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.

Make in India?

 

More than 40 years ago, Japan flooded the U.S. market with inexpensive small cars — their manufacture directly subsidized by the government of Japan, their manufacturers working in close concert with the government of Japan. Meanwhile, American cars were effectively locked out of the Japanese market via stiff import tariffs, a type of tax designed […]

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Hope Is Not Lost

 

Not every kid wants an Uber. Some kids — one kid, at least — wants a 1972 VW Beetle. And now he has one. This is my young apprentice, Gage. He is going on 16 in a few months and needs wheels. Most uncommonly, these days, he wants them. The kid likes cars. He wanted […]

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Broadband Denied in Trump Country

 

Without a high-speed connection to the Internet, you might as well be teleported back to 1995 — and dial-up Internet. Which is what the Federal Communications Commission appears determined to do to about 23 million rural Americans via a bureaucratic rule change being pushed by lobbyists for large cell phone carriers such as T-Mobile that will make […]

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In the Rearview: Ferrari 365 GTB4/Daytona (1968-1973)

 

The last of a thing is often a cause for nostalgia, even regret. The new thing may be objectively superior and hard to fault by the numbers. But something’s been lost, just the same. And the thing will never be the same again. Art deco-era steam locomotives. Big-gun battleships. Boeing 707s, turbines screaming. And the […]

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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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