car radios

Car stereo bugs that drive me nuts

April 23, 2018 David Zatz 0

Car stereos have the best sound and features we have ever seen. Scant decades ago, cars came with single speaker AM radios; today, we can play music from phones, pods, satellites, and thumb drives, ignoring AM and FM entirely. At the same time, we’ve lost a few things; many cars […]

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Were classic cars better and cheaper?

April 16, 2018 David Zatz 0

My “parade car” is a 1974 Plymouth Valiant. I enjoy driving it, now and then, and it still runs beautifully. It has plenty of torque, so there aren’t any issues with lack of power around town, though highway ramps require a little planning. Built in Newark, in a plant which […]

Goodbye to the American car?

April 9, 2018 Bill Cawthon 0

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal (paid subscription required), Ford and General Motors are planning to kill off some well-known models in the near future. Ford, which has already moved production of the Focus to to its plant in Hermosillo, Mexico,  has announced that it will build […]

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Comparing the car-show trucks

April 5, 2018 Peter Doll 0

We took the opportunity to compare the major American pickups at the New York Auto Show. These are, by far, the market leaders, accounting for nearly all full-size pickups sold in North America. Ford F-150 The aluminum-bodied Ford F-150, longtime sales champion, has a clean but conservative design. Of the […]

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Big March boosts Detroit three

April 4, 2018 Bill Cawthon 0

Double-digit gains reported by FCA and General Motors added nearly two percentage points to the Detroit automakers’ share of the U.S. light vehicle market. GM delivered the largest increase of any major car company with total sales up 16%, followed closely by FCA’s Jeep-fueled 14% growth. Ford sales rose about […]

Jeep sales surge 45% for best month ever

April 3, 2018 Bill Cawthon 0

According to figures released this morning, Jeep sales jumped nearly 45% in March as deliveries of the Compass exploded by triple digits and propelled the brand to a new monthly benchmark. Compass turnover skyrocketed 553%, and sales of every other Jeep model were up by double digits. Jeep Sales for […]

General Motors to report sales only quarterly

April 3, 2018 Bill Cawthon 0

In a surprise late announcement today, General Motors said it would stop providing monthly sales figures for the U.S. market. GM will continue reporting monthly sales for the Canadian market, where it currently trails FCA and Ford in year-to-date deliveries. The company said the move is due to monthly sales […]

Inside the Karma Revero, née Fisker Karma

April 2, 2018 David Zatz 0

The Fisker Karma was in development quite a long time when the company could struggle on no longer; and Chinese parts supplier Wanxiang Group bought the project, along with battery-maker A123, which had gone from a bright future with DaimlerChrysler to bankruptcy. The Fisker Karma was actually unveiled back in 2011; […]

The fun side of the NY auto show

March 30, 2018 David Zatz 0

If you wanted a quick overview of the New York Auto Show, we posted one yesterday; but what of the lighter side, the fun and games? Subaru had two little gaffes. One was having the wrong image up. This lady chatted silently while an executive, unseen by those of us […]