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.

Old School Economy: Chevy Chevette (1976-1987)

 

In some ways, the Chevy Chevette had a lot in common with a new Mercedes — or similar high-end luxury car. It wasn’t, for openers, front-wheel-drive. Like the Benz, the ’Vette was rear-wheel-drive. Theoretically, it could do a burnout. And if the road was wet, you could! Or, if you put something else under the […]

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2019 VW Arteon: The New Phaeton?

 

There was nothing wrong with the car — the Phaeton ultra-luxury sedan. You may remember. It was beautiful, powerful, elegant. Close kin to the Audi A8 and the Bentley Continental GT. It was available with a mighty 6.0 liter W12 engine and had bells and whistles for the bells and whistles. It was everything a […]

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2018 Chevy Cruze Diesel — Read the Fine Print

 

We’re told the 2018 Chevy Cruze diesel will be capable of 52 MPG on the highway. But read the fine print. And then the bold print. Yes, the car will be capable of 52 MPG on the highway… if you order it with the six-speed manual transmission. With the automatic, the number drops by 5 […]

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No Macarena for Trump

 

They won’t be doing the Macarena at President-elect Trump’s inaugural ball — but not because The Donald doesn’t dance. The music mafia doesn’t want to play for Trump. More precisely, it doesn’t want to allow the music to be played. The “mafia” being the two Performance Rights Organization (PRO) “families” — the American Society of […]

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Trump vs. the Zampolits

 

If the Clovers are in a panic, it is probably time to get happy. And they are very panicky, indeed. About (cue Emperor Palpatine voice) a great many things. One of which is the prospect that Darth Trump — as they view him — might actually dial back the regulatory apparat that has given us […]

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More ‘Help’ For Electric Turduckens

 

One of the many problems with electric cars is that places to “refuel” them are neither convenient nor common. You can plug in at home, but that’s slow (it takes hours to resurrect a wilted battery this way) and it means you are at home. Not somewhere else. A car is supposed to take you […]

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VW’s Politically Incorrect ‘Chick Car’

 

There are men’s — and women’s — clothes. Different cut, different colors, different emphasis. No one sane complains that either derogates the other. If anything, the opposite. Women’s clothes make women look better; men’s also. It’s kind of the point. They are tailored to fit their different bodies and different preferences. Because the sexes are […]

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Electric Seppuku

 

You have probably watched a samurai movie — and know about Seppuku. Ritual suicide to avoid the shame of being dishonored — particularly by defeat in war. VW is in the process of committing Seppuku. The electric car serving as its samurai sword. The imbecile shame over having “cheated” government emissions tests (like “cheating” a […]

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Fat Girl in a Bikini

 

You may have read that GM killed the electric car. This isn’t true. The government did. The practical electric car, at any rate. By imposing car design edicts that have made it impossible (so far) to build an economical electric car. An economical electric car would have to be, above all, a very light car. […]

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Now Harley…

 

Now Harley’s being nailed to the cross. For “cheating” Uncle’s emissions rigmarole, like VW was accused of doing (and admitted to doing). This being like “cheating” speed traps by using a radar detector. In each case, there being no evidence of tangible harm caused to anyone. Except, of course, an aggrieved Uncle. And he’s not […]

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