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.

A Great Time to Buy Used… But Not Because They’re Cheap

 

You might want to buy a used car while they’re cheap — but not just because they’re cheap. And cheap they are. Because of unprecedented desperation tactics to sell new cars — including under-bid incentives, cash back offers, and “free money” loans at zero or nearly zero interest, which the car companies have had to […]

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Can You Hear Me Now?

 

It sounds good — and that’s the problem. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has proposed legislation that would make it perfectly legal to buy hearing aids over the counter. Great, right? The thing is it is already legal to buy them. Warren’s dishonestly titled bill — the Over The Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 — […]

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God Help the Speeder

 

Almost every new car I test drive — even the humblest hybrid — has a speedometer that reads to at least 120 mph. 140 is common; 160 not unusual. Some cars have speedometers that read to 180 or even 200 MPH. And some of those are capable of pegging them. Few ever do. It would […]

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Demonized: Automotive News Doesn’t Like Deplorables

 

Really, it’s surprising it took them so long. But it is much more surprising that automotive journalists are leading the chorus ululating for the outlawing of the Dodge Demon muscle car. The automotive journalists at Automotive News — which is (or was) to the car world what the New York Times once was to the news-gathering world […]

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The Renewable Rip-Off

 

You can’t just sell gas anymore. But that’s just for openers. Most people don’t realize it, but what they’re pumping into their car’s tank isn’t actually gasoline, properly speaking. It’s gasoline mixed with ethanol alcohol — the ratio currently set at 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gas (E10). “Diesel” often isn’t exactly diesel, either. […]

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Fully Compliant in Bringing Down VW

 

Late last week, it was revealed who squealed. The guy responsible for making it impossible for any of us to buy a diesel-powered Volkswagen henceforth — and a lot more — is Stuart Johnson, the former head of VW’s Engineering and Environmental Office in Auburn Hills, Michigan. He was outed in a book written about […]

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BMW’s New Gran Touring Scooter Is Something Else

 

It’s hilarious that they get away with calling something like the ’17 BMW C650 GT a “scooter.” Please. Okay, it looks like one. It is a step-through and it doesn’t have a manual transmission. By those measures, sure, it’s a scooter. What time does Matlock come on? But it’s also something else. Among my personal […]

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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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