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.

Their Zippers Bust, Their Buckles Break…

 

You’ve heard the story about teaching a pig to sing? It wastes your time and annoys the pig. So said Mark Twain, at any rate. But how do you deal with cars that are pigs? Which is all new cars. Even hybrid cars. The 2018 Kia Niro plug-in hybrid I just finished reviewing (here) averaged just over […]

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The Dark Side of Amazon

 

Luke Skywalker was tempted by the Dark Side — but didn’t give in to it. Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos did. Both began as promising free market Jedi — but have become Sith Lords of crony capitalism. Musk went from earning an honest living as one of the founders of PayPal, which made buying things online much […]

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Only 2.3 Hours to Recharge!

 

My teeth and gums are particularly sore today. I read — and relate with sourness — that GM has achieved the miracle of reducing the charge-up time of the 2019 Chevy Volt to “only” 2.3 hours — assuming you can plug the thing into a 240 Volt “fast” charger. If not, the time to achieve […]

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Elon Needs More Money… Again

 

Last month, I wrote about Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s contemptuous and breezy dismissal of questions asked by financial analysts about the cash flow situation at Tesla. Would the company need yet another infusion of money to remain afloat? Lame! Next question. That was Musk’s response. As it turns out, it’s Tesla that’s lame. The company — Musk […]

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The Tesla Model 3 Will Fail

 

The death of the perpetually tardy Model 3 may ultimately have less to do with it being an overpriced electric car than with something even more lethal to its chances… It’s a too-small sedan. Electric or not, they aren’t selling. Even the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord — both of them just redesigned — are […]

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No More Cop Cars…

 

Five years or so from now, there may be no more cop cars. Vehicles used by cops, certainly. But not cars. These are being retired — in the Blade Runner taking-care-of-the-Replicants sense. Ford just announced it won’t be making the Taurus — which is the basis for the Taurus cop car — for much longer. So […]

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How Uncle Killed the Viper

 

The Corvette now reigns as America’s only supercar. But there used to be two American supercars — the second one being the Dodge Viper. It was, arguably, more super. More outrageous, certainly. An 8.4 liter V10 (and 600 horsepower) rather than a 6.2 liter V8 (and 460 hp) paired only with a manual transmission. Not just anyone […]

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The Electric Cars That Might Have Been

 

Mandates and subsidies have not only distorted the market for electric cars, they’ve distorted the design of electric cars. Instead of being designed to emphasize their natural strengths vs. IC-engined cars — which we’ll get into shortly — they’ve been offered up as cost-no-object economic and functional absurdities whose limitations and failings everyone is supposed to […]

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Bring Back a Real Car Truck!

 

VW’s new truck — if they build it, which hopefully they will — won’t be the first one. For a couple of years back in the early ’80s, you could buy a pick-up version of the Rabbit. It was even available with a diesel engine. Of course, neither of these vehicles are pick-ups, even though […]

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Which Brand of Taxi Do You Prefer?

 

If automated cars ever do become technically feasible — and that’s a long way off, despite the trendy imminence we read about every day — it will certainly mean the end of personal vehicle ownership, at least as far as new cars. Not because the government mandates it. Because — why bother with it? Take […]

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