and Infiniti — one a stunning success, […]

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Prepare for a flood of electric cars

September 20, 2018 David Zatz 0

As Elon Musk claims to be shooting for production of 100,000 cars per year, someday, other automakers may be nodding and saying, “That’s cute.” The world automotive markets are soon to be flooded with electric cars from just about every automaker, from mild-hybrid to full-on-electric (minus range extenders). Companies are […]

How the Compass vs Renegade differ (with offroad video)

September 14, 2018 David Zatz 0

Recently, Jeep launched two vehicles — the revised 2019 Renegade, and a brand new Compass. The Renegade is fairly similar to the 2018 model, with some visual changes and a new engine option — the new corporate 1.3 liter GSE four-cylinder replaces the old Fiat 1.4 turbo. The Compass shares […]

Two hours with a Chevy Express U-Haul

August 27, 2018 David Zatz 0

I don’t think I’m unique in moving from place to place when I was a student, taking all my gear with me first in the trunk of a car, and then in a rented van. At the time, it was simple enough to go out with a friend or two, […]

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4C: the specialty car that leads Alfa Romeo

July 13, 2018 David Zatz 0

Alfa Romeo has been selling cars in the United States for years, but most Americans don’t seem to know it; so the company brought some writers to the M1 Concourse, a private track in Pontiac, Michigan, and gave them the keys. I drove the Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover, and learned […]