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The Sunday Column - March 29, 2015

Mar 29 2015 06:45 AM | Opinion
Sometimes, it's good to put things into perspective.

Case in point: Last week I had the good fortune of riding in my friend Craig's 36 Ford sedan. This is a project that he has been working for the past few years and for the most part it's finish - just some slight paintwork and a few other odds and ends. Sitting in this car was a throwback. An example was the seats - they felt springy and cushy, not firm and supportive like modern cars. The dash is just painted metal with a set of dials and knobs. Your only source of ventilation? Opening the windows or lifting a latch behind the hood. If you want the access the trunk? Lift up the back seat.

As for the ride itself, it felt like a normal car - somewhat at least. Powe...

Volkswagen Promises Bolder Design for Their Vehicles

Mar 27 2015 01:30 PM | Volkswagen News
If you had the chance to read a review or opinion on the Volkswagen Jetta or Passat, then you'll notice a reoccurring theme - they are boring to look at. Volkswagen is getting tired of this complaint and has decided to make a change.

Automotive News reports that next-generation of Volkswagen vehicles for the U.S. will "bare their teeth and flex their muscles to convey a more aggressive design message". This was said during a tour of Volkswagen's design studio.

"This has to be bold. It has to be a statement," said Klaus Bischoff, chief designer for Volkswagen.

So what kind of boldness can we expect from Volkswagen? Well Automotive News says the upcoming seven-seat crossover will feature of number of cues f...

New York Auto Show: 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

Mar 26 2015 02:00 PM | New York Auto Show
Mercedes-Benz is saying 'good night sweet prince' to the ML nameplate that has been a part of its midsize SUV since it was first-introduced in the late-nineties. Taking its place will be the GLE name which is part of Mercedes' name-change to their SUV/Crossover lineup. So what better way to introduce a new name than with revised model. Next week at the 2015 New York Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz will just do that.

The standard GLE-Class takes some ideas from the GLE Coupe we saw in Detroit such as a new front end design with either a two-bar grille for standard models or a single-bar for the AMG model, along with a new bumper, headlights, and hood. Around back are a set of new taillights and bumper with rear exhaust tips. Inside is...

New York Auto Show: Toyota Hybrid-izes the RAV4

Mar 26 2015 12:05 PM | William Maley in New York Auto Show

Another hybrid model is joining the Toyota family. The automaker announced today that it would be revealing a hybrid version of the RAV4 at the 2015 New York Auto Show next week. No other information was provided except that it would be shown on April...

New York Auto Show: Ford Focus RS Lands On US Soil

Mar 26 2015 07:15 AM | William Maley in New York Auto Show

Since Ford made the announcement of the Focus RS and that it would be arriving in the U.S., we've been hungry for more details. Well Ford has dropped a few more bits as it announced that the Focus RS will make its North American debut at the New York A...

Subaru Debates Which Design Approach to Go With Seven-Seat Crossover

Mar 25 2015 04:15 PM | William Maley in Subaru News

Subaru is planning a new seven-seat crossover for the U.S. marketplace that will be out in the next couple of years. But there is one problem the company is dealing with at the moment: should we go with a Forester-inspired or Outback-inspired look? "H...

New York Auto Show: The Third Times the Charm for the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Mar 25 2015 12:35 PM | William Maley in New York Auto Show

To say Chevrolet's previous attempts at doing a hybrid model of the Malibu have been lackluster, is an understatement. The past two attempts really didn't see a big increase in fuel economy and were not big sellers. Well Chevrolet hopes to change that...

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