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Ford Bagged Again by NHTSA

In a fight with NHTSA regulators, Ford came out on the short end again, as more Takata airbags were at issue. This time, it will cost the automaker $610 million, of which they will have to carry the cost in its entirety.   Takata, the Japanese company whose name is now synonymous with airbag failures […] The post Ford Bagged Again by NHTSA appeared...

QOTD: What Hot Rod Would You Buy with a Lotto Money?

  What pre-war hot rod would you buy given the vast sum of money won in the Powerball jackpot Wednesday night, considering a $250k build is less than one percent of the winnings?   According to USA Today, the $730 million golden ticket came from Coney Market in Lonaconing, Maryland. As the point of sale […] The post QOTD: What Hot Rod Would You Buy...

F-Series Most Popular Vehicle in 18 States

The most popular car for 2021 isn’t a car at all, it’s the Ford F-series pickup. Among the top 10 most popular cars, the Silverado and the Tacoma, both trucks, join the F-150. In a study of 2.9 million auto insurance applications, where the year, make, and model of the vehicle is disclosed, along with […] The post F-Series Most Popular Vehicle in...

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Review – Italian Hustle

Following up on my previous review of the 2020 BMW X5 M Competition, I’ve got another luxurious “sporty” crossover in my crosshairs. Today’s target: The 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Except this one has at least some Italian heritage, instead of German. Trading schnitzel for stringozzi, so to speak. This one also handles just a […] The post...

Rare Rides: The 1994 Isuzu Trooper That’s Bighorn and Irmscher

Rare Rides featured Isuzu vehicles on four previous occasions, and all of them were from the Seventies or Eighties. Today we switch it up a bit and present an Isuzu from the Nineties. Ready for Irmscher? The Isuzu Trooper entered production in 1981, and like almost all SUVs of the period was a basic and utilitarian […] The post Rare Rides: The 1994...

Replica Car Sales Ruled Okay

Low-volume manufacturers may now sell replicas of cars made at least 25 years ago. At long last, The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has completed regulations to allow specialty car makers to produce and sell completed, turnkey cars. A bill to reduce the requirements and red tape for manufacturers of vehicles was enacted...

QOTD: VW Golf – Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone? [UPDATED]

  VW today announced the end of the road for the base Golf for North America. The question is, will you miss the base Golf when it’s gone? Don’t weep too long, as the 2021 Golf is still being produced in quantities that should last through the end of the year. Before that, a 2022 […] The post QOTD: VW Golf – Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone? [UPDATED]...

Time for a New Toyota Celica?

Toyota may have a new Celica in the works, according to gr86.org. While filing a trademark for Celica at this point in time seems to be rights retention more than anything, there is a trademark limitation of three years. After that time, Toyota would be required to re-apply to retain their rights to the iconic name. […] The post Time for a New Toyota...

Rare Rides: The Incredibly Rare 1981 Monteverdi Safari, an International Delight

We’re back again with more Monteverdi today, and I’m determined the Rare Rides series will cover all of Monteverdi’s vehicular offerings. European design, American power, and Swiss attention to detail combined with very high prices to make all the company’s models Rare Rides. We’ve covered two earlier Monteverdi offerings previously, in the 1970 High...

Pardon Me, Did I Do Something Wrong?

Among those receiving a Presidential pardon included Anthony Levandowski and Elliott Broidy. Trump’s largesse was noted in a story on Autoblog that appeared earlier today. Levandowski, a former Google engineer, pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets on autonomous cars before moving to Uber to head up Otto, their self-driving startup. Pleading guilty...

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