Eric Peters

Eric Peters is an automotive columnist and author of Automotive Atrocities: The Cars You Love to Hate (Motor Books International) and a new book, Road Hogs.


Rearden Steel — in Real Life


Engines are getting smaller again — but not because gas is getting expensive again. At about $2 per gallon for regular unleaded, the pressure to downsize engines isn’t economic… it’s regulatory. The federal government is about to kick up the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) requirement to 54.5 MPG. The current standard is 35.5 MPG. […]

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Public Roads as Musk’s Private Test Track


Logic — let alone reasonableness — is not one of government’s stronger suits. There are many examples of this, but here’s a newsie one: The use of public roads as test tracks for Tesla (and Google) self-driving car technology. On the one hand, government rigidly persecutes “speeders” on the basis (so it is claimed) that […]

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But Why Aren’t People Buying Electric Cars?


Trump is ascendant not because he’s a freedom jouster but because the people are exasperated with a clueless (and contemptuous of them) party apparat that for years has been trotting out one inbred Bush after the next, with Bush-like things in between such as Mittens and Ted. This is not a cheer for Trump. It’s […]

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VW Shaken Down


If you own a VW diesel guilty of “cheating” Uncle, you’d better scuttle on down to your local VW store. Not to “fix” it (they’re not broken) but to get your money before there’s none left. On Tuesday, Uncle announced the most draconian punishment ever meted out to a car company over the TDI “cheating” […]

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The Autobahn to No Emissions


Did you catch that the internal combustion engine has been outlawed? Not here… not yet. In Germany — where according to a just announced new mandate all new cars registered come 2030 will have to be “emissions free.” This includes carbon dioxide — which is regarded by the German government as an “emission” and regulated as […]

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Uncles Great and Small: The Attack on VW Picks Up


The assault on VW for “cheating” Uncle is metastasizing. The little Uncles — state governments — are piling on. Five of them (New Jersey, Texas, New Mexico, Kentucky, and West Virginia) have formally filed civil lawsuits over the TDI diesel emissions “scandal,” seeking millions of dollars in fines. Forty-eight state-level attorney generals are “investigating” VW. […]

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No Bailout for Uncle Louie


If your Uncle Louie can’t handle his money, giving him more money is probably not a good idea. A better idea would be to help Louie learn how to handle his money. Same goes for Puerto Rico. The prospective 51st state is headed toward skid row on an epic scale: $72 billion in debt — […]

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The VW ‘Fix’ (Or: Don’t Take Any Wooden Nickels)


Never take a wooden nickel. Or a “credit card” from VW. Reportedly, the under-siege automaker is going to send out prepaid credit cards to people who own one of the diesel-powered models VW adjusted to “cheat” government emissions tests. But the catch is that you have to bring the car in to a VW dealer […]

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The C02 Trump Card


It had to happen — and now it has. VW — and soon, everyone else, inevitably — is under the gun over “emissions” that aren’t even pollutants. Carbon dioxide. This inert gas (look it up if you missed it in high school chemistry) doesn’t contribute to smog, cause acid rain, deplete the the ozone layer, […]

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No More Affordable Diesels — Courtesy of the EPA


VW was the only major automaker selling affordable diesel powered passenger vehicles in the United States. You could, for instance, buy a diesel-powered Jetta sedan, Golf or Beetle for about $22k. Not anymore. At least, not for a while. VW announced Wednesday that it will withdraw emissions certification applications tendered to the EPA for all […]

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