Car Guy
by | Jul 17, 2019

Donald Trump isn’t a libertarian, but he is the guy who just rescinded the fatwa imposed by his extremely un-libertarian predecessor that would have almost tripled the fines imposed on car companies that didn’t “achieve compliance” with federal fuel economy…

by | Jul 12, 2019

Where should a Corvette’s engine be? Historically, it has always been up front and usually under a rear-opening hood — which made it easier to see the Corvette’s engine, a very American big V8 — in all its insolently crude (pushrod, single cam, two-valve…

by | Jul 3, 2019

Lee Iacocca just died. And with him, an era. The era of the car guy executive. Iacocca wasn’t a transplant from a toothpaste company — and he was an engineer, not a “human resources” manager. He smoked cigars, told ribald stories. Most of…

by | Jul 1, 2019

Everyone knows about EVs — electric vehicles. But EVs are also something else: Elitist Vehicles. The least expensive EVs costs a lot of green — $30,000 to start for the Nissan Leaf, several thousand more for the next-up Tesla 3 ($35,000)…

by | Jun 6, 2019

You have probably read about the younger crowd being more interested in their cell phones than in cars. The statistic most often cited in support of this claim — which is true — is that about a fourth of those…

by | May 7, 2019

There are many examples of too little, too late in the automotive world. The 2008-2009 Pontiac G8 is perhaps the only example of more-than-enough… when it no-longer-mattered. Pontiac was practically on the embalmer’s table when it twitched for a moment, just…

by | Apr 17, 2019

Every now and then, I do something “risky” and illegal, to remind myself what it was like when we were still relatively free. I roll one of my old bikes out of the garage and take it for a ride around…

by | Mar 30, 2019

Tsunamis are nature’s surprise party. The sky is blue, the waves lap the shore gently, as usual. No reason to pack up the beach towel — much less run to the car and drive at top speed as fast as…

by | Mar 4, 2019

An interesting data nugget percolated the other day about a “sharp worsening” — that is to say, an increase — in the number of car loan defaults among borrowers under 30 years old. According to Bloomberg Financial News, the rate for the…

by | Jan 10, 2019

Imagine McDonald’s somehow acquired a legal monopoly on the burger business. No Wendy’s, no Whataburger. No choice. If you want a burger, it’s McDonald’s — or nothing. Have it their way. It’s a good bet the burger you end up with…

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