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.

Where’s Ralph?

 

Ralph Nader made his name “exposing” the design defects (as he styled them) of the Chevy Corvair. Leaving aside the fact that what he styled a “defect” was really more a difference — the Corvair was rear-engined and nose-light and so handled differently than the overwhelmingly front-engined and ass-light American cars that drivers of the […]

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Electric Car Putsch?

 

It’s not just the government that’s pushing electric cars. The media is equally complicit. Both are engaged in what has to be described as nothing less than a concerted propaganda onslaught to convince the public that the naked emperor is indeed wearing a suit of the finest materials available. But the question — why? — […]

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What’s in the Automotive News?

 

California officials are, apparently, “mulling” a ban on cars with internal combustion engines, according to an article in the industry trade publication, Automotive News. If they more than mull and pass a ban, CA would be the first American state to do so — following the example set by several European states, including most recently […]

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The New Gotcha Game of Variable Speed Limits

 

Even better — from a certain point-of-view — than a radar trap based on an under-posted speed limit is a radar trap with a changing speed limit. One that can be dumbed-down at random and with no prior notice, at the whim of the same government workers who enforce the limits and profit from that […]

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Internal Combustion: If You Can’t Beat ’Em… Ban ’Em!

 

Since they can’t sell electric cars — not enough of them, anyhow — and not without subsidies so huge they amount to outright bribes — the solution appears to be to outlaw all cars except electric cars. This is no joke. There are IC engine No Go Zones in Germany and France. The Brits have […]

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China as the New Motor City

 

GM’s Buick division is doing extremely well… in China. The Chinese own Volvo. And may soon own Jeep — one of the few still-viable pieces of what used to be Chrysler. For now, it’s FiatChrysler. Emphasis on for now. Fiat invested in what was just Chrysler, hoping to use the once-Big Three company as a […]

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Little Stinker in My Office

 

Recently divorced guys usually go out and get themselves a young girlfriend. I decided to do something different. I brought Little Stinker into my office. Little Stinker is my 1975 Kawasaki S1 250C. It is a type of bike that has not been made in decades for reasons of environmental incorrectness — it’s a two […]

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Airbags: Putting the Blame Where It Doesn’t Belong

 

In a strange take on William Burrough’s famous quip about gun control advocates — who want to take guns away from people who haven’t shot anyone — lawyers for explode-in-your-face airbag manufacturer Takata are trying to convince a federal judge to suspend victim’s lawsuits against the car manufacturers who unwittingly installed the defective, deadly airbags […]

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Porsche Is Doomed

 

Maybe the worst thing about this electric car business is the way it will — if it succeeds — homogenize cars, make one just like another in every meaningful way. Think about bumper cars. You pick a different body or color — but the cars are all exactly the same. So it is with electric cars. A motor is, after […]

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Doomed: Honda S2000 (1999-2009, RIP)

 

Race cars make terrible street cars — but every now and then, one will be offered for sale to the general public. Usually, briefly. L-88 Corvettes with lumpy solid lifter cams and three Holley two barrel carbs. SD-421 Catalinas with acid-dipped frames. Cobra R Mustangs with Tremec five-speeds, no insulation or AC and radio delete. […]

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